Simon Baz is the Green Lantern of Earth Jessica Cruz is the Green Lantern of Earth. They hate each other. Now Atrocitus, Bleez, and Dex-Starr are on Earth to bring forth the coming of the Red Dawn. Simon and Jess have their hands full and are less than prepared for it. Which is also what seemed to happen to the art team in Green Lanterns #3. I pointed out two weeks ago about the lack of defining moments on Green Lanterns #2, well it seems the payoff to sticking with it was to be delivered now that issue #3 has dropped. Plenty of defining moments on this issue I could grab onto and dissect. Atrocitus pointing out how filled with Rage this planet is (hello RNC) and why it would be a perfect host to become the new host of the Red Lantern Corps. Humphries is really building something with Simon and Jessica, giving each one their spotlight every issue within the same story, he’s reveals what each one of these Lanterns is fighting for and building up to why they deserve to be a Green Lantern by showing just how much they have yet to overcome. Simon still trusting his gun more than his ring, and Jessica unable to even make a construct as they both go two-on-one with Bleez it really grounds the story on how much the odds are stacked against the rookies and the fact that I’m reading the very beginning of their story here.
A full roster of artist who kept tagging in an out between pages on this book made for confusing panels and possible miscommunication. I wish I could say more to it but before I could get used to one style, the next age would bring another one and so on and so forth until the very end of this comic. At a point I even thought the Snickers ad in the middle of the comic had more pages with the same artist than the comic itself. The miscommunication I believe comes when some of the dialogue does not match the expression of the character, most obviously noted during a moment when Bleez is talking to Simon Baz in a rather distressed tone but the panel depicts her as smiling. Was this a time issue? Was Green Lantern already in danger of being delayed and this was the solution? I will say I enjoyed the last page of this comic and the cliff-hanger it leaves it on as well as classic comic visuals, so good job… whoever was on that rotation.
Green Lanterns #3 is a good read with potential to be a great comic, given a constant art style we could get used to. Instead it delivered adequate art by a team of artists who seemed rushed to finish the job.
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