REVIEW: “Green Lantern” Annual #2

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Zakk Saam

Written by: Robert Venditti
Pencils by: Sean Chen
Inks by: Walden Wong
Color Artwork by: Andrew Dalhouse

Green Lantern Annual: ‘Lights Out’ Part Five

Today marks the end of the first Green Lantern event of the post-Geoff Johns era, who left the book after issue #21 to make way for Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar), and while the story held promise from the beginning, it fails to deliver in the end.

While the events of Lights Out began at the beginning of the month with Green Lantern #24, the prelude begins a few months back with Green Lantern #22. While on several missions, Hal Jordan and Company’s rings would flicker, even going out at times. This sets up a great mystery and an extreme advantage for a villain to have over the Green Lantern Corps. The problem is, once the event kicked off, they never used it again!

While the villain Relic is collecting the various sources of power amongst the different corps, instead of disabling the lanterns, he just manages to leave them with a small amount of energy to play with. Up until this issue, I never really felt like any of them were in any true danger.

Kyle Rayner really takes the lead on this issue, which is nice to see because he’s one of the most underrated heroes in the DC Universe. Hal is given moments to shine and doesn’t make much of these opportunities. Meanwhile, John Stewart and Guy Gardiner, (who’s now a Red Lantern) reunite and don’t really do much after that. In fact, in the end, we don’t even see Guy Gardiner; we’re just told what happened to him.

Sean Chen’s (Iron Man, Wolverine) art does its job. It serves the story but fails to really call attention to itself. It works, but it’s nothing really to write home about. My favorite panel feature Relic crashing into a wall and the entire light spectrum being held behind it comes bursting out, which is brought to life by Andrew Dalhouse’s colors.

Overall, Light’s Out was a missed opportunity to do something special with the Green Lantern mythos, and I don’t know that I’ll be coming back to this story any time soon.

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