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Written By: Sam Humphries Art By: Ed Benes, Blond, Dave Sharpe Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: October 5, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
It's Halloween in Dearborn, Michigan and you know what that means? It's time to hunt down a little blue runt who has taken off with the Phantom Ring because the Dominators are on the hunt........ Yeah, Dearborn is a weird place. After having a low key, day in the life of issue previously, it's time to get our Lanterns back into action so that they can save the world and possibly the Universe from the Dominators getting their hands on a weapon that could possibly rival the Green Lanterns'. I say possibly because we really don't know a lot about the Phantom Ring besides for the fact that it can be wielded by anyone. So let's jump into this issue and see if the rogue Guardian Rami can blend into the costumed populace of Dearborn, Michigan or if he stands out like a sore blue thumb. Let's check it out.
Our issue begins with our heroes getting little Farid ready for Halloween with his little Flash costume and as adorable as this is, you'd think that our heroes would try and get on that whole "find the missing Guardian with the WMD" thing before all of this, instead of saying to each other how their rings can't pick up his signature. Eventually though, our heroes do get on the trolley and start searching for Rami, after they hit up a few houses for trick or treating and make themselves look lame by asking some neighborhood kids about the missing Guardian, using Simon's antiquated slang terms.
Once our heroes actually put their minds to where someone would hide in town, who may want to keep an eye out...... and are actually given the idea by Simon's sister, our Lantern heroes find Rami in the town's clock tower, but even with this game of hide and seek over, the rogue Guardian isn't about letting these two rookies be in charge of his safety, but thankfully they just don't pout and give up because there are actual Dominators in town looking for the Phantom Ring.
In the end, after Rami gives our Lanterns some shit and the Dominators go in to kill Rami and take the Phantom Ring for themselves, we really get to see our Lanterns shine as Simon protects Rami and Jessica subdues the Dominators. It's pretty quick and a little anti-climactic, but it's just nice to see these Lanterns able to take care of something as easily as they do here. Things aren't going to be all pinatas and RC Cola....... or just Halloween candy and RC Cola because as this issue closes, we see some strange man in a truck on his way to Dearborn, who somehow knows about the Phantom Ring and wants to claim it as his own.
That's it for this issue of Green Lanterns and while I was originally a little disappointed by this issue, I have to say that it did get better once our heroes finally got on the trolley to go looking for Rami. The beginning of this issue felt a little too much like the earlier issues of this series, where Jessica talked about fear and for whatever reason, the dialog just wasn't that great. It did turn around though and I'm thankful because I really want to like this series. The art was fantastic as always and even with the bad dialog in the beginning, I do enjoy seeing our heroes in a lighter tone, where they can just be people doing people things, even if they should have been out and about searching for Rami. It's a decent issue and I continue to look forward to this series.
Bits and Pieces:
While this issue starts out a bit rough, it eventually finds its footing and becomes a decent read that finally unites the rogue Guardian and our heroes with a mutual respect for one another. It also has fantastic art and a decent cliffhanger that leaves me excited to see what comes next. Hopefully the dialog doesn't fall back to what it was at the beginning of this series and even the beginning of this issue because that feels like a hump we've already gone over and I hate backtracking.