Thursday, November 8, 2012

Retro Review: Green Lantern vs Aliens #1.


DC has done a number of crossovers with Aliens and Predators and most of them have been pretty good. This mini was no exception. So let's take a look.

First let's start with the cover, because what better place to start right. I feel like this cover is almost good. It's a great layout, Hal standing there with his ring lit up and a Xenomorph sneaking up behind him. Just a great layout, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. First of all Hal's ring doesn't look right, too flat, almost like a green wedding band. Also the Xenomorph's torso, or what we can see of it, looks terrible, would have been better to just leave it shadowed. Also the weird pinkish light source coming from behind Hal is a poor choice. This cover would have looked bad ass with only the glowing ring as a light source. Not a terrible cover but weak nonetheless. The interior art is by a different guy, Rick Leonardi, and it's much better.

Our story starts with an unnamed Green Lantern out in space dying as a Xenomorph bursts out of his chest. Hal, Kilowog, Salaak, the Green Man and Tomar Re. So pretty much all the big guns of the Green Lantern Corps. They investigate the hive of Xenomorphs where the unnamed GL died. It's on an inhabited planet, but thankfully so far in a remote location, so its up to Hal and the gang to take care of them before they threaten the population. They enter the hive and are promptly ambushed by Xenomorphs, once the element of surprise is gone the Green Lanterns quickly regain control of the situation. Kilowog suggests it's time to exterminate them, but Hal stops him. Hal argues that these are not intrinsically evil, they are just animals, and likens them to sharks. He says the humane thing to do would be to transport them to an uninhabited planet where they won't threaten anybody.

So they gather them all up, eggs and all, and take them to Mogo, an uninhabited sentient planet that is actually a member of the Green Lantern Corps.

This issue was told as a flashback, set somewhere in the silver age. But at the time this book came out, Hal had gone crazy, the Green Lantern Corps was gone and Kyle Rayner was the last Green Lantern. So in the present day we see a ship crash land on the now depowered Mogo. The rest of this series involves Kyle trying to rescue the inhabitants of that ship. We will get to those later.

This was an interesting issue. It actually poses some interesting moral questions. Was it the right thing to do to try to save these creatures? Or should the Green Lanterns have just exterminated them? The Xenomorphs are not evil, they are just animals, doing what any wild animal tries to do, survive. The humane thing to do would seem to be transplant them. But obviously that decision puts people in harm's way years later. And what of the ecosystem already on Mogo and the damage these creatures could do to it?

This was a fun, well written, well drawn comic that actually asked a few moral and philosophical questions without being preachy or up its own ass about it. And what more could you possibly want. If you see this in a back issue bin check it out.

Finally, I know I mentioned this before, but I really wish Marvel would do some crossovers with Aliens and Predators. Seems like it could be a lot of fun.

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