In Review: Green Lantern #47

An illogical story with average visuals make this a rare disappointment.

The covers: Billy Tan, Mark Irwin, and Alex Sinclair are responsible for the Main cover showing Hal flying over the freeway leaving Coast City. He looks pretty somber, leaving one thinking that something must have gone wrong when he visited home. Hal looks good, with the ripple of lantern energy around him excellent, and I like the coast line on the left side of the piece. The colors are good, with a yellow sky and orange city used to really have his greens stand out. However, there’s nothing really exciting about the content. It’s good, but this was the best image to get readers excited about this issue? The Variant cover is by Darwyn Cooke and features Harley Quinn getting up close and personal with Hal. Done to promote Harley’s Little Black Book, the queen of crime is holding a can containing “Mellow Yellow” paint and has plastered a healthy dollop onto Hal’s right hand, covering his ring. Hall is stunned and can’t do anything to stop the villainess from learning into him with a big smile. I can’t deny this is a cute cover, but I’m still suffering from Harley overdose from DC covers a few months ago, so I’m going to pass on collecting this one. Overall grade: Main B and Harley Variant A

The story: In space sector 2684 two members of the Sinestro Corps are trying to get back to their lord to inform him that a Green Lantern still exists in the universe. Chasing them is an emerald bolt of energy which envelopes them. The green ring wielder asks, “Sinestro has followers?” followed by “Then they can die like him.” In the eye of one of the individuals, who screams “Merceeeee!” a very familiar looking face is shown. This dramatic opening to “The Comforts of Home” by Robert Venditti, then transitions to earth where Hal is stopping to visit his brother. He leaves his ship, Darlene, in the care of Virgo, as well as Trapper, who’s going to have to behave since Virgo now wears the restraining cuff. The remainder of the book deals with Hal meeting with his brother Jim and his family. This story seemed unbelievably odd. I can’t believe for a second that Hal would return to earth simply because he felt the urge to stop by. After all the hype of Hal being a man on the run from the rest of the galaxy, he goes to the one world he’s most associated with? The visit seemed completely out of character, as though his I.Q. just dropped thirty points. The incident that occurs is also unbelievable: why it’s done is not explained and what it results in for one character seemed over the top. I couldn’t believe one thing about this story. Only the action that occurs on Page 10 will have fans cheering. The rest of the book will leave them scratching their heads. That said, the final two pages are exceptional. This tease of a larger tale makes more sense than the rest of this issue. Overall grade: D

The art: What is it about Green Lantern that requires more than one artist? The first two and final two pages are pencilled by Billy Tan and inked by Mark Irwin, while the remainder of the book is illustrated by Martin Coccolo. It’s obvious that there are two different pencillers on this book, as the opening and closing looks nothing like the bulk of the book. Tan and Irwin’s pages look great, with the final page being a full splash that will have fans screaming in anticipation. The middle of the book has nothing that will produce the same amount of joy. Looking at the panels individual, it’s easy to see that Coccolo is still learning how much space to provide for the letters. His first page, 3, is fine, but look at all the empty space and odd composition of panels on 4: there’s an apparent amount of space between characters for Dave Sharpe to do his job, but he didn’t need that much space. As a result, several panels are too far away from characters to show any visual depth. Jim Jordan’s apartment is the most sparsely decorated house I’ve ever seen that has two young children — it’s too clean. Coccolo, however, does do an excellent job with the pier setting. He moves around his point of view very well, with lots of impressive details, such as on the wooden planks that make up the structure. When Jim’s family is shown for the final time this issue, it’s too simplistic with the figures, their clothes, and the setting. I don’t understand why this happened. The close ups on Hal aren’t working for me. They look too sketchy, as if Coccolo isn’t comfortable with a colorist providing shading. Overall grade: B-

The colors: Tony Avina’s coloring on the opening and closing pages is extremely vivid. They’re set in space, so the colors have to be strong to stand out against the dark void, and they do. Because of the technique that Coccolo is using to shade his characters, Avina’s colors aren’t used completely to create tones in the skin. Avina does get some tones in, but not as much if they weren’t so shaded to begin with. The interior of Darlene was the darkest I’ve seen it, and the the coloring of Jim’s apartment is an absolute boor, with the walls matching the floor. Combined with close ups of Jim and Hal, Page 8, make the visuals really dull. Once at the pier, Avina truly shines, with gorgeous blue skies and tents, rides, and canopies smartly bright. The violent action is also well done, as is Hal’s energy when he starts ring slinging. There’s a few weak pages, but Avina comes to life when it counts. Overall grade: B  

The letters: Space sectors, dialogue, sounds, screams, story title and credits, scene settings, Darlene speech, yells, and next issue’s tease are constructed by Dave Sharpe. He does his usual outstanding job, with the sounds — and there are a lot of them — being terrific. Sharpe always does strong work. Overall grade: A

The final line: An illogical story with average visuals make this a rare disappointment. Overall grade: C

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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