Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern #23

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Green Lantern #23


Oh yeah! Wait a minute...that's not the right one...

Hal Pictures

How's THAT for an Homage?

I'm not going to do a huge, page-by-page breakdown of this issue, because I want to you all to get off your duffs and go out and BUY it and READ it. It does however very quickly jump right back into the action from last month's cliffhanger, where Guy and John were hanging up on a pillar and Lyssa Drak was gloating. Although there is a quiet moment at the very beginning with Hal's brother's family and the goings on in Coast City, that establish a note of foreboding.

Hal, Graf Toren and Tomar Tu are fighting Lyssa, and Hal's ring is running out of power, but fortunately...

Guy pictures

Hoohah! And just like that the tables start to turn. I must say that I rather enjoyed Hal's wry comment about cops never being around, and then he and Guy having to explain the whole thing to Tomar who doesn't understand Earth humor. There is also a nice bit of exposition about what was happening to John and Guy while they were strung up, John got a revisit of his failure to save Xanshi, while Guy sees his miserable old goat of a father, his trip to comaville, and the death of Tora. Being Guy, he shrugs it off, and tells them all to man up and grab Kyle and get back to Oa..."...before Sinestro and his golden fairies beat us there."

Hal however is just about out of power, so he decides to turn the tables on Sinestro and borrow a few rings.

Hal Pictures

Now THAT is some crazy artwork! Do you get the impression that Hal is enjoying this just a little bit too much?

Quite a lot of other cool and exciting things happen of course. Tomar voices his concern over Hal's use of the yellow rings, and Guy just can't help but point out that HE used SINESTRO'S own ring, and it didn't faze him in the least. This is argued about by both John and Hal...in the middle of the fight, but it is funny. Then Sinestro shows up along with Kylellax, and Guy has the most appropriate response...

..."Aw crap."

Talk about jumping into the fire from the frying pan. However it does lead to John's best line..."No Manhunter escapes the Man." Woohoo John! Guy tries to jump Sinestro, which leads to his almost disembowelment by Kylellax, who also does his best to break Guy's neck. Fortunately the cavalry arrives in the form of the lost Lanterns, who are unfortunately sans Ke'Haan, who got blowed up by the Anti-Monitor. Poor Ke'haan. They do have Ion however, so they all decide to jump ship and get the hell back to Oa,where they expect the next attack to fall.

Hal and the others however decide that they want to make a pit stop on Earth first and pick up some help...which is actually a pretty good idea. Too bad for them that they are followed.

Green Lanterns

Isn't that the most gorgeous thing you've ever seen? The clouds, the lights of Coast city below, the terrifying but beautiful yellow and gold streaks of light above. Sensational.

There is a whole lot more going on of course, including some VERY important decisions by the Guardians and the various ramifications of their decisions, but I'm going to leave that for another day. Let me just say that the art is mind-bogglingly magnificent, and ditto for the coloring. Geoff Johns just keeps hitting the ball out of the park with this book.


At 11:53 AM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

Gawd, how I LOVE Ivan Reis's artwork -- and Oclair and Moose's contributions just make it all the better. Love it, love it, LOVE IT!!!!

For me, though, nothing quite beats Hal saying he'd take care of the "Wicked Witch of the West" -- and then dropping a big green house right on Lyssa Drak's head. :-) HA!

Oh, and the whole bit with Hal hating horror movies because he thinks they're stupid -- but finding movies like Love, Actually and My Best Friend's Wedding the "stuff of nightmares. ;-)

At 7:27 PM, Anonymous AE said...

I have dreams of what Parallax should be and even more of why ...

Hal Jordan is THE most important (powerful?!) character in the DCU ... His weilding the Enemy's ring?! YES, finally! Oh, DC, PLEASE don't fall through on this one!!

The best part of Jordan is the CLIMAX of the character! From the early 'Very Cocky' to the latter 'Lost and Fearless' ... OH MY GOD!! THIS is the path the story follows; this is where Jordan goes?!

I LOVE this character and ... Well,

Hal Jordan MUST fall in discrace ... For the sake of heroism!!

AH!! I dispise knowing it won't come to pass but ... AH!! I can't stand the bi-weekly suspense!

Hal Jordan is THE best GL since Alan ... His story is just as ... Tell me the word--The story is as much Myth as Batman / Superman / ANY OF THE OTHERS!? ... and I admire his climax as a villain.


DC: Please.

At 1:29 AM, Blogger The Fortress Keeper said...

That is a beautiful splash page.

At 7:19 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Isn't Ivan's work awful purty? And there were so many really neat smaller moments. I did like Hal dropping the house on Lyssa, and serve her right. Kyle being petulant was fun, and I found it hilarious that when Guy grabs Sinestro, Sinestro is just standing there with a bored look on his face. Then Boodika and Guy got to ride on Ion! And John had a bazooka!

At 7:29 PM, Blogger Mike said...

hey, am I mistaken or is Tomar Re NOT Tomar Tu's father? didn't Tu say in his first appearance that Tomar is just a popular name among his people? 'cause Johns seems to be operating under the presumption that he is.

At 10:21 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Ummm...yes, that seems to be some sort of retcon by Mr. Johns. I can honestly say that it doesn't really bother me.


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