Green Lantern #20 Review
By Ruben Mendoza
In his final issue, Geoff Johns ends his amazing nine year Green Lantern run with a truly satisfying end.
Written By- Geoff Johns
Artist- Doug Mahnke, Ethan Van Sciver
Inker-Christian Alamy, Doug Mahnke, Joe Prado, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin, Oclair Albert, Tom Nguyen, Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist, Cover- Alex Sinclair
This is it. This is the story that was nine years in the making. With so much on the line how could Geoff Johns possibly deliver? Well, rest assured Geoff not only delivers a truly satisfying ending but re shuffles the deck for the next writer of Green Lantern. I was a bit skeptical going into this, as the Third Army and Wrath of the First Lantern events have been a bit anti-climatic. I’d recommend reading those as it does set up the events of this book though, but if you jump right into the Green Lantern universe with this book you won’t be completely lost.
The entire Emotional Spectrum and their Corps (White, Red, Orange, Sinestro, Green, Blue, Indigo, Star Sapphires and Black) are doing battle with an entity called Volthoom, the First Lantern. Volthoom was the first Lantern appointed by the Guardians to protect life with the green lantern power ring, but Volthoom proved far stronger than first thought and he was able to wield all powers from the different light spectrums. Feared by the Guardians, he was imprisoned and locked away. When the Guardians decided to eliminate emotion in order to save the universe, they retrieved Volthoom and began to steal his power in order to create the Third Army. This plan would backfire on the Guardians though, and Volthoom would escape his prison. Seeing what the universe had become, Volthoom decided to consume the entire emotional spectrum with his reality warping powers.
And what of Hal Jordan? The greatest Green Lantern of them all. Well, when we last left Hal he was stuck in the Dead Zone. I will not go into what happened as it will take away some of the surprise, but let’s just say that Hal wears a few different colored suits in this issue. The battle against the First Lantern is illustrated beautifully by Doug Mahnke as every color is greatly represented, and each Corp has a shining moment in this gigantic story. The story continues a bit after the epic conclusion and seems to never end, but in a good way, as we get to see what happens the Corps after the ends of this issue.
Geoff Johns gives us Lantern fans everything we could possibly ask for and then some, and his hard work cannot be denied. The book is filled with quotes from many in the industry, as well as people outside of it, that give their thanks to Geoff for all he has done with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern. We also get glimpses into the future of the Green Lantern books with a peek of the covers of #21 as well as a Larfleeze spinoff! No one will go away disappointed after reading this. Thank you Geoff Johns.
In Brightest Day