Green Lantern/Flash: Faster Friends part 1
DC Comics (1997)
WRITER: Ron Marz
PENCILERS: Bart Sears, Andy Smith, Jeff Johnson, Ron Lim, & Tom Grindberg
INKERS: Mark Pennington & Bill Anderson
COLORIST: John Kalisz
COVER ART: Dave Johnson
LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulos
ART DIRECTOR: Robbin Brosterman
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Eddie Berganza
EDITOR: Kevin Dooley
Back in the olden days Alan Scott and Jay Garrick were Green Lantern and the Flash. On one of their first team-ups (and one of the first in superhero history) they helped contain what they thought was a dangerous alien known only as Alien X, but they were actually tricked by a mean government agent, who kept the alien to experiment on. His species lives so long that he figured they’d get bored and give up, but now he’s contracted cancer. After getting revenge on the agent Alien X uses his mental powers to take control of Alan and Jay to bring him to where they hid his spaceship despite their apologies. Their wives contact the current namesakes, Kyle Rayner and Wally West, to rescue their husbands. After being forced to fight their mentors they try to stop Alien X but he ends up blowing himself up even after Kyle still shows him kindness. He also sent out a signal to…something. By the way, what’s wrong with Jay?
What they got right: Alien X’s design does match up with the alien designs you’d see in comics’ Golden Age stories modernized with 90s art style (during those times 90s art was actually good, which it is here). This two-parter is to showcase how previous Green Lanterns and Flashes got along with the current version barely tolerate each other, and it does well enough so far.
What they got wrong: I thought Alan Scott was going by “Sentinel” at this point? I could be wrong though. And why did Kyle need to create a Santa Claus monster to make a polar bear back down? Don’t do that to Santa! I’ll tell Captain Yuletide!
Recommendation: A good first half. It’s worth checking out on its own and hopefully when I review part 2 next week I can recommend the whole miniseries.