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Published by DC Comics on September 10, 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel
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The universe is in shambles and the Guardians are the cause. Their mysterious Third Army has risen across the cosmos like a plague, destroying everything in its path and Hal Jordan and Sinestro are nowhere to be found. It is up to wrongfuly accused Simon Baz to clear his name and become the hero that the Corps needs in order to get to the bottom of Hal and Sinestro's disapperance and the Rise of the Third Army!
Collects the entirity of the "Rise of the Third Army" event from GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1, GREEN LANTERN #13-16, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #13-16, GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #13-16, RED LANTERNS #13-16, and GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL #1.
Green Lantern was, sadly, never one of the comics that I read much when I was younger. But with the movie (that, yes, I mostly just watched for the eye candy) and the new 52, now is a great time to start reading. Rise of the Third Army has the Guardians with their absolute power… being corrupted. They’ve created an army that is sweeping across the universe and is converting the people left in its wake. Unfortunately, with the regular green lanterns out of commission the ring needs to find a new owner, and it does so in the form of a young man accused of terrorism.
This novel was longer than a lot of others like it (over 400 pages of wonderful green lantern goodness!), but it still isn’t enough. The ending is this massive cliffhanger that leaves you with so many unanswered questions. That isn’t to say they stopped in the middle, because the point when they stopped works really well, but it does leave you anxious for the next installation. The green lanterns are almost overwhelmed when help rides in from an unexpected, extraordinary source. It seems the tides are about to turn in favour of our heroes, but then the Third Army goes too far.
The art work is very much what one might expect. It’s slightly on the realistic side, but with enough comic book style to make it work. It’s a thin line, but the artist manages to walk that line well. There are a lot of great, atmospheric panels that set the tone of the story with just one look, and the imagery was astounding. The characters were interesting. We got a lot of pieces with the other companions we know and love, but this time with Simon Baz, who is an interesting young man. Sadly, because this volume combines from so many sources it makes for a long story that bounces between a bunch of different characters, so don’t get too settled into just one.
The storyline is twisty, but not too complicated, the art is fantastic, and the characters are realistic (in as much as they can, and all). If you’re a fan of Green Lantern, this is definitely one compendium you don’t want to miss!