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GL 45

Title: Green Lantern #45
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy w/Tom Nguyen
Publisher: DC
Price: $2.99

Ok, I need to get this out if the way first: If you have not been reading the Green Lantern books for the better part of this year you are absolutely screwed if you are trying to figure out what is going on in this issue. Hell, if you just started reading the GL books at the beginning of Blackest Night you are even more fucked. I feel sorry for you guys if that’s the case. That’s just what the retailer side of me thinks.

As for the rest of us: Holy shit was this issue crazy. Where as, in my opinion, the Blackest Night mini has felt a little decompressed this issue of Green Lantern is the exact opposite. From the first page this book does not give you a minute to catch your breath. Let’s walk through this issue together, shall we?

We open up exactly where we left off in GL #44 with John Stewart being surprised by a swarm of Black Lantern rings who are there not to raise a person but a planet. The planet Xanshi to be exact. The same Xanshi in which John Stewart was partially to blame for it’s destruction way back in the 1988 mini-series Cosmic Odyssey. Here’s some questions that I have about this:

1. Is it just the planet and not it’s former inhabitants?
2. Is this the Black Lantern equivalent to Mogo? (Probably)
3. What’s to stop the Black Lanterns from reviving other planets like say, oh I don’t know, Krypton?

Moving on. Next we find ourselves on the Star Sapphire homeworld of Zamaron where the Sinestro Corps are trying to free captured comrades and their one time leader, Sinestro himself, who are in the process of being “converted” into Star Sapphires. Well, guess what? The Sinestro Corps succeeds in doing just that, natch.

Now to Ysmault, the home planet of the Red Lanterns. The “Lost Lanterns”, with the aid of Alpha Lantern Boodikka, are trying to retrieve the body of their fellow fallen Lantern, Laira. During the battle Black Lantern rings start falling from the sky reviving every dead Lantern including Laira. Now this is just me but I find the fact that Laira, who was a Green Lantern and then a Red Lantern, now becoming a Black Lantern just completely ridiculous. Make up your mind Johns. Do you want her dead, not want her dead, or undead? There better be a payoff with this particular character arc because this is treading very close to Bendis A.D.D. territory.

Right. Now back to Zamaron (see how confusing this would bee if you were a GL noob?).

Here we have Sinestro and Carol Ferris, two characters who have known Hal Jordan since he became a Green Lantern, fighting one another. I just thought this was a great moment. The history that they share with Jordan, knowing of each other only through their relationship with Jordan added a extra layer to this battle. Sinestro tries to hurt Ferris emotionally by hurling insults at her about how Hal will never truly love her and she fights back by saying that she already knows this and has come to terms with it and that leads to this exchange between the two:

Carol: “I’m not here for me. Or for us. I’m here for him. I’m here to do what I can to help him.”

Sinestro: “Carol, I almost feel sorry for you. You should know by now, love is nothing more than a chemical reaction in the brain. A temporary state of mind. Love is a lie.”

Carol: “Why don’t I believe you?”

Carol then encases Sinestro with her ring and makes him see that love does indeed lie in his heart. I bring this exchange between the characters up for two reasons:

1. I have had this exact same conversation with someone who I once knew, with me in the role of Sinestro (shocking I’m sure), which tells me that Geoff Johns “gets” real life relationships (to a certain degree) and is able to use them successfully in his writings. It actually made me sympathize with Sinestro just a bit.

2. I am wondering if Johns is setting up a possible story of redemption for Sinestro. Mongul has all but replaced him as the leader of the Sinestro Corps, right? It will be interesting to see if this happens or not.

Alright, let’s go through the rest of this issue quickly. At the end of the Sinestro/Ferris fight a group of Black Lanterns show up. Black Lanterns who are deceased members of the Sinestro Corps who are lead by Amon Sur. Larfleeze’s Orange Lantern constructs have successfully uprooted the Blue Lantern Power Battery on Odym but as this is happening Black Lantern rings start filing into Agent Orange’s lair raising all of the dead people whose corpses who have been littering the place. This leads to a funny “uh-oh” moment.

Overall this was a good read. Well, if you actually knew what was going on that is. It is filled with little things that I think only long time Lantern readers would get and that in itself is kinda rewarding. And just like that the longest review I’ve written yet comes to an end. So, what did you guys think of this issue?

Oh, and artist Doug Mahnke absolutely killed it again on this issue. Awesome stuff. Could have done without the thee different inkers but oh well.

J.

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Man on the Run

It looks like Geoff Johns is not only going to be co-writing the upcoming Flash film but will also serve as a producer. CBR is also saying that Johns has been hired by DC to be a consultant on it’s line of comic based films:


Warners hired Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison and Marv Wolfman this last fall to act as consultants and writers for its superhero line of films. While details of Morrison and Wolfman’s separate projects weren’t revealed, it was noted that Johns has worked up a new treatment for a “Flash” film, being written by Dan Mazeau. Johns will act in a producer capacity on “Flash,” which does not yet have a director.

If this news came out before the release of Flash: Rebirth I would most likely be seeing it as positive but it comes after three awful issues of the mini-series have seen the light of day so I can’t. I have a lot more faith in Wolfman and Morrison putting together a good Flash flick at this point.

No news yet on the eventual casting of Ryan Reynolds as The Flash.

J.

Wonder Woman Lends a Hand

While answering questions from comic fans over at CBR, Geoff Johns let us in on plans for a new mini-series that makes me very, very happy:

Wonder Woman will have a role in “Blackest Night,” though she isn’t a central character initially. She also appears in the “Blackest Night: Wonder Woman” miniseries by Greg Rucka. I’m a huge fan of Greg’s run. Can you guess what Black Lantern will be in it?

By now, every CCW viewer knows that I hold Greg Rucka’s Wonder Woman run in very high regards. Hearing that he will be writing another WW story is very exciting news indeed.

Geoff Johns Prime: Blackest Night at CBR

J.

Fight the Power

Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99

It feels like we have been hearing about Blackest Night for years but DC’s 2009 “summer event” is finally upon us. At first I wasn’t really too excited about this mini-series which is kind of sad since I do read Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps every month. Trying to think of a reason for my ambivalence I think I’ve come up with an answer: Geoff Johns.

Now don’t get me wrong. I think Johns’ is a great writer and seems to have a strong work ethic but his writing on Green Lantern for the last year or so hasn’t really been doing it for me. His “Secret Origins” storyline, which took 7 issues to tell, bored me. I already knew Hal Jordan’s origin but Johns’ felt the need to retell it in order to retcon some aspects of the story to have ties with the Blackest Night. I won’t even begin to tell you how awful I thought the last arc, “Agent Orange“, was.

But then came Green Lantern #43 last week and it seemed to sell me on the idea of Blackest Night. Our video review should be up for that soon so I won’t go into details here about why.

Blackest Night #1 starts off with several characters of the DCU paying respect to all of those who have passed on be they family, friends, heroes, villains, leaders or legends. It becomes quite clear to the reader just how many characters that DC Comics has killed off in the last few years and it is almost unsettling. It doesn’t really help that most of these characters arguably died senseless deaths in order to bring comic readers cheap “shocking moments“. Then again that is the main subject of this first issue: death, be it senseless, cheap or otherwise.

The first half of the issue really does have some strong character interactions. Though I am not a fan of Barry Allen being back, I will say that I thought the scene between him and Hal Jordan was by far the best in the book. When Barry asks Hal to tell him which of their friends have died while he was lost in the Speed Force, Hal “shows” him using the power of the Green Lantern ring. That leads to a double splash page of Barry, and the reader, seeing everybody that are no longer among the living. It is quite a bit to take in. Barry Allen then asks Hal Jordan the question I’ve been wondering myself the answer to for the last few years. “How, Hal? Why?”

The second half of the book is where I begin to have some problems. After being reminded of all the senseless death over the years in DC Comics Geoff Johns decides to provide us with some more. I won’t spoil who dies here but needless to say I just wasn’t happy about it. One other thing I will not spoil for you are all of the numerous Black Lanterns which “rise” in this issue.

Now that being said, I will acquiesce to the fact that if you look at Blackest Night as a horror movie/story it really is a lot of fun. I am completely capable of separating my geek-comic-logic mind from the rest of myself to see that this may be the main appeal of the book. For that reason I would say pick this comic up. Well, that, and the fact that Ivan Reis does some of the best work of his career.

If this review wasn’t enough for you be sure to check out the CCW You Tube Channel next week where Elliott will get in on the action and we will go a little more in depth into this issue.

J.