Green Lanterns is back this week and the two Lanterns are in the middle of a fight with Polaris; the guy just wants to save his brother, but his inclination to go into villain mode and manipulate metal can get out of hand. We review the third part of this story arc to answer the question, is it good?
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Robson Rocha
So what’s it about? Polaris is trying to save his brother with his powers, the Green Lanterns stopped him, but now his brother is flattening. What will they do!?
Why does this book matter?
Sam Humphries is writing some of the best character work in comics today; using well-timed captions he gets into the characters’ heads and makes you think they’re real. Stories always tie well into emotions, which makes him a great fit for the Green Lanterns.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Robson Rocha takes over on art and it is a glorious thing. The layouts are dynamic (panels literally shift as the characters get upset) and there are some fantastic full page spreads in this issue. The costumes look fantastic and even though they’re skin tight there’s still a thickness to them that make them look real. Polaris really loses it in this issue and you feel his pain throughout. The guy is understandably angry, but you can feel his brain nearly breaking when his brother is dying. Rocha gives the issue that much more life and it’s a glorious thing to see. It should be said Alex Sollazzo’s coloring is off the charts too. He adds a depth to each page and Polaris’ purple costume looks evil, yet cool too.
Damn, this art is good.
The story ain’t bad either. Humphries continues to tie Simon Baz’s backstory of saving his friend into the issue and this time he tries to use his powers to bring someone out of an ailment. It’s a fascinating element Humphries has explored a few times now–that of a Green Lantern with a new additional power–and it’s fun to see it pop up again here. This also might be one of the most iconics time Jessica and Simon have teamed up to do something truly amazing. I won’t spoil it here, but it shows you together they’re so much stronger and can do great things. That’s helpful in showing how their relationship has only grown.
The inclusion of the Green Lantern Corps pays off in this issue too. It’s how things end and it’s a fun way to show Simon and Jessica are still newbies. If the boss says come, you come, though with Polaris looking for revenge that can’t be good moving forward.
Love how the panels tilt.
It can’t be perfect can it?
There’s a bit of a continuity problem later in the issue as a major threat is coming down on a city. Keeping this vague to avoid spoilers, but we see it nearly crashing, then later not, and then later even further out. It confused me a bit and took me out of the action.
Is It Good?
Sharp and impressive art make this confrontational issue that much more impressive as the Green Lanterns attempt to thwart–and help–Polaris. This is just good comics.