Written by Geoff Johns
Art by just about everybody
Published by DC Comics
Green Lantern #20 is without a doubt the single greatest comic I’ve read this year not named The Walking Dead! The story here is told in epic proportion and almost feels like a series finale of a TV show. I loved the fact that DC made this special issue a whopping 80 pages, being the last issue of Geoff Johns’ historic run, it only feels right to let the man go out with a bang. This issue has it all, action, suspense, intrigue and even romance. I was blown away at how Wrath of the First Lantern wrapped as every event was played out on a grand scale. Each page burned in my hand begging to be turned to the next bit of awesomeness that lie in store.
I have to admit that I was really surprised at how the finale of this arc played out given that much of the meat of the arc felt stagnant and too long as it played out over every book in the Green Lantern universe for what felt like an eternity. The finale hits and I can feel the barn burning down as I read it. I’ve never encountered so many “Holy S#*t!” moments in one issue of a book, though to be fair, 80 pages is a lot of room to achieve that feat. It literally felt like every time I turned the page that it would get more intense. I really hate to spoil it if you haven’t read it, but if you’ve ever read my reviews you should come to expect that by now. So that being said…Black Lantern Hal! Parallax Sinestro!! Ganthet and Sayd!!! I can’t express my love for this issue enough.
As far as the art goes, it’s a shining triumph of some of the best art in the biz for about 95% of the issue. Seeing the depictions of some of the events I just mentioned was awe-inspiring. The bit with Ganthet and Sayd was truly moving to see, and the expression on Ganthet’s face earlier when he had given up all hope was just perfect. The only falter in the art would have to be at the end when we get the epilogue so to speak. The characters looked funny as hell and John Stewart’s facial expression as he tells Fatality that he loves her was just straight corny. However, everything works to a tee for the rest of the issue. It was great to see all these artists come out to wish Johns’ farewell from Green Lantern.
I for one will miss Johns’ work on Green Lantern. Not only did his work get me to become a huge GL nut, it’s the reason I got back into comics after not reading them regularly since my teens. I just want to say thank you Geoff for everything you’ve done for Green Lantern and the mythology. This is one of those instances where 5 nerds isn’t adequate enough to rate this issue. That being said…
5 out of 5 nerds
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