Green Lantern

Green Lantern #52

by Alan Rapp on May 10, 2016

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Green Lantern #52Hal Jordan‘s New 52 adventures come to a close with a battle between the last remaining Green Lantern and the Gray Agents attempting to make a name for themselves by taking the space cop down. Robert Venditti and his team write and end for the version of Hal Jordan that wraps up some, but certainly not all, of the loose strings surrounding the renegade Green Lantern’s recent adventures. The Corps is still gone and we are no closer to understanding just what Hal Jordan is becoming.

As we’ve seen in recent months, the final issue of the series continues to tease Hal loosing himself to the power of the gauntlet and becoming less human. With Jordan apparently returning to costume and ring in the new series Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps as part of DC Comics’ Rebirth reboot, you have to wonder what (if any) of this storyline will be kept.

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Justice League: Cosmic Clash

by Alan Rapp on April 16, 2016

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  • Title: LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Cosmic Clash
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Justice League: Cosmic ClashThe weakest of the LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes straight-to-video movies to date, LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash nevertheless provides its share of fun when Brainiac (Phil LaMarr) arrives on Earth with plans to shrink the planet and add it to his collection. When the ensuing battle gets Superman (Nolan North), Wonder Woman (Grey Griffin), and Green Lantern (Josh Keaton) all trapped in the past, Batman (Troy Baker) will journey back to three different time periods, with the help of the Flash (James Arnold Taylor) and his Cosmic Treadmill, and remind his friends why they need to return to the present and help save their planet.

Batman’s entire time-jumping adventures are an inside joke to the events of Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne mini-series which saw the Caped Crusader reborn in various forms such as a caveman and pirate.

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Green Lantern #50

by Alan Rapp on March 19, 2016

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Green Lantern #50The long-teased big throwdown between New 52 Hal Jordan and his pre-New 52 Parallax counterpart isn’t exactly as advertised. Anti-climactic may be the best way to describe the encounter. On one hand I enjoyed Parallax’s reaction to Coast City and seeing his family still alive, on the other hand his reaction to seeing Hal as an enemy (even after learning he can’t save Coast City from destruction as it fell in this version of the DCU as well) is where things start to go wrong.

The problem with this version of Parallax as a villain is he’s simply too strong for Hal Jordan, or anyone, to defeat alone. Used correctly the character could be made into an interesting anti-hero but that’s not the case here. Instead Hal taps deep into the power of his gauntlet and somehow comes up with enough power to make Parallax flee in terror.

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Green Lantern #49

by Alan Rapp on March 1, 2016

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Green Lantern #49There’s an interesting idea at the heart of Green Lantern #49, unfortunately there’s also several head-scratching moments that distract what should be a strong issue leading up to the big throwdown between Green Lantern and Parallax next month.

Sonar has apparently gotten the entire world to cower in fear while the United Nation debates giving into the super-villain’s demands (and apparently every other hero on the planet Earth has taken the day off). Guessing correctly about the madman’s plans for the ambassadors, Hal is able to step in and prevent a blood bath in the U.N., although the villain escapes leaving the story unfinished.

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Green Lantern #48

by Alan Rapp on January 12, 2016

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Green Lantern #48Following the amusement park bombing that left his nephew in a coma, Hal Jordan heads to Gotham in search of answers about Sonar, the leader of a terrorist group claiming responsibility for the attack and threatening others if the United Nations refuses to give into his demands. The appearance of Batman Stand-in #7, or whatever this guy’s name is, attempts to play on the complicated relationship between Batman and Green Lantern but doesn’t have anywhere to go. Considering as a member of the Justice League there would be any number of other ways for Jordan to get the intelligence other than just showing up in the middle of Gotham (he doesn’t even go to the Batcave?) the entire sequence doesn’t make much sense.

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