Saturday, April 13, 2013

Retro Review: Iron Lantern #1

A while back I looked at some Amalgam comics, among them Spider-boy, Super Soldier, Amazon, and Dark Claw. Today let's talk about the Iron Man+Green Lantern Amalgam Iron Lantern.

Our story opens with Iron Lantern out in space taking H.E.C.T.O.R. the Highly Evolved Creature Totally Oriented on Revenge (Hector Hammond and M.O.D.O.K.) to Oa the Living Planet (Oa and Ego the Living planet) to be a prisoner. After we cut to pilot Pepper Ferris and Stewart Rhodes at Stark Aircraft Plant we then get a flashback to Iron Lantern's origin. Hal Stark was sitting in a flight simulator when it was mysteriously drawn towards an alien space craft's wreck. Just as he was getting there the energy that was bringing him was cut off and he crashed, badly injured. He managed to create an armor that would keep him alive from the mysterious alien power battery, thus becoming the Iron Lantern. After that we get some story of Pepper Ferris turning into Madame Sapphire (Star Sapphire and Madam Masque) and an attack by the Great White (Shark and Ultimo) I actually had to look up what the Marvel half was on Great White.

This was a great issue, it's definitely one of the best Amalgams. I was impressed with how even handedly it took from both Iron Man and Green Lantern. Hal Stark as a character really felt like equal parts Hal Jordan and Tony Stark. The art is solid and the writing by Kurt Busiek is great, as Busiek pretty much always is. This issue is a must for any Green Lantern or Iron Man fan. And if, like me, you're a fan of both, you'll really love it.

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