This was a bad week for me and Geoff Johns. As I mentioned in my Flash: Rebirth review, I can’t stand it when Johns uses characters as his own mouthpeice. In Flash, Professor Zoom monologues for pages on end. In this issue, Carol Ferris and Sinestro spend pages arguing over how awesome Hal Jordan is. Both characters think Hal is awesome (because that is the entire point of Geoff Johns’ run on Green Lantern. But apparently they each think the other one needs some reminder of just how awesome Hal is. Because Hal Jordan is just that awesome!
Also, Johns manages to work in the beginnings of a Sinestro retcon. Because Sinestro is awesome too. And retcons are awesome.
The rest of the issue consists mainly of check-ins with all the factions of the War of Light. Not much really happens, but it’s a good reminder that hell has broken loose as a result of Blackest Night. If anything, I would have liked a little more meat to some of these scenes. For instance, the battle between Larfleeze and the Blue Lanterns has been going on for several issues now and I’m not sure why. Seems like Larfleeze should be up to his eyeballs in blue rings by now.
Speaking of Larfleeze, the scene in which the black rings came to his lair was a highlight. “Yuh-oh” indeed! It was almost out of place, but I laughed nonetheless.
The shining star of this book is Doug Mahnke. He’s as awesome as everyone seems to think Hal Jordan is. In spite of all of my misgivings about Johns’ story, this book was worth reading just for Mahnke’s art!