By Koppy McFad
August 25, 2012 - 06:53
The readers get thrown right into the action with the Guardians, the rising Third Army, the mysterious Book of Black and Black Hand and his zombies. It is enthralling for longtime fans, , especially those who have been following GREEN LANTERN for years. This book actually still references the events of BLACKEST NIGHT and BRIGHTEST DAY even though the rest of the new DC universe has seemingly forgotten these events.
This gives the story a certain satisfying fullness, considering it has decades of history still behind it. Even better, the tale is linked to the larger plotlines going on in all the GREEN LANTERN books. I don't know which editor or writer is responsible for this careful coordination but they re certainly doing a good job. Perhaps if all DC Comics had been coordinated so well years ago, we would not need this "new" DC reboot in the first place.
The characterisation, while not very complex, is still interesting with Sinestro and Hal keeping up a hostile repartee while being forced to work together to stop Black Hand. The cliffhanger at the end also helps build up the suspense while still surprising the reader.
But at the same time, DC Comics still does a poor job of filling in the new reader on what is happening in this latest issue. DC editors may say they want to attract a new audience but unless the new reader jumps on a a convenient point, he will still be lost. This is especially true for GREEN LANTERN titles who retained much of their old continuity but it also applies to other titles which have managed to build up extensive backstories in less than a year of publication.
The art is dark and gloomy, fitting for a horror-themed story with the walking dead all over the place. But it could look confusing once the protagonists move to outer space.
Rating: 9 /10