Here’s my review for Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Volume 3. After Green Lantern Rebirth, The Sinestro Corps War, Blackest Night, what could Geoff Johns possibly have left up his sleeve for Green Lantern and the Corps? Does Johns’ epic run end with a whimper or end on a bang? Read on to find out!
The Book Itself
This is an oversized hardcover Omnibus Edition, over 1000 pages in length, with a dust jacket and a sewn binding. This is a high quality book. I had no issues with the spine. The sewn binding was strong but also flexible, allowing the book to lay open without too much difficulty. With the sewn binding there is not too much gutter loss. The art on the dust jacket is different from the art on the hardcover itself, which is a nice touch. The book is too heavy and large to read while laying down, so no reading in bed. The most comfortable way to read this gigantic book is sitting in an armchair with the book on a pillow in your lap. The book also contains a cover gallery and character design gallery at the end!
Artists for this book include Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Tom Nguyen, and Mark Irwin.
Most of the pencils for the entire book is done by Doug Mahnke. He really does a fantastic job on Green Lantern. He had some big shoes to fill after Ethan Van Sciver and Ivan Reis worked earlier on during Geoff Johns’ run.
Great action scenes and compositions, fantastic splash pages and full page spreads. Lots of epicness throughout the stories. What’s great too in this book is just how consistent the art is. Sometimes when a comic changes artists too often it can feel a bit jarring from one issue to the next to have a totally different look and feel. But here, were have a very large book with several large story arcs and it’s all pretty much done by Doug and the consistency and the quality of his art is just great.
This book collects Green Lantern Vol. 4 #53-67, Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas Special #1, Green Lantern Corps #58-60, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #8-10, Green Lantern Vol. 5 #0-20 and Green Lantern Vol. 5 Annual #1. As you can see, this is a large book, collecting a ton of stories and content.
I didn’t buy this book until over a year after I had already bought and read Volume 1 and Volume 2, even though I loved the first two books. That might seem strange, but the truth is I felt that the first two books were so good, I just didn’t have much hopes that the third book would be able to live up to the same level. Honestly, after everything that happens in the previous two books, where else is there to go? And since I knew that the third book marked the end of Geoff Johns‘ run on Green Lantern, part of me suspected it might be a less inspired volume as a writer “runs out of ideas” on the book before moving on to something else.
Well, I was completely wrong. This might even be my favorite of the three volumes!
This book doesn’t have one giant story like Blackest Night that takes up most of the volume. What we get instead is several smaller arcs but each are super cool and satisfying (with one exception which I’ll talk about later).
This book is full of epic story arcs that build on the foundations of everything Johns has set up and created in the Green Lantern Universe.
Krona The Evil Guardian
The first story we get the return of Krona, an exiled renegade Guardian of the Universe. He was exiled by his fellow Guardians for attempting to harness the power of the Emotional Spectrum and trying to observe the origin of the Universe. Now he has returned, and he’s kidnapped all of the Emotional Entities, and he hopes to wield them against the Guardians!
We follow up this epic arc with another, focused on Sinestro. This is a fun tale where we get to see Hal Jordan and Sinestro working together to liberate Korugar, Sinestro’s home planet, from the control of his own Sinestro Corps members who have been mistreating the local populace. This is a great arc that develops the character of Sinestro and helps show us readers what makes him tick.
Then we have Black Hand making a return and attempting to get his revenge on Hal Jordan and Sinestro for having defeated him in the Blackest Night.
The Rise of the Third Army
Then, we see the Guardians of the Universe lose their collective minds, in a way, as they decide that the only way to maintain order and peace in the Universe is to eliminate Free Will itself! They set out to destroy their own Green Lantern Corps and replace them with the “Third Army” (the Manhunters being the First Army, The Green Lantern Corps was the second). This involves harnessing the power of the imprisoned First Lantern, guarded by another band of Guardians called the Templar Guardians.
This arc is the only one that I feel falters a little bit. I felt that the Guardians of the Universe’s shift to evil just feels kind of sudden. Whereas lots of other big events in Johns’ run are well set up and hinted at before finally coming to be, this shift of the Guardians turning evil kind of happens out of nowhere. There were cool aspects to this story, such as the existence of this second group of Guardians, the Templars. But the shift to evil and the details about the First Lantern was the weakest aspect of this whole book. Luckily, the rest of the book is so overwhelmingly awesome, I can forgive these small flaws.
Although the end of this book marks the end of Geoff Johns’ run, it is not the end for Green Lantern, but rather something of a new beginning. The way the book ends it makes me eager to continue collecting Green Lantern, as Robert Venditti takes over.
Green Lantern by Geoff Johns Omnibus Volume 3 is another Must-Own book for any comic book fan. I think that Geoff Johns run on Green Lantern, collected in these three Omnibus Editions, is my favorite run on any character by any author in the history of comics! If you love super hero comics, it just doesn’t get much better than this.
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