GREEN LANTERNS #49 continues "Rebel Run" as Cruz works to prove her innocence. Writer Aaron Gillespie settles into his new role as he solidifies the cracks of the previous issue.
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GREEN LANTERNS #49 continues “Rebel Run” as Jessica Cruz searches for answers while the Corps pursues her. New writer Aaron Gillespie writes a more confident narrative here, as he seems fully comfortable in his new role.

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On The Lam

The issue starts right where the previous issue ended, with Baz going after Cruz. However, Simon convinces his partner that he’s not there to arrest her, but to help. This starts the issue off right. Before, the Lanterns seemed very determined to arrest Cruz, without considering there could be something affecting her actions. Baz’ loyalty shows not only the bond between Lanterns, but better writing on Gillespie’s part. He shows that Baz’ history of false accusations made him “custom-built” to believe Cruz, which works perfectly to explain his loyalty.

The two Lanterns find Cruz’s last contact, Accampo. The alien witnessed Cruz’s meltdown, but he’s on the run from “Lantern business.” His safe house doesn’t stay safe though, as the two Lanterns find him relatively quickly. This is a good moment to discuss the new art team of Rogê Antônio and Hi-Fi. These two create very solid art throughout the book, that echoes the previous work with Ronan Cliquet. However, they don’t seem to have the imagination that Cliquet brought. The landscapes are solid, but common, and the Lanterns don’t get to do anything interesting with their powers. It’s largely just beams and orbs in the issue. I admit the story doesn’t call for too much craziness, but Cruz has shown plenty of imagination with the ring. It’s a shame we don’t get to see it here.

GREEN LANTERNS #49 page 5. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Accampo points the Lanterns in the right direction, taking them to his employer Obazaya V’Sheer. V’Sheer is an alien rich enough to own his own planet, which he uses as a vacation spot. He’s also an arms dealer, which gives them a reason to investigate.

Planet Spa

The art team shows their potential on V’Sheer’s planet, which looks like a mix of alien aesthetic and Miami Beach. Accampo tries to implicate V’Sheer, but it fails and the Lanterns must intervene. They try to arrest V’Sheer but he demonstrates his wiles. He states the Corps wants these two Lanterns. His police force arrives and we get a crowded, though still very effective, fight scene.

GREEN LANTERNS #49 page 11. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

The Lanterns lose, mainly because neither one can use their rings (for fear of alerting the Corps). V’Sheer offers to let them go if they leave him Accampo (arguing that he’s just a bottom feeder not worth their sacrifice), but Jessica refuses and Simon blasts him away. Of course, this means Hal (somehow) instantly shows up and tries to arrest them. However, that gets delayed when all of the vacationing aliens start attacking.

These tourists are extremely angry, even pushing through Lantern shields. However, Accampo reveals he caused it using a device of V’Sheer’s. He then smashes said device, and the aliens return to normal. Accampo’s demonstration makes Hal realize the same device was used on Cruz. He lets them go, but not before getting a well-deserved chewing out from Jessica. Hal tries to argue that he was investigating because Cruz’ ring has been altered, but Cruz points out he’s guilty of that himself. It’s a good call out to Hal’s hypocrisy, which has been something of a problem in this series so far. Hal made a ring from willpower. So why is he so upset about Cruz’s actions? Thankfully, he recognizes his mistake here.

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Final Thoughts on GREEN LANTERNS #49

GREEN LANTERNS #49 stands as a much improved second entry for “Rebel Run.” Gillespie seems to be fully comfortable writing this book now, without the murkiness of the previous entry. Cruz and Baz’s relationship stays strong without being forced. The story moves along well, even correcting previous errors with Hal’s character. The art isn’t quite as strong, but it still isn’t bad. Overall, this is a much better entry for the new team, and offers a lot of promise for the future.

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