Sunday, October 16, 2011

Green Lantern #2

In these humble reviews I usually focus on the story (and thus, the writer), because that's the most important element to me. When it comes to art, I only know what I like (you should forgive the hoary saying).

And I certainly like the work Doug Mahnke has been creating for Green Lantern.

He's done great work and he somehow seems to improve with each issue. His layouts are powerful and his characters are very well-defined. The raw emotions are in evidence on the faces of the characters, and his action sequences are visual, clever and easy to follow.

He has a great sense of design for the aliens that GL runs into, and he creates an especially horrific one for this issue.

His work actually reminds me a lot of Brian Bolland (one of the best in the business), with a bit of Gary Frank thrown in there (no slouch he).

It's all in service of Geoff John's story, which finds Hal Jordan in an unusual position - the Guardians have taken away his power ring. Even worse, it's now owned by Sinestro - who visits Hal and makes an offer that can't be refused.

It's an interesting tale, and (so far) it's an improvement on recent storylines in this series.

Even if that wasn't the case, this story would be worth picking up just for Mahnke's art. If he's not considered a superstar yet, he soon will be. Just wait.

Grade: B+


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