Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Green Lanterns #35 Review and *SPOILERS*

Bolphunga The Scared

Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli, Ulises Arreola, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The Green Lanterns are back on Earth after saving the Molites from a supernova that destroyed their planet, while also saving a pop star daughter of a Ungaran Regent, who was orbiting the planet to watch the Green Lanterns in action.  Too bad that someone on Ungara doesn't want the filthy Molites staying on their planet and is willing to kill to see that the planet remains pure.  We've got all of that going on and Bolphunga on Earth with a few days to kill.......... not to mention, Jessica starting a job and Simon bunking out at one of the sector houses after he wasn't able to become gainfully employed.  That's right, we've got a lot of shit going on in the world of the Green Lanterns so let's jump into this issue and see where Tim Seeley plans on taking us.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Like I was talking about in my opening, there's a lot of shit going on in this title now that Tim Seeley has taken over and while the majority of this issue does deal with Bolphunga, we jump back to Ungara to see that the Molites have been framed for the murder in the previous issue and that Simon has started using a superhero dating app.......... which gave him a one-night stand with a New York based hero named Night Pilot.  Too bad that she's not into guys who squat at sector houses though so it looks like Simon's not going to get a second date, which doesn't seem too terrible for him because that's going to give him the excuse to call up that Ungaran pop singer later on......... which I guess will get our heroes on the case of who's framing the Molites for murder.

Anyway, back on Earth, Jessica is interrupted from talking to her manager about leaving the kitchen and getting out in the dining room by Bolphunga walking into her diner and starting a ruckus.......... which Jessica doesn't make any better by pretty much destroying the place getting him out of there.  Once we're out though, this issue becomes a big fight, which Simon eventually joins in on, where we see our heroes led to what they believe is a shack in the woods, but which is actually Bolphunga's ship in disguise.

In the end, we learn that this big duel was all a show and that Bolphunga actually needs our Lanterns' help because he was released from his Sciencell on Mogo because of a woman named Singularity Jain, who in return wanted a small payment from him.  Yeah, the payment turned out to be that he had to kill his father and because of that he's come to Earth because he doesn't know what to do and because he believes that Singularity Jain will kill him.  Our Lanterns obviously contact John Stewart, who tells them that this entire story is bullshit and that Bolphunga was released on a technicality, but since he's out of his sector, he's breaking the laws of his release, which means that they're to arrest him again.  As our issue closes we see Singularity Jain making her way to Bolphunga on Earth.......... so I have no idea what's really going on here.

That's it for this issue of Green Lanterns and while I'm all for seeding elements to stories that will come down the line, there just seems to be way too much going on in this title and even with that........ not a lot going on at all........ does that make sense to you.  We jump around a lot, but what we get is pretty surface level stuff with a lot of forced humor added in.  It's not terrible, but all in all I wanted a little more out of this issue than some comedy just for the sake of comedy.......... and oh my is Bolphunga over the top.  The art in this issue is really great, but overall, the story just seemed to be lacking to me even though it did set up a decent mystery going forward that I actually look forward to........ So some redeeming points there.  I just wish we could have gotten there without a ridiculous fight throughout the issue that didn't matter in the long run.

Bits and Pieces:

We still have a lot of stuff going on in this series that gets little vignettes throughout the story, but overall it's a lot of nothing, which I'm sure will come back eventually, but here it doesn't add up to much, while the main story fills out most of the issue with a fight scene before finally getting to anything interesting.  There's some fun to takeaway from this issue, but overall I just wanted more out of it, but thankfully the art was great all the way through.


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