By Koppy McFad
October 10, 2008 - 21:39
In this final chapter, retelling (and revising) the origin of Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), we get to see Sinestro and Hal confront the Guardians of the Universe about the secrets of the Corps and the mysterious prophecies that will lead to "the Blackest Night."
Continuity-purists will probably hate this issue as there are numerous changes to the Green Lantern history. Jordan has a new defiant attitude towards everything while the Guardians are presented in an almost sinister light. Sinestro meanwhile is depicted as the soul of honor even if he clearly has quite an ego. Still, these changes do serve the main story, giving hints of deeper secrets that even the Guardians are unaware of.
The art is both powerful and detailed, giving all the characters different shades of various emotions. The influence of Neal Adams and Jim Lee is obvious in this issue. But the fact that the comic books still come out on time makes the artistic feats even more remarkable. Reis and Oclair could very well be the next big names in comics if they keep on improving.
The problems of this issue tend to lie in pacing. Too much time has been taken up re-telling Jordan's origin, mostly just to build up the suspense for the big 'Blackest Night' event. There have been other comic books that have taken months or even years to build up the suspense for their big 'epic' tales but they did this by having stories that stand on their own as well. This recap of Jordan's first days as a Green Lantern have been all build-up and would not be very enjoyable if we didn't know that they were all part of a big DC event coming up.
Rating: 7 /10