Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Green Lantern #41 Review

GREEN LANTERN #41
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Philip Tan and Jonathan Glapion

I'm not sure what it was, but, up until that last page, I found this issue pretty boring. It was about as generic a "tell me your origin, villain!" tale as you could get and the actual origin of the Orange Lanterns and Larfleeze was far from interesting.

In fact, I can pretty much guarantee the origin is exactly what everyone was thinking already and it didn't really flesh out what was established already. Hal literally asks Larfleeze to tell him his origin and it's basically Larfleeze stumbled onto the Orange Lantern, the Guardians and Manhunters pursued him, got their asses handed to them and then made a deal, which brings us to the present day. We knew this and not much else was added to it.

As for the whole Guardians/Green Lanterns vs Orange Lantern fight going on top side, the new Star Sapphire, Fatality, showed up to save John Stewert from getting killed, but, other than that, nothing new was added there and they basically treaded water in that department. I assume the Star Sapphires rings will be super effective (Pokemon reference!) against the Orange Lanterns, thus saving the Guardians' collective butts.

Finally, getting to that final page, once Larfleeze finished telling Hal his origin, he demands the Blue Lantern ring in exchange and, when it won't come off by force, Larfleeze literally cuts Hal's hand off, which is fitting considering he did the same thing to his fellow Green Lanterns when he was Parallax. If it sticks, it should be interesting to see how Black Hand reacts, as he, too, had his hand removed by Hal when he was the Spectre in Green Lantern: Rebirth. However, I imagine any ring that can restart a star, as the blue rings did, can easily fix a lopped off hand. Tis only a flesh wound.

Verdict - Check It. The shock ending is about the only noteworthy thing to come of this rather disappointing chapter to the Agent Orange storyline. Here's hoping it finishes strong next month.


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