Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Green Lanterns #28 Review and *SPOILERS*

Jessica Cruz: The Greatest Green Lantern

Written By: Sam Humphries
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Blond, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 2, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Alright, are Lantern heroes found out that Volthoom was posing as Rami and when the villain tried to take Jessica's ring, which contains parts of his original Travel Lantern, Jessica and Simon were transported ten billion years in the past, where they wound up on Earth, but just not any Earth anyone has ever seen before.  Yeah, it was full of terrible monsters and shit that would make archaeologists shit their pants if they ever found their fossils, but all didn't seem lost because as last issue ended, our heroes were met by the seven original Green Lanterns and with that, it seems that our adventure in stopping Volthoom can finally begin......... hopefully.  Let's jump into this issue and see what's what, especially since Jessica's ring is one of the original seven and I have no idea what kind of hell that will play on time or on these original seven rings.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with me realizing that I wasn't paying attention to all the origins of the seven original Lanterns because where I thought we already got everyone out of the way, here we see the seventh and final Lantern get her ring and to add to the fun, she's from Krypton........... yeah, don't think too much into it because we never see her use powers and really, she's only here to lose control of her ring since there are no safe guards on it and burn up from its power.  

Really though, there's not much to this issue at all besides for the seven Lantern converging on Earth because at this time it's still considered the center of the Universe and when a hologram of Rami shows up to explain the situation to them, he lets us in on the fact that the Life Entities' power should mask them from Volthoom's detection.  So yeah, we get reintroduced to all the Lanterns like, Kaja-Dox of Yod-Colu, Brill of Grenda, Alitha of Galactica, Z'kran Z'rann of Mars, Jan-Al of Krypton, Tyran'r of Tamaran and Calleen the cosmic plant elemental.  Okay, now that the introductions are out of the way and Rami has told them how dire the situation is............. they decide the hell with all that and fight each other so that they can treat the rings like Pokemon.  Yeah, a few abstain from the battle, but overall, they're a bunch of greedy fucks and Jan-Al ends up burning up when she can't control her willpower.

In the end, Jessica Cruz becomes the greatest Green Lantern in the Universe because she's able to use her ring and since everyone saw what happened to Jan-Al, they're all about Jessica training them on how to properly use it, while Simon feels left out in the cold because he's pretty useless here.  I hope the training doesn't take too long though because as our issue closes, we see that Volthoom is beating down the doors on Maltus to get to Rami and his Travel Lantern.

That's it for this issue of Green Lanterns and while there wasn't a lot to this issue except for the first seven Lanterns coming off like douche bags and fighting, it was at least decent to see them all in one place and be reminded who they all are and where they come from.  Not to mention that there are serious dangers to using these rings, which is spelled out beautifully here. I love the art in this issue and I can't wait to finally see these characters all come together, but I'm afraid that once Jessica shows them how to use their rings that they're just revert back to fighting to obtain more rings for themselves and we'll just get another issue of filler.  Hopefully though, everyone gets on board the Lantern trolley, where it feels right for the characters to do so and we can finally see our heroes take the fight to Volthoom.

Bits and Pieces:

While the majority of this issue feels like a simple slug fest, I do have to say that I did appreciate the time that was taken to remind all of us who the original seven Lanterns are and where they come from since their origins have been spread out over a shit ton of issues now.  I also liked that we got to see that while these are Green Lantern rings these seven are wearing, they aren't like the ones we're used to and that they're pretty dangerous weapons to wield.  The art in this issue was great and I can't wait to finally get to our heroes taking on Volthoom.


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