Monday, 1 February 2010
A sudden flash of green, and then...
Almost every evening I have tucked myself into bed with a few pages of Darwyn Cooke's 'The New Frontier', the absolute edition which was a chrimbo pressie from the lovely Mrs. K. I love the oversized art and the reassuring wieght of this hefty tome.
Here we see test pilot Hal Jordan coming to terms with an incredible encounter with a dying alien, named Abin Sur. Using a powerful green ring to locate a viable successor to wield the battery of power, the green lantern, the alien now lies at Hal's feet,his life ebbing away beneath the searing heat of the desert sun. His last words are chosen carefully to pass on the knowledge that Hal will need in his new life as the Green Lantern, bearing the green ring for the force of 'good' in the Universe. In this poignant moment the vultures circle overhead, waiting on the wing.
It was only a matter of time before I could add this species to my list of 'birds in comics', the Turkey Vulture. Thank you Mr. Cooke!