Green Lantern #44

Event\Storyline: Blackest Night Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Doug Mahnke Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 22, 2009 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 15
8.0Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

"Blackest Night" continues! As Hal Jordan and Barry Allen investigate a bizarre crime in Gotham City, they come face to face with one of their oldest allies J'onn J'onzz, the Martian Manhunter! But their old friend is not there for reunions; he's come for much more. Meanwhile, Sinestro seeks to rebuild his army and take his revenge on the being who would usurp it Mongul!

  • 10
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Jul 24, 2009

    If this issue was only comprised of the main plot, it would've been a major contender (if not winner) of the Book of the Week honors. Instead, the haphazard subplots and ineffective cliffhanger left a bad taste in my mouth. Thankfully Martian Manhunter and Doug Mahnke finally getting the attention they deserve evened things out a bit. Although, it is really sad that it took his death and subsequent return as a zombie before someone finally got J'onn J'onzz right. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 23, 2009

    This is (by my count) the second issue in the Blackest Night series, and so far, they're two for two. Bring on the next chapter! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Jul 24, 2009

    While it may sound like I'm complaining a great deal about the issue, I did love this issue and what was given to me. I just wanted others to know what they are getting when they read it as there is a sudden cut off to the fight and a "go read something else for the rest" feeling to the ending. To me, I'm buying everything Blackest Night related and have no problem with this, but others may feel cheated by it. To me, though, a must read issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 22, 2009

    Issue #44 isn't quite as good as the superb issue #43, but it easily ranks among the best of the week. I suppose the complaint could be voiced that this issue doesn't fully stand on its own without the need to read Blackest Night #1. But frankly, if you're reading GL and not Blackest Night, you're doing something wrong. My excitement for this event has only grown in its first two weeks. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Tony Rakittke Jul 22, 2009

    Oddly enough, I think this issue delivers the excitement and energy that I felt was lacking from Blackest Night #1, and I suspect that as this epic storyline progresses, I will probably have the most fun following it in the pages of Green Lantern. With the skill and artistry of a master craftsman, Johns has built the foundation of “Blackest Night” over the years with an eye on this moment, and my God does it pay off beautifully. Johns excels at conveying the utter creepiness of the Black Lanterns, filling their scenes with fantastic character moments like their ability to identify the emotional spectrum in their victims, or the way the rings ooze black oil over those they choose to resurrect. Aided by the outstanding art of Doug Mahnke, whose work has grown by leaps and bounds since I last saw it in Seven Soldiers of Victory, this issue hits all the right notes. Manhunter's resurrection is a truly terrifying experience, and his relentless pursuit of the brave and bold duo Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Aug 5, 2009

    Overall, as Blackest Night marches on, it will be interesting to see the answers to the questions raised thus far in the story slowly revealed over time. Green Lantern, by default, has to be one of the key titles for these answers to start to develop in, so its a title worth continuing to keep up with. It would be for the art alone though anyway. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Erik Norris Jul 30, 2009

    Like I said before, Green Lantern #44 is a great read. While it doesn't move the overall Blackest Night plot forward with leaps and bounds, it does offer some great character moments and a few jaw dropping sequences that easily warrant the $3 price tag. And if you want the full "Blackest Night" picture, Green Lantern is a definite must buy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jul 25, 2009

    Blackest Night #44 was a serviceable read. If you are a Martian Manhunter fan then you will probably enjoy watching J'onn smack around Barry and Hal. However, if you were expecting a bit of a deeper read that was going to offer more depth to the Blackest Night event then you will probably be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Aug 4, 2009

    This is an exciting issue, serving as our first real glimpse of what the Black Lanterns are and what they do. J'onn's channeling of the power of the ring with his own telepathic and physical powers is awesome, and it was a little bit shocking to see him acting without restraint here. The horror of any zombie tale is seeing someone essentially just like you become a monster while still remaining recognizably human, and that's used to great effect in this issue. The art is simply awesome, as Doug Manhke actually manages to convey the horror of seeing your friend return as a shambling corpse with FACIAL expressions, a deft piece of work indeed. After Blackest Night #1 a few weeks ago, I have been chomping at the bit to see what the BLC has to offer, and this issue was satisfying in that regard. I'm still not entirely onboard with a resurrected Barry, especially given the hasty way that we killed Batman, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter to retain the illusion that JLA members can st Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comix 411 - David Torres Jul 24, 2009

    I'm not picking up Tales of the Green Lantern Corps mini-series, but I will be getting the Blackest Night Superman and Batman mini-series. Superman vs a Black Lantern Earth 2 Superman and Batman vs the Black Lantern Flying Graysons is very cool. Can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comic Addiction - Corwin C. Crowl Jul 22, 2009

    Overall this was a solid issue with solid art. The whole issue seems to past by quickly with some great “buddy cop” moments between Hal and Flash. Scar even gets a few pages to finally state her purpose while she incapacitates the remaining Guardians. I am really greatful that the Black Lanterns seem to have their personalities in tact. Martian Manhunter really played some deep psychological games that threw our heroes off tract. Unfortunately in the face of Blackest Night this issue seems kind of light and unnecessary. Most of it feels like set up for things that are going to happen in the main book but I am hopeful Johns will make this title work on its own. Actually in hindsight I would not be upset if DC collected the Green Lantern issues together with Blackest Night. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jul 26, 2009

    I was also disappointed to find that the strength of Doug Mahnke's meticulous and creepy style that we saw in the previous issue isn't reflected as well in this new episode. The reason is pretty clear: four inkers (including Mahnke himself) contribute to this issue, leading me to believe the finished art was cobbled together in a rush. It certainly looks that way on a few pages. There are inconsistencies among pages as different inkers contribute, and it's distracting. Read Full Review

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