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Some Wrath of God

March 19, 2010

You’ll have to excuse me for the smaller cover.  What with the cover being secret before, it’s very difficult to find it online.  Anyway, Green Lantern #51 continues the return of Parallax.  Larfleeze and Lex Luthor fight over the orange light, and they have one of the most interesting and fun exchanges that Geoff Johns has ever written.  Parallax fights the Black Lantern Spectre and manages to defeat him rather easily, destroying the black ring and freeing the real Spectre.  However, Parallax refuses to be put back in the bottle, so to speak, and he renews his fight with the real Spectre.  Atrocitus thinks that the Spectre is the being of rage, though the Spectre claims that the actual entity is extremely dangerous.  The Spectre, with the aid of head Star Sapphire Carol Ferris, frees Hal Jordan, and Parallax disappears, teleported off somewhere (which Hector Hammond notices).  However, when the Spectre confronts Nekron, Nekron banishes him, as he has no soul to judge.  And thus, we come to the final battle.

Well, being only a two-parter about one of the most important Green Lantern baddies in recent history, it was pretty dang good.  Of course, that’s Geoff Johns at work.  He infuses every little side conversation with wit and excitement while keeping the core story great.  I do have one complaint, though.  The Spectre seems to have been, with all of Johns’ (among others) recent work, completely emasculated.  He hasn’t been able to help against one of the big bads in forever, and he’s absolutely useless against the beings of primal emotion.  Back in the day, he was the toughest of heroes, but now, he’s kind of pathetic.  Someone needs to either toss him aside or, considering how long a history he has, build him back up again so he’s not just that guy everyone wishes would do more.  But that’s one thing.  This is overall another superb issue.  As I said, Johns is continuing to do his greatest work here, and Doug Mahnke is still an excellent artist.  His Spectre does tend to look a tad more grotesque than I recall the character being, but he’s still amazing.  I was shocked to see Tempest die, since if I’m correct in my theory, he will now not be resurrected at the end of Blackest Night.  One of the original Teen Titans, dead.  Just makes me wonder if I’m right, though.  Well, just one more issue of Blackest Night, Green Lantern, and Green Lantern Corps left!

Plot: 9.2      Art: 9.2      Dialogue: 9.4      Overall: 9.2

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