In Review: Green Lantern Annual #3

An unconvincing conclusion puts a cloud over the entire Godhead saga, but the art is decent on this finale.

The cover: Hal Jordan points a cackling Black Hand at Sinestro, who looks as though he’s about to attack them. Or is he going to protect them from the New Gods emerging from the Boom Tube behind him? Watching over the chaos that’s about to erupt is a serene Highfather. Good illustration by Ethan Van Sciver that has the biggest players in this Godhead saga shown just before things get intense. Black Hand and Sinestro look great. The New Gods are really tiny, since they’re so far in the background, but they look okay. Really good coloring by Alex Sinclair on this, with the right side of the image colored brightly because of the Boom Tube and the right being darker with Metron and Black Hand dominating. Overall grade: B+

The story: “Fall of the Gods,” the final chapter of Godhead, opens at the Source Wall with Hal talking to Orion while Black Hand is fixated on the dead that decorate the obstruction. Their conversation stops after Black Hand touches the wall and says, “By my black hand, the dead shall…Rise.” And as far as the eye can see on a fold-open quadruple-page spread, the dead of the wall have become reanimated as gigantic walking, angry dead. Black Hand tells Hal he’s sure he can control him, but Orion isn’t worried because they have no Boom Tube to reach New Genesis. Suddenly a giant BOOM occurs, and everything changes. Robert Venditti wraps up this multi-issue saga, having every lantern have a moment in its finale, with the best moment being on Page 33 when someone finally gets his ring back. I didn’t like the reason for Highfather to halt the battle. It took all this time for him to have this revelation? I just don’t buy it. Everything he did was okay until it was in his own backyard? He’s the most morally bankrupt of the New Gods then. The event that occurs to New Genesis was much better and showcased a lantern brilliantly. What’s revealed about Kyle has been milked longer than the Godhead saga, so I found his conflict to be something that could be skipped. The last page was a good moment, but I was left floored that this entire conflict, this entire saga, ended in this way. Ultimately, not a good payoff. Overall grade: C+

The art: The art by penciller Billy Tan and inker Mark Irwin with Marc Deering & Livesay was good, though it is very noticeable when a new inker takes over. When the conflict goes to the final location the lines in the artwork become very thin. They look good, but they are different from what happened at the Source Wall. The final twelve pages have a line that becomes thicker, but is different from the first two-thirds of this annual. Again, it’s fine, but noticeable. I liked the Source Wall sequences the best. When the gigantic dead go to the final location they became very simplified. I don’t know what was going on, but they began to look like Chemo. Star Sapphire looks fantastic in every panel she appears, but there aren’t too many of them. Sinestro is a stand out throughout, but the return of a character’s ring on 33 had me cheering. The final page made me smile. Overall grade: B 

The colors: Alex Sinclair does a bang up job with all the different characters and locations he creates. Again, the Source Wall was my favorite, with Sinclair doing a really impressive job on that four page fold-out. The colors of the wall have been black and brown, so he’s not given much to work with, but he’s able to differentiate all the characters from each other excellently. The flame rippling on both sides was really good. The double-pages spread involving New Genesis was really well done with the yellows and greens. An excellent job. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Sharing this issue’s duties are Taylor Esposito and Dezi Sienty. They provide scene setting, dialogue, opening title and credits, Black Hand speak, sounds, screams, and yells. Everything they do is good. Overall grade: A 

The final line: An unconvincing conclusion puts a cloud over the entire Godhead saga, but the art is decent on this finale. Only for Lantern fans. Overall grade: B 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” and he’s reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five 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.

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