Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Green Lantern: Brightest Day (Review)
Geoff Johns strikes gold once again with Brightest Day. This volume is worth reading just for Larfreeze & Dexstarr alone. The "leaders" of the various Lantern Corps converge upon Earth in search of the missing Light-Spectrum Entities. The interactions between Hal Jordan, Carol Ferris, Sinestro, Atrocitus, Larfreeze, Saint Walker, and the mysterious Indigo-1 are explosive, intense, & sometimes humorous. Doug Mahnke's artwork is perfect, especially the appearance of ____, who is angry!!
The story begins with Hal, Carol, & Sinestro coming to an uneasy truce in regard to the mysterious White Lantern that has appeared....from there things go crazy as all the various Corps Entities are revealed to be on Earth, with a mysterious cloaked being seeking to capture them. As Atrocitus & Sinestro team up, Hal Jordan and Larfreeze are brought together by Hector Hammond....who is controlled by an unknown force.
Later appearances by Saint Waker and Indigo-1, while Carol Ferris tries to track down the Love Entity only add to this marvelous work by Geoff Johns. The villain reveals himself.....Krona!! The banished and imprisoned Rogue Guardian has escaped and is seeks to capture the entities one-by-one. Seemingly successful, he is determined to make the other Guardians pay for what they've done to him.
Meanwhile, the Guardians of the Universe are becoming suspicious by Hal Jordan's absence....and suspect he may be doing something unapproved by them.....and if all that wasn't enough, there is a wonderful back-up story showing the origins of Dexstarr the Red Lantern feline!!!
I never tire of Green Lantern by Geoff Johns!! The new characters he has added to the Green Lantern franchise are wonderfully memorable, and will be part of the greater DC Universe for decades to come. The events of of Brightest Day lead right into War of the Green Lanterns, and then into the September "re-vamp". Doug Mahnke delivers consistent, great artwork and I hope to see him in the "New 52"! What is great about this volume is that you don't have to read Brightest Day (the 26-issue series) or any of the other B-Day tie-ins to understand and enjoy the story.