A Quick CCW Review: Green Lantern #48

Posted: November 25, 2009 in CCW Review
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Title: Green Lantern #48
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy w/Tom Nguyen
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99

This could quite possibly be the best issue of the Geoff Johns written Green Lantern series I have read. There is so much going on in this issue (quite like the last few) that, in a less capable writer’s hands, this story could easily fly off the rails. And the fact that it doesn’t is a testament to why Johns and DC Editorial have made Blackest Night the success that it is. Here are some quick reasons why this issue worked for me:

1. 7 Lanterns, 7 Voices: Do you know how refreshing it is to read a comic consisting of 5 or more main characters and NOT have all those characters sound the same? Now, if you only read New Avengers or Dark Avengers you would have no idea what I am talking about but if you read Agents of Atlas, Fantastic Four or Invincible Iron Man you do. Here Geoff Johns has given every Lantern such a distinct voice that it would be quite easy to pick out who is who just by reading the dialogue. It helps every character stand out from the pack.

2. Every Lantern Has Their Time to Shine: 5 issues ago it was The Black Hand, 4 issues ago it was The Star Sapphire, 3 issues ago it was Sinestro, the last two issues it was Indio-1 and in this issue it’s Atrocitus and Larfleeze. Devoting time to each individual character goes a long way in helping the reader to become emotionally invested in those characters and the overall story.

3. Atrocitus and Larfleeze: I haven’t cared for Atrocitus since his introduction in the Secret Origin storyline. To me, he just seemed like another ruthless, violent character that was quite shallow. And I do have to say that I fucking HATED Larfleeze in the Agent Orange story arc. I can not tell you how much this character annoyed me…but because of this issue I have changed my opinions of both of those characters. Atrocitus has a pretty heart breaking scene toward the end of this issue and, well,…Larfleeze was kinda the highlight of the entire issue. I would be lying if I said I didn’t actually laugh out loud when I read the issue’s last page.

4. Doug Mahnke’s Art: This guy is just incredible. If it weren’t for his art on this book I could almost guarantee you I would not be enjoying it as much as I am. Mahnke, Gleason and Reis’ art is just as important to the success of Blackest Night as are the reasons I stated above.

This issue lead straight into Blackest Night #5 where some major shit went down. Haven’t decided if I’m going to do a written review for it or save it for our tapings this weekend. Only time will tell.

Also, watch out for spoilers in our comment section if you have yet to read this issue or Blackest Night #5. Just a fair warning.


  1. Ironmuskrat says:

    Great review Jose, I have to admit I haven’t been following the Green Lantern Blackest Night issues, mostly due to the fact I am getting back into the collecting groove and did not want to overwhelm myself with too many books. I will be getting the trades for sure when they come out.

    And as for Blackest Night #5, without spoiling anything.. I thought after issue #4 things couldn’t get any worse for our heroes, but I will be dammed if Johns didn’t just turn it up to eleven and kick me in the nuts with the shit that happens in number five. I am completely baffled right now as to how Nekron is going to be defeated at this point.


    • generaldark says:

      omg bn #5…..omg just so epic lol. BTW i think editorial goofed in this issue, it says this takes place before #6. shouldnt it be #5?

  2. Antonio says:

    Can’t wait to see what happens in BN #6

    Last page had me excited for next month!

    And I found the whole Uncle Scrooge and Gonzo thing in GL to be pretty hilarious.

  3. phil says:

    If I wasn’t into these BN books the way that I am, this THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC cover would cause me to drop it.

  4. Dan Griffin says:

    Larfleeze – Best New Character of 2009

  5. Fallows1985 says:

    I have to agree the Atrocitus was cool, I mean that was a really sweet scene and brought more to his character.

    Have to admit, BN#5 just knocked it out of the park, I mean every page just had a reveal and every time i was like OMG, this was just reveal after reveal and it never disappointed. I even said “Holy fuck” when I was reading it on the bus lmao.

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