Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Green Lanterns #57 Review

Putting The Toys Back In The Toy Box

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Mike Perkins, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 17, 2018

Now that this arc has established what happened to Cyborg Superman when the Fortress of Solitude was destroyed in the Man of Steel mini and also re-establishing that the Phantom Ring is still out and about, it's time to end not only this story, but this series.  That's right, it seems that Green Lanterns is ending out of nowhere so that Jessica can do her thing in Justice League Odyssey and Hal Jordan can go off and be the space cop that Grant Morrison wants him to be.  Where does that leave us?  Let's jump into this issue and find out.

As we saw in the previous issue, Cyborg Superman for some reason left his entire armada and right hand man, Eon behind so that he can go and blow up Coast City all over again.  Too bad that this feels out of nowhere and it was never established that the Phantom Ring could have been affecting him in a way that this became the most important thing to him, but that's what we're doing here and it's up to Hal Jordan to stop him.

Now, while I'm not about rehashing this amazing story from the 90's, this iteration could have been cool.  What we get instead though is a short ass fight that doesn't really amount to much.  Don't get me wrong though, this fight looks great.  Mike Perkins is at his best in this issue in my opinion, but this whole decision to go after Coast City feels short sighted and out of nowhere and just comes off as a pseudo big way to end this series whether it makes sense to what was setup or not....... Not to mention Lanterns who shouldn't be there showing up as well.  

In the end though, this issue has to end this arc fast so that Dan Jurgens can put all the toys back in the toy box for the next writer of whatever the next Green Lantern book is going to be beyond the new Hal Jordan series coming out and we spend a good amount of this issue just establishing the status quo going forward and talking about what characters are going to do next and while you need this for such an abrupt end, it kind of diminishes what led up to this, even if I wasn't a fan of this arc in the first place.  So with all that, you have amazing art, but a rushed ending that feels kind of worthless and no real resolution for Simon Baz' journey in this arc.

Bits and Pieces:

While you get amazing art and colors in this issue and a fight that looks great, this ending doesn't do much but leave things ambiguous for certain characters, while ushering others off to new adventures, while establishing the new status quo going forward.  It feels rushed and our villain never felt right in this arc and nothing about him is ever really resolved.


1 comment:

  1. I laughed when they pulled a Poochie on Jessica Cruz at the end. "Jessica had to go back to here home planet. P.S. She died on the way."