Kizi – There are far worse ways to handle a two-issue crossover storyline than how DC approached Green Lantern/Red Lanterns #28. Both issues have been combined into one flip-book comic. Better yet, the cover price of this package is still just $2.99, offering a surprising amount of bang for the buck in a time when $3.99 for 20 pages is rapidly becoming standard practice.
DC clearly intends this double-issue to serve as a jumping-on point for new readers, and it’s a pretty decent offering in that regard. Hal Jordan and friends are very much dealing with the fallout of the Relic crossover and other recent conflicts. This brief clash between the Greens and Reds serves as an effective primer for the current state of the franchise.
The two issues don’t come together quite as naturally as I would have liked, however. Those who read the previous chapter of Red Lanterns will know that it ended on two cliffhangers.
As such, Charles Soule is stuck both trying to tie up those loose ends and link his story with Robert Venditti’s. And the conflict involving Red Lantern Supergirl, which serves as the connective tissue of this crossover, isn’t addressed as fully as it could have been.
It doesn’t help that an editor’s caption directs readers to Supergirl #28 for more on her story, a comic that isn’t even out for two more weeks. Ideally, this crossover should have taken place a month from now when the stage was better set.
It’s not always the most elegant fit, but it still proves entertaining in the end. Soule’s writing shines a little more when it comes to the humor and characterization, qualities that have made Red Lanterns the best of the franchise since he took over.
And it’s great to see both writers tackle the reunion between Guy Gardener and Hal Jordan, reflecting the recent collapse in their friendship but not necessarily painting them as bitter enemies. Also, the scenes involving Saint Walker coming to grips with his new reality are very well handled.
Billy Tan and Alessandro Vitti prove to be solid matches for one another, artistically. Both have fairly scratchy styles that capture the darkness of the Red Lanterns and the heroism of the Green Lanterns. Both have their issues with facial work and emotional range, but in terms of visual cohesion, this issue satisfies.
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