Green Lantern

Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #9

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2016

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Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #9The Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps‘ attempt to save the planet of from an attack on Starro leaves the group in a precarious position. Not only must they think of a quick way to stop the mind-controlling starfish from taking control of them as well, but the group also discover that the entire city has been taken and bottled by an old DC villain – Braniac. Even after working together to stop Starro, the Lanterns have an entirely new set of problems to deal with.

The issue’s back-up story begins to investigate just what happened to Hal Jordan after his attack on Warworld. As the his ring continues to seek out its master, we see into the Emerald Space where Hal exists between life and death. Approached by a former Green Lantern, Hal discovers although he has earned his rest his ring-slingin’ days may not be over just yet.

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Green Lanterns #11

by Alan Rapp on November 21, 2016

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Green Lanterns #11With the unstable Frank Laminski now in control of the Phantom Ring, it falls to Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz to take down the would-be hero. The task is doing so is complicated by Laminski actually performing some very public heroic duties, including saving a young girl’s life. Caught on camera, the two assigned Green Lanterns for Sector 2814 struggle to explain the situation (although Laminski’s unstable personality eventually gets them out of the jam).

The scene in which the Green Lanterns are stopped in their tracks not by a villain but by a reporter works well. Having Laminski’s own insecurities get them out of the situation feels a little too neat, as it saves the heroes from thinking their way out of the problem.

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Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #7

by Alan Rapp on November 7, 2016

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Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #7The conclusion of the series’ opening arc “Sinestro’s Law” pits student against teacher one more time. While Hal Jordan sends Soranik on a mission to deal with the Fear Engine and release those captured and tortured to feed Sinestro‘s power, Hal takes a stand against Sinestro one more time. Hal Jordan’s metamorphosis into something… other began during the New 52. While the comic suggests Hal gives his life to stop Sinestro’s reign of fear, the series’ title and the constant foreshadowing of something more in Jordan’s future makes me believe this isn’t the last we’ve heard from him.

Hal and Sinestro’s battle takes up the majority of the issue here with little more than cameos from Soranik and Guy Gardner. As for the Corps, John Stewart leads his Lanterns to the heart of the universe just in time to witness Hal’s big sacrifice.

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Green Lanterns #9

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2016

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Green Lanterns #9Teased in the previous issue, Green Lanterns #9 kicks off a new arc centered around the “Phantom Ring” (a power ring anyone can use). Set entirely from the perspective of Frank Lamninski we get a feel for the jealousy and obsession a normal person can be corrupted by in a world full of super-heroes. While not quite on the the same level in terms of storytelling, this issue reminded me of Astro City and its focus of showing a world of heroes through the eyes of others.

Ever since the first appearance of Green Lantern, Frank Lamninski has been obsessed with power rings. Seeing more and more humans chosen over the years has only increased his drive to become worthy enough to earn his own ring. Green Lanterns #9 highlights that drive and obsession and the moment when all his work was ultimately dashed.

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Green Lanterns #8

by Alan Rapp on October 13, 2016

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Green Lanterns #8Losing a renegade Guardian of the Universe on Halloween night he has in his possession a power ring anyone is capable enough to command isn’t the best way to start the holiday for Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz. And if that wasn’t enough, Earth’s two rookie Green Lanterns aren’t the only ones on the lookout for Guardian Rami and the Phantom Ring.

Green Lanterns #8 is a fun Halloween-themed issue featuring Simon’s family, trick-or-treaters, and a pair of Dominators on Earth in hopes to get their hands on the Phantom Ring. Dominators aren’t my favorite alien threat, but they actually turn out to be just the kind of creepy-looking pair of villains for a proper Halloween comic.

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