Posted by: Graeme McMillan on February 4, 2008
Okay, am I really the only person who was wondering just where the whole “Alpha Lanterns” thing in GREEN LANTERN #27 was going before it got to the end, and I got completely creeped out by seeing the characters, post-surgery with their faces flipped open to reveal weird robotic anti-Lanterns underneath? I mean, dude. THEIR FACES WERE FLIPPED OPEN. In a Green Lantern comic. What’s the world coming to?
Before that point, the storyline seemed to be a strangely-paced version of the usual “our heroes try to catch their breath and reflect” stand-by storyline; there didn’t seem to be much happening, and without knowing what the Alpha Lanterns were, the crumbly visuals from last issue didn’t really offer much in the directions of interest. Even as we were getting into the what, midway through this issue, it was still pretty ho-hum. Only at the end of the issue, seeing the Green Lanterns having been turned into some weird monstrous cyborg things and realizing just how out there the Guardians are getting, and also far their “We’re not afraid, we’re just letting fear influence every action we take” stance is going to go, does the story get interesting… It’s a shame, because while I can see that Geoff Johns has a plan, the loss of momentum from the Sinestro Corps War storyline to here is both immediately noticeable and worrying.Okay, and that’s entirely down to the creepiness of the final page.