"How about updating your online dating profile later"
With only one issue left to wrap things up, issue five of Green Lantern: The Lost Army looks to get the Green Lanterns out of jail and in a setup position before the story concludes in the upcoming Green Lantern: Edge of Oblivion series which starts in January. Like any jailbreak the costs of freedom are high and by the end of the issue the Corps will be one member smaller while one of its smaller members saves the day.
The issue starts out with the obligatory flashback to John Stewart's days in the Marines, a story telling device that Cullen Bunn has employed throughout the series to varying degrees of success. Some readers have found these flashbacks interesting and some find them an unneeded distraction. Personally I find myself somewhere in the middle with their placement some times complimentary to the story and other times a misuse of page count. Given that there's only one more issue left to the series I felt like this time the narrative would've had just as much impact while showing various scenes around the prison the Lanterns are in than they did with the jump to the Middle East. At this point they don't so much add anything to John's character in my opinion as they show the similarities to the two situations.
|Guy and Salaak get in some fun banter among the chaos|
It was also great to see the return of Krona and Relic who choose an opportunistic moment to return to the series. Bunn also gives us confirmation that Mogo is alive, but not so well, setting the agenda for the final issue of this series next month. The pace of this issue is fast and as I read the issue I wondered if Bunn felt rushed to get the characters from point A to point B so that they could be handed off to Tom Taylor. Not that the issue skimped anything, but compared to the pacing we've seen with this series so far it seems like we've entered a race to the finish line here.
Where I think that carries some impact with this issue comes with the death of a Green Lantern that isn't given any room to breath and ends up reading like a minor event. The character frankly deserves more that what little of a death scene we get here, in fact it's almost little more than a footnote. What perhaps bothers me even more is that none of the escaping Lanterns seem to care enough to bring the body with them for a proper disposal. I realize they are in a fight for their lives but letting the situation change the Green Lanterns is beneath them. Loosing you honor for a fallen comrade in the heat of battle in my opinion is a cheap way out for beings who are supposed to be the best of the best of their respective species.
|Can't say that I find this a good leadership style|
Green Lantern: The Lost Army #5 is an action packed issue which serves up plenty of action and great character moments. There are a few bumps in the road which may be the result of trying to hurry this series towards next month's final issue and there are still no answers to many of the questions raised since the series began. Three out of five lanterns.