And Then I Read: GREEN LANTERN 2 & 3

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I’m enjoying this title, and would put it near the top of the New 52 that I’m reading. Geoff Johns has made it a book of costars who hate each other, but also need each other, a situation that provides plenty of great character moments as well as lots of action.

Hal Jordan’s ring is now on the hand of Sinestro, who has come to Earth to make Hal an offer. Sinestro will give Hal at least some of his Green Lantern power back in exchange for Hal’s help in freeing Sinestro’s homeworld of Korugar from the Yellow Lantern Corps that Sinestro created, but has now lost control of. Plenty of irony to go around here, but Hal misses his GL power so much he’s willing to go along with the deal. First he has to explain things to Carol Ferris, and then before the mission even starts, one of the Yellow Lanterns turns up to create havoc.

Finally getting to Korugar in issue 3, Sinestro has a plan for himself and for Hal. Needless to say, it doesn’t go well for either of them, but Hal certainly seems to be getting the worst of it by the end of the issue, apparently being destroyed inside the master Yellow Lantern.

The art by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy continues to be excellent, with a highly realistic approach that also allows for terrific character acting, as you can see above. I think the GL movie has upped the game of these artists, they seem to be visualizing the characters better than ever. And Johns gives them lots to work with!

Highly recommended.

4 thoughts on “And Then I Read: GREEN LANTERN 2 & 3

  1. Kabe

    Wow, that Hal Jordan looks very different, kinda reminds me of Kyle Rayner.

    BTW, Mr. Klein, do you have any idea why Mahnke needs up to 4 inkers in every issue?

  2. Peter Urkowitz

    Hi Todd,
    I would be interested to hear your commentary on the logos for DC’s New 52 titles and on the line-wide design.

    For instance, the “DC Comics” logo takes the new DC Bullet that they premiered to such fanfare a few years ago, and slaps on the word “Comics” in lettering that only poorly matches the “DC.” And the numbers in “New 52” have a few sharp corners in places that you would expect to be rounded. What do you think they were doing there? Were those tag-lines just thrown together too quickly, without much planning?

    I will say that most of the actual series titles have very nicely designed logos, in my opinion. So the relative amateurishness of the linewide logos are a little mystifying. I’d love to hear your views!

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