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‘Green Lantern’ #13 review: On the defense

Amanda Waller’s Absolute Power over the heroes of the DCU is a significant factor.

Green Lantern #13 is packed full of shock and awe. Sometimes, event tie-in issues can be a pain as they only slightly tie in, but Jeremy Adams does a great job of bringing his story back to Earth so Hal can tie in with Absolute Power. He also gives us some looks at Sinestro and the Justice Society. Adams’ script puts artist Fernando Pasarin to work covering these extra characters and action scenes. Get ready to see guest stars galore, answers that will raise more questions, and a new player in the mythos of Green Lantern. Plus, a bonus backup tale by Marc Guggenheim and Matthew Clark sheds some light on Tharros. 

Green Lantern #13

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The first portion of this issue follows up with Hal captured by Amanda Waller and her forces. The pages show off some fantastic interaction between the two and Waller’s methods to get information. Fernando Pasarin gives the Shark, a.k.a. Karshon, lots of expression, making the moments funnier as he beats Hal. Jeremy Adams adds to the scene with Hal’s thoughts, perfectly contrasting his enduring physical toll. Yet, a man in love can find ways to endure to get back to his lover. I can’t wait to see the follow-up with Hal and Carol. It is a fantastic scene that adds to Hal’s personality, finding the will to get through no matter what. 

Luckily, the series doesn’t focus only on Hal; we look at some of the Lanterns on Oa, and Kyle fans will be in for quite a shock when they see Kyle. This mystery of the Emotional Spectrum has been going on for a while, and I hope it pays off nicely since it has been a massive deal with this volume of GL. The next character to get focus is Sinestro, and seeing him in Red/Rage is quite the sight; he doesn’t play a big part here and seems set up for adventure in other comics. I wish things would play out here for Sinestro to see more of the “why” on his switch to Red/Rage. At least Fernando Pasarin gives us a splash page with an amazing-looking Red Lantern Sinestro. 

Green Lantern #13

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Seeing Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott and the Justice Society here is a nice bonus. They get run through the wringer as they face Waller’s agents and one of the Amazo bots. Adams and Pasarin get to unleash with this portion of the comic as their Amazo attacks hard, and the heroes are in grave danger. Sadly, some of the JSAers don’t escape, and this portion interests me enough that I think I will pursue the follow-up in Absolute Power: Task Force VII #3. Before the issue ends, we see quite a change in Nathan Broome, which makes me look forward to his potential in the series and eventual clash with Hal. 

Green Lantern #13

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The bonus tale by Marc Guggenheim and Matthew Clark is very welcomed as we don’t have much information on Lord Premier Tharros. The series has peeled back to give us bits of Tharros’ character, but we finally get an origin story, and Guggenheim crafts one that goes full circle very nicely and helps to explain his thirst for revenge and power. Tharros might not be a character of great physicality, but he is quite the mastermind, and we know that with his overtaking of the United Planets, the Green Lantern Corps will have quite a battle ahead of them. Issue 13 was quite the read, jam-packed with intrigue to keep this series on your pull list as it enters year two.

There is so much happening as Green Lantern starts year two, and it is all entertaining. Absolute Power is here, and GL is captive, but discover how much more there is to the man besides his ring. Watch how the JSA stands against Jadestone, and don’t forget the threat of Thaaros and the United Planets! The action doesn’t stop there as we get two exciting displays of powers that will grab your attention and leave you wanting more. Here’s to another year of Brightest Days, indeed!

Green Lantern #13
‘Green Lantern’ #13 review: On the defense
Green Lantern #13
There is so much happening as Green Lantern starts year two, and it is all entertaining. Absolute Power is here, and GL is captive, but discover how much more there is to the man besides his ring. Watch how the JSA stands against Jadestone, and don’t forget the threat of Thaaros and the United Planets! The action doesn’t stop there as we get two exciting displays of powers that will grab your attention and leave you wanting more. Here's to another year of Brightest Days, indeed!
Reader Rating1 Votes
8.6
Love that we saw generations of Earth Lanterns in this issue: Hal Jordan, Jessica Cruz, Kyle Rayner, and Alan Scott
The issue gives great amounts of time for all the problems going on with Absolute Power against Hal and the JSA, the Emotional Spectrum and Thaaros, and some new powers on the horizon
The back up story giving more insight into Thaaros and just how ruthless he can be
Hal's bravado was on point and is another example of why he more than just a hero with a ring
I do wish that Sinestro's story would stay in the GL book instead of farming out to other series
9
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