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GREEN LANTERN: WAR JOURNAL #4 – COMPELLING GRIT IN THE FACE OF DANGER

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GREEN LANTERN: WAR JOURNAL #4 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Montos, Adriano Lucas, and Dave Sharpe (Credit: DC Comics)

Welcome to an all-new edition of Parlay points, the comic book review blog to the ODPH Podcast!

For this entry, we’re checking out the latest adventure featuring one of DC Comic’ most popular characters. In the “Dawn of DC” era, John Stewart’s life has been vastly different.

Now working at Steelworks, Stewart has tried stepping away from the superhero lifestyle due to personal reasons. Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done. When you’re one of the most legendary Green Lanterns of all time, retirement isn’t exactly an option.

GREEN LANTERN: WAR JOURNAL #4 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Montos, Adriano Lucas, and Dave Sharpe shows Stewart’s latest challenge and the race against time before it worsens for the entire galaxy! Let’s not wait any longer and dive in!

*** POSSIBLE SPOILER WARNING ***

The chapter starts on the planet Durla. Thaaros welcomes exiles from Euphorix to this world. Being the Lord Premier and representing the United Planets, Thaaros is coming across as quite the nobility to the visitors. During the meeting, one of Thaaros’s advisors informs him of the actions of Green Lantern Varron.

GREEN LANTERN: WAR JOURNAL #4 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Montos, Adriano Lucas, and Dave Sharpe (Credit: DC Comics)

With the complexity of power involved (along with the United Planets overseeing the Green Lantern Corps), Thaaros becomes focused on finding Varron. This causes a change in actions with the visitors of Euphorix. They become captured and are held hostage in a power play.

Meanwhile, John Stewart is fighting off an infection from the Radiant Dead. With allies Kyle Rayner and Lantern Shepard with him, Stewart faces the undead warriors head on inside his own mind!

With the action racing, Stewart looks to fail in the fight. This is all before he and Shepard return to Metropolis before the infection takes fully hold.

On their return, Shepard is ready to cut losses, but Stewart never waivers his hope. Stewart asks about a Dead Lantern’s Ring Shepard possesses. With time running out, Stewart makes a risky call. Readers watch along as a decision is made with no plan B if it fails.

Will Stewart succeed or succumb to the infection? The gamble takes quite the turns before heading to the home stretch. Once in the final act, a moment occurs that will have fans on edge until the next chapter drops. If you’re a GL fan, you’re not gonna want to miss this!

Johnson centers the story about Stewarts never ending grit. Even with the deck stacked against him, Stewart uses his background in the Marines and his undying will as his strengths. This plays into fighting his battle on a level of fronts. The battle inside his mind comes across boldly, reminding readers of how unbreakable his spirit is. Even in its fallout, Johnson presents this right to the forefront, leading into the chapter’s next phase.

GREEN LANTERN: WAR JOURNAL #4 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Montos, Adriano Lucas, and Dave Sharpe (Credit: DC Comics – Cover: Dave Johnson)

The challenge proposed by Stewart is quite the gamble. Johnson shapes the moment combining desperation and the unwavering drive of Stewart. The final act plays deeply into Stewart’s current stat quo and where his future leads. Rest assured by the conclusion, Johnson has something big in the works with this story and fans can’t afford to pass up this series.

Montos juggles around the action with the dramatic set-ups throughout this issue. The action sequences within Stewart’s mind move brisky and give fans some great visuals before snapping them back to present time. This phase kicks off with Stewart and Shepard in the Metropolis skyline via a two-page spread.

The reactions mirrored in the panels reflect the doubt and drive of stopping the infection. This leads into Stewart’s gamble which pays off soundly. Another two-page spread starts the final act which showcases the intensity of the struggle.

This all comes to a head with a full page image that will have fans immediately excited for where things lead from here. It’s a perfect way to end things for now and start the next phase of Stewart’s current arc.

FINAL POINT: 8.5 OUT OF 10

Even with John Stewart trying to stay away, the life of a Green Lantern cannot escape him. This statement rings true with an excellent chapter that is sure to have fans talking. Johnson tests Stewart’s drive with great writing while Montos delivers on some memorable panels ushering the next phase of the iconic Green lantern’s journey.

Hit me up on ODPH social media and let me know your thoughts on Green Lantern: War Journal #4. Thanks for reading Parlay points on Nerd Initiative!

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Executive Producer/Host of the ODPH (Ocho Duro Parlay Hour) Podcast. Ken is also Nerd Initiative's Comics Editor-In-Chief/Brand Advisor and host of "Turn A Page". Ken is also a freelance Pro Wrestling Blogger and an all around fan of Sports, Movies Tv, Comics and Pro Wrestling

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