In Review: Green Lantern #21

The cover: Hal Jordan resignedly looks at his ring as his peers around him raise their fists in allegiance. Good image by Billy Tan and Alex Sinclair that has me wondering why he’s not looking more confident or happy. Overall grade: A-

The story: “Dark Days Ahead” by Robert Venditti begins with a five page tease of “Soon” on Oa: Hal, John, Salaak, and three recruits are being attacked by an unseen menace. Their power rings are almost out of energy. Their only hope is to recharge them at the main power battery–but it’s dead. We then take a sharp turn to the present where we see how everyone is making out after the effects of The Wrath of the First Lantern saga. I didn’t care for the three pages set on Earth; we’ve been down this road too many times and I just don’t believe this storyline any more or care. Off Earth, things are much, much better. I loved the Vault and waht traspires there, but I cannot believe that the individual on page 12 now has that job: completely out of character. That said, I believed what Hal did and was ecstatic at who the villain was for this issue–unexpected and welcome! There’s no resolution to this issue, but I’ll definitely be coming back next month. Overall grade: B

The art: Excellent job by penciller Billy Tan and inker Richard Friend. The opening five pages are strong stuff in the thick of battle among the carnage. It’s really good to Salaak in action again, too! Also good is the Vault scene; lots of details and great emotions on every character’s face. I also liked the villain and his cohorts–I never get tired of seeing this person in action! Great fight scenes that follow and nice introduction for the newbies on the final page. Great stuff in every way! Overall grade: A

The colors: Greatness is also to be found in the work of Alex Sinclair & Tony Avina. You know you’re in safe hands when you look at the first five pages. There’s action, destruction and constructs. It looks great! My favorite pages were 14 and 15–they just radiate power, thanks to this pair of colorists. Overall grade: A

The letters: Super job from Dave Sharpe on every line of dialogue and sound effect. My favorite sounds can be found on Page 16. Overall grade: A

The final line: Calm yourselves, Lantern fans. All is well. The adventures of Hal Jordan and his peers continue in fine, fun fashion. Overall grade: A-


Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyers Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years, and only recently has been teaching 9th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.

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