We’ve all been there: two issues in your hand, you can only afford one. What is the broke geek to do?! Sean Sorensen is here to guide you in your thrifty comics crusade by providing you with the one issue each week that’ll make you say, “Shut up, and take my $5!” It always feels good to get the most “BIF! BAM! POW!” for your buck, doesn’t it?
This week’s choice was a tough call! We had Tony Stark head butting aliens (Iron Man #7), Ultron rocking a 90’s style foil cover (Age of Ultron #1), Hellboy sulking (Hellboy in Hell #4), and the Hulk having a hard time counting Angels (That would be two, Hulk; All New X-Men #8)
All noteworthy issues, but this week, your five dollar bill should be exchanged for Green Lantern #18.
Geoff Johns is only two issues away from ending his marathon run on Green Lantern, and he is pulling out all the stops. After the events of issue 17, Baz finds himself trapped with Hal and Sinestro in THE DEAD ZONE! It’s a rather tense situation, as tempers flare among the three Lanterns.
And, boy, is it wonderful.
Sinestro is a glorious asshole. Hal continues to be the fearless knight, still trying to fix everything, albeit stripped of his sword. Then there’s Baz. Oh, Bazzy Bazzy Bazzy… I’ve been liking him more and more ever since his introduction back in GL #0, but Geoff Johns manages to propel him to favorite GL status with two brilliantly written frames. Baz doesn’t put up with any bullshit. To top it all off, Geoff also leaves us with one hell of a cliff hanger that will probably secure another hard earned $5 with GL #19 next month.
As excellent as Johns’s writing continues to be, I should be clear, though: he doesn’t deserve all the credit alone. No sir, Szymon Kudranski and Alex Sinclair elevate this book to masterpiece status. Kudranski and Sinclair create an amazing inky black shadow realm for THE DEAD ZONE! It’s like seeing the shadow realm from Lord of the Ringson paper. But what really drives the art home is whenever Baz uses his ring: the green light pierces through the page’s black void. It is an absolute feast for the eyes.
Ardian Syaf and Mark Irwin create the four pages in this issue that take place outside of THE DEAD ZONE!, but their art doesn’t even hold a candle to to their co-artists. These pages are necessary for the story, sure, but the others take top prize. That would be my only complaint with this book. And it’s miniscule.
So don’t bother with any other book on the shelf this week, boys and girls. Green Lantern #18is guaranteed to give you the most Willpower for your buck. If you still don’t believe me, the issue title is “Dead or Alive, You’re Coming With Me!” A RoboCop reference in a book about space cops. Well done, Mr. Johns. Well done.