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Written By: Sam Humphries Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Blond, Dave Sharpe Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: November 2, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
After seeing Frank Laminski's terrible fucking life in the previous issue and seeing how he was denied being a Green Lantern even though that's all he ever wanted, you can't help but root for the little nut case as we go forward in this issue.......... Well, maybe not root for....... actually, it's probably not wise to even encourage him because with him now being partnered up with the First Lantern: Volthoom, I'm guessing that old Frankie boy isn't about to be a damn boy scout when he lays his hands on the Phantom Ring. Let's jump into this issue and see if I'm proven wrong or if Frank should probably be kept away from a power ring just for his own and everyone else's safety. Let's check it out.
Our issue begins with Frank Laminski coming off even creepier than he did in the previous issue because here he makes his way to Dearborn, Michigan and simply goes up to a house near the Baz residence and knocks on the door and when a woman answers, we see that Frank is willing to go to all kinds of lengths to get his hands on the Phantom Ring and that includes setting a house on fire just to act as a distraction. Fire or not, it seems that our Lanterns are pretty damn distracted after Simon for some reason decides that he just has to try on that damn Phantom Ring and then feels all of the spectrums of emotion before Rami blasts him in the ass for touching his stuff. The reason I say that our heroes are distracted is because when they finally realize that there's a fire in the neighborhood, the Lanterns while saving the day can't help but think about how they might be better if they just had the Phantom Ring on instead of their normal Green one because Simon thinks that he could use more power, while Jessica thinks that she may be better off suited as something other than a Lantern that relies on will power.
In the end, while our heroes are saving children from fires and making sure that neighboring houses aren't burning up as well, Frank Laminski sneaks into Simon's house, while Rami and Nazir stand outside and argue about whether or not they should stand outside and Frank lays his hands on the thing he's wanted more than anything in his life. He just doesn't act fast enough and is confronted by Rami. Too bad that Volthoom was waiting in the shadows and subdues the Guardian, while Frank gives his new ring a spin........ and finds that the Phantom Ring allows him access to any spectrum depending on what he's feeling at the time. As our issue closes, Frank flies off with Rami to enact whatever the next part of Volthoom's plan may be.
That's it for this issue of Green Lanterns and while this is a really fast read, it's still really enjoyable too. I mean, we have some real moments between Jessica and Simon about where their heads are at now that they know what the Phantom Ring is capable of, eluding to future problems that may occur, but we also got the big reveal about what the Phantom Ring can do........ and it's pretty bad ass. Yeah, we still have Jessica doubting herself which can get annoying, but here it works for the story and by the end of the issue I was pretty compelled. With that, the art in this issue was great and the colors were vibrant as hell, making this issue a pleasure to look at. I just hope that with future installments to this story arc that things don't seem to be flying by fast as hell because I'd like to be able to feel like I'm not being rushed through a story.
Bits and Pieces:
While this issue moves really fast and appears that not a lot goes on, I still found it really enjoyable and loved the art throughout, not to mention the big reveal about what the Phantom Ring can do. I seriously look forward in seeing where this story goes because not only are we getting the return of Volthoom, but a new villain that hopefully lasts more than a couple of issues.