Review: Green Lanterns #52

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

Writer: Dan Jurgens

Artists: Marco Santucci

Colors: Hi-Fi

Letters: Dave Sharpe

 

Summary

With Eon and the Ravager fleet in space outside of the water planet Penelo ready to fight, the Lanterns fight back with all their might but find themselves out gunned. Meanwhile, back on Mogo the Guardians are puzzled about what could possibly have killed Kada-Sal and so mortally wounded Lantern Stewart?

Above all else though, a creeping evil entity has somehow embedded itself into Baz’s ring and is giving him false orders, who is this evil force and how did he get inside the ring!?

Positives

Green Lanterns #52 is an intense, action-packed issue! We get to see the Lanterns fending off an entire fleet of 1,200 Ravager Ships but they aren’t enough! Jurgen’s writing creates a tense battle scene while Gardner being making orders. Using Santucci’s great visuals progresses the narrative in the battle, especially with Baz’s actions in the issue, while the dialog brings a sense of hope from the veteran lantern. Due to the dissonant actions of Baz with his orders, and the perspective we get focusing on Gardner the creative team steps up to provide readers with a powerful opening battle scene which bleeds anxious energy into the remaining sense of espionage like warfare.

Jurgen’s continual increasing of the stakes via bigger and stronger enemies as well as the dark infestation of Baz’s ring keeps the story interesting while also presenting a believable enemy that will challenge the greatest lanterns the Corp has known.

Negatives

Marco Santucci’s interpretations of Baz and Kilowog look off. Baz’s mask and head look disproportionate, either too tall or the green piece over his eyes looks very large. Kilowog’s face also looks like gum due to the colors used and the illustration of his features.

 

Verdict

Green Lanterns #52 is a story fit for the likes of Star Wars or Mission: Impossible, with large battles and espionage. Be sure to pick this issue up and enjoy!

 

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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