Review: Green Lantern #8 By Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke

Green Lantern #8

Written by Geoff Johns

Art by Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Mark Irwin, Keith Champagne, and Alex Sinclair

 

 

The short of it:

 

Sinestro is a prisoner of the Indigo Tribe, and they are intent on converting him much like they did with Black Hand. The difference being that Sinestro has no quit anywhere in him, and chaining him up won’t stop him from beating someone to death. Indigo-1 does not seem to care. Hal, meanwhile, deals with his jailer…Black Hand. The former Black Lantern General has embraced compassion with the Indigo Tribe, and while Hal may seem intrigued…it may just be in order to escape. Hal finds his ring to the definition of gimped as he makes for an escape on this giant unknown planet, but in the end he stumbles on to secrets of the Indigo Tribe…only to be cut off by the biggest threat he’ll face this arc.

 

 

What I liked:

 

  • Sinestro is a bad ass. Even with limited time in the issue, he still reminds us that you can’t keep him down. I mean, shit, he beats one of his jailers presumably to death in the first five page with his bare hands.
  • Hal outsmarting Black Hand worked out the way I hoped it would when I saw the setup, it’s nothing complex, but it’s clever.
  • The art is nice and creepy, very fitting for the Indigo tone which Johns has made clear is supposed to be somewhat horror movie esque.
  • The map Hal brings up is ridiculously detailed. It may just be around for a few panels, but it’s a ton of detail. Kudos to the art for that.

 

What I didn’t like:

 

  • Army of inkers! Three guys, plus Doug apparently inked some of his own work to go along with it! At least you really can’t tell.
  • I understand that Hal’s current ring is severely limited due to Sinestro not wanting to fully arm him, but wasn’t he flying with it last issue? How did it get super gimped? And if he can’t fly, then why can he make a motorcycle? You can say it’s because the energy is from a fake Lantern, but again, motorcycle.
  • Hal is getting better, but he’s still not someone I love seeing for a majority of an issue. His character is still recovering from that year or so of him being all Green Lantern all the time.

 

Final Thoughts:

 

I can’t say it enough, but Sinestro crushing that Indigo Lantern was just awesome.

 

Hal’s talk with Black Hand was something I could telegraph, it was just obvious where it was heading. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it left a bit to be desired.

I love horror movies, and I love creepy shit in my books, and I really like the feel of it here. I’m not sure which artist to credit with the mood that the book manages to convey, but they were awesome.

 

I’ve heard that the Indigo’s have a translation guide that we may see bits of in the near future. Can’t wait for that, as I’m getting kinda sick of everyone saying Nok for everything. I’m so relieved that Black Hand was speaking english and it wasn’t Hal communicating with their random language.

 

Man, Abin Sur got around.

 

Man, the Indigo Tribe is nuts. I mean, I knew this was the twist coming, but still, they are nuts.

 

Overall: 8/10

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