Green Lantern #5 Review: Red Lantern’s Light

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Sinestro once again battles Hal Jordan in Green Lantern #5 from DC Comics, written by Jeremy Adams and Peter J. Tomasi, with art by Xermánico and David Lafuente.

We reviewed the book on the Stack podcast. But in the interest of highlighting more about the title, here’s a summary of the conversation with our thoughts. And if you prefer the longer audio version, that’s below as well!

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Green Lantern #5 Review:

In the front story, Hal Jordan is dealing with the mystery behind his new ring and a new series of attacks from Sinestro. In the backup story, Sinestro’s son goes wild, setting up the new Sinister Sons series.

Before they got to the positive, the hosts of the show chided the cover of the issue for giving away the last page reveal. “A bad, bad cover choice,” said host Justin Tyler. Alex Zalben agreed, adding, “I hate when that happens.”

That out of the way, the hosts liked the book, with Tyler noting, “This has been slowly building… I see all these elements coming together. It’s written with a lot of confidence. Really great art. But this issue… It’s the best Hal Jordan issue that’s come out in years. He gets to be a wicked hero. He gets to throw off all the things that have been holding him down, and at the same time confront his arch-enemy in a way that is so strong, [with] a great last page reveal.”

Pete LePage was a bigger fan of the backup story. “Artistically, it’s unbelievable,” LePage said, gushing about Lafuente’s art. “[It’s] got such a unique look and feel to it. I really love the anime style… Plus a very unique story that, when you open up a Green Lantern book, you don’t think you’re gonna get. So [I was] really impressed by it.”

Zalben also loved both the stories, lauding the ongoing mystery of Hal Jordan’s ring, as well as “What happens with Sinestro is really smart and interesting,” despite being revealed on the cover. He also agreed on the backup, noting, “Peter J Tomasi knows how to write young characters. David Lafuente’s art is gorgeous and specific with very sharp, thick lines throughout. So a really great package. [I’m] very happy with this comic book.”

Green Lantern #5 Official Synopsis:

THAAL SINESTRO’S RED LANTERN RAGE! Sinestro has seized control of Ferris Air! As the rage builds to cataclysmic levels within Hal Jordan’s most vicious adversary, the power of the Red Lantern ring has turned Sinestro’s wrath into a planetwide fury! Hal’s only hope? To break United Planets law and lure the villain out into the final frontier… Then, in “Rise of the Sinson: Part Two,” Sinson’s plan becomes clear: to claim his legacy, he must seek out his father…and face him in combat! The march toward Sinister Sons continues in this epic prequel installment!

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