Letting Go of the Past (Green Lanterns #47 Comic Review)

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.

My Thoughts:

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.

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Marcus Freeman

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
With “Ghosts of the Past” completed, hopefully the book can move forward and towards more interesting subject matter. I find Jessica Cruz a very interesting character but this arc regarding her past did not consistently find its footing. The dynamic between Jessica and Simon was strong throughout, but inconsistent and at times ugly art, wordy dialogue, and unnecessary guest appearances bogged this arc down. Despite these issues, I remain interested in the future adventures of Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz.
Good
  • Great dynamic between Simon and Jessica
Bad
  • Story was convoluted
  • Art was clunky
7.7
Good
Story - 7.5
Art - 7.5
Character Development - 8
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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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