Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern #18

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Friday, March 08, 2013

Green Lantern #18

Well  Good Gosharootie! 

This was a REALLY good issue!  Oh Hal...I've missed you.  I'm sorry, but I find Simon Baz to be incredibly dull.  The little glimpses that we have been getting of Hal and Sinestro trapped by Black Hand have been one the things that have kept me going.  This whole ISSUE is about Hal and Sinestro, and it is fabulous.

First, kudos to  Alex Sinclair, who does astonishing things with the coloring.  The art ain't too shabby either, although I DO miss Doug Mahnke, and I will continue to miss him after he leaves.


But anyway, onto the story.

Hal and Sinestro have been trapped for quite some time now, and they aren't particularly happy, although it is probably nice to see Tomar Re again.  They are a bit startled when Simon drops unceremoniously by, in fact Sinestro is simply fit to be tied.  Simon is supposed to be rescuing them...and yet he ends up trapped along with them.  Sinestro and Hal do a bit of bickering back and forth, as they are wont to do.  Poor Simon doesn't really know what to make of all of this, and also can't quite get his brain around the idea that he might be dead. 

Well, actually...he's not.  He's IS still wearing the ring, which Hal points out rather smugly to Sinestro.  Naturally, this leads to more fighting, as Sinestro is bound and determined to get his ring back, and to hell with the rest of them.   Simon tries to use the ring against Sinestro, but it doesn't work, so naturally Sinestro starts taunting.  Sinestro is GOOD at taunting.

This is probably the wrong thing to do, since Simon then shoots Sinestro.  Oh how he does love that stupid gun. 

Meanwhile, the freed Maltusians have surrounded Black Hand, and they are NOT happy.  Fortunately B'dg is still kicking, and he is doing his best to free Simon. 

Back in limbo, Hal and Sinestro are STILL bickering.  Sinestro isn't dead, but he was certainly...startled.  Tomar tells them both to knock it off, because he knows all about Volthoom, and how he is trying to rewrite history, and all of the dead that he is sending to join them.  So Hal and Sinestro are at least being brought up to date on what the heck is going on.  And we also learn that it was to fight Volthoom that the Guardians created the Manhunters in the first place.  Man, those little blue munchkins have been screwing up for a LONG time, haven't they? 

B'dg has figured out how to contact Simon, and is pulling him back.  Simon is trying to grab a hold of Hal, and the ring that he has...the combined ring of Hal and Sinestro duplicates itself into a ring for Hal...but as Simon is pulled out, Sinestro grabs a hold, and...

...Whoa!  Sinestro and Simon are back in the First Lantern's prison with Black Hand, B'dg and all of the other Not Guardians! 

This...is going to get interesting.

Hal is still stuck however.  He can't get out, and he can't use the black ring, because he still has a foot in the land of the living...and so he wonders...what if he didn't?

Oh, this is going to be INCREDIBLY interesting! 

Buy this and read it!  It's fabulous.


At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Alex said...

I'm definitely with you on the incredibly interesting!

After all that dragging on the "Rebirth"-feeling is finally getting back and Johns can shines again (couldn't resist the puns)- yeah keep it coming! :-)

I think character-driven action is Johns strong point. (That's why he likes so much to take some minor charakter and turn them into someone remarkable - mostly through using some obscure continuity or retconning. Think I'm going to read the new JL of A for that.)

Don't know if it's Johns or the Artist but the panels and layouts especially in the death zone are perfectly capturing that character-driven action, which is what Green Lanterns with their Willpower are all about.
And as you said that Colorist is great! He's the best I've seen in the new52 so far.
Normally I don't like the coloring nowadays very much, because it often looks computer-generated and plastic-like.
I liked the flat colours with occasional gradients in the 90s and 00s better.
But this issue shows how it Should be Done!

Sorry for babbling that much but I'm simply stunned by this issue. :-)

At 7:46 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

The coloring really made it, the Dead zone was exquisite. I haven't seen coloring this spot on since they dumped poor Moose.

But with all of the tedious exposition out of the way,things really do seem to be picking up...and it's about time!

At 11:30 AM, Blogger Shiraste said...

I loved the pacing, story and the coloring. Among the best in a GL book in years. Probably as far back as the Brightest Day crossover.

I'm not so sure about the drawing itself. It seems uneven. It is still good but not flawless.

So I guess we'll finally get the whole "Hal Jordan will be the greatest Black Lantern" announcement put into action in the next issues.

At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Bryan L said...

I actually like Simon's gun. It just makes sense -- if I'm counting on a weapon that has a charge that can run down, I'd probably want something else as a backup. But I'd honestly forgotten about it until he used it. I just thought it was a good sequence.

At 12:02 PM, Blogger SallyP said...

I suppose that the gun makes a certain amount of sense...because it is the very LAST thing that you would expect from a Green Lantern. It even caught Sinestro by surprise.

I actually like Doug Mahnke's artwork more...but the moodiness and chiaroscuro of the coloring really made the pages pop.


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