Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Green Lanterns #27 Review and *SPOILERS*

Gotta Get Back In Time

Written By: Sam Humphries
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I've said this over and over again, but when the titles for Rebirth were announced, Green Lanterns was the one that I was looking forward to the most and I was willing to fight the rest of the people on this site for the chance to review it.  Jump ahead a year later and I don't know what happened to this title that captured my imagination like no other.  Right away, the continuity from the New 52, which if you don't know is still relevant to what's going on now, was completely fucked up and while I thought that the series was going to right itself with every new story arc, it only continued to fuck things up more and for some reason decided to keep interrupting our story with strange interludes, which sometimes worked to help get deeper understandings of our characters, but mostly just acted as filler and told us things that we already knew from actually reading the series.  I'm still interested in this current arc, even if it's using fucked up continuity because I think the concept is at least interesting, but I'm done thinking that each issue will come out of nowhere and "wow" me because I've been burned too many times.  That being said, let's get into this issue, where we previously saw our heroes whisked away, after Volthoom revealed himself to our Lanterns and tried to override Jessica's ring because it was made from the cannibalized pieces of his Travel Lantern, but still acted under Jessica's orders to get her and Simon the hell out of there.  Let's see where our Lanterns ended up and what forces they'll have to fight once they're there.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Jessica seeming to be on a lava like planet, where she's being attacked by some spitting giant insect monster, while she tries to get her ring to access her location and where the hell Simon is.  With Simon's ring being destroyed two issues ago though, it may be harder than Jessica initially determined because she's told that she's the only Lantern on the planet, but thankfully for Simon, who's being carried away by bird men looking monsters, Jessica can think on her feet and asked her ring to locate a human heartbeat, which allowed her to reconnect with her partner and also save his ass.  

From the position of the stars, Jessica's ring isn't able to determine where their position in the Universe is and our heroes then try to survive the night on the planet, while Jessica hopes that her distress signal is heard by some Green Lantern somewhere because the survival bit is getting hard since everywhere that Simon and Jessica turn, there seems to be some sort of new monster that wants to chow down on them.  We then have ourselves a quick interlude back to the origin of one of the original seven Lanterns that Rami created and this one seems to be the last........... Yeah, I haven't counted, but this one makes sense to be the last for where we are in the story and it's a A.I. that was sent out into the cosmos from its hive mind to see if their creator could be found, but before all that, it was recruited into the Green Lantern Corps, to stop the crisis that is Volthoom.  

In the end, we see some really cool and potentially character altering aspects of this story, where Simon's destroyed ring apparently had pieces of it embedded into his forearm, but before our heroes can really dive into that, Jessica's ring locates White Lantern energy and the two fly off in search of it in hopes that this White Lantern will be able to rescue them from their current predicament.  Once they locate the energy source though, they realize where they are because deep within the planet's core they find the infant version of the Life Entity, who was born at the dawn of time and who has not matured yet here........ which means that they're on Earth ten billion years in the past.  So yeah, after a bit of freaking out about what they're going to do, they're met by the seven original Green Lanterns and whether they're here to help or fight........... well, I guess we'll have to wait until next issue to find out.

That's it for this issue of Green Lanterns and while I thought that the pacing for the scenes with our two Lanterns felt off and a bit boring, there was enough stuff in this issue to keep me interested in what's going on because the fact that Simon has pieces of his ring embedded in his arm really sounds like a cool place to take the character because of how it might fundamentally change him completely going forward and the fact that we have our Lanterns joining the crisis ten billion years in the past sounds like a really interesting way to make them unique to the other Earth Lanterns.  The art in this issue was as great as it always is and I like that the continuity didn't get fucked up further here by Humphries and that he actually seemed to do his research into the Life Entity when telling his story here.  Overall, this was a decent read, but for the majority of the issue, our heroes felt useless and a bit boring for everything that they're dealing with.  It did pick up in the end, but I'm still not going to hold my breath that this arc will remain strong. 

Bits and Pieces:

While we eventually get to some interesting things in this issue, the majority of the book was a bit boring on our way to get it.  The art was great and I like the direction this book is taking and the ideas thrown out about how our characters might change going forward, but Simon and Jessica still aren't the most exciting characters to read about and in the end this book was just alright.


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