Comic Reviews: Green Lantern and Locke and Key: Grindhouse!
Green Lantern Annual #1
Geoff Johns latest phase of Green Lantern comes to a close with this annual issue. Wrapping up the “Revenge Of The Black Hand” story arc, the issue finds Hal Jordan and Sinestro attempting to stop Black Hand, who is attempting to resurrect another undead army. Oh, both Jordan and Sinestro’s rings are powerless as well.
At the same time, the Guardians (the blue smurfs behind the Green Lanterns) are finally putting into action their grand scheme to eradicate the Green Lantern Corps (dubbed by them as “the Second Army”) and begin anew with a corps that will completely be free from “free will”. Apparently after having so many members like Hal Jordan, Sinestro, and Guy Gardner the Guardians have finally realized that maybe giving these people the most powerful weapon in the galaxy isn’t the best idea. Through them, we see another addition to the Green Lantern mythos, this time in the form of a vault which contains “the First Lantern”, a being who for some mysterious reason the Guardians decided to imprison. The Guardians plan to use this being to create their new corps, whose first soldier they send to eradicate Hal Jordan and Sinestro.
Geoff Johns is once again delivering the goods, although I’m starting to feel like I may need to get off the GL train. Nothing against the book or the character, but I’m starting to feel like I’m reading it to read it and not really enjoying it. However, that’s neither here no there, as I still feel that this annual does a great job of wrapping up the current storyline and also setting up the “Rise Of The Third Army” plot line that’s starting up next month with the title’s issue “0”. Ethan Van Sciver returns to draw this issue, and as always, he never fails to impress. While I may be taking this opportunity to depart the SS Hal Jordan, I know that when I eventually pick up the collected “Rise Of The Third Army” storyline that it’ll be a good one.
Locke and Key: Grindhouse
Grindhouse is the newest standalone one-shot from Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez that takes place within the universe of their fantastic series Locke and Key. If you still haven’t read any L&K, stop what you are doing and run out and get the first collection. You won’t be dissappointed.
Thankfully, even if you haven’t read the Eisner winning series, you can still pick up this oneshot and get a fantastic one and done story. Taking place in the early 1900s’, this tale finds a gang of thieves trying to use the Locke’s Keyhouse to hide out until they can escape by boat from their most recent crime spree. Initially we think that something horrible is likely going to happen to this generation of the Locke family, but luckily for us, the tables are quickly turned on the would-be attackers. It’s very satisfying to see this Locke family use the keys around them as weapons against their attackers. Their mastery of them and what they do is awesome, and we even get to see a new one in use as well. A fantastic issue that should not be missed.