Friday, July 15, 2011

Green Lantern #67

This issue marks the final chapter in the War of the Green Lanterns, but the story doesn't so much conclude as it just runs out of gas.

It's shocking, really, given writer Geoff Johns' usual superior efforts - but this one doesn't work on many levels.

It's the old problem of building up an impossible menace - in this case, the mad Guardian Krona and the seven Guardians possessed by the powerful emotional entities that power the different Lantern Corps. Outpowered and outmatched, how can the Green Lantern Corps hope to stand against them?

The best solutions to problems like that are the clever, "I didn't see that one coming" variety - but here, the answer is of the "hammer over the head" variety.

Perhaps it was a case of trying to squeeze too much into one series, or just having to accelerate the story to make room for the upcoming "soft" reboot.

Whatever the case, this story was a rare letdown from Johns.

Even the art by the always-terrific Doug Mahnke seems a bit rushed - but more likely, it's just the effect of having four different inkers working on the issue.

I'm a big fan of the series, but I think this story just got away from the creative team. Hopefully the upcoming issue #1 will bring things back into focus.

Grade: B-


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