Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Green Lanterns #30 Review and *SPOILERS*

Willing To Fight

Written By: Sam Humphries
Art By: Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli, Ulises Arreola, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 6, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's travel back ten billion years in the past so that we can see Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz and the original six Green Lanterns take on Volthoom.  Previously, we saw Jessica trying to train the six Green Lanterns to use their rings so that they might stand a chance against the First Lantern, but even with the training, it seemed like everyone was all about saying the hell with taking on a madman like that.......... that is until they find out that in Volthoom's rage in the Guardians keeping him from his Travel Lantern, he destroyed a planet.  With the knowledge that their lives would never be safe in a Universe that Volthoom is alive, the six band together with Jessica and Simon and go out in pursuit of the mad First Lantern.  Let's jump into this issue and see how their assault against an impossible opponent goes.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with our Green Lanterns getting into position on Maltus so that they can get the upper hand on Volthoom, while the baddie cycles through his emotions about not being able to break the shields to the Science Citadel on the planet so that he can take his rage out on the Guardians.  

Once the fight starts though, it goes by fast as hell and this book is over before you know it because while originally it looks like the Green Lanterns have Volthoom on the ropes, he quickly shows that he's no chump by immediately killing Calleen, Alitha and Brill, which is kind of sad because I wanted to see these Lanterns actually do something and wanted to get to know them a bit more, but their deaths only serve to enrage Volthoom even more because he wants their rings for himself, but they keep flying off to find a new bearer.  

In the end, with all of our Lanterns down, Simon Baz enters the fray with nothing but his fists and his ability to overcome great fear...........which not only calls the previous three dead Lanterns' rings to Simon, but also the Kryptonian Lantern's ring, who died by not knowing how to control her ring when we were first introduced to her.  So yeah, we were all concerned about Simon not having a ring anymore and while I wish we could have seen the other Lanterns go on and do some things, it's pretty bad ass to see Simon rocking four rings and ready to take Volthoom on.

That's it for this issue of Green Lanterns and while this issue is a big ass fight scene that moves fast as hell, where you're done the issue before you ever know it, I'm happy as hell that we're finally getting to the fight that's been teased for so long now and yes, while not knowing these original Lanterns very well kind of cheapens their deaths because what's it matter to you if they die because you never really knew them, it does at least add a tension to this battle that you don't get very often in fights like this.  I loved the art in this issue and while it was a bit more cartoony than we usually have, it was still fun and showed the action in spectacular ways.  My biggest problems with this issue are that Volthoom comes off here more like a Frank Laminski with the Phantom Ring than like the character we've come to know from the New 52 and recent issues and that because of everyone dying immediately as the fight begins, it's kind of like we're rushing to a conclusion out of nowhere.  

Bits and Pieces:

While this issue of Green Lanterns ups the ante in the action department, it feels like everything is coming to a head too fast here and we're rushing to a conclusion out of nowhere.  That being said, this is still a cool issue with great art and the only thing that could have made it better for me was if Volthoom was acting more like himself than just a replay of the Phantom Lantern Frank Laminski.  


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