In Review: Convergence Green Lantern/Parallax #2

A well drawn three character conflict that ends with a solid surprise.

The covers: The Main cover has the three main characters involved in very different forms of action. Kyle Rayner is stuck in a pyre that smolders, about to go aflame, while Princess Fern is making her way to him, looking as if she’s going to give him a right. Soaring in to take them both out is Hal Jordan, now Parallax. The art is by Steve Leiber with colors by Ron Chan. I really like the pale green used for a background; it makes the orange and yellow in Fern’s costume pop, and the lanterns look strong in their dark greens. Really well done. The Variant is one designed by Chip Kidd featuring art by Darryl Banks and Romeo Tanghal. It was this cover featuring Hal looking omnipotent that caught my eye and demanded I buy it. Overall grades: Main A and Variant A+

The story: Kyle is in the city of Electropolis, getting up off the ground, having been hammered down by a lighting tank that is being lead by Princess Fern. He gets up and tells her that the one Telos chose for her to fight is Parallax and “If he’s gone after your city, then you’ve got a much bigger problem than our little death match.” She tries to have one of her men contact the prime minister, but no one is answering because Parallax is engaging the city’s defenders, and he’s winning. Tony Bedard’s “The Parallax View” is a good snapshot to the past, when Hal was overtaken by this entity. Having the famous lantern go crazy provides plenty of opportunities for Kyle to try to bring him back from the Dark Side. Naturally, things don’t go as smoothly as the younger lantern would have wished. I hadn’t read the first part of this story (Must track that down!), but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything in this final chapter. I wanted Hal/Parallax to be arrogant and righteous with Kyle trying to talk his idol down. Bedard gave me that with a completely surprising conclusion on Page 20–That was a fantastic ending to the battle! The final two pages are a good coda for one of the lanterns, and he earned it! Overall grade: A

The art: Having the visuals by penciller Ron Wagner and inks by Bill Reinhold instantly took me back to the nineties, and I was in heaven. I’m old enough to remember buying books then, looking forward to visuals like this. I really like the sharp, thin linework by Wagner and Reinhold, and its all over this book: the bottom panel on 1, the close-up of Hal on 4, the third panel on 7, the top of 9, all of 12, and all of 22. I love the emotion that they put on characters’ faces and the action is big–really big! Page 9 is terrific, even with the smoking ruins of the battle, such as on Page 13, but the best panel for me was the top of 15; it gave me chills. It so resembles a pose that Sinestro would strike made it deliciously evil! This was a great visual trip down memory lane with all new art. Overall grade: A

The colors: Excellent work by Paul Mounts on this book. He blends his greens flawlessly, as the characters on this book demand, but check out that lime green he uses to highlight Parallax’s energy on 2 and 3: it’s almost yellow…Hmmm…Page 3 has the energy exploding out of this character, backlit with fantastic oranges from a city on fire. The bottom panel on the same page has Parallax looking spectacularly evil. There’s a construct on Page 14 that’s nicely transparent, to allow readers to see what’s inside it, but the coloring makes it seem like an actual corporeal object. This is a really slick piece of work from Mounts, which goes to a much larger scale on 17. Really well done work. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Narration and dialogue (the same font), opening title and credits, sounds, yells, screams, and the tease to purchase the main series are all created by Dave Sharpe. He does a great job on all, but the sounds really made me happy, especially those on Pages 17 and 18. Overall grade: A

The final line: A well drawn three character conflict that ends with a solid surprise. I felt twenty years younger reading this book. Overall grade: A

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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