Green Lanterns #57 Brings Us An Effective Finale For The Series

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Cyborg Superman returns to Earth with the intent of destroying Coast City once again. Hal Jordan arrives to stop him. He comes alone, but is a member of the Green Lantern Corps ever truly so? Meanwhile, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, and Guy Gardner fight off the Ravagers on Mogo, and the Guardians of the Universe attempt to trap Eon. This may be the final day of the Green Lantern Corps, but they will go down with their rings alight.

Green Lanterns #57 cover by Mike Perkins and Hi-Fi
Green Lanterns #57 cover by Mike Perkins and Hi-Fi

Well, #57 is the final issue of Green Lanterns, one of the initial DC Rebirth titles and easily among my favorites—if not my actual favorite. Sam Humphries and Geoff Johns, with the help of artists such as Robson Rocha, Ethan van Sciver, and Tom Derenick, started something quite phenomenal with the beginning of Green Lanterns, and I’m sad to see it go. The Phantom Lantern, Volthoom, and Doctor Polaris stories in this series will likely go down among my favorite Green Lantern stories of all time.

Dan Jurgens, Mike Perkins, and Hi-Fi are the creators who are seeing it through, and there are certainly some discrepancies. Jurgens seems more interested in Hal Jordan than series leads Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz. That said, the duel between Hal and Cyborg Superman is awesome, and I won’t complain about a grudge match between the two powerhouses.

Baz and Cruz do get a nice final scene together in the end, and it brings the series full circle, even if it feels like a rushed conclusion for the two.

The opening scene is shockingly dark, though it does serve to remind the reader how evil Hank Henshaw is.

Green Lanterns #57 art by Mike Perkins and Hi-Fi
Green Lanterns #57 art by Mike Perkins and Hi-Fi

Perkins’ artwork is a bit grittier and more shadowed than seems appropriate for this title, but Perkins is a great artist. His style looks fantastic, even if it doesn’t seem fitting for a book that is usually more high-flying and upbeat. Hi-Fi attempts to light things up with the neon greens that usually follow a Green Lantern book, but it’s still overpowered by the prominence of shadows.

Green Lanterns #57 is a good sign-off for the series. Jurgens brings us a climactic battle between Green Lantern Hal Jordan and Cyborg Superman, a nice little farewell to the partnership of Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz, and an overall high-energy comic. Perkins and Hi-Fi bring some solid visuals to the table, and the overall book earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

Green Lanterns #57 comes to us from writer Dan Jurgens, artist Mike Perkins, color artist Hi-Fi, letterer Dave Sharpe, cover artist Perkins with Hi-Fi, and variant cover artist Chris Stevens.

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