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Green Lantern #10 - The Secret of The Indigo Tribe, Conclusion Review

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Can Hal and Sinestro escape the criminals that make up the Indigo tribe? More importantly, how do they fix the lantern to get them back under control?

The Good

Minor spoilers ahead, and as always, I'll black it out.

Black Hand's side story was fantastic. He's one of my favorite Green Lantern villains, so I was very excited to see that half the issue revolves around what he's going through, on his own, as he tries to escape the Indigo Tribe. With everything that's happened in the past few years with Blackest Night, it's nice to see him un-Indigo'd trying to escape. Key word: Trying.

Phenomenal reveal at the end of this issue that could set up an amazing future story, and the lead up to an awesome story. I won't reveal anything here, but it's a heck of a ride up to that final page.

Doug Mahnke's art is wonderful here, and what I enjoyed most about his art on this issue was that he's great at developing the world these characters are on. There's a lot going on in this issue and Mahnke does a great job at adding bit's and pieces to the background to really flesh out where these characters are at. His background work gives this issue great depth to the overall world.

Geoff Johns is a world-builder, especially in Green Lantern. We should all know this by now. While this isn't one of my favorite story arcs of the series, there's so many great bits and pieces to the Indigo Tribe throughout this arc and issue. He continues to make Green Lantern one of the most interesting books DC currently has.

The Bad

Although this is the conclusion to the story, it feels really anti-climactic. The story just felt like it's main goal wasn't to give the reader more information but rather to bring back Black Hand.

I felt like the Indigo Tribe's story was completely overshadowed by Black Hand's side story, which is a bit of a bummer since the whole arc has been about them and the history of this Lantern tribe. I felt like I didn't get enough of that story. It fell a bit flat for me.

The Verdict

I could talk for hours about the closing to this issue, but I think it's best if you just read it. There's two great stories in this issue. While one of them may have over-shadowed the other, they are both fantastic and well worth your time.

Doug Mahnke does a great job and building the world these characters are on. While the foreground art is awesome, keep your eyes out for the little things in each panel that add to the overall development of the planet the characters are on.

On the down side, the Indigo side of things felt a bit anti-climactic, and the actual Indigo story was completely over-shadowed by what was happening with Black Hand.

Overall, this was a fantastic issue and I highly recommend it.

11 Comments
Posted by cameron83

if i just highlight the black part,then i can see the comment..lol

but maybe i'll get this issue,espeically if it has black hand

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Posted by DarthShap

I did not like this issue. At this point, Johns is just going back on very recent evolutions.

The central battery was destroyed! What does this mean for the future of the Indi...wait...it has been repaired. OK, that was pointless.

Same thing with Black Hand being alive after Blackest Night. That could have been interesting but all he did was say "Nok" from time to time and then he died again. Completely pointless.

And for what? Another return of the Black? I loved Brightest Day but the conclusion, when Johns and Tomasi remembered that they said there was a reason for the characters' return, was pretty bad and kind of came out of nowhere.

I like Blackest Night but I think it is time to move on.

In my opinion, it is time for the REAL War of the Green Lanterns. The one opposing the Guardians to their Lanterns, not the one we got last year.

Posted by primepower53

Getting this sometime tomorrow if I'm not mistaken.

CAN. NOT. WAIT!

Posted by Technoman

Not really a spoiler, it's in the solicits.

Posted by zackattack529

honestly..i love this series ..but this is the worst arc ive read so far. and imnot being overly harsh, im serious..i was expecting this issue to go out with a bang. but didnt.

next arc begins black hand though, should be interesting there will be alot of blackest night references which im sure everyone would love to see again. but as a green lantern fan..sorry this arc just wasnt all that great. this arc was basically jus to introduce a corps that probabaly is only going to have %20 percent to do with the "third army" arc that begins later this year. but thats about it..i give this issue 4/5 only because of certain parts i though were pretty good but i give the arc 2.5/5

Posted by longbowhunter

This issue was ok. I'm looking forward to this Third Army story and all. I just hope with Black Hand entering the fray we don't see a sequel to Blackest Night. That I can do without. All the reveals with the Indigo Tribe have been great. Let's keep moving the story forward.

Posted by JamDamage

this book is just only okay. The best part was seeing Black Hand dying and becoming a Black Lantern again. Even as cool as he was in Blackest Night we never really got to see him throw down. I hope we do now, because he's just looks so cool.

Posted by Zeeguy91

I thought this issue was pretty good. I think the review is fair. Was it all that I wanted out of a conclusion? Not really. It seemed kind of rushed. However, there were still some great moments in it, which planted the seeds for what look like some incredible stories to come. Sinestro and Hal are written in sort of like reversed roles, but it still seems true to character somehow. I honestly can't wait for the Revenge of Black Hand. It looks like its going to be a great story for that particular character.

Edited by Juandicimo_Magnifico45

I loved this issue and honestly this entire arch a lot. This issue did two great things in my eyes. First, it really showed that the Indigo Tribe does more than imprison. When Indigo-1 tracked down Hal back to the battery, I thought a brawl would happen. Once she showed compassion without the ring, I instantly liked her all the more, she is now a character I can potentially like as much as the other Skittle Squad. I feel as though she is now the creator of the Indigos, and with actual names instead of Indigo-#, you know they are not the same.

Secondly, Sinestro. All this time in this arch-nemises team up seems to be paying off now. We are seeing Sinestro become the great hero he once was and I was not expecting that at all.

Edited by Dernman

I'm kinda disappointed that Iroque is a lantern again. It would have been interesting to see her develop as a character without being controlled. Really not feeling Black Hand and the Black Lanterns.

Edited by Zeeguy91

I actually reread this issue today and for some reason I liked it a lot more than the first time I had read it. I was still displeased with the anticlimactic ending, but it seemed less of an issue for me this time reading it. I mean, I still expected better, especially because issues 8 and 9 were so fantastic in my opinion. However, before I would've only given this issue a 3.5/5 but I think I'd be willing to give it a 4/5 now.