Green Lantern #52
If I were to sum this issue up in single words, it would go something like this: surprising, astonishing, and wow. This issue picks up right after Blackest Night #7 with White Lantern Sinestro putting the smack down on Black Lanterns. This issue was simply amazing, with brilliant art, great dialogue and the reveal of all 7 emotional entities, and their origins. During Blackest Night, many people have complained that it lacks action and surprise, but this issue alone makes the whole series worth it to me. Anyway, let’s get on to the review.
This issue, as always, is written by Geoff Johns and features more revelations than we have seen in GL since #43. Hal isn’t featured very prominently in this issue, which to some is a bad thing but not to me. Sure, it’s his book and all, but it’s also John Stewart’s book, and he’s hardly ever been featured prominently in the latest issues. (With the exception of #49) Sinestro seems like a different character in this book, as if being the host for the Entity has changed his personality a little bit. Either way, I’m sure after BN he’ll be back to his old dictating, sadistic ways.
The issue is drawn by Doug Mahnke, with inks by Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Rebecca Buchman and Keith Champagne, and colors by Randy Mayor, Gabe Eltaeb and Carrie Strachan. Mahnke has been an excellent artist since being put on GL, and this issue is no different. Mahnke’s crisp, detailed lines and interesting panel and perspective choices work great with the inking and coloring, and they translate brilliantly on paper. The only complaint I have would be the choice to use four double splash pages, which in my opinion is too many. Too many splash pages make it seem like the artist tries too hard, but thankfully the art is so great that it is barely noticeable.
Overall an excellent issue with an amazing story and beautiful art. Here is how I rate the issue overall:
Well that’s all for now folks! Make sure to come back next week for my review of Blackest Night #8.