Green Lanterns #56 Comic Review
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Mike Perkins
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Mike Perkins with Hi-Fi
Variant Cover: Chris Stevens
Evil’s Might Part Seven
“The More Things Change, the More they Stay the Same”
What You Need to Know
Cyborg Superman and his legion of Ravagers seem to be triumphant. Mogo is invaded. The Green Lantern Corps and the Guardians are held captive. Fortunately, Cyborg Superman has not taken into account Simon Baz and a recovering John Stewart. They may be the only hope to save the day, as Cyborg Superman sets his sights on a familiar prize.
What Just Happened
The issue starts with Simon Baz returning to Mogo feeling defeated for his role in the Green Lantern Corps being infiltrated and him releasing the Cyborg Superman. Simon realizes that Cyborg Superman and the Ravagers have invaded Mogo and have the Green Lanterns Corps held captive. Simon realizes that the only chance the Corps have is for him to revive John Stewart.
Cyborg Superman mocks and belittles the Green Lanterns Corps and blocks every attempt they make to escape. Cyborg Superman states that the Green Lantern Corps don’t actually overcome fear, they are consumed by it. Cyborg Superman focuses his verbal assault on Hal Jordan, and he realizes that he started Hal’s fall into the abyss by destroying Coast City. Cyborg Superman then decides that he will destroy the rebuilt Coast City once again. Before Cyborg Superman can act, Simon and John attack with weapons they took from Ravagers they stealthily dispatched.
Simon and John destroy Eon, which frees the Green Lantern Corps. The Corps follow John and Simon’s lead by fighting the Ravagers without their Power Rings to avoid them being controlled by the Cyborg Superman. While the Lanterns battle the Ravagers, the Guardians and the Lanterns notice that they can use their rings without interference. Hal Jordan and the Guardian that created the Phantom Ring realize that this must mean Cyborg Superman has left Oa. Hal Jordan realizes there is only one place Cyborg Superman could be heading to, Earth. Hal leaves Mogo to track Cyborg Superman, but Cyborg Superman has already made it to Earth, specifically Coast City.
Evil’s Might continues to pay homage to Green Lantern stories of the past, yet it raises the stakes and creates an endgame that can change the status quo of the Green Lantern Corps forever. Cyborg Superman is depicted as a world-class threat not only to the Green Lantern Corps but to Earth as well. I am getting tired of his constant monologuing though, if I was the Green Lantern Corps I would be more worried about being bored to death than by the Phantom Ring.
It was good to see Simon Baz being redeemed in this issue. It’s a little on the nose that the Muslim Green Lantern was being seen as the suspicious one, but this arc still has done a good job with dragging Simon through the mud to the point that he does not feel like he belongs anymore. Seeing him go back to basics and resemble his New 52 incarnation was pretty cool, and I hope he keeps that edge going forward. Simon and John Stewart forming a buddy cop type partnership was enjoyable and it was interesting that their experience with firearms became extremely useful on a planet where people have rings that create anything they can think of. Simon saying he was more comfortable with a good came across as kind of problematic in this day and age and yet true to the character and the journey this arc has taken him on.
Jessica Cruz and Kyle Rayner are not given much to do in this issue and have very few lines of dialogue. Guy Gardner and Kilowog have been accusing Simon Baz of being a traitor this whole arc, but just accept the fact that he is their rescuer in this issue. I would have liked to see a more drawn out emotional response from these two or maybe a direct interaction with Simon. And of course and as always, it looks like the day needs to be saved by Hal Jordan. Very predictable, but I really appreciate how Dan Jurgens has taken a traumatic event from Hal’s past and thrown it back into his face. I’m excited to see how he handles this in the next issue. We don’t have much time with most of these characters since Grant Morrison’s The Green Lantern will focus solely on Hal, so hopefully, everyone gets a chance to shine next issue.
Mike Perkins art continues to be hit and miss. Splash pages filled with action look great with a lot of the credit going to Hi-Fi’s colors. Characters’ faces look strange up close and bodies look contorted in the distance. The cover to this issue is great but also features some of the issues I just mentioned. Hopefully, most of what works in regards to the art in this arc show up next issue.