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The Best the Genre Has to Offer

January 5, 2009

     This review does not include Green Lantern #36, as I have yet to read it.

     Four or five years ago, I wouldn’t be caught dead reading DC Comics.  Boy have times changed.  Now, my favorite comic book is a DC book.  The three comics I enjoy reading most every time I pick up my haul are Captain America, Invincible Iron Man, and Green Lantern.  I make no attempt to hide my love of Geoff Johns’ work, and nowhere does his brilliance shine more than here.  From the Green Lantern: Rebirth miniseries on, Johns has rewritten the Green Lantern mythos in the best way possible: taking the existing material and re-explaining it in a new way.  The whole color/emotional spectrum thing is absolutely amazing, and it takes the whole idea of the Green Lantern and makes it so much more.

     Now, for the first time since before the Sinestro Corps War, the best comic book event of 2007, we have the violent introduction of the newest Lantern Corps, the Red Lanterns.  Based around Atrocitus, the killer of Abin Sur, Hal Jordan’s predecessor, they tear through the Sinestro Corps and the Green Lantern Corps to get at Sinestro to get their revenge on him for the evil he has done to them.  Blinded by rage, they spew red firey liquid while occasionally screaming in anger.  How awesome is that?!  Plus, there’s psycho Red Lantern Cat, the now famous character who was way scarier than he originally looked.  Sure, people say that the Red Lanterns are one-dimensional.  They’re full of rage!  What emotion is more one-dimensional than rage?  Anyway, the buildup to the Blackest Night continues, in all the best ways.  And sure, Shane Davis isn’t as great an artist as Ivan Reis or Ethan van Sciver.  But he does a great job with the Red Lanterns.  I actually wish he was doing the rest of the arc to provide some stability.  No matter what, though, we can all expect greatness as the best superhero comic on the stands continues forward.

Plot: 9.7      Art: 9.2      Dialogue: 9.6      Overall: 9.5

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