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Green Lantern #12 - The Revenge of Black Hand, Part 2 Review

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Black Hand is here and get ready to see what's in store for Hal and Sinestro.

The Good

There's always so much going on in this title. With Black Hand back in his right mind and in possession of the Book of the Black, you know things can't be good for Hal and Sinestro. You never quite know what you're going to get when it comes to the prophecies in the book but we do get a couple that will leave you scratching your head. Geoff Johns is getting good at giving us these little teases and what's nice is, he always stays true to them. They aren't just done for the sake of shocking readers (even if these have the potential to).

Throughout the encounter with Hal, Sinestro and Black Hand, we also visit the other characters to get updates on Carol Ferris and the Guardians with their plan to get rid of the Green Lantern Corps. You'll enjoy the fighting/team up with Hal and Sinestro and wonder how long this relationship will last. GREEN LANTERN has mostly always been about having Hal as the main star but with each issue, I'm loving the idea of Hal and Sinestro working side by side. Normally I'm not a fan of the 'villain-turned-good-guy' story since it never lasts, and maybe it won't here, but it's playing out in a glorious fashion.

The moment I've been dreading the last few issues has come again. Doug Mahnke is not doing the art for this issue. But we do get Renato Guedes, who does a great job filling in. Guedes' art captures the Black Hand scenes nicely. We also have Jim Calafiore also doing some pages.

The Bad

I am always bothered when we have multiple artists on the same issue. For the most part, the scenes are separate and the styles aren't too drastically different. But you can clearly see a difference in Hal and Sinestro in the beginning and final pages.

I mentioned there is a lot going on but with the zero issue next month, this almost felt like it had moments of delaying the story a little in order to accomodate the schedule. We've been hearing about the Guardians and their plan for several months now. What the heck is taking them so long to get things in motion? You would think they'd have the power and ability to get their plan started. If they are determined to replace the Corps, they should be able to do so quicker. Thankfully this story is set to "end" in GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1 in two weeks.

The Verdict

Dark times are coming. It's always great to get reminders that previous events, such as 'Blackest Night,' still hold in the New 52. Hal and Sinestro continue their unlikely alliance in order to deal with Black Hand. There's more prophecies being revealed and the Guardians are still planning to restructure the universe. While there is a lot going on here, there is a slight feeling that the story is being stalled a bit in order to accomodate the zero issue next month. Although this story appears to conclude in the first GL annual in two weeks. Doug Mahnke takes a break in this issue and we have Renato Guedes and Jim Calafiore on hand. The styles are fitting for the story but slight differences make the presentation slightly distracting. You'll be glued to your seat as you see what develops here and if the last page doesn't make you long for the annual in two weeks, then I'm not sure what else would.

13 Comments
Posted by Zeeguy91

I actually think Doug Mahnke is off this issue because he's the one drawing the annual. I'm gonna miss him this week, but I don't expect him to be in two places at once.

Posted by xAnimosity

Im really enjoying this book right now. Issue 11 was quite creepy and I cant wait to see how this ends. I really hope Sinestro goes back to being a yellow lantern as well. Hes a great villain.

Posted by supermanfan122508

Must. Purchase.

Posted by cc1738

Love this series!!! One of DC's best. Just behind Aquaman.

Can't wait for the annual in two weeks.

Posted by Loki9876

I love the green lantern series I have so much of it. I love what Geoff did with it.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

It always bugs me when more than one comic artist does an issue. It's okay if the issue is for charity or an anniversary of the series, but it it's a regular comic then it's distracting beceause many artists today have distinct drawing styles.

Posted by longbowhunter

This comic was totally polarizing for me. I love Renato Guedes' art, but have always hated Jim Califiore. Secret Six never looked quite right to me after he took over for Nicola Scott. This story was pretty cool though, even if it was a bit predictable.

Posted by zackattack529

@Zeeguy91 said:

I actually think Doug Mahnke is off this issue because he's the one drawing the annual. I'm gonna miss him this week, but I don't expect him to be in two places at once.

no my good sir, even better than Manhke

Ethan Van Sciver is drawing the annual! X)

i loved his work with the early green lantern titles and the Sinestro Corps War Special was some of his best work

it should be great especially since the annual involves all GL titles.

Posted by zackattack529

well..i gotta say this was a weak issue for me, but it did have a couple of developments to move forward to Third Army (which should be a decent arc, but nothing i havnt seen before) the art wasnt too great in this issue it was just decent. but im excited for the Annual :)

i gave this a 3.5/5

Edited by modunhanul

@zackattack529:

Ethan Van Sciver? Awesome! I really missed him since Sinestro Corps War. Ivan Reis is my favorite GL artist though.

Posted by Zoch81

I've been enjoying this book and I enjoyed this issue, can't wait next issue.

Posted by hammers_of_justice

a huge GL fan, I loved this issues.

Posted by jojobinks70

Personally, I didn't find the change in artists distracting in this book. Honestly, I didn't even notice it until I read it here that there were two different ones in this book and went back and looked.

I agree that they are dragging their feet with getting to "Third Army" story. Bring it on already, enough with the teasing!