Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Green Lantern #4 Review

Dying Of The Light

Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Tom Raney, Marco Santucci, Michael Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 6, 2021

We are facing one of the worst events to hit the Green Lantern Corps in their entire history and yeah, I understand we've seen some bad things over the years, Guardians turning evil and creating the Third Army, Hal becoming Parallax, Appa Ali Apsa becoming the Mad Guardian, but none of that seems to compare to the Central Power Battery exploding in a time when the Corps was at their weakest during a transition period when they were brought into the United Federation of Planets. Now we've got a lot of our favorite alien Lanterns dead or missing and a whole lot of story to cover to find out not only where our missing Lanterns are but who was behind this assault on Oa. Let's jump into this issue and see John Stewart's continued survival on an alien planet and Jo Mullein and the Teen Lantern, Keli Quintela dealing with the aftermath of the Power Battery going down. Let's check it out.

As we saw in the last issue of Green Lantern, John Stewart was found after the Power Battery explosion and taken in by a mother and daughter of an alien world, who nursed him back to health, and then overtime, John started working on things to allow himself to act as a Green Lantern even though he had none of their power. This didn't really serve him well when the Qinoori showed up looking for trouble and John decided to bluff his way out of it to no avail but it's in this development that things get interesting because on top of the mystery of what happened to the Central Power Battery, we discover that the thousand and one Green Lanterns that were making their way into the Dark Sector when the Battery went down now have a bounty on their heads and the Qinoori are actually here to specifically kill John and take his ring and sadly, they've been doing this for a while and have a large collection.

Besides John Stewart's adventures that open up greater dangers ahead for our former Corps leader, we also have Jo Mullein trying to pick up the pieces of Oa with the United Federation of Planets and it's here that things take an interesting turn when they try to discover a suspect in this attack, leading Teen Lantern to let her emotions get the better of her and putting her in the most danger this young hero has ever faced.  

All in all, this split storytelling while the last issue I originally thought would only give me one story that I cared about is doing a great job in making both plots interesting and using its page space to be as compelling as possible. That being said, we see a lot of popular Lanterns in this issue that have been declared dead and that feels a bit unceremonious for who these heroes were and I would have liked to see their last moments or felt like they were being treated better but that's just me being a fanboy ultimately because beyond that and some weird situations in the John Stewart part of this story I'm all on board with our current era of Green Lantern comics and what they're doing because we're getting interesting looks at some of our newer characters in this legacy of space cops while also getting a fun focus on John Stewart, where the art is great throughout with both stories.

Bits and Pieces:

Green Lantern continues to be a fun book that's throwing a lot at us but in a way that's fun to see, while also creating a mystery about what happened to the Green Lantern Corps and whether or not someone was behind the tragedy of the Central Power Battery exploding. The art is great throughout and I can't wait to continue the adventures or misadventures of Teen Lantern and Jo Mullein.


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