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Green Lantern #6 - The Other Hero Review

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Time to catch a breather as Hal deals with his new situation, ringless on Earth and Sinestro has his own leads to follow. How long will this last?

It's time to see what really defines Hal Jordan. Can he manage without a power ring? Also, Sinestro goes out on his own.

The Good

What can Hal Jordan do without a power ring? We saw a little of this in the first issue but that was quickly set aside as Sinestro came bursting onto the scene with a ring he made for Hal. Before the "New 52" was even announced, Hal seemed pretty much obsessed with being a Green Lantern. He had given up any sort of civilian life and spent all his time as a 'hero.'

This issue finds Hal on Earth out with Carol. No rings are involved. No tights or costumes in sight. What could this mean for the issue? No need to worry, there is some action. Sinestro also goes out on his own. We haven't really seen him in Green Lantern action since he was given a green power ring. The individual he is after offers quite a bit of revelations that will deliver serious ramifications in future issues.

This issue also has a guest artist. Mike Choi is given the chance to give his interpretation to the characters. It's always interesting to see what other artists will bring to the book and how they see the characters. It's also pretty impressive to see how Alex Sinclair's colors appear so differently with Choi's art here than they did with Mahnke's art.

The Bad

I love Mike Choi and It was great to see him on this book but there were some scenes that didn't feel like the Choi art I'm used to. I don't know if it was because Hal was in civilian clothes but he looked off, almost a little too young.

Sinestro's 'mission' felt like it came out of nowhere. He does partner with someone and he was meant to be unimpressive but that made it hard to care about him or the battle.

The cover felt a little misleading as well.

The Verdict

With Doug Mahnke taking a break, this issue feels a little like a filler. Geoff Johns is still on board and there are some big develops that shouldn't be missed. Mike Choi steps in as guest artist and offers an interesting take on Hal and Sinestro. While his art worked in many parts, Hal looked like a little too young. Sinestro teams up with a character from his past but it was difficult to care about him. There's some big things coming and this issue is setting it up and giving us a chance to breathe before it all explodes in our faces.

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Posted by mr,hand

make sure you bring lots of ICE and PLENTY of WATER..

Posted by longbowhunter

A filler issue indeed, but some foreshadowing I've been waiting for for some time. Finally looks like we'll get the scoop on the Indigo Tribe. It was really weird to read this book and not see Doug Manke on art duties. I like Mike Choi but it took a while to get used to the art here.

Posted by zackattack529

i agree, i wasnt a fan of the art, particularly on Hal. at first when i read the first 3 pages i thought it was a flashback at first when hal and carol were teens. but other than that i though it was a good Aftermath issue and it did pretty much depict the direction that this title (and possibly the other green lantern titles) is going. granted the art isnt horrible, but i thought that the characters should look older. but i gotta say sinestro didnt look half-bad.

Posted by Dernman

I had my own problems with the art and Hal looking so young but I did enjoy this issue.

Posted by Video_Martian

it's too bad this was mainly a filler issue. i thought the last issue was pretty good...

Posted by Baddamdog

You probably felt off with the art because it wasn't Sonia Oback inking!!

Posted by The Stegman

Woah woah, first the praised Batwoman gets a 3 now this?? man, maybe they're suffering from bad transitions between story lines

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Posted by darksynopsis

Enjoyed the issue but the way Hal Jordan really did throw me off with him looking much younger the the previous 5 issues.

Posted by zombietag

bad art is one thing, but its worse when its radically different than the original artist. not saying you cant do that, but its throwing a curve ball at someone so you better knock it out of the park you know? cant have unexpected guest artist and then have the art not look that great. quite a let down.

Posted by mattwing87

@zackattack529 said:

i agree, i wasnt a fan of the art, particularly on Hal. at first when i read the first 3 pages i thought it was a flashback at first when hal and carol were teens. but other than that i though it was a good Aftermath issue and it did pretty much depict the direction that this title (and possibly the other green lantern titles) is going. granted the art isnt horrible, but i thought that the characters should look older. but i gotta say sinestro didnt look half-bad.

I thought it was a flashback as well. Especially when they were singing each other's names. That is something teens do while in love. And since the artist made them look young and that is why it felt like a flashback.