After months of anticipation the waiting is lastly over now that the Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular is here. Weve seen all the alternative covers and been teased with some of the pages, today its here for us to all enjoy. With 10 brand-new short stories and some special functions in one celebratory problem, this is something unique as the list of imaginative talent included shows.
Like this super-sized concern, this is going to be a super-sized review because Im going to cover each story by itself prior to I provide a final rating. When it comes to spoilers, be aware that Im going to be talking about the stories in detail and not holding back.
” Dark Things Can not Stand the Light” by James Tynion IV, Gary Frank, Steve Oliff, and Tom Napolitano
Tynion also outs Alan as a closeted gay guy. Im admittedly not a fan of altering characters in a hollow effort at diversity, so this did turn me off. I was not troubled by the post-Flashpoint Earth 2 Alan Scotts sexuality as he was a new version of the character, however this isnt a Alan Scott, its THE Alan Scott. , if this is the direction DC desires to go with Alan I do not think this was the place to start with it.
Alan and Doiby … together once again!
This problem begins with a story including Alan Scott, and rightly so. Martin Nodell and Bill Fingers production initially debuted in All-American Comics # 16 in 1940 and this story builds on his iconic origin. Alan is driven by Derby “Doiby” Dickles to the home of Doris Henton, the mom of the young guy that explains the green flame to Alan prior to diing in the train crash. The discussion between Alan and Doris is intercut with entertainments of the train crash and Alan bringing those accountable to justice. Tynion does a nice job making the conversation feel grounded and uncomfortable as it would be in this circumstance.
Franks visuals actually elevate the script since of his immense talent at aesthetically telling psychological stories. His facial expressions are a few of the finest in comics. I especially like how he records remorse and grief at the exact same time, and the image of Alan Scott as he challenges Dekker and his guys are just great. You can see all the feeling in Doris features and Frank makes you feel her sense of loss. All in all a quite excellent method to kick off this unique.
However where that one aspect of the story took it down a notch or 2, the rest of the script and Gary Franks incredible artwork were great. Tynions point about light existing to reveal the method encapsulates the Green Lantern mythos perfectly.
” Last Will” by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Alex Sinclair, and Rob Leigh
Johns has always had a thing for Hals relationship with Bruce so I think I must not be stunned however it feels forced to me. Im not sure I buy the concept that Bruce had much to do with Hal overcoming Parallax but the overall sentiment of the message rings real to how Johns has developed their dynamic.
The whole story is a character piece on Sinestro as Cullen Bunn peels back the layers on this particular pink skinned onion. Overlaying the script are the always incredible pencils of Doug Mahnke– although he did fall prey to one of my pet peeves and put the power ring on Hals left hand. Aside from that, though, this was another strong entry.
Sinestro turned a corner and he can never return.
Hal discovers himself alone and in difficulty once again.
To broaden on that point, for an eight page story I felt that the first two pages could have been compressed to one so that there could have been more panel space for storytelling. I d happily take a page showing Carol and Batman getting their messages and seeing how they get Hals “last words”.
The final message being to Carol Ferris was what I d expected and Johns delivered a great little dialogue. At the end of the day, Hal and Carol are two people who really like each other but understand they cant offer as much of themselves as they feel the other individual deserves. Hal confesses his one true worry in a minute of pure psychological sincerity. His want Carol is one of true love and my only regret is not getting to see her reaction to it.
Hal is frequently perceived as dull by individuals who dont get him. Its short and sweet but captures Hals natural graciousness that reveals itself particularly when things “get genuine”.
The story ends with the big reveal, that the damage inflicted kept Hal from understanding that he d crash-landed in the desert outside of Las Vegas! That leads to the ending, showing Hal being made sport of by the Justice League.
Geoff Johns may have retooled Sinestro for the 21st Century, but Cullen Bunn is the very first person I consider when it concerns writing the character. Alone with a Green Lantern he does not know, Sinestro states his origins and reveals how the realization of all of his worries empowered him to truly master them.
Due to the fact that they challenge me to question myself, I love seeing Sinestros perspective on things. Behind every action, Sinestro is encouraged by his own fact which practically constantly makes me pause and ask myself if possibly he simply may be. Sinestro represents a practical approach with a broken moral compass if Hal represents a humanist viewpoint.
Listening to Sinestro inform his story from his perspective you can almost discover yourself rooting for him. Sinestro and Hal Jordan are two sides of the same coin, 2 individuals whove dealt with fantastic obstacles but handle their losses in various methods. In the Green Lantern mythology, there is no greater dynamic than this.
In spite of some misgivings, “Last Will” is still one of the 3 best stories in the book in my viewpoint based on what it gets.
This is among the stories that I was most looking forward to, an introspective piece focusing on Hal Jordan and his last words to those who indicate the most to him. I was sold on this one from the moment it was announced however I still tried to go into it without any expectations. Hal, on a world his ring cant identify, only has enough energy left to send 3 messages prior to it lacks its charge. Hals choices state much about how Johns interprets the character.
” The Meaning of Fear” by Cullen Bunn, Doug Mahnke, David Baron, and Carlos M. Mangual
” Time Alone” by Dennis ONeil, Mike Grell, Lovern Kindzerski, and Clem Robins
With the current death of Denny ONeil, this is likely the last Green Lantern story well see from him, and maybe even his last work ever. I was grateful to see that Denny was combined with Mike Grell, their “Space Travelling Heroes” run was great and I in fact choose it to the much-lauded run with Neal Adams.
Grells artwork is top-notch and I actually enjoyed seeing him work with Hal and Ollie. Theres a coloring error in the story (Hals eyes are brown), however it definitely doesnt take anything far from it. Another excellent story and one that in the end is bittersweet.
” Time Alone” is clearly set throughout the exact same period given the costumes and the reference of Black Canary. Ollie is his usual gruff self, bring a chip on his shoulder that Hal requires to knock off. When the Clock King is done without the story gets steam as ONeil focuses on the strength of Hal and Ollies friendship.
Denny goes someplace actually unexpected with Hal in this story as he states time spent far from Earth, sustained by Henry David Thoreaus timeless American novel, Walden. Unlike the “Hard Travelling Heroes” days, this time its Hal who informs Ollie in the awareness that they are both letting the world shape them instead of them forming the world. Maybe at this stage of ONeils life he, too, looked inwards like Thoreau to look for a location of harmony.
Hal and Ollie– on the roadway again!
” Legacy” by Ron Marz, Darryl Banks, Hi-Fi, and Josh Reed
Kilowog is such a terrific character and its a real shame we havent seen him utilized much since the Robert Venditti run. Tomasi has the Bolovax Vikian front and center with this tale as the big person struggles to make it through his birthday, which just happens to accompany the destruction of his world and the death of his household.
Getting another possibility to delight in a Peter Tomasi Green Lantern Corps story is an excellent present from DC. Tomasi is often the unsung hero of the Green Lantern revival and Im so pleased with the story he selected to write for this unique. Like “Last Will”, “Heart of the Corps” is among my three favorites in this book.
Tomasi does a fantastic job internalizing Kilowogs struggle and hes the type whos going to wrestle with his feelings without weighing anyone else down with his emotional problem. Cue Guy Gardner, the ideal option to lighten the tone of the story and include some colorful dialog along the method. Salaak sends the two on a rescue objective which turns out to be bit more than a distraction so that the Corps can surprise Kilowog.
Fernando Pasarin does a great job supporting Tomasis script, which is simply an emotional story that could tug at any Bolovax Vikian sized heart.
Darryl Banks is also provided the opportunity to display what he brings to the table in terms of creativity. The Marz/Banks run was defined by Banks ability to come up with innovative constructs and he definitely measures up to his credibility. This is another strong entry in this unique issue.
As one may anticipate, “Legacy” is a personal story that has Kyle reviewing his time as the torchbearer. Kyles attempt at helping Guy Gardner by recovering some of his Warriors souvenirs of course goes sideways when an overgrown robotic gets triggered, however thats simply a means to an end. This tale is among self-reflection and if youre a Kyle fan youll appreciate the growth shown as the character states his place in Green Lantern history.
Kyle fans need to be delighted with seeing Marz and Banks together again.
” Heart of the Corps” by Peter J. Tomasi, Fernando Pasarin, Wade Von Grawbadger, Gabe Eltaeb, and Rob Leigh
I need to state that so far Im truly satisfied with the creative groups that DC Comics brought together for this book, and this one is bound to have Kyle Rayners fan cheering. The innovative energies of Ron Marz and Darryl Banks notified the Kyle Rayner period and laid the foundation for the characters 10 year run as the primary Green Lantern of the DC Universe.
Kilowog and Guy to the rescue!
” Reverse the Polarity” by Charlotte McDuffie, Chriscross, Jordi Tarragonna, Luis Gerrero, and Steve Wands
While every other story in this special has been a character piece, “Reverse the Polarity” is a straight-up adventure tale starring John Stewart and Hawkgirl. This one is absolutely tailored for fans of the Justice League animated series offered the relationship in between the characters and the art style. The story is likewise co-written by Dwayne McDuffies widow, Charlotte.
John and Hawkgirl deal with Dr. Polaris
Theres very little to state about this story other than it has plenty of fond memories for fans of the animation and of the John/Hawkgirl relationship. Theres no genuine depth to the story aside from to function as a reason for the characters to engage, so its not especially meaningful aside from getting to relive some fond memories. No disrespect to any of the developers of the story, its okay however it does pale in comparison to everything else weve seen so far. The “Meilstonium”/ Milestone easter egg was smart.
” Four” by Robert Venditti, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Ivan Plascencia, and Dave Sharpe
” Four” takes among the primary themes of Robert Vendittis run on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps and jabs us right in the heart with it! This one remains in my top three stories in this problem and all of it revolves around Vendittis script and its my favorite of the entire special.
Its enjoyable seeing older versions of the three of them sharing old war stories and having a little fun at each others cost. The conversation around the table ultimately turns its concentrate on the absent Guy, but hes there in spirit as the remainder of the former Green Lantern regale each other in some of Guys wilder minutes while showing their deep understanding of their comrade. Like most of the stories in this unique, “Four” is a celebration of the characters whove worn the ring and an exploration of what makes them so unique.
I likewise liked seeing Rafa Sandoval on this story given his stint on the Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps series. He and Ethan Van Sciver would fantastic on that book so its fantastic to see among them provided another chance at these characters.
Embed in the future, Hal, John, Kyle begin their reunion without the tardy Guy to sign up with in the celebration. It appears to be a yearly thing with them, satisfying in this specific Baltimore club to share beverages, fond memories, and gentile barbs. The characteristics in between the “Four Corpsmen” was the best strength of Vendittis post-New52 run and the author always shined when it pertained to using the voices of the characters to show how much camaraderie they share.
Simply when Robert Venditti has us enjoying this light-hearted homage he plunged the knife in our twists and hearts it with the revelation that the reason that Guy is not there is due to the fact that he passed away. The story concludes with a genuine moment as the three survivors salute their fallen comrade. Rob, you huge meanie!
I cant even type a proper caption for this! Sniff!
” The Voice” by Mariko Tamaki, Mirka Andolfo, Arif Prianto, and Gabriela Downie
I was a little stunned when I got to this story thinking about how DC combined so lots of creators whove had careers carefully connected with Green Lantern. “The Voice” is a Jessica Cruz tale that is set throughout the Green Lanterns run by Sam Humphries, but Humphries has no participation with this unique. Im not familiar with Mariko Tamakis work, but I think that fans of the Jessica Cruz character will like this story for its internal monologue and the depiction of stress and anxiety.
That stated, I didnt find the story particularly interesting, but thats due to the fact that Ive never ever been a fan of the character in the very first location. The story also advised me of some of the things I didnt like about Humphries run, like Simon Baz making a big deal over a simple knife construct.
” Homegrown Hero” by Sina Grace, Ramon Villalobos, Rico Renzi, and Andworld Design
Ramon Villalobos art was a little weak with this one too. There is a great deal of empty backgrounds in this story, and the design of Simons costume proved to be too much of a difficulty when it concerns conveying feeling. This story overall had some possible, however the execution fails for me.
Theres an irony in this story as well if you consider how the story unfolds. Simon calls out Sira for racial profiling and Sira responds by stating it “hyper-awareness of your environments”. When Simon discovers that the man is armed, minutes later Siras concerns are verified. To turn that around, one can just as quickly rationalize the stress and anxiety and suspicion individuals probe the existence of Middle Eastern people who triggered indication to them as well. Is Grace trying to say that racial profiling is alright? Its a complex concern and one that deserves a far much deeper discussion that you can get in eight pages.
Simon Baz takes a page out of Batmans book, however with a lesson connected.
Im not acquainted with Sina Graces work, however its clear by this tale that their shared Middle Eastern roots offers Grace a special viewpoint to writer stories utilizing Simon Baz. The relationship we have with our Middle Eastern-Americans neighbors has been strained because 9/11 and this story tries to illustrate the stress that still exist today.
Where I had a problem with this story remained in the ham-fisted, in your face representation of the guy ready to trigger violence in the art display. While the red ball cap lacked a MAGA declaration its pretty clear what the creative team is attempting to suggest. Definitely in the Venn diagram of those people who are Trump supporters and those who are domestic terrorists theres a degree of commonality, however to deliberately do something incendiary like that undermines the discussion youre attempting to promote with the readers. The active ingredients in a stirred pot never come together.
Pinups and Secret Files
Finally there are eight pages of “Secret Files” in the back which highlight numerous members of the Green Lantern Corps. The files give a good broad representations of the characters that have appeared on the pages of Green Lantern comics over the years. Like the pinups Im uncertain that they are the best usage of 8 pages when you could have had more story material, but in the end they do include something various to the mix.
Theres a coloring mistake in the story (Hals eyes are brown), however it certainly does not take anything away from it. Theres an irony in this story as well if you think about how the story unfolds.
With ten brand-new short stories and some unique functions in one celebratory problem, this is something unique as the list of creative talent involved shows.
While their art is okay I believe their fans will find the characters under-served by the one page images. The Hal Jordan pinup by Bruce Timm harkens to Green Lantern: The Animated Series and I love it so much its now my phone and computer wallpaper. Like I said, these arent bad (for the a lot of part), however I d rather have squeezed in one more story if I had my say.
There you have it, the Green Lantern 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular # 1 is a collection which includes some of the biggest Green Lantern characters from the past eighty years as told by some of the brightest skill alive who left their mark on the folklore. There are some genuine brilliant spots to be found here, in addition to a few cumbersome bits– but its real that there actually is something for everybody in this unique. Its definitely worth the $9.99 cost tag. 9 out of 10 lanterns.
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The story ends with the big expose, that the damage inflicted kept Hal from knowing that he d crash-landed in the desert outside of Las Vegas! When the Clock King is dispensed with the story picks up steam as ONeil focuses on the strength of Hal and Ollies relationship.