Green Lanterns #30
Written by: Sam Humphries
Art by: Carlo Barberi
Simon and Jessica are still stuck 10 billion years in the past, but they’re not alone. They have been training up the very first Green Lanterns in preparation for a battle with Volthoom, which if they win, will hopefully allow them to return to their time. The Green Lanterns split into groups of two to launch an attack on Volthoom that is intended to keep him off balance. But even with their combined power, it’s uncertain whether they’ll be able to win this battle.
Green Lanterns #30 tells a potentially impactful story in a very rushed way. This is the big battle that has been brewing for months, but it’s crammed into a story that doesn’t give the reader time to appreciate the characters, why their fighting, or even the battle itself. That being said, there are still many enjoyable moments throughout the book. When the Green Lanterns are all paired off, we get to see an interesting blend of personalities. Really, it’s the original Lanterns’ personalities that has made this story so enjoyable over the last few issues.
Sam Humphries also does a great job at showing how unhinged and unpredictable Volthoom is. Since he has all of the emotional spectrum at his finger tips (no pun intended), you never know what his mood is going to be or how he’s going to lash out next. If you’ve been enjoying Volthoom as a villain, this is one of his best issues in this series.
Normally we try to avoid as many spoilers as possible in our reviews, but to make this review clear, I’ll need to dive in to spoiler territory – so brace yourselves if you haven’t read this issue!
There are a total of four Lanterns that bite the dust by the end of this book. Four Lanterns! Just as I’m beginning to really appreciate their different personalities and characteristics that have been being developed since the last volume, they kill them off. To be clear, it’s not upsetting that they die (after all this is 10 billion years in the past so I didn’t expect them to be series regulars), it’s upsetting how they die.
As they get picked off one by one, their rings begin searching for a new bearer. Keep in mind, Simon hasn’t had a ring throughout this whole story, so he’s been basically defenseless. But once Volthoom has killed 4 Lanterns, and seriously injured the others, Simon steps up without a ring to challenge him. Because of this, the rings from the recently deceased Lanterns all go to Simon, and he’s set to battle Volthoom one-on-one. So really, by the end of the book, it just feels like the deaths of these Lanterns were just the means to show Simon’s incredible willpower. And the fact that it’s all crammed into one issue really strips any impact or meaning from their deaths.
The tone set by Carlo Barberi’s art doesn’t seem to match the gravity of this book either. He does a great job technically speaking, but stylistically this book needed a more somber tone, which just isn’t accomplished here.
If the story in Green Lanterns #30 would have been split into two issues, then maybe there would have been more of an impact. There would have been more time to absorb that the Lanterns stand no chance and the hopelessness of the situation, which in turn would have made Simon’s stand against Volthoom all the more victorious.
But realistically, Sam Humphries is leaving the book after issues #32. He only has 2 issues left after this, so there’s only so much story he can tell in that amount of time. I’ve truly enjoyed his run on Green Lanterns, which also contributed to why I was ultimately a little disappointed by this book.