Green Lanterns #53 Review
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Marco Santucci
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Mike Perkins with Hi-Fi
Variant Cover: Chris Stevens
Evil’s Might Part Four
What You Need to Know
The strategy continues to be divide and conquer the Green Lantern Corps, and Simon Baz seems to be the primary target. The rest of the Corps seem to have regrouped and won the battle, but the war is just beginning. The puppet master pulling the strings has revealed themselves, and it is someone with quite the history with Hal Jordan.
What Just Happened
The issue begins Simon Baz heading back to Earth on the orders of his power ring. Simon begins to question the logic of his orders, but is convinced that he is making the right decision. Meanwhile, Hal Jordan and Jessica Cruz battle the Ravagers on one of their spaceships above Penelops. Outside of the ship, Guy Gardner battles Eon head on. On Penelops, Kyle Rayner and Kilowog try to devise a plan to reverse the effects of the beams the Ravagers’ spaceships are using to strip the planet of its minerals. Kilowog manages to destroy the Ravager spaceship that allows the ships to communicate with each other. This forces the unknown leader of the Ravagers to tell Eon to retreat. With the Ravagers defeated, the Green Lanterns build arks that will be used to transfer the surviving members of Penelops to planets that are inhabitable for them.
On Earth, Simon is directed to the Arctic, where he is told the answers to what is plaguing Mogo will be found. Simon’s ring informs him that the anwers lie in the Fortress of Solitude where Superman is trapped. The ring sends Simon a message from Superman requesting Simon’s help. Simon begins to try and crack open the Fortress, but is unaware that it’s not Superman requesting his help, it’s a villain that both Superman and the Green Lanterns Corps have experience with.
This issue continues a solid arc of Green Lanterns. I appreciated that the battle between the Green Lantern Corps and the Ravagers ended in this issue, at least for now. I felt it would have begun to drag on if there was not any advancement of that conflict. I do wonder if Jurgens will explore the aftermath of a planet being pretty much destroyed along with most of its population in future issues. When the story focused on Simon, the plot really ramps up. I appreciated that Jurgens characterizes Simon as clever enough to realize that something is off about the orders he is receiving, but loyal enough that he will still follow them. The reveal of the true villain of this storyline, which I will not reveal here, is very promising. This character has a history with the Green Lantern Corps, especially Hal Jordan. I’m interested to see how the newer Green Lanterns, Jessica and Simon, react to this villain in contrast to the more experienced Lanterns.
The art in this issue is good, not terrible, but not breathtaking either. I did enjoy the battle scenes that Santucci was able to illustrate with a great amount of detail. The constructs used by the Lanterns in this issue were a standout in regards to the art in this issue. Another standout in terms of art in this issue is the cover, which I think is amazing.