Review: Green Lanterns #49

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writer: Aaron Gillespie

Artist: Roge Antonio & Hi-Fi

 

Summary

Picking up a split second after Green Lanterns #48 ended, this issue opens with Simon tackling Jess through a dock and submerging them both in the lake where they can have a quick talk. At first the rogue lantern protests, assuming Baz is there to take her in. Simon looking at her hurt, “After all we’ve been through? That stings deep,” he says. But she can’t trust herself with everything that’s gone on, how could she expect anyone else to trust her? After a quick regroup they have a plan in place and the partners get back into action.

They track Accampo down to a hide out and corner him like a rat. He tries to make a deal with them but the lanterns convince him to work with them and tell them truth. It turns out that poor ol’ Accampo had a rough life and one Mr. V’Sheer took him in and gave him a job. Well, while Mr. V’Sheer was busy building a giant resort planet wither an untold amount of dough, he was also running guns to the highest bidder.

So the race is on for the Lanterns and Accampo to jet off through space and confront Mr. V’Sheer to find out what’s going on!

 

Positives

The bulk of this issue plays out as I was expecting, but, how this issue ended shows just how much Cruz has changed since her introduction. Once the crime is solved and the bad guy put away, Hal Jordan releases Cruz and Baz, saying they need to investigate further. Where Jessica shines is the next moment where she goes off on him!

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Anxious, unsure, and self-doubting Jessica Cruz gets right up into Hal’s face and let’s him have it. She puts him in his place about how he proceeded in his treatment of her. There is a beautiful frame showing Hal’s face in shadow and disgrace as he can do nothing but agree.

The variant cover for his issue is gorgeous! It similar to Bruce Timm’s style with a jump in detail which looks polished and lush. I do hope that Warren Louw continues working on covers, if not a book himself.

Roge Antonio continues to provide wonderful art to bring the worlds in Green Lanterns alive. What stands out most to me is the effect and power of his characters body language and the illustration of their eyes.

Negatives

The bulk of this issue plays out as I was expecting, unfortunately this leaves the issue itself feeling a little stale. If not for the above mentioned positives, this would have been an underwhelming issue.

 

Verdict

Green Lanterns #49 is a fun issue with some powerful moments for Cruz and Baz. Any fans of Jessica Cruz must get this issue to continue watching her grow.

 

 

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Konrad Secord-Reitz

Konrad (@WednesdayNR) is a comic book fan for all genres. Staring with superheroes and moving toward more non-traditional characters and stories he reads everything and anything that draws his attention and is written well. Growing up Konrad watched Batman:TAS and all the other WB cartoons. That childhood love of Batman spread into gaming and comics. In 2011, with the New 52, Konrad picked up his first comic and started collecting, not stopped since. Konrad loves to review comics and interview your favorite artists and writers! For more of his content be sure to follow him on social media and check out his website Wednesdaynightreviews.com