Review: Green Lanterns #51

A Murderer In Their Midst

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

Writer: Dan Jurgens

Artist: Mike Perkins & Hi-Fi

 

Summary

During the storm which threatens to destroy Mogo and finding Kada-Sal impaled, the Corp reels to set things right. Baz, along with Cruz, and Rayner usher the nearly dead guardian to Doctor Thaava to get him the immediate treatment that he desperately needs. Among the lanterns there is chatter though, aren’t guardians immortal? How could they possibly be hurt, let alone incapacitated. The veteran lanterns are speechless as per what is happening and while the world seems to be ending, Cruz’s ring keeps whispering in her ear. Everything isn’t as it seems, tell no one of your suspicions.

Meanwhile, Planet Penelo in sector 1355 is under attack by a fleet of ships similar to those John Stewart investigated. Lantern Penelops stands strong to defend his planet from the siege when he finds himself confronted by the mysterious Eon!

Positives

Readers will note that this issue of Green Lanterns is only 20 pages in length compared to the typical 22. While normally this would be a negative, coupling this with the urgency throughout the issue creates a tense feeling that everyone is acting fast. This perfect emulates for the reader how the characters feel in the story. Readers will finish this issue quickly due to the pacing and the page count and feel tense about it. Whether planned by Jurgens or not, this serves as a thematic tool.

There are also one or two small comedic moments visually throughout the issue which help elevate the tension just enough to make it more accessible and enjoyable. Thank you Perkins for drawing them so subtly but perfectly.

 

Negatives

Having Penelops appear in this issue the way that it has almost cheapens it. Contrasting Penelops appearance to that of John Stewart’s confrontation with Eon, or the state of Mogo and Kada-Sal, it feels like a throw away which doesn’t quite fit into the scenario.

 

Verdict

Green Lanterns #51 continues to build on the over arching story of how Jessica Cruz is not your typical Lantern as well as the general legacy of Green Lanterns. Be sure to pick up this dark and cryptic issue!

 

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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