GREEN LANTERNS #50 BY DAN JURGENS, MIKE PERKINS, ANDY TROY, PETE PANTAZIS
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GREEN LANTERNS #50 brings on writer Dan Jurgens to start "Evil's Might." Unfortunately, it feels more like a rehash than a fresh start.
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Framed Lantern... Again

GREEN LANTERNS #50 sees the debut of Dan Jurgens as the new writer. He begins his tenure with a new arc, “Evil’s Might.” Unfortunately, the story feels more like a rehash of ideas from the previous storyline, “Rebel Run.”

The Past Emerges in GREEN LANTERNS #47

Technical Difficulties

The issue begins on Mogo, as a lone Guardian mediates. He realizes something is wrong, but there’s not much clue as to what. The issue immediately shifts to John Stewart in space. This shot showcases the style of the new art team (Mike Perkins and Andy Troy), and I can’t say that I’m a fan. The previous team had a sharper style, with crisp outlines and a sense of fun to their designs. This feels dark and smoothed over, as if the teams overdid the colors and glossed over the lines. It feels muddy and less distinct than the previous work, which is a real shame.

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GREEN LANTERNS #50 page 3. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

John discovers a vessel floating in space, but he’s soon attacked by a fleet of ships and a new villain. This villain claims John isn’t of “the destination.” John tries to call for help, but his ring sends false messages. This is an interesting idea from Jurgens; the rings have never disobeyed orders before, so there’s potential for it. However, the story then flashes away to Guy Gardner and Kilowog on an alien planet. The art issues continue with a shot of both Lanterns that makes them look ugly. Kilowog reminds me of a hairless Cowardly Lion.

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GREEN LANTERNS #50 page 8. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

What’s In A Name

The two Lanterns meet an alien witch who warns them of a threat, and then encounters a beaten hero (known as the Godslayer), who tries to warn them before passing out. The issue then switches again to Jessica Cruz at a club with her sister. They talk briefly about Jessica’s progress, before Simon Baz and Kyle Raynor come to take Cruz away. This is a big problem with Jurgen’s writing thus far. He seems to take the series’ title literally, bringing in every Lantern he can. The book’s focus until now has always been on Baz and Cruz working together. Taking so long to get to them feels wasted, and makes this series feel more like HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS (ironically, sans Hal Jordan).

Darker Shade of Green

As the Lanterns fly into space, the Guardians muse further on what they’ve sensed and why they can’t contact Stewart. The Corps leader himself is still dealing with his new foe (Eon), and a malfunctioning ring. The battle eventually leaves him comatose and floating in space. Meanwhile, a violent rainstorm is moving across Mogo, which is very odd for a living planet that controls its weather patterns. A bunch of Lanterns try to solve the problem. However, their sheer numbers prove Jurgens feels he has to focus on the Corps, not the two main Lanterns. The art team even makes a fatal error, as one random Lantern looks like a repaint of Yellow Lantern Soranik Natu. This is either a mistake on the artists’ part, or proof they aren’t as familiar with this series as they need to be.

Drama Continues in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #47

The chaos leads to a building collapse, and Cruz flies in… to find Baz holding the corpse of the Guardian from the beginning, and her ring saying Simon killed him. This could be interesting, except we just went through a story where Cruz was falsely accused of murder. So Jurgens start this new story with a parallel of the last one.

Final Thoughts on GREEN LANTERNS #50

GREEN LANTERNS #50 does have some potential. The idea of the Lantern rings and power going haywire on them is an idea worth exploring. However, it feels far more suited to HAL JORDAN then it does here. Jurgens is a writer I’ve enjoyed in the past (look at his work on Superman), but it feels like he doesn’t understand what this comic is supposed to be. The art team doesn’t help either, with muddy visuals and some noticeable mistakes. Here’s to hoping they can settle in and make this concept work in the next issue.

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