The team must act fast to save Starfire from some sort of alien infection! After escaping from a metamorphosing planet, they look for help and parts to replace their damaged ship on an old and mostly deserted planet. Meanwhile Darkseid continues…
With the holidays rapidly approaching, DC and Walmart are adding to their lineup of 100-page “Giant” comics with a new one-shot to ring in the holiday season! Following the success of their horror-themed SWAMP THING HALLOWEEN HORROR SPECIAL, DC’s WORLD’S GREATEST SUPER-HEROES! HOLIDAY SPECIAL is headed to participating Walmart stores in the U.S. today and should reach stores by Sunday.
Darkseid wants some sort of alliance!? No way! But before our heroes can take Darkseid down, he disappears and they discover an ancient alien temple that seems to be devoted to worshiping… Starfire?! What cosmic forces are at play here and could Darkseid be right?!…
THE END, powerful words that end stories, novels, comic series, and one day with a whimper, existence. That is what Henshaw has in his mind, the end of the Green Lantern Corps and Coast City. After beating back the Ravagers, the Corps is free and have once again taken Mogo back and imprisoned Eon. With His plans foiled, Cyborg Superman returns to coast city to take revenge against Hal Jordan by destroying Coast city!
Perkins’s art in this issue stands out beyond his previous work in the series. While the character designs remain the same, it is Perkins use of the whole spectrum of colors in this issue that makes the ending of this series standout. Not only does Henshaw blaze like a peacock with the Phantom Ring’s use of the whole spectrum, but the calamity that is Henshaw affects the whole world, the sky turning red, green or blue.
On the 12th page of the issue is a wonderful working of the panels, turning this final battle between Hal and Henshaw into the lantern symbol itself. As per the series name a host of Lanterns appear on Earth to back up Jordan as he fights a loosing battle to the Cyborg Superman. In Corps fashion they are an interesting and wide array of alien species with a vibrant series of colors.
While I appreciate the importance of Hal Jordan to the Green Lantern Corps, being the original Green Lantern in print, he shouldn’t be the focus of Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz’s final issue. The fact that he is the show-runner for 19 of 22 pages in Green Lanterns feels wrong. He is drawn and written in real Hal Jordan fashion but he hasn’t been the protagonist throughout the series, only a supporting character.
This series has been fantastic at developing the growth of Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz. Ending the series in this way feels like an injustice as the protagonists appear as a foot note. After 57 issues of character development, and coming into her own as a Lantern and hero, Jessica Cruz leaves the world of Green Lanterns and Earth. This does set her up to be in Justice League Odyssey, but separating her from Baz is inappropriate as they are a buddy-cop team and function well together.
Green Lanterns #57, The End, closes out this series with a bang! But that bang feels like a magician using slight of hand to distract you from the real magic of this series.
Henshaw, the Cyborg Superman, with the power of the phantom ring has taken over Mogo and with Eon and the Ravagers on the surface the lanterns are helpless. Henshaw and Eon have captured the remaining Corps members in an energy field with their batteries depleted or taken over.
While the lanterns struggle in their bondage, Baz realizes exactly how bad the situation is. With the Phantom Ring Henshaw not only has found a way to release himself but he has even found a way to control the other rings. While Hal and Cruz attempt to resist, Henshaw demonstrates his power by having Jessica strike Hal for his efforts.
With some quick thinking Baz realizes what must be done. Regrouping, Baz starts an assault with an old friend with a low tech solution that upsets the tides of the conflict and might very well be the Corps last hope.
This issue builds tension in such a wonderfully classic pop-culture way, with the villain grandstanding and taunting his helpless captors while a resistance forms unbeknownst to him. Jurgens plays up this melodramatic issue with big showboating characters and hints of monologue. Through the issue as the battle sways, Mogo itself fights back to punctuate just how important it is that the Lanterns win and their fighting spirit, even under such distress.
Perkins art is spectacular in this issue, especially in scenes in which the lanterns must fight without their rings. His use of black shadows during combat scenes adds to the intensity of the details in a powerful way.
There are not negatives to discuss in this issue. It hit all the points it needed to and built up the arc and series conclusion in a wonderfully way to prevent loose ends.
Green Lanterns #56 is a great issue which demonstrates the power of the Corp beyond their rings.
Writer: Dan Jurgens Artists: Mike Perkins & Hi-Fi Summary Henshaw, the Cyborg Superman, with the power of the phantom ring has taken over Mogo and with Eon and the Ravagers on the surface the lanterns are helpless.
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