Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Green Lanterns #39 Review and *SPOILERS*

One-Hit Wonder

Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's finish up this arc and see if Simon will ever be able to trust anyone again after Liseth Vok went and betrayed him after he saved her life and fell for her.  Hopefully he'll have the chance because at the end of the previous issue it was looking bleak for our Lantern heroes after we discovered that Liseth Vok was the real leader of the Red Tide and that her and her followers had developed a way to take the traits of alien species and meld them into their DNA.  Thankfully though, Liseth seems to be the only one fighting for the Red Tide left.  Let's just hope that our heroes have enough Green Lanterns light to send her pop singing ass to the bottom of the charts.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Liseth Vok flying out to the people (she has wings now) and telling them that they need to have pride in themselves and that the Universe will quake in fear at the power of the Ungaran people because everything belongs to them and helping other aliens is only for the weak.  Yeah, she puts on a whole big spiel that is thankfully interrupted by our heroes showing up and kicking her ass a bit.  

Really though, it's a big drawn out battle where Simon, Jessica and Liseth's mother fight against the monster she's become, which finally culminates in her being enraged by seeing the Ungarans help the Molites from the burning ruin of their refugee camp that Liseth created, but she doesn't have a chance to lash out at her own people because Simon goes and pulls one of those Simon moments, where he does something new that we never talk about.  Since Simon saved Liseth's life a bunch of issues ago by "sharing the light", Simon now takes that light back, which somehow means that Liseth reverts back to the Chimera Ungaran girl she was before melding herself with all the alien DNA....... which somehow started making her look like a monster as this issue progressed.  

In the end, Ungara is safe, it's people and the Molites are safe and Simon and Jessica have themselves a little pat on the back after talking about their previous failures.  As we close this issue out though, we see Simon's one night stand "Night Pilot" being forced into slavery on an asteroid field....... So yeah, I guess we're getting back to Night Pilot.

That's it for this issue of Green Lanterns and where I hoped that this issue would be the big issue that really opened up about the motivations behind Liseth Vok and her hating everything else in the Universe, all we really got was the idea that she was angry and loved the spotlight....... to an exaggerated early days of Batgirl of Burnside degree and after that........ Well, everything just went into wrap up mode that didn't make much sense and our heroes never discussed.  I'm starting to think that Simon can do anything now and as long as he just doesn't talk about it, he can just keep on doing nonsense.  The art in this issue was decent, but by no means is it making up for the wanna-be deep story that this feels like it's trying to be, but just comes off as mediocre due to things just happening for no reason.  

Bits and Pieces:

Our arc concludes with a big fight that doesn't do much to really flesh out our villain and by the end things just happen so that we can conveniently wrap up the story, whether they make sense or not.  The art is decent in this issue, but the story was just flat as hell.


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