DC Zero Month, Week Two Reviews: Green Lantern Corps, Grifter, Legion Lost, and The Ravagers

This September, DC Comics is turning it all the way back to zero, taking a look at what went on in the DCU before the New 52. Like we did a year ago with the first month of DC’s new universe, we’re going to give you some looks at all the "Zero Month" titles coming out over the next few weeks.

So here we go:

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #0

Written by Peter J. Tomasi, Art By Fernando Pasarin

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Guy Gardner is a disgraced cop with family issues… But when he gets a Green Lantern ring, he’s finally able to find what he’s meant for.

BEST BIT: Guy ramming into some crooks with his motorcycle, to save his brother’s life.

WORST BIT: I’m not a big fan of the severed spines and ultra-violence that populate the Green Lantern books, but that’s sort of par for the course.

ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? Guy’s whole origin gets revised in a way that makes sense for the character, but in a totally different context.

ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? Seriously, I don’t know what my problem is. Both this and Batman & Robin are written by Peter Tomasi, and that guy writers really, really good comics. But when I get to the comic book shop, I think, “Eh, don’t need THAT.” And then I read an issue like this, which perfectly captures everything that’s good, and complicated about a character like Guy Gardner, and I’m reminded how dumb I am. Point being, yes, I will try to remember to pick up the next issue.

GRIFTER #0

Written by Rob Liefeld & Frank Tieri, Art By Scott Clark

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Grifter has been brainwashed over, and over again, and forced to do horrible things to his friends. We finally find out what his purpose and origin are in the process.

BEST BIT: Clark’s art is gritty and dynamic.

WORST BIT: The first page’s narration is, “This feels… Off.” That didn’t spell well for the rest of the issue, though happily it exceeded my expectations.

ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? This whole Daemonite plot that’s running through the DCU gets more play, as you might expect.

ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? Probably not. This is a surprisingly solid lead, but I’ve just personally never been drawn to titles about muscled dudes who shoot things a lot. And I just don’t get Grifter’s mask. These are not fair criticisms, but there you go.

LEGION LOST #0

Written by Tom Defalco, Art By Pete Woods

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Find out how Timber Wolf got his powers, and revenge on the man who murdered his parents.

BEST BIT: Pete Wood draws some great future stuff.

WORST BIT: I don’t want to get too glib about this, but the concept of the series is that members of the Legion get stranded on Earth in the present. This has nothing to do with that, other than being a bio of one of the characters. I realize it’s a tall order to have something like this tie into the concept of the series, but I wish an attempt had been made; it would have been far more interesting.

ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? Unless some of these characters have also traveled back in time to present day Earth, probably not.

ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #13? Nope. It’s not that this is bad, per say, I‘m just not as gung ho for the Legion as some DC fans are (though there have been runs on the title I’ve loved).

THE RAVAGERS #0

Written by Howard Mackie, Art By Ian Churchill

WHAT’S IT ABOUT? Beast Boy and Terra are kidnapped and forced to run rigorous trials by the evil Lord Harvest, in order to find out more about their powers.

BEST BIT: Lord Harvest is pretty crazy looking, huh?

WORST BIT: This is the second issue this week where nearly no attention has been paid to the continuity of the pages. There are at least two pages, back to back, that have the same background and characters, yet are supposed to take place weeks or months apart with no explanation. Even a note saying, “Months later…” would help, but instead, we had to read the pages several times to figure out what the heck was going on. Not to mention when someone called Beast Boy by his hero name for the first time, as a big moment, and then several pages later, he calls himself Beast Boy, as a big moment. This again seems like the sort of comic that went through a ton of changes, and things just got missed.

ANY BIG REVELATIONS/TEASES? Yeah, I guess. We find out a lot about Beast Boy and Terra’s new origins, as well as a connection BB has to another animal based super-man.

ARE WE BACK FOR ISSUE #5? No, this is a mess… Though I will say, the “Who’s Who” in the back of the issue finally explained what the point of the Ravagers are – something that was skipped in the several issues of this title I’ve read – so that was nice.

Green Lantern Corps #0, Grifter #0, Legion Lost #0, and The Ravagers #0 all hit comic book stores on September 12th from DC Comics!