Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Green Lantern #55

Just for a change of pace, this issue of Green Lantern more or less tosses aside any concerns about story or characterization and just settles in as an old-fashioned, action-packed battle from start to finish.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

I've never been a big fan of Lobo, but if you're going to use the character, this is the way to do it. He shows up in New York City hunting for Atrocitus, the leader of the Red Lanterns, and GL, Star Sapphire and Sinestro have to pool their resources in an attempt to stop Lobo... and that's really all you need to know.

The rest is fighting, punching, kicking - the usual. But all in good fun.

The art by Doug Mahnke (with three inkers) is outstanding as always - he just seems to get better with each issue. Each page contains lots of detail, great characters, frantic layouts and loads of energy.

There's also a back-up feature explaining the origin of Dex-starr, the world's angriest cat. Yeah, you read that correctly.

So all in all, a fun issue, and one that (despite my "no story" comment) sets up the next chapter in the Brightest Day story.

Green Lantern continues to be one of the best comics DC publishes, and this issue maintains those high standards.

Grade: A-

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