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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Green Lantern #15 Review

Simon Baz investigates the truth.
From by Joshua Yehl.

After last month’s humorous run-in with the Justice League, Green Lantern Simon Baz is back on his mission to discover why the van he stole had a bomb in it. The political thriller elements of Simon’s story are what make it so compelling, so getting to the bottom of the mystery makes this one of the better entries in the Rise of the Third Army event that continues to drag its feet. While this issue is pretty intense thanks to the confrontation with the van owner, Geoff Johns still manages to earn a huge laugh with what is one of the best surprise cameos of the year.
Artist Doug Mahnke turns in his usual top-notch artwork here, save for the shots of Simon looking surprised, of which there are a few. Dude’s face just doesn’t look right. On the plus side, Mahnke delivers one hell of an astonishing title splash page. His use of scale makes the Third Army seem like a true galactic-sized threat for the first time, and his composition of the image is such that you have to look closely before the horror sets in as to what you’re actually looking at.
The threat of the Third Army seems palpable enough thanks to Mahnke’s art, but the actual concept feels flawed thanks to the weak motivations of the Guardians and the Third Army’s ability to only hurt supporting characters. What has me more excited is the thought of what new stakes the First Lantern might bring. In classic Johns style, the revealed identity of the First Lantern resonates from a long forgotten point in Green Lantern history. But just like the reveal of the Anti-Monitor, Nekron, and Krona from events past, it makes perfect sense.

Geoff Johns delivers a few stellar moments that help along this dragging Green Lantern event.
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