Green Lanterns #55 Review
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Mike Perkins
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Mike Perkins with Andy Troy
Variant Cover: Chris Stevens
Evil’s Might Part Six
“Revenge of the Ravagers”
What You Need to Know
Cyborg Superman’s evil plot moves to its next phase while the Green Lantern Corps is on its heels. With the Ravagers at his command, Cyborg Superman sets his sights on Oa. Can the Green Lanterns end their bickering and overcome the covert assault of Cyborg Superman and the Ravagers?
What Just Happened
Up until now, Cyborg Superman has been a silent benefactor of the Ravagers. Hank Henshaw finally reveals himself and his plot to take over the Green Lanterns Corps and Oa. Cyborg Superman also reveals that the Ravagers are mining planets for minerals to power their weapons in preparation for an all-out assault.
Meanwhile, Jessica Cruz wonders if she’d be better off by herself instead of with her fellow Green Lanterns, as she continues to help the survivors of Penelops adapt to their new home. On Oa, the planet’s climate has changed to such an extreme extent, that the planet now looks like an arctic region. Jessica, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kilowog, and Kyle Rayner are informed by the Guardians that the Phantom Ring is missing. Even worse, the Guardians believe that Simon Baz stole the Phantom Ring, confirming the suspicions of Guy and Kilowog. Before the Guardians can truly react to what the Guardians are telling them, the Ravagers attack Oa. While the Lanterns enter the space above Oa to defend the planet, Cyborg Superman surprises the Guardians by transporting himself through the Green Lantern Power Battery. The Guardians realize, they have been manipulated all along, but are powerless to stop Cyborg Superman, as he is equipped with the Phantom Ring. Cyborg Superman gloats that he controls the Green Lantern Corps and demonstrates by draining the Lanterns rings as they battle the Ravagers in space. Hal Jordan’s ring is the only ring immune to the Phantom Ring, but before Hal can retaliate, the Ravagers’ warships fire on Oa. The Guardians try their best against Cyborg Superman, but he overcomes them and claims victory.
This arc of Green Lanterns continues to feel like a throwback to comic book storylines of the 1970s or 1980s. It is refreshing and fun, but also a little frustrating. Dan Jurgens is able to sell Cyborg Superman as a massive threat to the Green Lanterns Corps with a whole army at his command. Jurgens also does a great job convincing the reader that the Green Lanterns Corps is in disarray. Jessica Cruz is second guessing her place in the corps, while Guy Gardner and Kilowog are openly accusing one of their own as being a traitor. The art in this issue also strengthens the nostalgic feel of this issue and arc thanks to Mike Perkins. Hi-Fi’s colors also really pop especially when the Lanterns are in battle with the Ravagers and when the Cyborg Superman cuts loose with the Phantom Ring.
This issue is not above criticism however. The dialogue continues to be very wordy and campy. Cyborg Superman continues to be the mustache-twirling, “I will tell you my evil plan” super villain even though he poses a very real threat in this arc. Reading his dialogue can be a chore. I also find some aspects of this plot to be pretty formulaic. Once again, something the Guardians did in their past comes back to bite them in the present. Once again it looks like it will be Hal Jordan to the rescue. Hopefully Simon Baz will be able to redeem himself and become the savior of this story. The art also becomes inconsistent when you get close up looks at the characters faces in this issue.