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Green Lantern #12

Posted: Monday, July 17, 2006
By: John Hays



Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Ivan Reis

Publisher: DC Comics


The Cyborg Superman is back. Itís been a while since weíve seen him, so Geoff Johns decides to do a short recap of his personal history, as well as the history he shares with Hal Jordan. The Cyborg then tries to convert Hal to his way of thinking, while Hal attempts to get the old band back together.

This was a great issue, filled with a ton of little surprises and gifts for longtime fans. First of all, we get to see the crypts and, I assume, mortician for the Green Lantern Corps for the first time. Geoff obviously loves delving into the never-before-seen corners of a characterís mythology, further fleshing it out in interesting and unique ways. Here we are told that most of the coffins for the GL Corps are empty, understandably so given their duties.

We then get to see the Cyborg Superman in his new capacity as leader of the Manhunters, where he has evolved them to the point where they can use not only the Green Lantern energy for a power source, but also small nanites to infect humans and turn them into mindless slaves. This is a rather scary thought because the last thing we need is another case of Hal Jordan being under someone elseís control.

The next set of fanboy moments are when Hal revives the corps members, many of which he himself recruited years ago. While just seeing characters like Jack T. Chance alive again would be enough to give this issue a positive rating, seeing Arisia just tips the scales into greatness. Of course, Geoff doesnít end there; he has to just put more icing on the cake by showing us the towering Manhunters with Guy and other Lanterns inside them acting as power sources. Geoff really is the master of the last page shocker/cliffhanger.

The side story pages are interesting and all but unfortunately just donít keep pace with the rest of this particular issue. While Iím curious to know why Crimson Fox is now backing the Global Guardians and whatís going on with Flicker and Hunger Dog, I would much rather know whether or not Hal recovers from the mind invasion by the Cyborg. Of course, I suppose thatís called dramatic tension, making me wait a few pages before getting back to that, but it would have been nice if those side stories had been as intense and exciting as the main story, so that, while Iím anxiously awaiting the next issue, itís not only because of the main plot, but also because of the side plots. Right now, Iím curious about them, but not chomping at the bit. I do have to hand it to Ivan Reis, though. It was cool to see Boba Fett in the secret villain bar.

Overall, I really enjoyed this issue. It was a great reunion with both the Cyborg as well as many old Corps members, most notably Arisia. Plus, it really makes me want to check out the next issue, which is always a plus for a comic book. I wonder what else Geoff has up his sleeve.



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