Green Lanterns #51: “Evil’s Might” Part 2
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Mike Perkins
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Mike Perkins and Wil Quintana
Variant Cover: Chris Stevens
Spoilers are discussed in this review.
What You Need to Know:
The deconstruction of the Green Lantern Corps continues in the second issue of the Evil’s Might arc. The Green Lanterns are reeling from the destruction occurring on Mogo and the assault on John Stewart. Casualties begin to pile up and the Lanterns learn that they are being assaulted on all sides by forces from the outside and potentially, within.
What Just Happened:
The issue begins on the planet Penelo, where the Green Lantern Penelops is defending his planet from an armada of spaceships and the being Eon. Penelops fights admirably, but the end result does not bode well for him. On Mogo, Green Lanterns Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and Kyle Rayner rush the mortally wounded Guardian, Kada Sal to Lantern Thaava to get his injuries treated. Unfortunately, the damage has been done and the Guardian dies. Jessica’s ring speaks to her again during this whole ordeal, warning her that things are not what they seem and she should not trust anyone.
Lanterns Guy Gardner and Kilowog finally make it to Mogo with a critically-injured John Stewart. Thaava tends to John’s injuries while the rest of the Lanterns set out to find a way to put a stop to the storms that are erupting all throughout Mogo. Even the Guardians do not understand why Mogo is experiencing storms when it is a sentient planet. The Lanterns do their best to control the storms and then journery to Penelo once they learn the fate of Penelops. The Lanterns discover the planet is under attack by the armada and investigate why they chose Penelo for their invasion.
Back on Mogo, the Guardians discuss recent events and feel taunted by an unknown force. The willpower of the Green Lantern Corps also begins to fail in response to the strange environmental phenomena on Mogo.
This arc continues to intrigue me with strange happenings within the Green Lantern Corps and the unknown force attacking them. I like that Dan Jurgens is building the tension between Green Lanterns while keeping their true enemy under wraps for now. I especially like how Jessica Cruz is being used as the focal point to illustrate the mistrust that the Green Lanterns are experiencing amongst each other. What I don’t like is that the other Green Lanterns that appear in this book are not really given their own personalities and are just “cookie cutter” characters that do not stand out in this issue. There are also casualties in this issue that did not invoke any type of reaction in me whatsoever. Jurgens needs to work harder to make us care about these characters.
Mike Perkins’s art continues to be passable in this arc. His depiction of the aquatic planet of Penelo was enjoyable for me, but the rest of the issue was mediocre at best. Characters’ faces are inconsistent in this issue and only seem to be detailed in close-ups.
I am interested to see how this mystery continues to unfold next issue.