Green Lantern #52

by Doug Zawisza, Reviewer |

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Wed, March 24th, 2010 at 7:59PM (PDT)


Geoff Johns delivers enough Green Lantern signature moments in this book to make it worthwhile, but he also puts a great deal of "Blackest Night" resolutions in here too. The Black Lantern planet Xanshi, the White Lantern Sinestro (hey, if that spoiled it for you, congratulations) and the embodiments of the emotions from the emotional spectrum are all present in this issue.

It's a compelling read, as Nekron and Sinestro lock horns and trade blows. The Green Lanterns get their licks in, too, with other Lanterns fight alongside them.

Mahnke delivers another visual spectacle, playing up the big moments- – there are four double-page spreads –- and ratcheting down for the finer detail, such as the single five-and-three-quarter by two-inch panel with nine various colored Lanterns watching a phalanx of Black Lanterns rush past them. This is a heavy book, filled with characters and calamities. The page preceding the origins of the emotional icons has nine panels from top to bottom. Throughout Johns' run in the Green Lantern universe, the composition of the Green Lantern books has been non-traditional, boosting the urgency and action of the story contained within. This issue is no exception. The emotions in this story are accentuated by the bold darks of the shadows cast by the Black Lanterns as they face the might of Sinestro.

The trio of colorists hold together nicely, keeping this book unified and, at times, bright. The grid established by the Lanterns to block Xanshi is practically glowing, and the brightness of the White Lantern washes over all it touches.

Leigh is given the task of making Sinestro's voice ring with choir bells and laser beams, and he does a great job. Sinestro's word balloons make a nice counterpoint to those from Nekron. The other various balloons –- from the transmissions via ring to the Black Lanterns speeches -- all carry different weight, and do so in an engaging manner. The lettering in a comic makes the difference, in my mind, of whether a part is voiced by James Earl Jones or Carrot Top, and Leigh presents the range here.

The final issue of "Blackest Night" hits next week, and I'm interested to see how much of a recap is given of the events from this issue and the most recent "Green Lantern Corps." This issue does a great job of setting up the grand finale while trimming off a few loose edges. There is going to be a new status quo for this book coming out of "Blackest Night;" I just wonder what role the "greatest Lantern of them all" will play.

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