Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Green Lantern #11 Review

Willpower Kaiju Battle

Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Tom Raney, Marco Santucci, Maria Laura Sanapo, Mike Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: February 15, 2022

The battle for Oa continues this issue as we jump back into not only John Stewart ascending into mortal godhood, but the magically infused rogue Guardian, Koyos trying to take down the remaining Green Lanterns and Guardians so that he can release the Starheart and bring the chaos of magic back into the Universe at full power. At the end of the previous issue, we saw John Stewart absorb the New God, Esok's God-Storm becoming more powerful than he was previously and on Oa, when everything looked like it was a no-win situation, the United Order and members of the Justice League show up to back up what is left of our Emerald Knights. Let's jump into this issue and see if things can turn around for our ringless heroes.

We move from our two-tier storytelling that we usually get out of this book for John Stewart to make his way to Oa to help his friends and hopefully stop the magically infused Koyos from destroying all remnants of anything Guardian from the Universe. With that, we run the gamut of different characters to this epic fight but the problem is..... the fight that should be this epic, universe-shattering event... just kind of plays off a bit dull.

Not to mention that the lynchpin of how our heroes go about winning the day, while it may be explained later on, just leaves me scratching my head because it's a new element that comes out of nowhere and for this issue feels a bit forced. Again, this might all come across amazing later when we actually get an explanation but right now it just doesn't cut the mustard for me. Beyond the big, bad fight though we get new elements to this story that shed some light on Jo Mullein's ring and it looks like it might change the status quo of Hal Jordan, while also bringing new concepts to the Teen Lantern.

All in all, I enjoyed both art styles that we get in this book and the smaller elements to this story come off intriguing and are definitely things that I want to see explored as we go on, but the overall fight that this issue was came off kind of lackluster and confusing at times in how it was presented. This has been a bit of a rough series that has some really interesting concepts and I can only hope that the focus of the story can be finetuned to explore the areas of what our Lanterns are now facing and less about the destruction of the Guardians and bringing magic back into the world..... especially when John Stewart being an ascended being doesn't feel like it's been fully realized here in a way that should make the fans care that this is the continuation of a story that started twenty-five years ago.  

Bits and Pieces:

While I continue to enjoy the art in this series and think that a lot of the concepts that have been continuously explored here and the new elements that pop up in this series are cool as hell, the overall way that they've been executed leaves a lot to be desired and the main focus of this issue with the saving of Oa and anything associated with the Guardians comes off a little more lackluster than I would have hoped overall.  


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