The covers: A pair to pick from, but I had to get the Main cover because it’s similar to the format of the Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1. Against a lime green background, Hal Jordon is on his knees looking angrily at a scattered number of power rings before him. The text to his right says, “Only a small mind would tamper with the source of creation and not foresee a terrible reckoning.” Below this is a horizontal stripe of dark green containing a screaming Metron and all six contributors to this issue. Absolutely fantastic. I’m loving these dramatic text covers. The image is penciled by Billy Tan and colored by Alex Sinclair. The Variant cover is by Ivan Reis, Joe Prado and Sinclair, showing Hal wearing a yellow ring, with a monstrous yellow creature-construct about to devour his smiling head. Creepy, but gives away the ending of this book! C’mon, DC! You couldn’t wait a month? Overall grades: Main A+ and Variant B-
The story: “Dead Worlds” opens in dramatic form with several bodies of dead Green Lanterns floating about in space. Mogo, the living headquarters of the Corps, is possibly dying, as Orion of the New Gods took its power ring. The head members of the Corps are trying to access their computer banks, but having difficulties because of Mogo’s situation. Hal asks the computers about the planet Aydin, the most populated planet in the know universe, and learns that it has been exposed to seven different emotional spectrums of power rings. Saint Walker’s ring was also stolen by Orion. He hopes that it was taken for a higher purpose, but since the taker did not ask he fears what’s being done with it. This issue by Robert Venditti furthers Highfather’s plan to use the Life Equation to take down Darkseid. Metron is left with a green power ring at the Source Wall and when the Corps learn he’s there they want they rings back. What follows is a major battle with the conclusion surprising. What’s discovered on Page 20 sets the lanterns on a new path, with a lantern of another color not surprised. I loved this. This is the epic Lantern crossover story I’ve wanted to see since the creation of the New 52. Overall grade: A+
The art: I have come to believe that Billy Tan can do no wrong on this series. He can create grandiose science fiction scenes, tremendous super hero slugfests, and beautifully quiet scenes. Seriously, the man can do no wrong. He’s inked by no fewer than three inkers, Rob Hunter, Batt, and Mark Irwin, but you’d never notice it because all three do a sensational job with Tan’s pencils. The number of dead lanterns on Page 1 is numbing. Saint Walker’s scene is beautiful. Metron and Orion look every bit the gods as they converse and when they’re in action they are fearsome foes. I wish that Page 16 of this book had been given the fold-out treatment that was given in Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1. That would have been a sight to see. Don’t think, though, that this page, which is a full page splash, isn’t spectacular, because it is. I just wish there could have been more of it. Hal’s face in the bottom of Page 20 is great, and I knew exactly what he was feeling before I read his dialogue. The final page is a beauty and I look forward to what Tan will do with this person. Overall grade: A+
The colors: Just as beautiful is the work of Alex Sinclair on this book. The work that he’s doing with greens on Pages 2 and 3 are amazing. The computer screens are gorgeous. The top of Page 4 is a great, realistic looking planet due to the coloring. Page 12 uses some amazing reds that serve as a sensational counter to the greens being used. And the final panel on Page 20 is my favorite, because of this character, and he looks magnificent with his coloring. Thank you, Mr. Sinclair, for this issue. Overall grade: A+
The letters: Some sensational work also comes from Dave Sharpe with scene setting, dialogue, sounds, computer speak, title and credits, computer BEE-DEETing, Boom Tube openings and closings, and yells and screams. This is exactly the way I want my comics to be lettered. Overall grade: A+
The final line: This book is spectacular. More! More! Now! Now! Overall grade: A+
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.