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Green Lantern #45

Posted: Monday, May 31, 2010
By: Robert Tacopina

Geoff Johns
Mahnke, Alamy (i), Nguyen (i), Champagne (i), Mayor w/ Eltaeb (c)
DC Comics
ďThe New GuardiansĒ (part 2)

The first thing that jumped out at me while reading this issue of Green Lantern to review is the obvious recreation of a scene that was originally featured in Brightest Day #1. While I do see the need to touch on this situation as it is relevant to the story at large I can not help but feel that it reeks of lazy writing. It was a case of self plagiarism as Johns sought to recreate the exact dialogue from the aforementioned issue and incorporate it into here. Sure, the events in Brightest Day and Green Lantern will mirror each other, but it is a poor way to implement that reflection of the titles.

The rest of the book, however, was quite a decent read that introduced some compelling ideas that will be engaging to watch unfold. Atrocitus is in search of the spectrum entities that correlate to the Lanterns themselves. Hal, Carol, and Sinestro also have this revealed to them by the mysterious white power battery that they can not budge even when attempting to do so in unison. The actions of Scar, the fallen Guardian, and her conversation with Sodam Yat are sure to cause a good deal of trouble in the near future. I also found some humor and satisfaction in the portrayal of Atrocitus and his pet cat, that Iíll call Mr. Bigglesworth, in the opening sequence. It was actually quite disturbing to witness and I loved it.

As I have stated already I thought Geoff Johns could have used an alternative method to present to the reader depicting the three Lanterns trying to lift the white battery. Outside of that scene Johns performed as one would expect from him. He excels most when adding the voice to the likes of Atrocitus and Scar as they just come across as very evil and sinister in nature which both obviously are. Actually, it can be said that Green Lantern didnít play much of a role in this book at all, at least that showed the reader something that we have not seen before that is. Doug Mahnke continues to infuse top notch art into Green Lantern. Even four different inkers couldnít dent the quality of the pencils that give Green Lantern some added pop.

In the end this was a very well produced book that suffered from one deficiency. I donít want to harp on it more than I have already but realize that I feel that it diminishes the overall appeal of the book if you are reading both Brightest Day and Green Lantern (isnít that everyone?). I find myself wanting to see more of the spectrum entities and what they truly represent and encompass in the grand scheme of things.



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