Review: Green Lantern #3

It's getting a bit better, but it still feels like Geoff Johns is just phoning it in.

Iann Robinsonby Iann Robinson

Green Lantern #3

Green Lantern #3 is better than the first two issues, but it’s still Geoff Johns phoning it in. Everything happening here smacks of easy writer’s tricks and plot devices meant to push readers into buying the next issue. On that level, Green Lantern works like a charm. There are two surprises that pretty much guarantee the purchase of number four. The problem is that’s all there is. The story arc so far has been very thin, to the point that events unfold for no reason, often ones that go against what’s happened in the past.

We begin as we left off, with Sinestro bartering with Hal Jordan for help against the Sinestro Corps. Apparently, the yellow army has gone a bit overboard on Sinestro’s home world of Korugar, a fact that sits poorly with Sinestro. This is the first crack in the armor of issue #3. The Sinestro Corps are nothing if not a reflection of who Sinestro is. Johns took great pains during the Sinestro Corps War to illustrate that point. It was Sinestro’s choice to send the Corps to his home world. Why is he suddenly so angry that he’s willing to slaughter his own army? There’s an argument to be made that something is happening below the surface of Sinestro’s reasons, but the writing seems too stagnant for that to be true.

The first of the two big set-ups comes with the Guardians. Once again, they have decided to blame everything on everybody else besides them. Ganthet, the only Guardian to think outside the box, has been returned to his former emotionless self. Together, the blue men decide that the Green Lanterns have strong will but too many faults, much like their Manhunter robots. With that in mind the Guardians decide to create “the third army”. Who will that be? What third army? Here’s why you’ll go buy issue #4. For me, this is another hole in the story. How long will the oldest and wisest life forms in the universe remain so obtuse? It feels phony, as if keeping the Guardians this obstinate allows for an easy plot crutch.

Jordon and Sinestro’s attack on the Sinestro Corps leads to our final set up. The plan, like the rest of the issue, is ham fisted and makes little sense. Sinestro takes on every single one of the Corps while Jordan attempts to toss an actual green lantern into the yellow battery in order to short out the powers of Corps. Really? That’s the best the two greatest Green Lanterns could come up with? When Jordan enters the yellow battery he disintegrates into nothing. Obviously he’s not dead, but it’s still good enough to drive you towards issue #4.

All is not lost here. Johns does a great job of nailing the relationship between Sinestro and Jordan. The dialog between them is perfect, crisp and filled with what makes the characters so enduring. Jordan’s bravado goes toe to toe with Sinestro’s ego. It’s one of the only entertaining things in the whole issue. Doug Mahnke’s art is, as always, awesome. His lines aren’t just solid but also bold. There’s great detail and movement in each panel. It makes the lackluster story at least beautiful to look at.