In Review: Green Lantern #17

The cover: Simon radiates with the power of his ring, surrounded by Arkillo, John Stewart, Kilowog, Guy Gardner, Saint Walker, Star Sapphire, Atrocitus, Larfleeze, Kyle Rayner, and Indigo. A poster worthy image from Doug Mahnke, Mark Irwin, and Alex Sinclair. Overall grade: A+

The story: The Wrath of the First Lantern storyline begins in “The Puppeteer” by Geoff Johns. Opening ten billion years agao on the planet Oa, Krona reveals the creation of the universe and the hand of its creator, who is wearing a ring-!!! An explosion occurs due to a space (time?) ship crashing through the monitor showing a humanoid in a spacesuit, who states, “I have traveled across time and space to find you, my friends.” He’s also holding a transparent blue lantern–!!! Taking off his helmet, the white haired humanoid says, “My name is Volthoom and I come in peace…” In the present, Simon appears to be at the mercy of Black Hand, after the events of Green Lantern Corps Annual #1. There is a give and take between these two before the scene shifts to the revived Volthoom, who states how the Third Army was defeated, and shows the threat he brings to the universe by interrogating Ganthet. Page 16 illustrates the trouble he brings and his “mission” that will cross into all Lantern books. The story ends with Baz meeting Hal and Sinestro. This story swept me up quickly and didn’t let go. Volthoom’s voice and personality came across well and established him as a major player in the Lanterns’ story and the DC Universe. He appears to be cosmic chaos on a level that would match Darkseid. I’m looking forward to seeming him in action! Overall grade: A+

The art: This book is notorious for its long list of credits for the art. Can you believe that it got longer with this issue? The prologue art was laid out by Dan Jurgens and finished by Phil Jimenez. Beginning on Page 5 the pencils are by Doug Mahnke with Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin, Christian Alamy, and Mahnke as the inkers. The prologue is gorgeous! It’s got a “classic” George Perez look, as it rewrote The History of the DC Universe slightly. The present story also looks fantastic, especially when Black Hand was about. Volthoom revealed was a great design that both attracted and repeled, which was perfect! The flashback sequences were also great. And the final page was a winner just for the three leads’ faces. Overall grade: A+

The colors: I’ve always enjoyed Alex Sinclair and Tony Avina’s contributions to this sereis, and it continued with this issue. I really enjoyed the coloring of the prologue, and, as always, whenever a ring is used, be it a power blast or a construct, it looked real. New antagonist Volthoom also deserved note for the coloring done on him. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Two sound effects (but not one for the hammer?), lots of screams and yelling, plus dialogue delivered well by Dave Sharpe. Overall grade: A

The final line: An outstanding opening that leaves me wanting more! Overall grade: A+


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