Green Lanterns #3 Review

Posted July 20, 2016 by Jean-Luc Botbyl in Comic Books

Written by: Sam Hunphries

Art by: Tom Derenick, Robson Rocha, Jack Herbert, Neil Edwards

Publisher: DC Comics

First of all: this book has four art credits. That is way too many credits, and it really shows, unfortunately. None of it the art is all that bad, but it’s clear that multiple artists worked on this book, because the visual direction is not super cohesive. That’s kind of a bummer, because it makes parts of the book feel inconsistent. Had any one of these artists done the whole issue, I would likely be praising the art (and don’t get me wrong, I think it’s all good), but because it’s varied that’s a difficult thing to do without caveats.

Aside from that, this is a vast improvement over the last issue. Both Jessica and Simon’s characters seem to be back in full force for this issue, and I really don’t know why they were seemingly absent for an entire issue. Anyways, I don’t want to dwell on that issue, because in this one, each of them gets some awesome character moments. Some come from their interactions (their relationship is still in its developmental stage) and others from their monologues. As the issue goes on, we get more and more of each character and they become increasingly easy to root for.

In addition to Jessica and Simon, Bleez gets some real character development in this issue. I know, I was as surprised as everyone else. Bleez? Really? She counts as a character? But yeah, it’s nice to see her get a little character work, because it sets her up as an important villain for the future, and illustrates that the Red Lanterns aren’t entirely one note. I mean, sure, Atrocitus is, but it’s so over the top in this issue that it’s kind of fun to see him go off. Plus, you know, any Dex-Starr I can get I’ll take. I’m willing to excuse this silly Red Lanterns story if it means that I get just one or two panels of Dex-Starr in every issue.

But yeah, the plot still isn’t super interesting. It’s not the main focus of the book either, but whenever they bring it up, I wonder when we get to go back to the character work. There is a neat little cliffhanger at the end of this issue, but I do want to get away from the Red Lanterns plot as fast as we can. And it feels like it’s coming to a head, so we’re likely to see the end of it soon enough.

Look, if you’re still on the fence about this book; Simon Baz spends most of it carrying a teddy bear and it’s great. And that’s really emblematic of this issue – it takes the traditional self-seriousness of superhero comics and juxtaposes it with these two character. It’s a flawed book, but I’m having a ton of fun with it nonetheless.

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