[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artists: V. Ken Marion, Sandu Florea
“INHUMAN TRAFFICKING” part three! Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz have tracked the criminal ring to a religious organization buried deep in the Horsehead Nebula. What does the Order of the Steed need with superheroes from Earth—and will Simon and Jess get stampeded in the process?
Throughout the issue, anxiety and how people work through mental health issues is brought up. Baz brings up how religion is a way that people reach out for support when feeling weak or helpless. The continued talk of mental health through the character arcs involving Jess, since her introduction in Forever Evil until now, are wonderful.
Not only do readers get to be exposed to and helped to understand mental illness more, but we get to further explore the little ways anxiety issues can impact people. Even superheroes like Jessica Cruz!
The pacing of Green Lanterns #42 is also fantastic. There is never a part where the place seems to chug, slow down, or stop.
Beyond the character design of the Lanterns, Equilibrian, and High Rider, the character design falls flat. Each of the captured super humans and other civilians are boring. Understandably, the background characters can afford to be boring as they are not the point, but the prisoners shouldn’t. We should feel empathy and interest for the prisoners, but they just look like fodder along with the civilians.
Green Lanterns #42 is a fast paced, buddy cop drama. The pacing is great and the issue ends on a great cliff-hanger, which will take readers into the next issue.