Female Comic Book Characters Month

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Comic Book Review: Green Lantern #50

The final two chapters of the epic crossover saga, The Blackest Night will hit stores over the next two months. In the meantime, the action is taken up a notch in the main Lantern books: Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps. For the special 50th issue of Green Lantern, Coast City, Hal's hometown is under siege by tons of Black Lanterns (recently deceased heroes and villians brought back to life in all their decomposing glory). But Hal is not alone. He has several allies and friends by his side including Star Sapphire, Wonder Woman, Flash (the recently returned Barry Allen), Mera (Aquaman's wife), The Atom, Sinestro, and Atrocitus (baddest of the Red Lanterns). But this motley group doesn't just have to contend with the Black Lanterns but also The Spectre, who has become one also. The Spirit Of Vengeance is a powerful force to begin with...add to that the power of a Black Lantern and look out. Hal pretty much throws everything at The Spectre and it doesn't even begin to faze him. But Hal comes up with an insane plan that just might work. The last time The Spectre was involved in a crisis was when he battled Parallax, the entity that possessed Hal's body and wreaked havoc all over the universe. Hal recalls that The Spectre was actually afraid of Parallax, and that might be the only way to bring down The Spectre. Of course not everyone thinks this is such a good idea, even Sinestro, Hal's longtime enemy. So Parallax is let loose and takes over Hal's body to set up next issue's battle royal. What a hell of a cliff-hanger! The team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Doug Mahnke keep firing on all cylinders with Green Lantern. Johns has been writing this book for 4 years now and I'm just wondering how long he can maintain this quality of storytelling. I hope for a while, because GL is by far the best comic book on the market right now. And I can't wait for the exciting conclusion to this classic in the making Blackest Night saga.

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