“If we don’t know our history, we’re doomed to repeat it” (Green Lanterns #45 Comic Review)

Green Lanterns #45: Ghosts of The Past Part One 

Written by: Tim Seely

Art by: Ronan Cliquet

Colors by: Hi-Fi

Letters by: Dave Sharpe

What You Need to Know:

The mystery behind Jessica’s traumatic past and recent disappearance continues in the current issue of Green Lanterns. Cameos from DC’s heavyweight characters bring a sense of urgency to this arc that started slowly last issue. Jessica Cruz is still searching for the truth behind her friends’ murder, while Simon Baz is determined to find answers behind Jessica’s disappearance.

What Just Happened:

The villain, Singularity Jain, has somehow given Jessica the opportunity to fill in the blanks in her memory in regards to the tragic day her friends were killed. It seems that a consequence of this opportunity is that something like a black hole is in the place where Jessica’s home should be. Jessica seems to be reliving her past in order to retrace her footsteps of that faithful day while Simon is tracking her, thanks to a certain chain-smoking street wizard. The issues ends by connecting these current events to an existing Green Lantern mythos that has me more and more intrigued in this arc.

My Thoughts:

Steely is starting to build some strong momentum in this issue that has me invested in this story. Seeing Jessica relive her past was tragic and left me with a sense of dread because I know something bad is going to happen to the people she cares about the most. Also, having more Simon in this issue was a plus for me. I felt that Seely should either leave Simon out of the arc all together or include him more organically into the story. Steely succeeded in making Simon feel like he was a part of the story in this issue. Seeing some big name DC characters in this issue made me feel that the stakes have been raised and that there will be some major repercussions for both Jessica and Simon going forward.

Cliquet’s art is strong in this issue, especially in the flashback sequences where he’s really able to express how confident and happy Jessica was with her loved ones at the time. Hi-Fi’s colors pop and are vibrant, which is a perfect match for the Green Lantern Corps.

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Marcus Freeman

Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.
Summary
Seely has bounced back from a slow opening issue to this arc, with an issue that answers a lot of questions that I had while addressing some of the concerns I had with the previous issue. Jessica has been described as someone that retreats within herself, and I’m afraid this may be literal for her now. Luckily, Simon is right on her trail.
Good
  • Issue digs deeper into Jessica's past
  • Issue involved Simon way more effectively than last
  • Guest appearances give the issue a bigger scale
Bad
  • Would still like to see a faster pace of plot development
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Amazing
Story - 9
Art - 9
Character Development - 9
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Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.

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