Guest Reviews: Green Lantern #15

Green Lantern #15 Cover

Innocent Lives


Solicit


“Rise of the Third Army” continues!

Earth’s new Green Lantern meets Guy Gardner for the first time…and possibly the last!

The Third Army attacks!

And where are Hal and Sinestro?

Preview





Reviews


Explosive Consequences Original Review by Johnkmccubbin91 at Comic Vine


Since Geoff Johns started writing Green Lantern back in Green Lantern: Rebirth I have became a huge fan of the power wielders from around the galaxy, but mainly the Lanterns featured in the main Green Lantern series' (Hal Jordan, Sinestro, and Simon Baz). This story-line has also been very interesting, and I am looking forward to what Rise of the Third Army leads in to.

Plot

This issue sees Simon Baz attempting to clear his name by visiting the owner of the van he stole. Agent Fed is also on Baz' trail, and Hal, and Sinestro learn what's happened to them.

Review

Ring or No Ring?
This was a brilliant issue, but not quite as good as the last couple of issues. I've enjoyed how Johns has developed Baz into a character that I like, and the fact that these issues focus more on Baz' story than the actual Rise of the Third Army crossover doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would. In saying that this issue was a bit slower than the previous few, and it affected the overall story. Besides that Johns did a decent job of explaining exactly what happened during issue 0. I've also loved that Johns has managed to keep Hal, and Sinestro in the series, but I'll talk more about that later.

The art from Doug Mahnke was once again fantastic, and I've really been enjoying his art over this series. There is a lot of detail in his artwork, and although he uses more plainer backgrounds, than other artist's, from time time, they are also brilliantly detailed, and I'd rather a plainer background than one that's too ambitious, and doesn't look right. Mahnke is also very good at showing what the characters are feeling, which is nice as I always love emotion in art. Alex Sinclair's colors have also been magical, and probably the thing I've liked most about the art. I love that Baz' Green Lantern suit is brighter than most others, and that it stands out. I also like that Sinclair knows when to use plainer colors, or shiner colors, and think it always suits the sequence it's in.

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Attack of the Third Army Original Review by Tomlikesfries at Comic Vine


BOOOOMMM!
In this issue we finally get to see a bit more of the Third Army. This arc has, so far, been really slow paced and, to be honest, this issue isn't much different. Baz is a very interesting character and has the potential to be one of my favorite Green Lanterns in the future. Here he finds the one person responsible for the explosion showed in the #0 issue. Inside the man's house his ring's battery ends, so he is as helpless as a mere human. It was nice to see him trying to fight off the Third Army, although he didn't have his powers.

The art is absolutely gorgeous. I couldn't find a single panel in which the penciling was inconsistent. It was detailed and the facial expressions looked real.

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What I Thought


See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic.

Cover & Solicit - 4/5
Art, Colors & Inking - 4/5
Layout & Flow - 4/5
Story - 4/5
Verdict - 4


I really like this cover from the moment DC provided the solicit preview. I'm not sure what DC was thinking with the solicit for this issue though as Guy Gardner isn't even in it. I have to say overall I enjoyed reading this issue even if the primary focus wasn't on the Third Army. My only gripe is because they are trying to tie it into the arc they may be trying to add too much to one issue. We have Simon Baz's story, Sinestro and Jordan's story, and the Third Army tie-in. It just seems a little much and each isn't given much time to develop. That aside what they did present was an excellent story and continued the introduction for Baz as the new Green Lantern.


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John McCubbin is a blogger at http://imaginationcentre.blogspot.co.uk/. John and Tom are both comic book reviewers at Comic Vine. The use of the reviews have been authorized by the original authors.

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