Green Lantern #65 (DC Comics)
by Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, Keith Champagne, Christian Alamy, Mark Irwin, Mick Gray & Tom Ngyuen
The concept of the Lanterns of Many Colors is the gift that keeps on giving to DC Comics. Seeing four Green Lanterns wearing rings of different colors is a lot of fun for readers who are familiar with these characters. Johns offers up an accessible script here, which is really saying something. There’s a lot of DC history — both decades old and recent — that comes into play in this storyline, but Johns works the necessary exposition into the script nicely. Also pleasing was Doug Mahnke’s artwork. Despite the fact that five inkers are credited in this issue, the line art looks quite seamless in style, and I love the detail that Mahnke brings to the Oa scenes. His new design for Krona is wonderfully creepy as well; the notion that evil and his thirst for revenge have literally corrupted and degraded his body makes for a much more effective villain visual than the muscle-bound cosmic warrior form that’s represented the character in the past. I enjoyed his designs of the GLs as lanterns of different colors, save for that of John Stewart as an Indigo Lantern. Military fatigues don’t scream out “compassion” or Indigo Tribe to me.