Friday, January 23, 2009

Green Lantern #37

I'm not sure I understand the rationale behind the "Faces of Evil" promotion that's running through DC Comics this month.

I've already complained about messing with the logo of each comic so the real title is unreadable - instead you see the name of a villain highlighted.

For this issue of Green Lantern, the focus is on the Red Lantern named Laira. She was a Green Lantern, but she gave in to her rage, which made her the perfect candidate for the perpetually-furious Red Lantern Corps.

But she's really not a major character in the story (although she does play a key role) - why not focus on Sinestro or Atrocitus instead?

Writer Geoff Johns is walking a delicate balance here as he keeps introducing more characters from different-hued Lantern Corps. It would be easy to be overwhelmed by all these new faces, but so far he's kept it clear and interesting.

Big kudos also to penciler Ivan Reis, who turns in his usual amazing work on the art. The detail is terrific, and the amazing variety of alien life forms continues to impress.

The Red Lantern saga wraps up next issue, presumably paving the way for the Black Lanterns / Darkest Night story - so far it's been very good, but we'll have to wait and see how this issue's cliffhanger is resolved (although the reprint of the next issue cover on the last page pretty much gives it away).

Grade: B+

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