Green Lanterns #50: “Something Is Amiss”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Mike Perkins
Colorist: Andy Troy & Pete Pantazis
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Mike Perkins & Wil Quintana
Variant Cover: Chris Stevens
What You Need to Know:
The next arc begins with the Green Lantern Corps responding to different threats that seem to be connected across the galaxy. Hal Jordan is missing in action and the Guardians sense an impending threat approaching. What the Lanterns don’t realize is that the threat may be coming from within.
What Just Happened:
The Guardians sense an impending threat that scares them, which seems troubling. Meanwhile, various corpsmen are out on different missions in space and on different planets. John Stewart is investigating a distress signal from a ship and ends up being ambushed by a whole fleet of starships and a powerful being named Eon. His ring malfunctions at the most inopportune time and proves that the real enemy is still to be revealed.
Guy Gardner and Kilowog are off-planet and are given some eerie foreshadowing by the High Priestess of the planet. It seems like the Guardians are not the only ones who see that a threat is coming. They then search for John and find him clinging to life. Why didn’t his ring respond to him when he needed it?
On Earth, Kyle Rayner and Simon Baz round up Jessica Cruz for a training exercise on Mogo and enter the planet to find it in the midst of a huge storm. The storm destroys buildings and structures and the sentient planet does not seem to be able to get in control of its own atmosphere. Kyle begins to realize that the storm may not be a product of Mogo’s atmosphere and may be something far more sinister. This seems to be confirmed by Jessica’s power ring, which is alerting her that she is in a dangerous situation and her allies may not really be her allies. This issue ends with a casualty that proves that the Guardians were right to be concerned.
Green Lanterns doesn’t approach its anniversary issue with a bloated story that celebrates what came before. Instead, it creates a fresh story that sets the stage for a mystery that could tear the Green Lantern Corps apart from within. I like that this issue brought all the major Earth-based Lanterns together. Kyle Rayner seems to be like a better mentor for Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz than any of the other Earth-based Lanterns. A Kilowog appearance is always appreciated as well; he and Guy Gardner make a fun duo. Dan Jurgens was able to allow John Stewart to show off why he is as powerful as Hal Jordan against a whole fleet of starships.
I do find it weird that this issue takes place after the Darkstars Rising storyline in Green Lanterns sister book. That story still has about 2-3 issues left; the bi-weekly shipping schedule would have led me to believe the timelines of these stories would line up. I’m very interested to see how the mystery behind the malfunctioning power rings is fleshed out. It does not seem like the Guardians are behind this power ring corruption.
The art in this issue is passable: not terrible on the eyes, but not anything that will wow you either. The rotating artists are becoming an issue for me with this book, but I understand the need for them with the bi-weekly schedule. Hopefully, the art becomes more consistent in future issues.