Green Lantern #5 Review

Reviewer: Jesse Baker
Story Title: Feeding Frenzy

Written by: Geoff Johns
Penciled by: Ethan Van Sciver
Inked by: Prentis Rollins
Colored by: Moose Baumann
Lettered by: Rob Leigh
Editor: Peter Tomasi
Publisher: DC Comics

First off: I’m sorry I messed up in my JLA #122 review in terms of thinking Manitou Dawn is Faith. Punishment will be served out later this week, when I review X-Force #1 (“The horror, the horror!”) as the first of a complete series of reviews of Liefeld’s original X-Force run…

Count your blessings Jesse! I could have X-Force-d you to review all of Devin Grayson’s Nightwing! Editor K.-

Now for the review: Green Lantern #5: Green Lantern Vs “The Shark”. I only remember “The Shark” from the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” tie-in story from Green Lantern V1 #194-198, comics I haven’t read in ages, so I can’t remember if Geoff John’s portrayal of Shark as a mindless killing machine is different from previous portrayals of the character. Hal battles the Shark, who is revealed to be the creation of the mysterious aliens terrorizing the local military base Hal is currently living on. Hal sadly doesn’t fair well against the Shark and only the intervention of the quasi-German speaking aliens save Hal, though Hal himself might not be too happy at going from one bad situation to another
equally rotten set of circumstances.

And speaking of which, the aliens also kidnap the now handless “Black Hand” and give him his new make-over. You know the one seen in the recent Green Lantern toy assortment? They take him and turn him into a zombie type villain who kills an entire hospital filled with people in order to regenerate his missing hand, setting up next issue’s big showdown between the two…

OK, the issue is drawn by Ethan Van Scriver. He does a great job this issue and his drawing of the Shark is actually better and more scary than the version I briefly remember seeing in Green Lantern #194-198.

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