REVIEW: GREEN LANTERNS, VOL 2: THE PHANTOM LANTERN

Green Lanterns, Volume 2: The Phantom LanternGreen Lanterns, Volume 2: The Phantom Lantern by Sam Humphries

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A good, solid Green Lantern story, clearly identifying enemies on two fronts and leavening the action with crisp dialogue and lightly-handled interactions between the main and supporting characters. The character arc of the titular antagonist makes for a potentially worthwhile addition to the Lantern Rogues Gallery, and deals directly– and in a more effective way– with the question that consumes the rookie Green Lanterns Baz and Cruz: what if you give everything you have to the cause, and it still just isn’t good enough?

Two GNs in, and my main quibble with this series remains: I still struggle to see what the point of creating 2 new GNs is, particularly as Baz and Cruz remain little more than an assemblage of tics without any real sense of a character arc. Perhaps they’ll grow into something extraordinary and ground-breaking. Right now, six Green Lanterns seems a couple too far, and the writing and plotting far exceeds the characters themselves.

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