A Sense of Obligation
a true classic of the comic medium!
The time was 1987. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon's Watchmen was coming out. I tried to get everything by Alan Moore because almost everything that he wrote was amazing. I'm sure I got The Tales of the Green Lantern Annual #3 because of his 6 page "In Blackest Night" short in it. But this issue also contained another amazing story in it, "A Sense of Obligation" written by Richard Bruning and illustrated by Kevin Nowlan. I know I've seen work by Kevin Nowlan before on various covers of Defenders or in such titles as Dr. Strange #57, in a back up piece to Dalgoda called "Grimwood's Daughter" and the amazing the Outsiders annual #1 but this piece was special. In this piece he outdid himself. Not only did he do an amazing job penciling this issue, he did a near perfect job of inking as well as doing one of the most remarkable coloring jobs I have ever seen!
|There is a subtlety to Nowlan's artwork that is awesome to behold. The purple sky and grey earth is so striking in 5 panel.|
|Nowlan's inking is so incredibly slick here, it makes you wonder what size he was working at to get such wonderful detail and make it look so slick.|
|The story here is not remarkable but the artwork is so stunning that it actually elevates the story from a average story to a classic level, one that should be cherished and held up with the best of the medium.|