Green Lantern #12

Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Doug Mahnke, Mark Irwin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 15, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 10
7.3Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

BLACK HAND has been freed from the INDIGO TRIBE, and now hes more powerful than ever! What horrible plan does he have in mind, and to what lengths will Hal Jordan and Sinestro go to stop it?

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Aug 16, 2012

    While I've been enjoying Doug Mahnke's work on this title, it was a welcome change of pace to see artwork from someone different. Namely, both Renato Guedes and Jim Calafiore, who bring a whole other level of shadow and intrigue to this already dark title. Their pencils are gorgeous, as well as Alex Sinclair's vibrant and vivid colors. There is also some well-placed humor, as the whole reluctant buddy cop relationship between Hal and Sinestro is played up for, perhaps, one last time here. One scene, in particular, stands out, as Sinestro accidentally injures Hal as he zealously hacks away at the enemy. That scene, alone, says a lot about their odd relationship. As always, Geoff Johns proves why he's one of the most brilliant and ambitious writers working for DC. This issue gets a 10/10 from me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Aug 19, 2012

    Green Lantern's story continues into the Green Lantern Annual in 2 weeks time, thankfully, because the cliffhanger in this issue is enough to make anyone want to pick up their jaw from the floor. Where we go from here remains to be seen, but I'll be following the series with baited breath, as usual. As I've said a few times, the first arc of the New 52 Green Lantern wasn't very invigorating for me personally, but from the Indigo Tribe arc to this Black Hand arc, Green Lantern is soaring high once again. Well done Johns and team. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Aug 25, 2012

    The art is dark and gloomy, fitting for a horror-themed story with the walking dead all over the place. But it could look confusing once the protagonists move to outer space. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Sep 20, 2012

    If youve been readingGreen Lantern, youll find this to be a rather enjoyable issue. If not, this isnt the best place to start, but those familiar with the Black Hand orBlackest Nightshould understand whats going on. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Aug 20, 2012

    When you can maintain a high level of entertainment in Hal Jordan and Sinestro butting heads - buddy cop style - for one year, you can consider that a mission accomplished! Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Aug 16, 2012

    His "Green Lantern" run sagged a bit before the relaunch, but we are seeing some truly great work from this creative team (fill ins or not), and the book is managing to both expand the mythos of the shared universe, while focusing the characterization and making each character more three dimensional and interesting than they've been in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Galactica - Girish Kumar Aug 17, 2012

    This was a very good issue. Really can't wait to see where this arc goes. By revealing that Hal will become a Black Lantern lot of things change. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 15, 2012

    Dark times are coming. It's always great to get reminders that previous events, such as 'Blackest Night,' still hold in the New 52. Hal and Sinestro continue their unlikely alliance in order to deal with Black Hand. There's more prophecies being revealed and the Guardians are still planning to restructure the universe. While there is a lot going on here, there is a slight feeling that the story is being stalled a bit in order to accomodate the zero issue next month. Although this story appears to conclude in the first GL annual in two weeks. Doug Mahnke takes a break in this issue and we have Renato Guedes and Jim Calafiore on hand. The styles are fitting for the story but slight differences make the presentation slightly distracting. You'll be glued to your seat as you see what develops here and if the last page doesn't make you long for the annual in two weeks, then I'm not sure what else would. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Scott West Aug 18, 2012

    Geoff Johns is a master at weaving the epic mythology of the Green Lanterns and this issue shows that he's had a plan since the beginning of the New 52 and it wasn't just to have Sinestro as a Green Lantern again. Instead, it's something much more insidious. Kudos, Mr. Johns. Kudos indeed! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Aug 15, 2012

    This issue falls right in step with the begrudging buddy cop scenario that Johns has been mining for laugh after laugh. I nearly lost my hat when Sinestro "accidentally" sliced into Hal's arm. Even better, Johns puts all the Lantern factoids he's spread throughout his entire run to good use, making for an excellent payoff for longtime readers. It's great that Johns has kept the story focused on Hal and Sinestro while also managing to escalate the conflict with the Guardians to a galactic scale, and that's what has me so pumped to read Green Lantern Annual #1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Aug 17, 2012

    The second half of the art is taken care of by Jim Calafiore, who does a similarly wonderful job. Both artists have a solid love for detail, but Calafiore’s work is a little more fine-art inspired, especially his rendition of Black Hand. The combination of the two never feels off, it blends seamlessly. I also have to acknowledge colorist Alex Sinclair, whose work is exceptional here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Aug 18, 2012

    Green Lantern can be such a fantastic read. However, Johns slows down arcs too much and assumes the reader has read all of his books and retains it all. This issue is different because Johns introduces a threat to the heroes and deals with it in a satisfactory way in this comic book. I found this to be a good read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Aug 17, 2012

    An action heavy issue with a jaw dropping finale. Dont miss this one Green Lantern fans! FYI : This story continues in 2012s Green Lantern Annual #1 (out soon). Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Aug 16, 2012

    While Geoff Johns' script is action packed and filled with some juicy tidbits, the lackluster art holds the book down and made me lower my score for the issue.  It's a real shame because this issue had the potential to really be a strong lead into the story that's been building since the relaunch.  Three out of five lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Aug 16, 2012

    The big reveal at the end of the issue leads up to the new Green Lantern, the Islamic one we've been seeing in promo shots and that appeared on the final page spread of The New 52 #1 this year for 'Free Comic Book Day'. A few months ago, nobody understood how this new GL fit into things, but as we get closer to October's "Rise of the Third Army", everything is starting to become clearer. Hopefully, this crossover can inject some life into this series, which has slowly been on the decline since last September. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Aug 16, 2012

    If you've been enjoying the Green Lantern title up 'till now, there shouldn't be any real reason why you wouldn't enjoy this issue. Though the reveal might not surprise some, it does set up some interesting things for down the road. Those who don't enjoy multiple artists on a book might not like this issue, but the differences are minor. I had a fun time reading this issue and while I'm not looking forward to another big Green Lantern event, I will still be picking up this title. Green Lantern #12 gets 3 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 16, 2012

    An effective primer to recent Lantern mythology if you needed it, but for the rest of us, the issue rehashes material we've seen before, redeemed yet again only by an irresistible cliffhanger. Curse you, Johns! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Aug 20, 2012

    I understand the need for an issue like this, one that slows down the story and focuses itself for the future, but where the series had been gaining momentum, here it takes a step back and loses some of that energy. I get that readers need an occasional refresher, but these kinds of reminders can be executed on a single page. But Green Lantern #12 is an issue focused solely on exposition, and after a year of the new DCU, I think readers can be trusted to flow the threads of a story, regardless of how detailed it is. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 24, 2012

    The main story between Jordan and Sinestro and the zombies isn't all that interesting, and the reveal of the Book of Black's prophecy is troubling if that's Geoff Johns' plan for the character. Sligthly more interesting is the Guardians plans for the other Green Lanterns of Earth who have been singled out as their biggest obstacle to removing the Corps. The choice of Renato Guedes to replace Doug Mahnke‘s art on the title also means the comic has a less crisp look and feel than the previous issues of the title. Hit-and-Miss. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Aug 15, 2012

    Green Lantern is a book that I feel has been on shaky ground since the New 52 relaunch. Longtime readers aren't sure exactly where John's previous GL work falls in the grand scheme of the reshaped DCU. Geoff John's ability to tease events to have them pay off later was once one of the strong points of the series. Back then, there was compelling stories going on during the time between major happenings. Now it seems that all the hints and clues are surrounded by fluff story arcs that go on longer than they need to. Green Lantern can't seem to build the kind of insane momentum it was known for two years ago. I hope the next story arc really gets this series going in the right direction. Green Lantern has gone from the first book I would read to one that's hanging onto my pull list by a thread. Read Full Review

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