Green Lanterns #47: Ghosts of the Past Finale
Written by: Tim Seely
Art by: V. Ken Marion
Ink by: Sandu Florea
Colors by: Dinei Ribiero
Letters by: Dave Sharpe
Cover by: Stjepan Sejic
Variant cover by: Brandon Peterson
What Just Happened:
The weirdness that made last issue fun becomes convoluted in the final part of the Ghosts of the Past arc. Simon makes a last-ditch effort to stop Jessica from using the power of the Green Realm to become Power Ring once again and murder the people who murdered her friends. The events that take place in the Green Realm have serious repercussions in the real world for the Justice League and Constantine.
Part four of Ghosts of the Past ends the arc on a confusing note that makes the whole arc feel like a dud. Seely’s dialogue and overall script in this issue is wordy and can be hard to follow. I have been probably a bit generous on Marion’s art the last few issues, but I really noticed in this issue that the art is clunky. This is especially evident on close-up shots of characters faces and in situations where characters are in motion.
The major strength of this issue is the heart-to-heart conversation Simon has with Jessica, comparing his criminal history with hers and how they both found redemption. The strength of this book lies in the strong character dynamics between Jessica and Simon. The issue also ends with a look to the next arc for Green Lanterns that can potentially take this book to some really interesting places if the idea is executed properly.