Green Lantern #5


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Green Lantern #5


  • Words: Geoff Johns
  • Art: Doug Mahnke
  • Inks: Mark Irwin, Keith Champagne, Christian Alamy, & Tom Nguyen
  • Colors: Alex Sinclair & Tony Avina
  • Story Title: Sinestro: Part Five
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Jan 12, 2012

Sinestro defends his planet and steals the spotlight.

The greatness of a hero can always be judged by his worst villain.  In the case of Green Lantern, Hal Jordan has a mighty foe in his one time ally Sinestro.  Not since the days of DC’s behemoth crossover, Blackest Night, has Green Lantern read so well, with Sinestro and Hal’s animosity leading to fantastic character developments and more tactical action.

Green Lantern #5 wraps the first arc of Geoff Johns’ new volume, concluding the Sinestro Corps domination of the planet Korugar, while planting seeds for a returning romance, and the Guardians' betrayal of their own Corps.  Sinestro is the true gem of this volume, and Geoff Johns’ entire run to this point.  Watching Sinestro’s much more organized, thorough, and strategic style is a breath of fresh air in comparison to Hal’s brash run-and-gun style.  Sinestro’s dismantlement of his own Corps, for example, is almost the complete opposite approach to anything his tense ally could plan.

Doug Mahnke’s art continues to thrill in each and every page.  The horror influenced style of Mahnke works quite well with the tone of Johns’ current story, especially when considering the disgusting appearances of Sinestro’s former minions.  Just when you thought Mahnke had created the most shocking villain in Green Lantern history, a new foe appears on the next page to nauseate readers.

Hal Jordan’s fall from grace continues to thrill and add new layers of character to the former Lantern and his most hated enemy.  Now that the Guardians are beginning to move their pieces against the Lanterns, the Green Lantern mythos is sure to maintain its kinetic pace.

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