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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Green Lantern #18

March 8th, 2013 by Christopher Williams Comments

Written by Geoff Johns

Art by Szymon Kudranski

Pencils by Adrian Syaf

Thank you! I’m not completely down on Baz, his story has been okay, but I need Hal Jordan! Jordan has been sidelined for far too long as he and Sinestro have been stuck in the dead zone inside of Black Hand’s black ring. Over the course of the last few issues we have gotten maybe two pages at best in each issue with Hal and Sinestro so we don’t all but forget about them. Having the greatest Green Lantern ever sidelined while the Rise of the Third Army went on is not something I am accustomed to.

Johns finally gets back to Hal Jordan and Sinestro as Baz is sent into Black Hand’s ring to retrieve Hal Jordan to help combat the new biggest threat to the galaxy, Volthoom, the First Lantern. We get some interesting back-story on Volthoom courtesy of Tomar Re, and if anything we learned that Volthoom is not the guy to play around with. Though I did like most of the back-story, the whole going back to witness Krona witness the beginning of the universe was a little confusing at first, I had to reread that panel a few times for it to make sense.

Of course Sinestro, being as selfish as he is, doesn’t take the rescue of Jordan over himself too lightly and manages to steal Hal’s rescue instead. I like how B’dg states this could be a big problem as they knew Sinestro wouldn’t be the team player they needed to stop a threat like Volthoom, Sinestro is more likely to want to do the job all on his own.

Hal knows he has one shot left at helping, and that’s becoming a Black Lantern. What?! Remember when it was prophesied that Hal would become the greatest Black Lantern ever? Hell yeah this just got more interesting! Hal is left with a big choice to make at the end if he is to be able to become a Black Lantern, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

The art here seemed a little off to me though, especially when it came to Hal. I’m used to seeing the hard lines and definition of Jordan, and here he seemed to drawn soft, maybe it’s to emphasize that he’s in the dead zone, but he almost looked a bit pudgy. The art delivers pretty well other than that.

Overall this was one of the best Green Lantern comics we got since Hal was cast away, and that’s because we finally got Jordan back in a way. Though the art wasn’t as strong as it normally is, the story more than makes up for it.

4 out 5 nerds

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Christopher is self-billed as the World's Coolest Nerd (meaning he wears glasses and is clumsy, but he never earned good marks in school). He loves all things Star Wars and superhero related such as comics, books, cartoons and movies. He's a husband and father who somehow manages to keep up with his pastimes since his day job mainly consists of sitting around a store with not much to do. He's very outspoken and wants to share his opinions with the world, or at least his fellow nerds. You can follow him on Twitter @AUDone44.