Green Lanterns #35
Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Carlo Barberi
Colored by: Ulises Arreola Palomera
Over the months we’ve seen an amazing Green Lanterns story as Jessica’s and Simon’s characters really develop. Sam Humphries brought us an incredible story that took place 10 billion years into the past battling the maniacal Volthoom. That series came to an end and then Humphries wrote his last issue for Green Lanterns which was a total waste of time to read. Then Tim Seeley, who previously wrote for Nightwing, took over writing on Green Lanterns. So far, I’ve been tremendously disappointed. We went from journeying to the beginning of time to seeing our Lanterns in their daily lives, eating pancakes (yes…really), getting menial jobs, and doing uninteresting missions for the Corps like saving the inhabitants of planet Mol. I understand that not every storyline can be epic, or there would be no epic stories, right? I suppose so. Let’s take a closer look at this week’s Green Lanterns release. Spoilers ahead.
Right off the bat, I am going to say that this issue is not very good… at all. But instead of being frustrated by that fact, I am going to approach this from a humorous perspective. We open up with Jessica Cruz sitting down with her boss. She is trying to convince him to let her leave the kitchen and serve customers face to face. But guess who is back and making her look bad? Yep, you guessed it! Bolphunga the Unrelenting, and he has a megaphone. No, really. He is at the restaurant that Jessica works at and he’s taunting her through a megaphone because he wants to fight. I guess she won’t be leaving the kitchen anytime soon, am I right? After a brief struggle, she calls for Simon to back her up. But where is Simon?
Simon is in bed with a woman he met on a dating app for superheroes. You can’t see me right now so I will tell you that I’m rolling my eyes. Her name is Night Pilot and she’s super unimpressive with her fancy red jacket and futuristic helmet.
Next, we cut to Regent Vok. He is being a shown a murder scene that is set up to frame the Molites. Remember those guys that our Lanterns saved from a supernova on Mol. But we see Kesh Cur standing off to the side looking all creepy and conniving. I think he’s guilty. What about you? Moving on…
Simon catches up with Jessica and they subdue Bolphunga. But alas, poor Bolphunga didn’t want to fight, it was a ruse to get their attention because he needs their help. You see… way back in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #22 – #24, Bolphunga tried to rob a vault but was subdued and then locked in the Green Lantern sciencecells. There’s more to the story, I reviewed those issues if you are interested, or just go read that run. It’s actually pretty good. But since being locked in the prison he has got the crap beaten out of him regularly. He was given an opportunity out though by someone named Singularity Jane. He could be released under the stipulation that he eventually pays a debt which will be revealed later. That debt is later revealed to be to kill his father. Bolphunga can’t do this. Jessica and Simon reach out to John Stewart who tells them to arrest him. Then we close with Singularity Jane wearing a trucker’s disguise and I’m assuming she killed off Bolphunga’s father herself. We’re going to have to see what happens next time in “Black Hole Son!”
I honestly don’t have a whole lot to say about this particular issue of Green Lanterns. This really feels like meaningless filler to me. It had its silly/ridiculous moments but the story and writing itself are very mediocre. I had to force myself to read the whole issue because I lost interest really fast. The artwork was also mediocre. It is just as colorful as you expect a Green Lantern book to be, but nothing really wowed me. Pick this up if you don’t mind a non-serious/silly read, and if you don’t, you’re not missing much.