I guess I can forgive Geoff Johns for the horror he’s done to the Flash in both the single book and the abhorrent Flashpoint. I can forgive him because it’s clear he’s directing all of his writing power towards the War Of The Green Lanterns. It’s hard to review Green Lantern #66 without including Green Lantern Corps #60 and Emerald Warriors #10. Johns has worked diligently to make War Of The Green Lanterns read like a mini-series. Characters flow in and out of each title and all the adventures are linked. Green Lantern #66 focuses on the plight of Guy Gardner and Hal Jordan.
Krona’s ultimate plan is coming closer to fruition as he and the Guardians possessed by the spirits of the various ring powers get set to create a new breed of Green Lantern Corps, one run by emotion. Standing in their way are Guy and Hal, who have lost their rings due to the main lantern battery being possessed by Parallax. In order to remain in the fight, Guy has taken a red ring and Hal a yellow one. The idea is to get to the main battery and free it of Parallax, so the boys are pulling out all the stops. Trouble is the possessed Guardians are basically just slapping them around.
Johns has gone deep into Green Lantern folklore to create this series. He’s venturing into everything the Green Lanterns believe and setting it against the backdrop of entropy. This is not just another battle; this is the dissolution of everything we’ve known about the Lanterns. Johns' gift, outside of great dialog, is his deep understanding of these characters and their history. You can’t create this kind of drama and construct the break down of a lineage decades old without knowing it and having tremendous respect for it. Nothing here feels like an ego fed “let’s shake things up” idea, this is the culmination of all the dark secrets hidden behind the tiny blue wall. The Guardians fought emotions for so long that they have finally risen up to destroy them.
Keeping the visuals alive with great style is Doug Mahnke. As always his art captures every panel perfectly. Mahnke has a cinematographer’s eye when it comes to comics. He uses not just action in the foreground, but also strong background work to give a complete scene. There is always something new to discover, some bit of shadow, the way a background character is moving, the layering of the mental images the Lanterns come up with. Mahnke takes the time to give each panel texture and depth.
I also have to give a round of thundering applause to the inkers and colorist for Green Lantern #66. What Mahnke is doing is given real weight by the inks; you feel the presence of each character. Adding to that visual weight are the colors, which completely blew me away. The palette here is so rich and layered that in lesser hands it could over saturate the book. Instead it brings everything together, tying in all the action, the reactions, and the violence, all of it. Green Lantern #66 is the beginning of the end of everything we’ve known about the greatest fighting force in comic book history.