Friday, November 22, 2019

Rebirth Rewind: Green Lanterns #10 (2016) Review



THE PHANTOM LANTERN: PART ONE

Released: November 2nd, 2016
Writers: Sam Humphries
Pencils: Eduardo Pansica
Inks: Julio Ferreira
Colors: Blond
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99

Review written by Joey Casco of TheWineStalker.net

In Green Lanterns #9, we saw the life story of Frank Laminski. How he was raised, how he became obsessed with Power Rings, and how he was approached by Volthoom to wield the Phantom Ring. The only problem is... the Phantom Ring is in the hands of a Guardian and two Green Lanters. Lucky for Frank, they're a bunch of screw ups.


We start with Frank approaching a house. A woman answers the door.


Meanwhile, Simon puts on the Phantom Ring. To see what happens just look at the cover photo of this post. He goes through all of the color spectrum, and Rami blasts him to make him stop. There's some bickering between everybody, including Simon's best friend Nazir, but then Jessica notices a house on fire outside the window.


A woman who escaped the fire tells them that her daughter was inside napping. Lady, it's dark out. WHY IS YOUR DAUGHTER NAPPING WHEN IT'S DARK OUT? That is not good parenting.

Simon tries to contain the fire with his ring while Jessica goes in to save the girl.


The house collapses but Simon is able to protect them.


As this happens, they both think about how much the Phantom Ring would make them better at being a Lantern and being exactly what they need. They both need it. Sounding a bit like the One Ring from Lord of the Rings, right?

The girls asks Jessica if she was afraid...


Obviously the fire was set by Frank as a distraction so he could steal the Phantom Ring, but Rami catches him in the act. "Drop the ring or I'll blast your through the wall!"


Volthoom gets Rami from behind and Frank finally gets his ring.


And Frank is finally a Lantern.


Nazir comes out of nowhere with an axe, and Frank's emotions turn him yellow.


Frank revels in how amazing this thing is, but Volthoom lets him know that it's time to high tail it out of there before the Lanterns return, so they jet... with Rami.


Bits and Pieces

Heroes being heroes, going into a fire to save a little girl and connecting on a personal level with them to make sure they're okay. Villains being villains, doing what it takes to get what they want. This is an entertaining issue that sets up the rest of the arc, as the Green Lanterns of 2814 now have to deal with an enemy who can use every power on the Emotional Spectrum. Also, the art is fantastic.

8/10

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