Brandon Borzelli's Geek Goggle Reviews
Green Lantern #3
Johns, Mahnke, Alamy & Champagne
Despite the cover artwork, the third issue of Green Lantern contains very little fighting in it. The bulk of the issue has Sinestro and Hal Jordan bantering back and forth. The dialogue is very good and makes the issue move quickly but the issue is basically sixteen pages where nothing happens before containing some fighting, which makes for a dull book generally. Johns has a tendency to draw stories out, which I can't stand, but this one at least has some witty dialogue to keep it interesting. Overall, this issue is a fine read.
The issue opens with Carol answering the phone by asking, "Hal?" Why she feels Hal would be calling her is beyond me but this speaks to the bigger problem of having Carol in the book. Her and Hal just don't seem to work as a couple unless both of them are in their super hero costumes. When they are dressed up both are cocky and powerful but when they get into their street clothes they get whiny about each other. Why would this be a couple anyone could possibly want to see together?
The issue launches into Hal and Sinestro bickering with each other. They manage to leave nothing off the table as a lot is thrown at the other's face. It seems clear that Johns has a terrific knack for writing Sinestro as he is simply not nearly as interesting of a character when anyone else writes him. Johns has excellent command of what each character would bring up to the other to get under their skin and it works.
Unfortunately the comic book needs to move the plot along and finally the pair decides to attack the Sinestro Corps. This sets up a great cliffhanger. This helps to bring the issue together very nicely.
I generally liked the artwork but I do have some problems with it that I can't say are related to the pencils. For one thing, the color palette is extremely dull which is not the Green Lantern house style. I am not sure if this is because of the direction or just a choice. Another concern I had with the art is how every single character looks so gaunt. None of the characters have what appears to be cheekbones in their faces. It's not a stretch to say the characters look like super hero zombies which is not how the first two issues look. Four inkers may also be the culprit here.
If you like snappy dialogue then this issue is for you. I am sure things will pick up next issue based on the crazy ending here. For the most part this is a serviceable issue but doesn't contain too much plot movement. I mildly recommend checking this out.
3 out of 5 Geek Goggles