Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Green Lanterns #12 Review and *SPOILERS*

Emotionally Abusive 

Written By: Sam Humphries
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Blond, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 7, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Frank Laminski is a sad sack, but does he really deserve to be taken advantage of by Volthoom and then beaten all over the face by our Green Lantern heroes?  It's really up for debate because I've talked to a lot of people that really dig Frank Laminski and find him to be a sympathetic character and who look forward to seeing him somehow coming out of all of this a hero.  Yeah, I don't know about all that personally, but Frank needs to be brought down because with him flying all about, it's going to take longer for Simon and Jessica to find Rami and save him from the First Lantern.  Let's jump into this issue and see how our heroes deal with Frank now that he's accessed Avarice and wants all the rings for himself.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with our heroes just doing all that they can to withstand Frank Laminski's Avarice onslaught and also trying to save anyone who gets in his path because when we start this issue the fight somehow carried over into someone's living room.  Sadly though, with the house crumbling down around the owners of the house, our heroes have to lose Frank in order to save lives.  

It could have turned out pretty good though if our heroes were able to track Frank down a little faster because dopey ass Frank makes his way back to his apartment in Coast City, where Volthoom is sucking the emotion out of Rami.  On top of getting a verbal assault from Volthoom, Frank is going through some terrible side effects of being the Phantom Lantern, where the ring is feeding off his emotions and causing him to lose focus and cycle through avarice, fear and rage, but eventually after a bit of belittlement from Volthoom, Frank is able to center on a memory of being a pilot and once again becomes the will driven Green Lantern he always wanted to be.  

In the end, after Simon and Jessica have it out about whether they should treat Frank like a threat and whether or not they're actually worthy to wear the rings as well, they eventually track our villain down to Memorial Park in Coast City, where it's kind of big deal to be a Green Lantern because of the Lantern Battery Memorial that is placed there, but when two girls kind of blow Frank off for being a jerk with his offer to take a selfie with them, he begins to freak out again.  Luckily, our heroes show up and stop him from doing anything terrible, but now they're going to have to contend with Frank becoming a Fear Lantern and using their own images against them with a park full of people.

That's it for this issue of Green Lanterns and while I'm still interested in seeing where this Phantom Lantern arc is going, this issue didn't really bring much to the party that wasn't already there.  We reestablish the dedication that Frank had to becoming a Green Lantern, that Volthoom has Rami and that Simon might want the Phantom Ring for himself.  Really the only thing that we learned here is that the ring feeds off of it's wearer's emotions and that Jessica's feelings about the Phantom Ring have changed to the point where she seems to not want a power ring at all.  So yeah, not a lot to play with here that we haven't already seen, but the art was fantastic and Sam Humphries has me wrapped around his little finger by me needing to know what he's doing with the Lantern he's created.

Bits and Pieces:

Not a lot of new things are given to us with this issue besides for our heroes continuing to fight the Phantom Lantern, Frank Laminski.  There's enough here to like though and a lot of that is from the stellar art and colors in this book.  I love all the transformations of Frank Laminski, but this story just seems to be spinning its wheels right now and not really moving.


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