This is how you end a long and successful run in comics.
I'll be the first to admit I haven't been crazy about Wrath of the First Lantern. But because of the events it caused leading up to this issue, I have to give it some credit. This massive issue is everything you'd want from Geoff Johns after nine years.
One of my problems with GREEN LANTERN in the New 52 was trying to figure out if everything that happened before still happened. It hasn't been a huge problem and we've been lead to believe that pretty much everything did. As this is sort of a celebration of Johns' run and Hal Jordan's rise and fall and everything that came after, we do get a great and concise summary of his story. If there are readers out there that somehow haven't been reading GREEN LANTERN and were waiting until next issue's new direction, you'll want to reconsider and pick up this issue.
I'm sure there will be some naysayers complaining that the few pages of 'history' were just to stroke Johns' ego but that's absolutely not the case. Nine years is a long time and Hal has been through a lot. Even die hard fans will enjoy seeing the events that lead to Hal's death last issue.
There are some intense scenes that will make you pause and admire Doug Mahnke's art. Seeing Hal's face after his decision last issue, Sinestro's pain and transformation and of course the legendary battle that results is something you won't want to miss. It's almost as if it's a party for Johns and Mahnke's departure. The gang's all here.
Even knowing some of the things that will or have to happen due to clues and hints in previous issues, there's still a big impact in seeing the events unfold. Having been on board for every single issue of Johns' run, you can't help but take in every detail, moment and development. There will be times it feels like your heart's getting crushed. The way certain things had to end, I won't lie - I got a little teary-eyed.
This is the sort of comic I wish I could rush out and thank all involved personally. I've always been a huge Hal Jordan fan since seeing those old cheesy Super Friends episodes. John's has dragged Hal through Hell and back several times.
I could go on. And on. But simply put, I loved the issue.
We get to see the 'futures' of some characters. We see what their fates are supposed to be. It is fitting to see in this final issue of this arc. It just feels it limits things. What happens if things do change? Do we just disregard the pages here or pretend/assume we were slightly misinformed for certain reasons?
Is this issue worth $7.99? This is a question I've heard a lot before getting a chance to write this review. We're talking about the end of Geoff Johns' nine year run. We're also talking nearly 60 pages of Doug Mahnke art (with some pages a few pages by incredible 'guest artists'). This is an epic ending and beginning. If you like Green Lantern at all, there's no way you should miss out on this. It's not $7.99 for one issue. It's an important part of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps' history. There's so much that happens here. This is the grand finale and we have to say goodbye and hello to some characters. I personally wasn't crazy about Wrath of the First Lantern but it's safe to say this is my favorite comic of the month. This is not a comic or series I will be forgetting anytime soon. Thanks again to everyone involved. I couldn't have asked for a better finale.