GREEN LANTERNS #43 BY TIM SEELEY, V. KEN MARION, SANDU FLOREA, DINEI RIBEIRO
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GREEN LANTERNS #43 brings "Superhuman Trafficking" to a close as the Lanterns engage the Order of the Steed. The issue is chock full of action, with strong character development thrown in.
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Steeds Crash

GREEN LANTERNS #43 ends the “Superhuman Trafficking” storyline with an epic final battle. The Lanterns and Scrapps duel with the Order of the Steed for the souls of various Earth heroes. Warning, potential spoilers can be found below!

Overridden

The previous issue showed the Order mind-controlling the heroes it captures from Earth to battle the Lanterns. Jessica finds a possible solution early on, beautifully displayed by the art team (V. Ken Marion, Sandu Florea, and Dinei Ribeiro). Jessica says that she’s not great at ring constructs yet, but the team uses that to their advantage.

They display Jessica’s constructs in a very fluid, quasi-primitive way that’s both striking and unique to her. It shows both her inexperience and her potential all at once. It’s also quite fun to look at it, even if there’s something of a washed-out look to the colors.

GREEN LANTERNS #43
GREEN LANTERNS #43, page 3. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Simon Baz battles the Order directly as Jessica works. Writer Tim Seeley crafts a strong fight scene here. The action is intense, as Baz and the shape-shifting Durlan priest battle across the city. However, the Durlan also mocks Baz for using wit to hide insecurity.

She also claims his attachment to the kidnapped Night Pilot is out of a desperate need for acceptance (since they only went on a few dates). It’s a great addition that adds to the action, giving the punches more meaning because of the emotion attached to them. It’s an important trick for GREEN LANTERNS #43 that’s gotten lost in other LANTERN books lately.

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Knocked Off The Horse

The Lanterns’ ally Scrapps faces her own problems, as she battles the overridden Night Pilot. The priest “riding” her boasts about being a “god” and how he will assign a superhero savior to each division of the order.

It’s an idea that’s very familiar to comic fans; after all, what is cosplay and fandom if not a kind of worship? This makes it seem a little too familiar, however. Scrapps shows some growth too, as she can’t kill the overridden Night Pilot. Meanwhile, Jessica is struggling to keep the heroes alive long enough to free them, and Baz finds the shape-shifting Durlans to be rather hard to beat.

GREEN LANTERNS #43 page 10. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

The art team continues to have fun with the designs of GREEN LANTERNS #43, but Seeley follows them with the story. Jessica’s ring keeps her focused enough to release the heroes, but also use their connection to the Order to knock them out. The ring utilizes a clever solution (gotta read the story), and Scrapps gets a surprising piece of drama as well.

She finds Night Pilot’s host, who knows there’s no way out now. He sobs to Scrapps that the whole Order was a lie. However, he ends his confession saying how terrifying the universe is, and that all he wanted was to be someone. Just like the Durlan and Simon, the Order makes a point about humanity that’s familiar even on this alien world.

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Round-Up

The Lantern Corps arrive to arrest the Order. Scrapps volunteers to be security for the now lost pilgrims. Baz and Night Pilot reunite (which doesn’t make Cruz happy), but the final epilogue gives some extra character growth. Baz admits that he went after Night Pilot because she met a “list” of qualities, but they simply didn’t have the spark.

He doesn’t know how to be alone, and he was reaching out of desperation. He credits Cruz with reminding him how important that is, as she’s capable of being on her own. The small interaction adds a nice end to the teased attraction between these two and leaves the door open. However, GREEN LANTERNS #43 ends with Cruz not being quite as comfortable being alone as Baz thinks (again, read the issue).

Final Thoughts on GREEN LANTERNS #43

GREEN LANTERNS #43 ends another strong story from Seeley and Co. Their choice to follow a political story with an emotional one started a bit shaky but moved well as it progressed. The art team clearly has fun with the aliens of GREEN LANTERNS and should get as many chances as possible to develop them.

Seeley shows his ability to mix character and action, keeping the readers just as hooked by the drama as by the action. The story is gripping but leaves itself plenty of places to go at the end. Anyone looking for a personal superhero doesn’t need the Order of the Steed; they just need this book.

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