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Green Lantern #20 (2011)

Green Lantern #20 (2011)

$20.00
VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
(W) Geoff Johns
(A) Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy
(CA) Doug Mahnke
• It's the final battle against the First Lantern and the Guardians in this, the extra-sized finale of Geoff Johns' historic run on the title! Plus, don't miss a special retrospective on Geoff's run on GL!

Date Available: 05/22/2013

BONUS REVIEW by Shanna (Berry) Wallace


(followed by a much less scathing review below!)
SPOILER HEAVY!!!! OH SO MANY SPOILERS!
I will surely be tarred and feathered for this, but this issue was so self-aggrandizing it made it hard to enjoy. Apparently this issue sent other to tears and cheers, and to me I raged like Atrocitus.
I love Green Lantern. My favorite run being Denny O’Neil and Neil Adam’s run in the 80s, and now Johns’ run comes to a close with one square bound book that many will say is Geoff Johns’ best work. I disagree.
Johns destroyed elements of the GL Universe that I feel are essential; some of my favorite aspects of the universe are no longer. In order for a new writer to continue what once was before this issue, they will have to ret-con most of this book. And I hope they do.
Sinestro is and has been my favorite character in the GLU, second to Mogo. Hal is BORING without the balance of Sinestro (or fighting the Guardians, which is also over). After this issue, we are left with Hal the Almighty, most important being in the history of the universe – Sinestro is no longer an active member and his future is written in stone. We even see Hal as an old man, proving once and for all Johns’ is such a girl (yes I get the irony of me making that statement, I don’t care).
Going beyond that to some very specific beefs – one minute Hal is dead, wielding a black ring, and the next page BOOM he’s alive with a green lantern ring. A few pages prior, Kyle says even he can’t resurrect Hal, he only has the power to heal. Sooooooooo…how is Hal alive? It took the white light to defeat Nekron in Blackest Night, but in this issue he just disappears. It’s just all over the place and illogical to an absurd point.
This issue wraps up with a pretty little bow – and it’s just TOO EASY. Sinestro wielding Parallax took one simple panel – this should be a story arc all to itself.
Apologies if my thoughts are fragmented and scattered; but this review mirrors the book in that respect. Scattered. Just stop by GCC Edgewater for a more in-depth discussion, I’m still taking it all in, but it wasn’t an enjoyable experience for this long-time fan of the Corps who still keeps her Sector 2814 ID in her wallet.
The most self-serving universe destroying book I’ve ever read. But at least we have MOGO back!

5 out of 10 Grahams

Counterpoint Review...
BONUS REVIEW by John "Doc" Schaefer


Boy, I'd have like to have seen the DC higher ups faces when Geoff Johns said, "This is it, boys." I'll bet there was a rush to the restrooms to clean some shorts! Now I can't say that I am ardent fan of all of Geoff Johns' work but I will admit that DC has been making a small fortune off the man's creativity for years. And I'm only talking about his Green Lantern work. The man has been continually coming up with the next big thing for more than his fair share of big things. Blackest Night, War of, Wraith of...all his. And for once, his final issue is a wonderful ending to this man's Green Lantern career. The futures of all revealed! Fold out poster! Enough for a $7.99 price tag (for once!)But the best part of all of this to me was a nifty fun fact. I didn't read the 1st Lantern storyline so I didn't know the real name of the character. So when I read that his name was Volthoom! Volthoom! Really old Justice League readers (circa 1960's) will remember that name as the name of the monk who gave the Earth 3 Power Ring his lantern and ring. (We learned the name in Justice League of America 1st series #29 page 20.) Thank you Geoff Johns for bring a smile to an old man's face.

I give it 9 out of 10 Grahams


VERY FINE/NEAR MINT
(W) Geoff Johns
(A) Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy
(CA) Doug Mahnke
• It's the final battle against the First Lantern and the Guardians in this, the extra-sized finale of Geoff Johns' historic run on the title! Plus, don't miss a special retrospective on Geoff's run on GL!

Date Available: 05/22/2013

BONUS REVIEW by Shanna (Berry) Wallace


(followed by a much less scathing review below!)
SPOILER HEAVY!!!! OH SO MANY SPOILERS!
I will surely be tarred and feathered for this, but this issue was so self-aggrandizing it made it hard to enjoy. Apparently this issue sent other to tears and cheers, and to me I raged like Atrocitus.
I love Green Lantern. My favorite run being Denny O’Neil and Neil Adam’s run in the 80s, and now Johns’ run comes to a close with one square bound book that many will say is Geoff Johns’ best work. I disagree.
Johns destroyed elements of the GL Universe that I feel are essential; some of my favorite aspects of the universe are no longer. In order for a new writer to continue what once was before this issue, they will have to ret-con most of this book. And I hope they do.
Sinestro is and has been my favorite character in the GLU, second to Mogo. Hal is BORING without the balance of Sinestro (or fighting the Guardians, which is also over). After this issue, we are left with Hal the Almighty, most important being in the history of the universe – Sinestro is no longer an active member and his future is written in stone. We even see Hal as an old man, proving once and for all Johns’ is such a girl (yes I get the irony of me making that statement, I don’t care).
Going beyond that to some very specific beefs – one minute Hal is dead, wielding a black ring, and the next page BOOM he’s alive with a green lantern ring. A few pages prior, Kyle says even he can’t resurrect Hal, he only has the power to heal. Sooooooooo…how is Hal alive? It took the white light to defeat Nekron in Blackest Night, but in this issue he just disappears. It’s just all over the place and illogical to an absurd point.
This issue wraps up with a pretty little bow – and it’s just TOO EASY. Sinestro wielding Parallax took one simple panel – this should be a story arc all to itself.
Apologies if my thoughts are fragmented and scattered; but this review mirrors the book in that respect. Scattered. Just stop by GCC Edgewater for a more in-depth discussion, I’m still taking it all in, but it wasn’t an enjoyable experience for this long-time fan of the Corps who still keeps her Sector 2814 ID in her wallet.
The most self-serving universe destroying book I’ve ever read. But at least we have MOGO back!

5 out of 10 Grahams

Counterpoint Review...
BONUS REVIEW by John "Doc" Schaefer


Boy, I'd have like to have seen the DC higher ups faces when Geoff Johns said, "This is it, boys." I'll bet there was a rush to the restrooms to clean some shorts! Now I can't say that I am ardent fan of all of Geoff Johns' work but I will admit that DC has been making a small fortune off the man's creativity for years. And I'm only talking about his Green Lantern work. The man has been continually coming up with the next big thing for more than his fair share of big things. Blackest Night, War of, Wraith of...all his. And for once, his final issue is a wonderful ending to this man's Green Lantern career. The futures of all revealed! Fold out poster! Enough for a $7.99 price tag (for once!)But the best part of all of this to me was a nifty fun fact. I didn't read the 1st Lantern storyline so I didn't know the real name of the character. So when I read that his name was Volthoom! Volthoom! Really old Justice League readers (circa 1960's) will remember that name as the name of the monk who gave the Earth 3 Power Ring his lantern and ring. (We learned the name in Justice League of America 1st series #29 page 20.) Thank you Geoff Johns for bring a smile to an old man's face.

I give it 9 out of 10 Grahams


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