Title: Green Lantern #48
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy w/Tom Nguyen
Publisher: DC Comics
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.