Here’s my review for Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Volume 2! Hold on to your seat because you’re in for rip-roaring ring-slinging right across the Universe!
The Book Itself
This is another stellar Omnibus Edition from DC Comics. This is a hardcover book with a dustjacket. The art on the hardcover is different from the art on the dustjacket, and both are gorgeous. The dust jacket spine is well designed and the whole series of books look great together on the bookshelf. The binding is sewn and sturdy, and sits flat pretty well with almost no gutter loss. The only downside is that the book is so big you can’t really read it while laying down, so you’ll need to be sitting down, ideally in an armchair or at a table to read it.
Ethan Van Sciver left some very large shoes to fill after his outstanding work on Volume 1. But I’m happy to say that Ivan Reis and co. are more than up to the task.
I think Ivan Reis is probably the second best Green Lantern artist after Ethan. This book is full of awesome art and exciting panels and compositions.
Not to be outdone, Doug Mahnke also is outstanding in this book.
Page after page (over 1000 pages in this massive tome) of fantastic action-filled comics. There is never a dull moment and you don’t have to worry about overly-frequent changes and drastic changes in art that detract from the story. Every page and panel is top notch in this book.
This epic tome collects Green Lantern #26-52, Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns #1, and Blackest Night #0-8. As you can see with that many individual monthly issues collected, there’s a LOT of story here.
The Emotional Spectrum
The entire Emotional Spectrum comes to life in this tome. The Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps are joined by Lantern Corps representing the other fundamental emotions. We already had Fear and Will. Now, Love, Compassion, Hope, Avarice, and Rage serve as fuel for the Lanterns of the Pink, Indigo, Blue, Orange, and Red Corps, respectively.
I find this escalation and diversification in the Green Lantern mythos quite refreshing and exciting. Moreover Geoff Johns‘ includes some fun distinctions and difference between the respective Corps resulting from their distinctive emotional Power Sources. Red Lanterns, fueled by blinding Rage, can’t use their rings to generate Constructs, for example. This is logical since the emotion of Rage is antithetical to the kind of clear-headed thinking and exertion that is necessary to use the ring’s power to generate a Construct.
It’s also fun to hear all the different Corps’ oaths. We all know the Green Lantern Oath:
“In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my power, Green Lantern’s light.”
Each of the different Lantern Corps has their own Oath. The Oath of the Blue Lanterns, powered by Hope is the following :
In fearful day, in raging night, With strong hearts full, our souls ignite, When all seems lost in the War of Light, Look to the stars– For hope burns bright!
Indeed, what’s also interesting is how each Corps views themselves as the Good Guys, even the “obviously” bad guys like the Red Lanterns. Even the Red Lanterns claim to seek Justice in the Universe, claiming that the power source of Rage is the best suited to this end, to achieve vengeance for Victims and the oppressed. Similar to how Sinestro views his own cause as Just, wanting to use the power of Fear to achieve Law and Order in the Universe.
The Prophesy of the Blackest Night!
Meanwhile, there is something even more sinister afoot. There’s not just the arrival of the full emotional spectrum represented by their own Lantern Corps, there’s also the prophesy of the Blackest Night which comes to be!
Black Hand, a longtime foe of Green Lantern, begins working to bring about the prophesized Blackest Night! He seeks to help Nekron, the personification of Death, seeks to reanimate the dead and create his Black Lantern Corps! With an army of undead Superheroes under his command (including Batman! , Black Hand and Nekron seek to eliminate all life and all emotion from the Universe!
The story is very exciting and fresh, and needless to say, with the fate of the universe hanging in the balance, a story cannot be more epic in scope. This book is a wild ride from start to finish, really good stuff.
Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Volume 2 is an absolute must-have book for any comic collection. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Green Lantern or not, this run by Geoff Johns is among the greatest the medium of comics has ever known. Everything carefully laid out in Volume 1 starts to come to a head and play out here in this Volume. Its masterfully done and you will be reading and re-reading this book many times over the years!
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