Green Lanterns #57 Comic Review
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Mike Perkins
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Mike Perkins with Hi-Fi
Variant Cover: Chris Stevens
Evil’s Might Conclusion
“The Green Lantern Corps is an Ever-Fluid Organism”
What You Need to Know
Coast City is in danger from a familiar menace. Cyborg Superman is back and is ready to finish the job started all those years ago when Hal Jordan succumbed to fear. Can Hal Jordan stop Cyborg Superman this time before Coast City is destroyed for good? And what is next for the Green Lantern Corps?
What Just Happened
Cyborg Superman returns to Coast City and immediately begins murdering civilians. Cyborg Superman is impressed with how the city has recovered from his last attack, and is excited to finish what he started. Luckily for Coast City, Hal Jordan arrives to stop Cyborg Superman. Cyborg Superman tries to use the Phantom Ring on Hal, but Hal explains that since he has not charged his ring the Phantom Ring has no effect on him.
Meanwhile, in the space outside of Mogo, the Green Lantern Corps are free and take the fight to the Ravagers. The Guardians have Eon in a containment field to take him out of the battle. Guy Gardner commandeers a ship and turns it on its own fleet to give the Corps the advantage.
Back in Coast City, Cyborg Superman mocks Hal Jordan and reminds him of how terrified he was when Coast City was initially destroyed and how scared he must be now. Hal allows Cyborg Superman to keep talking to keep him distracted. Cyborg Superman does not realize that Hal Jordan called in reinforcements from the Green Lanterns Corps. Cyborg Superman underestimates the backup Hal calls and brags that he has the power of Superman. Cyborg Superman does not realize that one member of the cavalry is Sodam Yat. Sodam Yat uses his Daxamite strength to overcome Cyborg Superman. Hal Jordan attempts to finish Cyborg Superman off by cutting of his arm, but Cyborg superman distracts the Lanterns enough to escape.
The Corps regroup on Mogo, where the Guardians state that they will find a new home for the Ravagers. The Guardians announce that they are confiscating the power batteries of the Lanterns to be able to fix the impurity that allowed Cyborg Superman to take over. The Guardians also announce that Oa will be rebuilt as the home of the Guardians. Jessica Cruz announces to Simon Baz that she will not be returning with him to Earth and will instead stay in space to explore.
This was a neat wrap up to a story and book that has been inconsistent at times. I feel that the threat Cyborg Superman was to Coast City could have been played up a little bit more. Hal Jordan and his team of Lanterns handled Cyborg Superman relatively easily. Dan Jurgens and Mike Perkins both do a good job of illustrating how strong Hal Jordan has become since the destruction of Coast City.
The rest of the Corps and their battle with the Ravagers is pretty much a very small side plot in this book. Guy Gardner has a pretty fun sequence and that’s about it. The aftermath of the battle with the Ravagers and Cyborg Superman does not do much to foreshadow what’s next for the Lanterns besides Jessica Cruz. Here decision seems to directly lead to her adventures in Justice League Odyssey.
Dan Jurgens created a story in this arc that started pretty exciting and eventually became by the numbers. The mystery behind who was controlling and creating dissention within the Lanterns was exciting to read, as was the reveal of Cyborg Superman. Once the villain was revealed, the excitement died down a bit due to over expansive dialogue and the original main characters of this book (Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz) taking a backseat to Hal Jordan. The art has been consistently average during this book. Action sequences are pretty fun to look at but character models expressions are inconsistent and sometimes downright ugly. The cover is a good example of my thoughts on the art in this book. The destroyed landscape is pretty impressive to look at, but what kind of pose is Hal Jordan making? He looks like a dizzy Street Fighter character. The finale of Green Lanterns does a good job of wrapping up its final storyline, but leaves a lot to be desired as far as determining the future of the Green Lantern Corps.