When last we left Hal Jordan, he was being held captive by Larfleeze, a monstrous Orange Lantern motivated by greed and coveting the blue ring in Jordan’s posession, which is fueled by hope and enhances the power of its wielder. That entire issue reminded me of the scene in Tolkien’s The Hobbit between Bilbo and Gollum, only with the roles slightly reversed. This issue concludes the battle between Jordan and Larfleeze over the ring, which eventually is joined by armies of green and orange lanterns.
Sadly, I missed out on The Sinestro Corps War and most of Johns’ past work on GL, but it’s a testament to his writing and to Phillip Tan’s art that I was still highly entertained by this issue and left wanting to catch up. This book doesn’t offer much in the realm of exposition (which again is why I wish DC would run recap pages), but at its heart, it’s got a beautifully rendered battle between the green and orange lanterns and some fascinating intrigue involving the motivations of the Guardians.
There are a few inconsistencies with the art; some pages are drawn by Eddy Barrows, probably in order to get the book out on time, which is distracting but understandable. For fans of Green Lantern, this is no doubt another excellent chapter headed toward the upcoming “Blackest Night” event, but those unfamiliar with the book will at least be guaranteed a fun read and perhaps a chance to learn more about these characters and this storyline.
Rating – 4 1/2 out of 5 custom Guardian figures made from Smurfs