Green Lantern #50

Event\Storyline: Blackest Night Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Doug Mahnke Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 27, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 12
7.7Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

BLACKEST NIGHT spreads with an oversized anniversary issue! Surrounded by friends and enemies, Hal Jordan goes into battle with a being he will never defeat the Black Lantern Spectre! Can Saint Walker, Sinestro and the others put a stop to this bizarre Spectre rebirth? Plus, Atrocitus reveals a tie to a power that may make him the most unbeatable of all the Lanterns!

  • 9.6
    Mania - Chris Smits Jan 28, 2010

    Yup, you may be catching on to a sense of redundancy in what folks are saying about this story. Well, it hasn't fallen flat with this issue and there's not a lot more to be said other than to give it the grade that you have to have realized was coming: an A. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Ryan Schrodt Jan 31, 2010

    It's not very often that the Book of the Week honor is earned on the merits of the art alone, but even if Johns had an off issuewhich he doesn'tI think that Doug Mahnke and his pantheon of artistic helpers could have still been number one this week. I've been a huge Mahnke fan ever since StormWatch PHD, but I've never seen him step up his game like this. I know it is early, but this could easily go down as this single best looking superhero issue of the year. You'd be a fool to miss it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Travis Walecka Feb 8, 2010

    Final Say: Many have recently labeled Green Lantern #50 Blackest Night 6.5. To say that would be an injustice. This is the best comic book of 2010. While it wont take you long to read, dont be surprised if you spend a minute on every page unable to shift your eyes to the next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie Jan 28, 2010

    So, yes, "Green Lantern" #50 is a fitting touchstone for a character and a book that surprised everyone by becoming the literal cornerstone of the DC Universe, relegating most Batman and Superman stories to quaint little "mini-events." Most of that is due to Johns' relentless expertise at building 22 pages of momentum towards 50 consecutive knock-out final pages, but I also like to think that it's the presence of Mahnke, another underdog, that makes this issue a great milestone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser Feb 1, 2010

    In the contemporary style of event comics, the experience of reading an issue like this one has been hard to come by. Neither the publication of a special tie-in mini-series nor the collection of companion books in a trade paperback can replicate the feeling of immediacy generated by reading the floppy edition of an ongoing title the week it comes out. While Im certainly glad that DC and Marvel have found a way to minimize event-related intrusion into their standard monthlies, Green Lantern #50 proves that theres still a time and a place for an old fashioned crossover. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Comic Addiction - Corwin C. Crowl Jan 30, 2010

    If I had to complain about something else it would be the panel layouts. Now Mahnke does a wonderful job of giving us a story we could follow but it lacks real creativity and playfulness. Now two or three times he does break panel borders and plays with our perception. Most notably the diagonal panels as the Spectre is overwhelmed but for the most part the issue is filled with standard square and rectangle panels. It would have been wonderful to see what Mahnke could have created with an additional three or four weeks. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 30, 2010

    Green Lantern returns to one of my favorite characters in this issue as Parallax gets dusted off. The comic book makes great use of many of the new deputies, but leaves something to be desired about some of the subplots that just seem to get a random panel here or there. The artwork blows the story's doors off starting with the awesome cover. Overall, this is a great comic for an anniversary issue, the series and the event. I definitely recommend this comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Jan 29, 2010

    Green Lantern #50 was an entertaining Blackest Night tie-in issue. Is this issue worth purchasing? If you are interested in seeing the return of Hal Jordan as Parallax then, yes, run out and get this issue. I would also recommend this issue to action fans who just cannot get enough zombie action and love seeing the Rainbow Raiders in action. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 29, 2010

    What a week, when both Cap and GL show up in average-at-best comics. Shocking, really. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Feb 2, 2010

    Green Lantern #50 was a very disappointing issue. The previous Blackest Night tie-in issues that Geoff Johns wrote on Green Lantern were much stronger. This issue, like Blackest Night #2-#6, is a perfect example of a story that is all noise and very little story. With now only two issues left Johns has a lot of work left to do with Blackest Night to prove that Nekron is a real threat and then bringing back many of the characters turned Black Lanterns to life. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - DS Arsenault Jan 27, 2010

    A solid addition to a sprawling, lantern-filled, zombie-choked saga. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 6, 2010

    Doug Mahnke can draw his butt off, though. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Feb 14, 2010

    For a landmark 50th issue, Green Lantern #50 is a bit of a disappointment. Blackest Night has been great artistically with all its DC Zombies, I mean, Black Lanterns running around, but it has paled in comparison storytelling wise to the previous Green Lantern events. Itll be wrapping up soon and thats a good thing. Its been fun but its getting old. Read Full Review

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