Review Green Lantern #17 “Baz and the Technicolored Frist Lantern”

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Synopsis

The galaxy is under attack by the Guardians and their frightful Third Army. They are not however the only danger the universe faces. The First Lantern has been gathering his will, his rage, and his fear. All of the power of the emotional light spectrum flows through him giving him strength beyond reason and power supreme.  With his desire for vengeance upon the Guardians for imprisoning him billions of galactic years ago the First Lantern begins to bend reality as we know it. The galaxy’s only hope of survival is the greatest Green Lantern of all Hal Jorden and he’s dead.

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Review

Mendacity and falsehoods has become the cornerstone of the newest installment of Green Lantern crossovers. As it turns out the “Rise of the Third Army” crossover was all misdirection. With the nine year run of Geoff Johns coming to an end he has deceived us all. Over a few panels the dreaded Third Army turns to ash like a staked vampire. As Geoff Johns begins to ride into the sunset he gives us one last great hoax and begins his final epic. This issue was a great start to Johns’ swan song but stalled out during The First Lanterns monologue. Although Geoff Johns is normally a brilliant scripter, this dialogue is over the top and just a bit confusing. I have always felt that Johns strongest attribute was his ability to write batter. This issue displays that strength brilliantly with the confrontation between Simon Baz and the Black Hand. This was not the strongest issue that Johns has written during his illustrious run on Green Lantern but it is a fine start to his grand finale.

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The superlative quality that is most prevalent in this issue is the illustrations. This comic book excels in the visualization of the narrative. The space prison which stands as the backdrop of the story is incredible. The difficulty with Lantern comics on the whole is there use of the color spectrum and colorist Tony Avina does a splendid job achieving the necessary pallet of color. Yet it is penciler Doug Manke that steals the issue. His vision of The First Lantern is intriguing. I found that it is not narrative that raised the necessary questions that sparked my excitement for the next issue but the visualization of The First Lantern. The artistic team on the whole made this issue.

I’m interested to discover where Geoff Johns is taking this arc. I was caught off guard by how quickly the Third Army was defeated, so much so that I am unable to decipher where he is taking his final arc. The art and dialogue works very well together, even though some of the monologue was dry and confusing. I know that this arc will get better and better. I give Green Lantern 8 out of 10. Dry but great way to start a new arc.

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