Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Green Lanterns #20

Writer: Sam Humphries
Pencils: Eduardo Pansica
Inks: Julio Ferreira
Colors: Blond
Letters: Dave Sharpe

Positively Fearful:

In this issue Doctor Polaris gains another personality in his head, Simon deals with some of his personal struggles, and John wants the Corp. to round up Rami, Simon, and Jessica. Next Issue: Flatline

The Confessional:

Another one? Another issue dealing with Simon’s personal issues… what happened to the cocky Simon who thought he was the best thing since sliced bread? When did Jessica become the more sure Lantern? I have all these questions… why can't this book ever answer any questions? Not that this issue was terrible, it's just beginning to not make sense. Like Doctor Polaris, he's trying to save his brother, that's like is number one goal, but he can't even seem to focus on that and now his brother is a personality in his head? What's even better is Simon could save him if he can pull his head out of his butt, but it seems like everything about this is turning Simon into a kid who second guesses himself. Heck Doctor Polaris even explained how he could save his brother, but doesn't do anything. This seems to be the ongoing theme of this series, they know how to do something or what needs to be done and nothing actually happens. Now here we are, bringing up Rami again, when will anything come of this? By the time Sam Humphries actually gets to that story everyone is going to need to reread the Phantom Lantern arc just to remember what happened. Does he know what he’s doing? Because it seems he is either holding out for a crossover for the Lantern titles or he really doesn't know where he's going with his own story…

The art in this book is good, but if you're going to draw an iconic Lantern, especially one who has been a focus of the other Lantern title, you need to at least draw him close to what the other book is doing… While this story isn't terrible I have way too many issues with it to give it any more than:

Purgatory: ★★★★✩✩✩✩✩✩   4/10

Carl Hamlin | NCR

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