Green Lantern

Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #25

by Alan Rapp on May 4, 2017

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Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #25 comic reviewWhile ultimately I don’t think Scooby-Doo! Team-Up #25 quite lives up to its promise, it’s hard for me not to enjoy a comic that so blatantly celebrates the Bronze Age pairing of Green Lantern and Green Arrow. When Mystery, Inc. travels into Karma Corners the group of meddling kids and their talking dog run across a pair of hard-traveling heroes (making reference to Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams famous comic run).

I enjoyed seeing Scooby-Doo and the gang interact with both Ollie and Hal, but the setting of Karma Corners is a bit corny (even for me). Still, there’s plenty of fun to be had including writer Sholly Fisch having fun with the fact that Green Arrow’s rogues gallery is pretty damn forgettable. The comic even gives us a (far too short) appearance by Black Canary.

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #18

by Alan Rapp on April 17, 2017

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #18 comic reviewLife for the combined forces of the Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps continues to get off to a rock start on Oa during the building of a new Yellow Power Battery as disagreements between the two groups come to blows. The responsibility for restoring order, and acting as the voice of reason, falls to Guy Gardner who manages to keep the peace… this time.

Elsewhere, in Space Sector 563, the team of Space Ape and Gorrin-Sunn get into some trouble of their own while discovering an odd anomoly on what should be a deserted chunk of space. Beginning the latest arc, the pair’s disappearance will force John Stewart to send his two most trusted Lanterns to investigate: Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner (does this mean this pair is are the only Green Lanterns who don’t get a yellow-ringed partner?). Can’t Hal trade Kyle in for Space Ape (or, you know, pretty much anyone else?).

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Green Lanterns #20

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2017

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Green Lanterns #20 comic reviewA poor man’s Magneto, Doctor Polaris isn’t exactly an A-list DC villain. That said, writer Sam Humphries and artist Eduardo Pansica put the character to good use here as the emotionally unstable super-villain fights to save his dying brother. Trapped by the villain deep below the surface of the Earth, it’s Jessica Cruz that saves both herself and her partner Simon Baz and the series continues the trend of making Jessica the far more interesting half of the duo as she’s able to focus her will far better than her more experienced partner.

One released from their prison, the Green Lanterns work together (with a little help from a Justice League teammate) to track down Doctor Polaris. While there’s not a lot of action here, there’s an interesting story going on inside Polaris’ fractured mind.

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Green Lantern/Space Ghost Special #1

by Alan Rapp on April 5, 2017

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Green Lantern/Space Ghost Special #1 comic reviewOn the far edge of the universe, through a rift in space, two heroes answer the call about a dangerous weapon and a cry for help. Green Lantern/Space Ghost Special #1 follows the basic set-up of crossover issues with our heroes from different universes each mistaking the other for a villain and coming to blows for a few panels before discovering that they are on the same side. But, hey, this has Space Ghost and Green Lantern, so there was no way I was passing it up.

The anti-isolationist message is pretty heavy-handed here in this story about a world that denies the existence of anything, or anyone, outside of its atmosphere. In such a world the greatest weapon is the one that destroys a worldview and proves the biggest misconception of their uniqueness in the universe.

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #17

by Alan Rapp on March 27, 2017

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #17 comic reviewI have never denied that fact that Kyle Rayner is my least favorite Green Lantern. Ever. Born out of the masturbatory fantasies of Ron Marz who destroyed one of DC Comic’s oldest heroes to write himself into the storyline, Kyle has been a problem for me ever since his first appearance (where he was given a power ring because a Guardian couldn’t bother to find someone actually worthy and handed the most powerful weapon in the universe over to the first person he came across). I explain this not to attack the character, who I find tolerable at the best of times, but to offer an explanation while a Kyle-centric issue is never going to be a favorite of mine.

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