Green Lanterns #52 “Evil’s Might” Part 3
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Marco Santucci
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Mike Perkins and Hi-Fi
Variant Cover: Chris Stevens
What You Need to Know:
The Green Lantern Corps continue to be on their heels due to miscommunication and assaults from an unknown mastermind with an armada at their disposal. Dissent and mistrust are starting to form a wedge between the corps, leading the Lanterns to question who to trust and what orders to follow. Not even the Guardians seem to have the answers for this assault that has hit the corps from multiple fronts.
What Just Happened:
The issue opens with a mysterious entity taunting the Green Lantern Corps from what seems like within the Lantern power battery itself. Meanwhile, on Penelo, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Kilowog, Jessica Cruz, and Simon Baz battle the fleet of spaceships that destroyed the planet for the most part. Guy tries to coordinate the Lanterns attack, but the power rings continue to seemingly malfunction, causing Simon to hear a different order than the one given. Simon responding to the different orders he heard enrages Guy. Simon and Jessica also get conflicting messages from their rings warning them of who to trust.
In another space sector, Hal Jordan recovers from his battle with the Darkstars, but is called into action when he cannot communicate with the rest of the corps. Hal’s presence helps turn the tide of the battle on Penelo, but the Lanterns have been disorientated by the miscommunication they have been experiencing.
On Oa, Thaava continues to work on the injured John Stewart, with the Guardians present to express their concern regarding the Corps current predicament. The Guardians are not in control of this situation and it is apparent that this bothers them greatly; they are no longer in control of the willpower they empowered their Lanterns with.
Dan Jurgens is building a pretty interesting mystery in this arc of Green Lanterns. This issue continues to chip away at the trust within the Green Lanterns Corps, with Jessica and Simon being affected the most. This is a solid narrative choice as Simon and Jessica are the least experienced Lanterns and it shows in their interactions with Guy, Kyle, Kilowog, and Hal. Speaking of Hal, it was cool to see him in this issue. We are used to seeing Hal in the companion Green Lantern book and his experience as the most decorated Lantern made a difference in this issue.
My only complaint is that this issue seems to come after the finale of the Darkstars arc of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, which hasn’t even been released yet.
I like that Jurgens decided to begin introducing the big bad of this arc without truly revealing who this villain is. I also enjoyed how he used the Ravagers as a fake out to distract the Lanterns from who the true villain is. He continues to do a stellar job of illustrating the schism beginning to form within the Corps: Guy is frustrated while the Simon and Jessica are confused and paranoid. The Guardians feel powerless. I am interested in seeing the Lanterns brought to their breaking point by an unseen enemy after seeing the Darkstars hit them head-on in the companion book.
The art in this issue is solid, with some pretty cool-looking splash pages. I wouldn’t mind seeing this artist illustrate the rest of the arc. The end of this issue teased the reveal of the villain pulling the strings of the Green Lantern Corps and I’m anxious to see who this mastermind is.