Sunday, January 31, 2010

Green Lantern: Agent Orange (Review)

Citizen's Grade: Impressive.

The Green Lantern franchise continues to be the best that DC Comics has to offer. Geoff Johns is a genius, as all his previous volumes prove. Agent Orange follows more revelations that the Guardians of the Universe have been trying to hide for eons! When The Controllers try and harness their own version of a ring power source they come upon Larfreeze, guardian of the orange light of avarice! Meanwhile, the Guardians of the Universe are putting Hal Jordan through the wringer over wearing the Blue Lantern's ring (which he cannot get off until he hopes for something with sincerity).

Larfreeze shows up on OA, believing that the Guardians have broken their vow to leave him be and wreaks havoc. The Guardians; with several members of the Green Lantern Corps, travel to sector 2828 (which was always off-limits to the G.L. Corps previously). In their battle against Larfreeze they are seemingly overmatched by his Agents of Orange.....until Hal Jordan's Blue Ring comes into play.

The volume ends with the revelation that deep below the surface of OA the rogue Guardian is planning the unleashing of the Blackest Night, writing the omens in the Black Book. Also, to end the dispute the Guardians make a pact with Larfreeze (who wants; but cannot take, the blue rings), showing him where the home planet of the Blue Lantern Corps is.

Geoff Johns weaves another masterpiece, going in directions never taken previously in the Green Lantern series. Philip Tan's artwork is so-so, Larfreeze and Hal Jordan are awesomely done....but most of the secondary characters (both in single frames and in background frames to Jordan & Larfreeze) are uneven and somewhat deformed. That said, it is still an awesome volume....and I can't wait for the next one!

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