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Written By: Sam Humphries Art By: Robson Rocha, Jay Leisten, Cam Smith, Blond, Dave Sharpe Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: November 16, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Is it weird that I kind of feel for Frank Laminski? I mean, I understand all about not getting something that you feel you deserve and that pissing you off, but old Frankie boy had it dangling right in front of his face, only to have it yanked away and given to someone else....... I'm talking about a Green Lantern ring in case you haven't been reading. Finally though, after all his years of training and waiting we saw Frank get his hands on a power ring in the previous issue, but it was the Phantom Ring that doesn't need to choose its wearer and we also saw that this unique ring also has the ability to cycle through the emotional spectrum depending on how the bearer is feeling at any given time. Let's jump into this issue and see if Frank goes with the whole "hero" thing that he seemed to be all about before or if Volthoom and him go straight up baddie here. Let's check it out.
Our issue begins with Frank showing us what he's got as he goes around the world testing out his new abilities until finally going out and saving a young boy and his dog, who were caught up in a tornado in Kansas. It's funny too because Frank was given the idea to go out and do his whole hero thing from Volthoom, who I don't know if he had ulterior motives behind it or if he just simply wanted some alone time with their captive Guardian, Rami. Either way, it was just odd to think of Volthoom as a sort of mentor type.
Eventually, after Jessica asks her ring about emotional spectrum anomalies, our heroes determine where Frank Laminski is and go and confront the wanna-be Lantern, who when they get there is just eating up the spotlight from a local news station covering his heroic act. Too bad, Jessica and Simon don't have the same kind of television presence that old Frankie boy has because with them shouting and carrying on about how he's not a Green Lantern, our heroes just come off looking like nut jobs....... Hell, even Batman, who's watching the coverage from the Batcave seems embarrassed for his teammates, but eventually after Jessica brings up how they deserve their rings more than Frank because the greatest Green Lantern of all time told them they did, we see Frank lose his cool and with it his willpower.
In the end, in front of everyone on the scene and watching from home, we see Frank begin to shuffle through the emotional spectrum, while mostly just becoming a grey monster, but eventually we see the emotion he landed on was avarice as his suit becomes orange and he begins shouting out that "It's Mine, it's mine!"
That's it for this issue of Green Lanterns and while it's a fast read, where we mostly just see what Frank would do with a power ring, it was really cool to see him showboating and eating up the camera time in this issue and even just seeing what happens when you lose your focus while wearing the Phantom Ring. It's really hard for me to determine whether we're taking baby steps here with the story or giant leaps because while it seems we're moving fast and furious, not a lot goes on in this issue besides for our heroes finding Frank and making him lose his cool. What I do know though is that the art and colors in this issue were great and I just love looking at this book........ and even though he's really showing his true colors, I find myself still feeling sorry for Frank Laminski here.
Bits and Pieces:
Green Lanterns continues to impress and even though this issue is a fast ass read, I still found myself enjoying what it was giving me, even if that was mostly Frank Laminski hamming it up for a camera. The art and colors are solid all the way through and I can't wait to see where this story goes.