Or – “Glow-In-The Dark Dinosaurs On Parade!”
A couple of years ago when Geoff Johns began revealing the various OTHER colored Lantern Corps, I had a niggling worry in the back of my head that it would all get silly and overblown and ridiculous with that many different characters and colors and powers in play. Now, as Krona prepares to capture all the inflatable dino-bugs that represent the seven spectrums, part of me just wants to laugh at the silliness of it all. Does this issue have the wherewithal to overcome the inherent goofiness of it’s source material?
GREEN LANTERN #63
Writer: Geoff Johns
Penciller(s): Ed Benes & Ardian Syaf
Inker(s): Ed Benes, Rob Hunter & Vicente Cifuentes
Colorist: Randy Mayor
Letterer: Steve Wands
Editor(s): Brian Cunningham, Adam Schlagman & Eddie Berganza
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $2.99
Previously, on Green Lantern: Hal Jordan has spent the last few years in near-constant outer space battle, and has recently returned to Earth in the company of Atrocitus, Larfleeze, Sinestro and other neer-do-wells, causing his pals in the Justice League to question his new alliances and his coping skills. Having abandoned his old friends, Hal has taken off into space with the unsavory colorfully powered aliens, only to find that Krona of Oa has returned seeking revenge on his old pals the Guardians. There’s also more glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs than my last trip to the dollar store, so they got that going for them…
Is Doubting Your Mission A Bad Sign?
So, this issue begins with the portion of the story that we’ve been seeing as a preview in EVERY SINGLE DC COMIC for the last few weeks, with Krona (in his old-school head-like-a-milk-jug phase) being confronted by the Guardians of the Universe about his wild and wacky theories. Notably, all the Guardians wear white robes with the symbol of the White Lantern on ’em, rather than their usual red bathrobes with green symbols, which I’m sure is representative of something… In another ominous display, Hal (World’s Greatest Green Lantern, soon to be portrayed by Berg from ‘Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place’) Jordan starts to think that the Guardians’ belief that emotion must be controlled might actually have some merit. Suddenly, Carol (Star Sapphire) Ferris and Sinestro (Sinestro) show up out of nowhere, returning from Brightest Day and Green Lantern Corps, respectively. I have a problem with their sudden reappearances, especially since both of them have been INTERSTELLAR distances away for several months, and the story of Krona retrieving the Predator is told either off panel or in another book…
The Rainbow Coalition Reunited!
With all seven colors once again together, they fly off to find Krona’s lair, where they discover a text only hinted at in the oldest legends of Oa: The Book of The Black, consisting of the excised chapters of the Book of Oa. Hal and his pals trigger some sort of signal, and a voice says “New Guardians detected!” Suddenly, they are transported into a group hallucination, wherein we see the true origins of the green power of will, the real reason why the Manhunters went insane and murdered every living entity in sector 666, and even the origins of the phrase “Beware my power”, which I have always considered to be sort of an odd boast for fearless and honest heroes to be throwing around. The issue ends with the cryptic tease “There will be only three” as the Rainbow Coalition members hang comatose in space, seemingly enwrapped in the same chains that Krona used to imprison the various day-glo entities. One of the real problems with the sequence comes with the storytelling of Ed Benes, or honestly, the lack thereof. The art doesn’t seem to pace with the story, making the whole issue a series of stop/starts without much real continuity in terms of the visual side of things. There are a decided lack of non-starfield backgrounds, but since the majority of the issue takes place hanging in space, that may not be a valid complaint…
The Verdict: Wha-HUH?
MAAAAN, this arc is going slow. We’ve been reading about Krona’s plot for the better part of a year now, and there’s clearly a lot of padding going on in this tale. Hal is becoming more and more unstable, while Atrocitus, Larfleeze and Saint Walker have become one-note characters parroting the same sentiments over and over. There was a point a few issues ago where it seemed that we might see the entities inhabiting new bodies, but that was cut short, while the bits with Krona and the Guardians history this month are strong, but are way out of balance with the soul-searching of Hal Jordan. I’m sure I’m overthinking this, but it feels like we’ve been stretching this whole arc to get the big War storyline to coincide with the upcoming Green Lantern movie, and the characters and plot are suffering. Green Lantern has been a series of escalating battles for about five years worth of stories now, and I’m dying for a quiet moment with Cowgirl, or even the appearance of a supporting cast member who doesn’t wear a ring. Green Lantern #62 has some strong sequences, but doesn’t hold together as a whole, and the art isn’t really up to the job of conveying the emotions the script wants us to experience, leading to a somewhat disappointing 2 out of 5 stars overall. This issue is at least a beginning of explanations of all the portents and omens, though, which is encouraging.
Faithful Spoilerite Question Of The Day: Is it time to give Green Lantern a respite from endless cosmic conflicts? Or is Hal better off in space war after space war?