Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
After last month’s glorified sales pitch of Brightest Day and its myriad tie-ins, this month’s issue of Green Lantern narrows its focus, which made it a lot more enjoyable. Green Lantern #54 follows the unlikely trio of Hal Jordan, Carol “Star Sapphire” Ferris, and temporarily-reformed baddie Sinestro as they try to find out what to do with the giant White Lantern they discovered in the previous issue. Meanwhile, Red Lanterns Atrocitus and Dex-Starr turn up in New York City, which is perfect for them, because if there’s one thing New York has in abundance, it’s rage.
Neither Hal, Carol, or Sinestro are able to lift the White Lantern from its resting place, and when they all three place their hands on it, they receive visions of the twelve formerly dead characters that were revived at the end of Blackest Night and hear a mysterious voice giving them such cryptic instructions as “Help Me Live” and “Find Them.” The white light that emits from the Lantern sends them to New York, where they run afoul of Atrocitus and his fierce feline companion. Their tussle is short-lived, however, as a surprise guest crashes the party. Meanwhile, on the planet Daxam, a mysterious being revives a Green Lantern Corpsmember who we’ve thought was dead for quite some time. It looks like resurrection is the “New Black” in the DCU this year.
As with the beginning of any storyarc, Green Lantern #54 is heavy on setup, but there are a few good action moments within the issue, such as Atrocitus’ bloody disruption of a subway holdup and the Daxamites’ reaction to the sudden change in their sun. I also enjoy Sinestro’s reserved disgust at Hal and Carol’s subtle flirting. Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy continue to impress with their consistently fantastic art. Green Lantern was the one tie-in book that had to be read in conjuction with Blackest Night, but it remains to be seen whether this will be the case with Brightest Day. One thing I am sure of is that the story developing here is more interesting than anything I’ve read so far in the main Brightest Day book. We’ll see in the coming weeks if things stay that way. 4.5 out of 5 Red Meras.