Monday, November 21, 2016

Green Lanterns #11

With the unstable Frank Laminski now in control of the Phantom Ring, it falls to Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz to take down the would-be hero. The task is doing so is complicated by Laminski actually performing some very public heroic duties, including saving a young girl's life. Caught on camera, the two assigned Green Lanterns for Sector 2814 struggle to explain the situation (although Laminski's unstable personality eventually gets them out of the jam).

The scene in which the Green Lanterns are stopped in their tracks not by a villain but by a reporter works well. Having Laminski's own insecurities get them out of the situation feels a little too neat, as it saves the heroes from thinking their way out of the problem.

However, the sequence does reveal something about the Phantom Ring and its properties (which are far more complex than expected). With Laminski's transformation from a Green to an Orange Lantern we have to wonder just how much power the Phantom Ring has (and how much harm the good-intentioned fool could cause without meaning to). Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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