Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Green Lanterns #14 Review and *SPOILERS*

Cruz Control

Written By: Sam Humphries
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Ronan Cliquent, Julio Ferreira, Blond, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 4, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to put a cork in Frank Laminski and all his entitlement problems and while I started out really liking this Phantom Lantern story, it seems like a lot of it was just filler because it was essentially the same fight every issue just to get us to our ending.  Hopefully this issue makes up for the rest because I would like to enjoy this arc and would like to see Frank Laminski stay around as long as there's something for him do to besides scream about his ring.  Let's jump into this issue and see the fate of old Frankie boy and find out what Volthoom's plan for Rami has been.......... you know, since he's just been hanging out in a dank apartment with him this whole story.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

So yeah, even though Rami was going on and on last issue about how if Frank Laminski kept using the Phantom Ring it would eventually turn him into a bomb that could destroy the world........ and then we ended that issue with watching Frank Laminski explode....... Well, it seem like it wasn't all that big a deal because our heroes survive and hell, even the Memorial Park Lantern statue survives.  What comes from that explosion is simply Frank becoming one of the Indigo Tribe and feeling compassion.  Which pretty much means we waste some pages with him having a big epiphany about how wrong he was and how he wants to be a hero and show the world true compassion before realizing that's how he got into this situation in the first place and simply takes the ring off........ Which immediately reverts him back to his selfish self and demands that he needs the ring back.  

It's during Frank's scramble for the ring where we finally get some interesting things out of this book by Jessica getting the Phantom Ring and putting it on so that she can finally know what Lantern she should be........... and you guessed it, the willpower was in her all along and she was always meant to be a Green Lantern.  With this boost in confidence, Jessica takes off the Phantom Ring and quickly subdues Frank Laminski, while Simon decides that he doesn't need the ring either.  Okay, with that all said and done, Lantern Isamot Kol and Lantern Vath Sarn finally arrive because of the emergency beacon that Jessica and Simon sent out and are pissed because they don't see this as being an emergency and suggest that Simon and Jessica figure out how to protect their sector on their own....... Fucking dicks.  It's not like Simon or Jessica were ever properly trained and the douche baggery that these Lanterns show here just pisses me off.

In the end, Rami makes his presence known because apparently he took care of Volthoom off panel and tells the other Lanterns that he will stay on Earth with Simon and Jessica to train them, but orders Isamot Kol and Vath Sarn back to Mogo and even though they do what Rami tells them, they let it be known that they intend on returning with John Stewart so that he can assess the situation.  As our issue closes, we find out that this isn't really Rami and that Volthoom has trapped his essence in an energy orb and has taken the body of the Guardian for himself so that he can somehow enact his billion year revenge.

That's it for this issue of Green Lanterns and our Phantom Lantern arc and boy was I really disappointed by this because essentially we've just been standing around while Frank Laminski just cycled through each of the spectrums just so we could get to Volthoom taking the body of Rami and Jessica realizing that the will power was within her all along, even though we kind of already did that in a previous arc.  There's just really not much to this issue and the art wasn't that great either.  I mean, the art was okay, but it definitely wasn't on par with what we've been getting from this series and I find myself back to square one with Green Lanterns like when it started with the Red Planet arc.  There's just not a lot for our heroes to do and each of the issues throughout the arcs just seem to be padded to get the page count.  

Bits and Pieces:

The end of our Phantom Lantern arc comes to a close with this issue and I find myself really disappointed from what we got.  There really wasn't much to this issue besides for the reveal at the end and with that, this arc comes off feeling really padded out and kind of useless.  Sadly, the art wasn't as great as it normally is either and because of that, there's really not all that much to get out of this issue.


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