Edge of Oblivion has reached the halfway point in its life cycle and with that comes several changes, some welcome and some decidedly not. The series thus far has been a mixed bag but for the most part it has disappointed fans, something big would need to happen to change that and put the series on the right path for its remaining three instalments.
The issue begins with a flashback that tells of a young Iolande walking with her father. The short segment shows her being taught about leadership and personal strength but also compassion and it makes for a mildly touching little side story. More importantly, it lends some reason to the follow up scenes that see a fully grown Iolande leading a group of Lanterns towards Mogo, keeping them going despite their exhaustion.
A big complaint thus far in the series has been that very few of the characters have had any real time dedicated to them and the result has been a cast that is nearly impossible to care about. The focus on a proper introduction for a new character here makes for a welcome change to that dynamic and adds one more relatable face to the cast. As it would turn out, character development was the theme of the day on this book.
Guy Gardener has been one of the key characters thus far but even he has not been given much chance to display any meaningful emotions. For the most part he has joined the rest of the cast in aimlessly wandering from event to event without much reason but that was shaken up this time around. Guy was given a believable response to the action occurring around him and his anger at the loss of two more Lanterns, B’DG and Arisa, led the story in a more interesting direction as he opened himself up to potential manipulation from the not entirely trustworthy, Ausras. It is not yet clear whether it was an actual betrayal but her taking advantage of his emotions and sending him to face Marniel certainly seemed suspect as the very least.
On top of this new found attention to character there is also a little more impetus put upon the heroes to find a way home as it is revealed that the universe they are occupying will die in just four days, taking them along with it if they aren’t able to escape. This served to ramp up the tension for readers just enough to stop people straying from this series, which must have been tempting for many beforehand. The hope it that it actually builds up to a decent pay off and not some hopelessly saccharin nonsense. With the Revival just around the corner the time may be perfect to shake up the character a little bit and kill just a few more of the extraneous ones off.
So, amongst all this you may be wondering where the unwelcome change is. That comes in a notable departure from the creative team, specifically the supremely talented artist, Ethan Van Sciver. His vibrant, lively, and emotive work on this series has been a huge part of the reason for it having any success. Without him this could have been a total flop but his immense talents have made for a visually stunning book. His replacement had better be good else this may be a nail in the coffin for this mini-series.
Despite being a little lacking on the action front, save for the finale, this turned out to be a perfectly good entry into this series. Nobody will ever claim this to be a classic in the DC pantheon but it is a serviceable tale with the potential to have lasting ramifications if the company gets a little brave with their assets.
Score: 3.5 out of 5.
To keep up to date with ‘Up For Review’ you can like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/upforreview/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel
You can also follow the author on Twitter: https://twitter.com/shaunpond1994