Green Lantern #54

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Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy

After last month’s glorified sales pitch of Brightest Day and its myriad tie-ins, this month’s issue of Green Lantern narrows its focus, which made it a lot more enjoyable. Green Lantern #54 follows the unlikely trio of Hal Jordan, Carol “Star Sapphire” Ferris, and temporarily-reformed baddie Sinestro as they try to find out what to do with the giant White Lantern they discovered in the previous issue. Meanwhile, Red Lanterns Atrocitus and Dex-Starr turn up in New York City, which is perfect for them, because if there’s one thing New York has in abundance, it’s rage.

Neither Hal, Carol, or Sinestro are able to lift the White Lantern from its resting place, and when they all three place their hands on it, they receive visions of the twelve formerly dead characters that were revived at the end of Blackest Night and hear a mysterious voice giving them such cryptic instructions as “Help Me Live” and “Find Them.” The white light that emits from the Lantern sends them to New York, where they run afoul of Atrocitus and his fierce feline companion. Their tussle is short-lived, however, as a surprise guest crashes the party. Meanwhile, on the planet Daxam, a mysterious being revives a Green Lantern Corpsmember who we’ve thought was dead for quite some time. It looks like resurrection is the “New Black” in the DCU this year.

As with the beginning of any storyarc, Green Lantern #54 is heavy on setup, but there are a few good action moments within the issue, such as Atrocitus’ bloody disruption of a subway holdup and the Daxamites’ reaction to the sudden change in their sun. I also enjoy Sinestro’s reserved disgust at Hal and Carol’s subtle flirting. Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy continue to impress with their consistently fantastic art. Green Lantern was the one tie-in book that had to be read in conjuction with Blackest Night, but it remains to be seen whether this will be the case with Brightest Day. One thing I am sure of is that the story developing here is more interesting than anything I’ve read so far in the main Brightest Day book. We’ll see in the coming weeks if things stay that way. 4.5 out of 5 Red Meras.

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  1. Jason Kerouac says:

    Dude… you didn’t even MENTION the entities! That’s a pretty cool angle I think.

    Of course, I find it hysterical that we’re two issues out from the “no more resurrections” event and DC is ALREADY breaking their rules.

  2. Ben Gilbert says:

    That was a cool angle. I like that the other Lantern Corps members are still going to be a part of Brightest Day. Seeing Atrocitus again was great, but I want more Larfleeze!

    Gotta say, though, I’m not too thrilled by the surprise guest star at the end of the book.

  3. Batman25JM says:

    First of all, I LOVED this issue. The art was beyond fantastic.

    I wouldn’t call what happened in the book an actual resurrection. He wasn’t actually dead, he was just stuck in the sun.

  4. Bigtymin504 says:

    ^Yeah, Sodam wasn’t dead…

    • Jason Kerouac says:

      I was under the impression when he “sacrificed” himself by maxing out the Ion force in the sun, that he died. I really don’t think I was the only person who thought this, and it seemed like the characters were on the same page as me as well.

  5. LordD3r3k says:

    Well, no one flew into the sun to check on him, so yeah, it’s natural that the Corps think he died. But like Bats and Bigty said, that wasn’t the case. He was just forced to stay in the sun to keep it yellow.

    Great issue BTW, it’s nice to see some humor injected into the book after such a crazy dark trip, not that BN wasn’t great as well. I’m also pretty excited for the mystery guess. I don’t know why, but I always get a big grin when he shows up. And if anyone can him justice, it’s Johns and Mahnke

    • Jason Kerouac says:

      I’m sorry, but I call bullshit on that. He sacrificed himself in the heart of a star. I don’t care if they never actually said he was dead. For all intents and purposes, he was gone. Now, a year or so later, some kid drops a quarter in the claw machine and plucks out their very own Sodam Yat, and it’s ok, cause he was never ACTUALLY dead. You can use that logic ANY TIME you want to bring back a character. “Tim Drake’s dad? What are you doing back from the dead?” “Well, I never actually died. Batman figured out that I was going to be a target, so he convinced one of the Clayfaces to stand in for me.” Sorry, doesn’t work. Brubaker’s story is that Bucky was never actually dead, either. But y’know what, Winter Soldier is a resurrection story, nonetheless. They took a character thought dead and brought them back to active duty. Yes, I liked that story. I think it was possibly the best resurrection story ever. My point is merely that, after claiming to put the kibosh on the gimmick for the foreseeable future, all DC’s REALLY doing is forcing their writers to find new means to the same old end: bringing back “dead” characters.

  6. Bigtymin504 says:

    But Jason I don’t think it was ever shown that Sodam died, I don’t even recall it being implied. The way I remember, it seemed heavily implied that he was still alive but basically in a coma-like state to constantly power the sun to keep it yellow.

    • Jason Kerouac says:

      And yet I’ve seen people flat out question his absence from the memorial service.

      Whatever.

  7. LordD3r3k says:

    Bigtymin is exactly right.

    Plus, Arisa questioning why his name isn’t on one of the leaves at the memorial tree should be a big clue that he didn’t die. You think Mogo would remember thousands of rookies but not the bearer of Ion?

    So that whole analogy up there, like saying someone was just vacationing in Europe, doesn’t really apply because there have been hints dropped throughout the books of Sodam’s real fate. You can’t ignore the facts just because you want to rant on DC.

    • Jason Kerouac says:

      You’re missing my point, entirely. I’m not suggesting that they retconned in that he wasn’t actually dead. I’m saying they played it as a sacrifice. The girl who loved him thought she lost him, that he was dead. Now he’s back. Just seems like a disingenuous way you get around “no more resurrections.” This way, they still get to have the big sacrifice moment that shocks readers, but then they just turn around and say “GOTCHA!” And no, it’s not just DC that does it. And yes, it bothers me when the other companies do. But DC is the company that JUST SAID “No more resurrections” and now they’re pulling this gimmick and I just think it’s weak.

  8. LordD3r3k says:

    You’re trying to find fault where it doesn’t exist.

    They dropped hints throughout the series that there was more to his ‘sacrifice’. They practically slap you across the face with evidence he was alive during the memorial service, and now that they show he’s alive you’re going to cry foul? [i]THAT’S[/i] weak. It’s like you’re salivating at the thought of catching them screw up, but in this case it doesn’t hold water.

    When Ryan Choi shows up again, then you can bitch. 😉

    • Jason Kerouac says:

      Still completely missing my point. At this point, I think it’s intentional.

      If the very next book to come out after Siege #4 had started talking about how Loki wasn’t really dead, I’d still call bullshit on that, too. While Loki’s a god and it makes sense that he can transcend death, if you’re going to show me a character sacrificing themselves, I expect them to stay gone for a good long while before you reveal that they never actually died. You currently have a Marvel Universe without Loki, and therefore an opportunity to tell stories where you don’t have to answer the question “Why wouldn’t Loki be there?” So use that till you can’t anymore. Give us a couple of years worth of these stories before you let some writer say “Hey, I’ve got a great Loki story I want to tell, can I bring him back?”

      And I don’t doubt that Choi WILL show back up. He’ll be the new Spectre, or that will have been a double somehow, or Booster Gold will save him, or… whatever… and he’ll be back. He won’t come back from the dead, so it won’t be a resurrection, he’ll just be back, and so you’ll tell me how I have no reason to be upset.

  9. lordd3r3k says:

    Whatever man. You’re going to find fault wherever you want. And once again you’re comparisons don’t make sense because you’re comparing apples to oranges. But hey, it’s your site, bitch away.

    • I have to say as someone with no vested interested in the character (I’m only now reading Blackest Night), I agree it’s a BS move to bring him back now, “dead” or not. It sets a precedent that can easily be exploited down the line.

  10. Batman25JM says:

    I just don’t see the big deal. They said that dead is dead for now. Well, Sodam wasn’t dead. It was hinted at before, and it makes sense. We were never definitively told he was dead. If someone had shot him in the face and then they tried to pull this then I’d agree, but that’s not the case. I think it was pretty clear from the moment of his sacrifice that he wasn’t really dead. This isn’t someone escaping death. He wasn’t brought back to life. He was freed from being stuck in a sun.

  11. Batman25JM says:

    You know, this is really similar to Kitty Pryde’s return. They both sacrificed themselves, were thought dead, then it turns out they weren’t and then they are saved.

  12. LordD3r3k says:

    ^ The only difference Bats is that they blatantly dropped hints that Sodam didn’t die DURING Blackest Night. There was nothing to suggest Kitty lived while being stuck in the bullet, especially since it looked like she was rapidly losing air or that Loki survived Sentry’s attack (in reference to Jason’s example). But before BN completely wrapped there was a huge hint that Sodam didn’t die. And that’s why I don’t understand what the uproar is about. They’re not breaking the rules, they’re continuing on a plot thread developed during BN.

    I mean, I get what you’re saying Jason, but I think you’re looking at it from the wrong angle, that’s all.

    • Jason Kerouac says:

      And see, I would go in entirely the opposite direction with Kitty. As implausible as her survival was, I thought it was pretty damned clear that from the very second she phased the bullet, it was in no way, shape, or form intended to imply she would die. She was exiling herself from the team/Earth in order to save the day, but it wasn’t killing her. We were just losing her. Again, seemed to me that was the case from the very second of the sacrifice.

      That said, I STILL think they brought her back too soon and in far too unceremonious (and nonsensical) a fashion. As evidenced by the 2 out of 5 I gave the issue where it happened.

      Kitty was inside a thing hurtling through space. Sodam Yat overloaded his powersource in the heart of a star. I don’t see how anyone can suggest that the latter is the more believable “come back” scenario.

      Still, D3r3k, you say “before BN completely wrapped there was a huge hint that Sodam didn’t die,” once again completely ignoring the corner stone of my argument. I’m not talking about what happened a couple of issues later. I’m talking about what happened in one single issue. You can’t deny that GLC #36 ends with the strong implication that he is gone from the mortal coil. I don’t care how many issues after that are spent telling us that he’s not dead, they are all part of the “Gotcha!” after the issue where he “died.”

    • Jason Kerouac says:

      http://www.panelsonpages.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/sacrifice.jpg

      Is it honestly your assertion that, as this issue wraps, we’re not meant to think he’s dead?

  13. LordD3r3k says:

    I’m not going to argue with you anymore. You want to focus on one scene and ignore everything that came afterwards. You’re going to believe what you want to believe. And if it’s your wish to see DC screw up this new rule, then you’re going to find it wherever you can. I don’t agree with you. Most others don’t agree with you. But we’ve all said our piece and after 20 comments, it’s obvious nothing is going to change here.

    • Jason Kerouac says:

      But still you have to reduce my opinion to me “ignoring” things, “believing what I want to believe,” and “wishing” to see DC screw up.

      I’ve made a simple argument (Sodam Yat was dead as of the end of GLC 36, now he’s back, all to have the shock moment of the sacrifice) and I’ve offered evidence behind my rationale (the final panel of the issue is him blowing up inside of the sun). Call it whatever you want, I stand by my opinion.

      I was never trying to change yours, by the way… just hoping you’d stop dismissing mine.

  14. LordD3r3k says:

    But you ARE ignoring things. Before BN wrapped, they blatantly told us Sodam DIDN’T die. And now when they actually show him freed from the sun, you cry foul that they somehow hoodwinked us with this? It just doesn’t make sense.

    It’s like you read issue 36 and put on blinders to anything that happened afterwards and expect us all to as well. It’s amazing how you somehow knew Kitty wasn’t dead even thought there was no hint to her survival, but when DC DOES hint to their characters survival, it was lost on you. Sorry, but it’s just alittle hard to take seriously.

  15. LordD3r3k says:

    And between Kitty showing her exhaustion from phasing the bullet and losing air, to Emma trying to create a peaceful scene in her mind, it was pretty damn obvious Marvel was implying she was going to die.

    • Jason Kerouac says:

      Dude… Click the link I posted. Cyclops flat out says she ISN’T dead and they ARE going to keep looking for her.

      Once again, last time I’m saying it, in reference to Sodam Yat… I’m bitching now because now is when they actually brought him back. My point, however, is that as of the end of GLC #36, we’re made to think he’s dead. That’s the note that the issue ends on. I’m not “ignoring” what happened in other books. It’s irrelevant to the argument I’m making.

      I am saying that, as of the end of GLC #36, Sodam Yat was, for all intents and purposes, dead. Just like the BL/WL Justice League in Blackest Night, I’m saying that his sacrifice was a cheap move played only to garner false emotion from fans, as DC (best case scenario) knew they would be bringing him back a little over a year later or else (worst case scenario) after the fact decided he was too popular/interesting/potentially integral to an upcoming story to leave dead.

      It does not matter how soon after issue 36 they started hinting he’d be back. When a reader put down issue 36, it was with the thought that he had just sacrificed himself. It is not unlike the issue of Thunderbolts that ended where Norman Osborn shot Nick Fury in the face. The only difference here is that there was no way I was willing to accept that Nick Fury was actually dead, so when the next issue showed us it was an LMD piloted by Phobos, I wasn’t even remotely surprised. Still, it was a cheap move to try to elicit shock from readers with the publisher knowing full well that the character would not actually die.

  16. LordD3r3k says:

    If the Ion entity created a forcefield around Sodam, would that be better? 😉

    I kid, I kid

  17. Zeroskull21 says:

    Kerouac, when I read the Sodam’s star scene, I didn’t really think that he was dead. My main reason for that was the whole involvement of Ion, which, as far as we know, is pretty damn near god-like. That, plus the fact that Sodam is stronger in the light of a yellow sun would suggest that he isn’t dead, but somewhere near veggie. Now that Ion is out of him, I want him to be as weak as all Hell, since he has the Lead poisoning to deal with, and the fact that he hasn’t moved in what, a year or two?

  18. LordD3r3k says:

    By the by, only 1 DC got reviewed this week?

    • Jason Kerouac says:

      Seems that way.

      The Big Two are not forthcoming with review copies, which mean any books from those two publishers are paid for out of pocket and received the same time anyone else would get them. We all work “regular” jobs, so this means no six figure incomes and getting to the comic store late on Wednesday, at the earliest. It also means reading whenever we get the chance.

      What all of this adds up to is – we read what we like and we review it when we can. We can’t afford to spend time and money on books that don’t interest us, only to post reviews of them after everyone else has. IF one of us reads a book late in the week that knocks our socks off (or makes us wretch), we review it, sure. But I, for one, love the fact that I can read books from IDW or Dark Horse ahead of time, write the review at my leisure, and make sure it goes up at a relevant time. And I’m more daring with those two publishers because of how freely they make their books available to us as reviewers.

      If I were making a living at this, I’d do almost nothing but read books, play with toys and games, watch movies and TV, and write about it all. If someone hands me any of these things for free and asks me to review it, I’ll GLADLY do that. But for now, my time and money are spent on the things that interest me, and I suspect the same is true for the rest of the team.

      If that means a particular publisher gets short sheeted, that’s unfortunate, yes. But perhaps it’s a good reason for that publisher to change their marketing strategy? Write your local congress-person!

  19. Hal Jordan says:

    You guys smell.

  20. Ben Gilbert says:

    ^ What Kerouac said.

    I try to get in at least a couple of DC reviews in each week, since Marvel and IDW tend to get the most coverage. Last week was pretty busy, however, so I just got one in. My pull list this week is pretty light, but I’ll probably be able to write a couple of DC reviews.

  21. LordD3r3k says:

    No worries. I was just curious 😉

    • Jason Kerouac says:

      Oh, no one was worried 😉

      But it’s a legitimate question/concern, and one I hope we can address at some point, in some way.

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