Green Lantern #39

Event\Storyline: Blackest Night Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Phillip Tan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 8, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 12
7.5Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

"Agent Orange" Part 1 and featuring an "Origins and Omens" backup tale! As the orange light of avarice erupts in violence within the Vega System, the secrets of the Guardians' pact with the criminals of the universe that has kept the Vega System off limits is revealed. Hal Jordan comes face to face with the mysterious and immensely powerful Agent Orange in a bizarre confrontation.

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Patrick Brub Apr 9, 2009

    This is another great chapter of the ongoing adventure of the Green Lanterns and of the actual storyline. It is also one of the few comic book that I prefer to read in it's monthly format just for the sheer excitement of expecting the next issue and pondering what will happen next. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Apr 13, 2009

    Green Lantern #39 was another quality read. Johns continues to do an admirable job juggling numerous intriguing plotlines that comprise the detailed story leading up to Blackest Night. Green Lantern is one of DC's stronger and more consistent reads. Johns is treating the reader to a title that is a good mix of super hero action, Sci-Fi adventure, drama and mystery. Johns is performing solid character work while still delivering plenty of action and excitement. I would certainly recommend Green Lantern #39 since it is a good set-up issue for the upcoming Blackest Night event. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Apr 10, 2009

    I’m diggin’ it. This managed to be a great set-up issue for the “Agent Orange” storyline and continued the build up to this Blackest Night business I’ve been hearing so much about. It only showed glimpses of the Orange Lanterns while giving us all the info we really need to know what they’re all about. And Hal Jordan’s refusal to believe in hope is compelling reading as well. Action, adventure and emotional drama – an all-around good read. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 8, 2009

    Many of the developments in this issue are intriguing. Unfortunately, the series can't seem to shake a growing undertone of silliness regarding all the warring colors. Can't everybody just turn into White Lanterns or Rainbow Lanterns or whatever and get it over with? Green Lantern is a book i continue to look forward to eagerly each month, but I worry it won't truly return to its former glory until the Black Lanterns take the stage. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie Apr 10, 2009

    Along with the introduction of the Orange Lantern(s), the connection between Hal Jordan and the Blue Lanterns continues to be explored, and pieces continue to fall into place to facilitate the upcoming inevitable conflict. The storyline is finally starting pick up that sense of scope and scale that "The Sinestro Corps War" seemed to retain almost instantly when it began. Perhaps because it is a bit more difficult to give all these new Lantern Corps the proper amount of attention, it's easier for things to get a bit more muddled. But with the introduction of such a compelling and weird threat, the ramp up to Blackest Night has regained its intensity. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Apr 12, 2009

    This comic continues to hold its spot near the top of DC's line, and now that the pieces are all in place, the fun can begin. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Addiction - Corwin C. Crowl Apr 8, 2009

    It looks as though Agent Orange may be only one Orange Lantern after all. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Apr 9, 2009

    Agent Orange = Great. Everything else = Average at best. Made for an up and down issue. Still looking forward to the rest of Agent Orange, but I'm getting the feeling Johns may be stretching himself a little thin lately. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Ray Hilario Apr 13, 2009

    From the Red Lanterns puking out “RAGE” and “HATE” and “PAIN” to the Orange Lantern crying like a child, “It's MINE…” The battle of all these colors is turning out to be a silly event that fans will second-guess when they finish reading it for the first and last time. But for some odd reason, Green Lantern is a book that's still kinda worth getting. Let's just hope Johns is able to deliver just the way he did in Sinestro Corps and Rebirth, come Blackest Night. Till then, I look forward to the Black Lanterns overshadowing these previous arcs. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Apr 9, 2009

    I get what the Orange Lanterns are about, and I love the creepy, paranoid qualities that Johns instills in them through the dialogue. However, I think he's done a disservice to readers who aren't well versed on the history of DC continuity. The writer could have included a lot more information about who the Controllers are, for example, and what their connection to the Guardians is. I did enjoy the title character's conflict with the notion of hope as a viable force in the universe. Johns approaches the hero as a damaged, pessimistic man, and that's far more interesting than any paragon of virtue and justice. Read Full Review

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