In Review: Green Lantern #49

Please start a new story and get a new artist for this series, DC Comics!

The covers: The Main cover is by Billy Tan and Pete Pantazis showing Sonar releasing a sonic blast at Green Lantern Hal Jordan, who’s trying to protect a child from the villain’s power. I like the energy coming out of Sonar, the debris flying out from him, Hal, and the child, but Sonar’s face is not working for me. He looks really angular compared to the other two. The coloring is great, with terrific work with different shades of blue, but that face is killing me. The Neal Adams Variant cover, penciled by the iconic artist, inked by Kevin Nowlan, and colored by Alex Sinclair has Adams revisiting one of his most famous covers, The Brave and the Bold #85, though John Stewart is in place of Batman, Hal is stepping in for Green Arrow, and Oliver Queen is the victim, taking over for the shot senator. The emotion on all three characters is great, and their stances are awesome. The coloring is also top notch. This was the cover I had to purchase. Overall grades: Main B and Neal Adams Variant A+

The story: The United States has gone silent due to the threat of destruction from the terrorists of Modora, lead by Bito Wladon, a.k.a. Sonar. If the United Nations does not convey to discuss the sovereignty of the disputed eastern Eurpean nation they will set off bombs at midnight that are activated by sound; voices, cellphones, laughter, ringtones, etc. Watching this broadcast from their hidden lair, Bito tells one of his followers that their plan will work. Meanwhile, in Coast City, at his brother’s apartment, Hal watches the same broadcast and becomes infuriated and what he’s hearing, including the lack of his actions from last issue to improve the situation. He lashes out at everything around him, destroying most of the room. His brother shortly arrives and reads him the riot act. “The Roar of Silence” by Robert Venditti starts poorly, but quickly improves. I don’t buy Hal for one second trashing the room. In the last two issues, Hal’s become completely mercurial, sparking me to wonder if the only ring he’ll be wearing in the future is a mood ring. I’m stunned at his lack of control — Where’s all the willpower of the last fifty-seven years? Thankfully, moody Hal gives way to focused Hal, who figures out where the terrorists will strike next and puts an end to it. This storyline, of which this is Part III, has become a snafu: the story doesn’t have Sonar using the powers he’s associated with, or shown on the cover, doesn’t have the two characters meeting, and doesn’t resolve anything with the terrorists. I’m looking forward to Parallax and am hoping to forget Sonar and all of Modora. Overall grade: C

The art: I’m also looking for a change up in artists. Martin Coccolo is the artist for all but the final page, which is penciled by Billy Tan and inked by Mark Irwin. The opening page is a extremely well done four panel sequence showing four different settings that should be full of people but are empty. The next page is fine, showing the reporter’s talking head and the terrorists in the dark of the lair. However, Page 3 goes to Hal which begins with a decent close-up of his face, but in the second panel he’s enraged, with his hands wrapped around his middle and his teeth gritted. His eyes become enflamed, and they look good, but when his gauntlet springs to life it’s just too simplistic. The full paged splash on 4 is okay for the top half of the image, though the bottom half is really odd, with an apple (from a bowl on the table) hovering. The apple and the table should have been eliminated to focus solely on Hal. The scenes with Hal’s brother are not good: Hal’s brother looks terrible. The supporting characters don’t fare much better in the climax; they are very sketchy. The coloring is saving much of the imagery. The final shot of Sonar looks more like a classic Igor face. The last page is fine, though it’s only one page from Tan and Irwin. Again, I’m just ready to forget this tale. Overall grade: D+ 

The colors: Tony Avina is saving much of the artwork by providing tone and dimension to the images. His shadow work on the characters’ faces is good, as is the work he’s doing to characters’ clothes. The bottom of Page 15 is when Avina’s work really begins to shine, with him coloring Hal perfectly. Hal’s constructs get a nice layering effect, making them appear made of light, yet tangible. Avina does what he can. Overall grade: B

The letters: Scene settings, television broadcasts, dialogue, yells, series’ summary, story title, story credits, sounds, editorial notes, and the tease for next issue come from Dave Sharpe. He does his usual top notch job, with two sounds (FWUMMP and SSHINNK) being perfect for the actions that occur. Overall grades: A+  

The final line: Please start a new story and get a new artist for this series, DC Comics! This issue would not inspire anyone to continue reading it. 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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