Green Lantern #20

Event\Storyline: Wrath of the First Lantern Writer: Geoff Johns Artist: Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 22, 2013 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 21
9.0Critic Rating
9.9User Rating

Its the final battle against the First Lantern and the Guardians in this, the extra-sized finale of Geoff Johns historic run on the title! Plus, dont miss a special retrospective on Geoffs run on GL!

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall May 23, 2013

    Am I looking forward to GL's future? Yes, actually. As great as Johns' writing is, I think even he hasn't thought of everything the Corps can encounter, something I bet he'd agree with. I'll be buying the GL family moving forward, and hope the new guys take us where no Lantern has gone before! Green Lantern #20 gets 5 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser May 24, 2013

    While the beginning catches readers up to the present, if you haven't read any Green Lantern before, I don't know if starting at the end is the best idea. But if you want to see a good series end, there's no better example than by reading this one. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero May 22, 2013

    Is this issue worth $7.99? This is a question I've heard a lot before getting a chance to write this review. We're talking about the end of Geoff Johns' nine year run. We're also talking nearly 60 pages of Doug Mahnke art (with some pages a few pages by incredible 'guest artists'). This is an epic ending and beginning. If you like Green Lantern at all, there's no way you should miss out on this. It's not $7.99 for one issue. It's an important part of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps' history. There's so much that happens here. This is the grand finale and we have to say goodbye and hello to some characters. I personally wasn't crazy about Wrath of the First Lantern but it's safe to say this is my favorite comic of the month. This is not a comic or series I will be forgetting anytime soon. Thanks again to everyone involved. I couldn't have asked for a better finale. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray May 25, 2013

    It's a mixture of excitement and sadness that fills the final pages of this issue. Robert Venditti will take over the book soon enough, and has some pretty big shoes when he takes over not only this title, but Green Lantern Corps as well. Yet Johns can't help but indulge himself just a little, flashing forward to the "bookends of Rebirth" and giving an epilogue for each of the main players. It's the job of other writers to carry the green torch now, but perhaps Johns has just ensured that his influence will be felt for many decades to come. A perfect way to end a spectacular run. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 25, 2013

    This was just a fantastic comic book. I do not envy the new writers taking over the Green Lantern franchise. They have the biggest shoes in the world to fill. Geoff Johns turned Green Lantern from a nobody into a character so popular that he got a big budget Hollywood movie! And it's issues like this one that remind you why his work on the character was so loved. Johns managed to not only come up with new and very creative ideas for the world of Green Lantern, then had a blast smashing those ideas together into new and exciting stories. His standout character has always been Sinestro, andthe scene of Sinestro bonding with Parallax was chilling. I can't believe he'd never done it before now. This issue is full of big, exciting comic book moments using awesome characters. And that's always been what I've loved about Geoff Johns' writing. He will be sorely missed from his series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Ed May 24, 2013

    This is a tremendous ending to not only the Wrath storyline, but Johns entire run on Green Lantern. I enjoyed the issue in almost every way you can. The art was crisp and every time you turned the page you were simply overwhelmed with everything that was going on. The price point is a bit high at $7.99 but it reads and feels more like a graphic novel than a single issue comic. It is worth it. If you have ever been a fan of Green Lantern during Johns run this issue is a must-own. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza May 22, 2013

    This impressively thick comic book is finished off with congratulatory notes to Geoff Johns from various peers and friends as well as a letter from Johns himself, signing off from Sector 2814 one last time in a fashion that makes me glad to see that with "Green Lantern" #20, DC Comics has figured out how to celebrate milestones and accomplishments once again. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey May 22, 2013

    Green Lantern #20 is everything you'd hope for and more. Yes, of course this issue gets five lanterns - what'd you expect! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Population Go - Population Go Staff May 26, 2013

    So, Johns is gone, but not forgotten. With this final issue, he has redeemed the Wrath of the First Lantern story as well as turned out a perfect send-off for himself as he says goodbye to the characters of the Green Lantern universe for now. He'll still be writing Hal and Simon in their respective Justice League books, but his work on the majority of these characters and concepts is now over, and this issue is a love letter to everything he has added to the Green Lantern mythos over the last decade. If it had to end, this issue was the best way for it to go out. Thank you Geoff, for everything. Read Full Review

  • 10
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes May 27, 2013

    This is the super hero book of the year. Everything elseI read will have to be compared to it. I doubt anything can top this. An absolute must own for anyone who has ever dreamed of being a hero. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams May 23, 2013

    I for one will miss Johns' work on Green Lantern. Not only did his work get me to become a huge GL nut, it's the reason I got back into comics after not reading them regularly since my teens. I just want to say thank you Geoff for everything you've done for Green Lantern and the mythology. This is one of those instances where 5 nerds isn't adequate enough to rate this issue. That being said… Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj May 22, 2013

    Overall, even with the $7.99 price tag Green Lantern #20 is a MUST buy. We get a lot of throw back memories for Geoff Johns run with the series and it is the perfect send off to what is now a major character in the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh May 23, 2013

    Thanks, Geoff. You did good. Real good. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto May 24, 2013

    And in his greatest accomplishment, Johns told the definitive Sinestro story " a man driven by loss, who has such a devotion to the Corps, that he is willing to oppose it, to keep it alive. Thanks Geoff, for 9 incredible years of storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    IGN - Joshua Yehl May 22, 2013

    Geoff Johns pulls off the impossible by finding an epic, thrilling, and satisfying ending to his Green Lantern run. Even though there are a few hiccups in the art, the overwhelming amount of quality and care that went into the rest of the book makes it a resounding success. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson May 23, 2013

    The LOST comparisons keep coming. Like that groundbreaking series, Johns' run on “Green Lantern” started strong, taking the (comic book) world by storm. After reaching monumental heights, many fell away from the series, sighting all manner of reasons for the decline in interest for the once critical darling. Both went on to become increasingly indulgent and at times quite cyclical. Just as LOST stayed true to its themes, and provided a beautiful bookend with Jack's opening/closing eye, “Green Lantern” comes full circle with the idea of rebirth. In the end, not every question is answered, and the series will likely polarize fans for years to come. However, the very fact that folks are going to be discussing “Green Lantern” for years to come, really says it all. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker May 22, 2013

    Is Green Lantern #20 worth the $7.99 price tag? Yes. It is worth every bit of it. Geoff Johns leaves GL on a high note, sure to please fans, both old and new. Whether youve read his entire run or if this is your first Johns GL issue, there is much to enjoy. Thanks for the ride, Geoff. Youre such a Poozer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 24, 2013

    Best of all, he brought back "my" Green Lantern (and "my" Flash, for that matter) - and I'll always be grateful. Can't wait to see what he tackle next! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 22, 2013

    Nine years ago, Geoff Johns brought back the greatest Green Lantern of all. Operating on DC's space opera superhero with the confidence of a surgeon, Johns delivered a theme that could resonate with any reader: "You have the ability to overcome great fear." Since that time, Green Lantern has been the premiere comic book success story of the past 10 years, acting as a beacon for DC Comics even when things seemed darkest. Even though this series has occasionally dragged under its own weight, Johns' mythology has borne fruit, as he brings everything back for this final chapter. With crazy action and a wonderful conclusion to all the characters we've known and loved, this is a conclusion that no Green Lantern fan should miss. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards May 22, 2013

    The issue was drawn by Doug Mahnke (with the exception of a couple of pages) and it was really well done. The emotion, the action, the epic feel and tone presented, and even those huge full page and two page spreads. It's all just beautiful to look at and some of Mahnke's best work yet from what I've seen of him. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Derreck Mayer May 25, 2013

    In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power… Green Lantern's light. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Addicts - Vikram Bhargava May 29, 2013

    Damn! Now, that's what I call an epic finale. The art was awesome as ever. Nekron and Parallax were portrayed just as they should have. For a change, I can't find anything to criticize in an issue. The part where Hal summons Nekron really gave me goose-bumps. This is one of the few 'all well that ends well' issues. Hal gets to be a Green Lantern at end, and is finally reunited with Carol. Also, something that I couldn't help but notice was the fact that Lantern Toris seems to be Sinestro. Maybe I'm not the only one who's noticed this. As I said, if you haven't read this, read it right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli May 27, 2013

    If you haven't read Green Lantern by Geoff Johns then I ask you check this out. If you read this and aren't jazzed up to try a trade from the back catalogue then you can honestly say this isn't for you. This is a fun read and it doesn't require a lot of continuity knowledge. Plus, the book has a lot of send-off quotes for Johns plus a letter from Johns about his run. It's a great cherry on top for this run. It's an unforgettable run that has literally expanded five fold since it began. I can't wait to back to the beginning and re-read the whole run again. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene May 28, 2013

    I think it is safe to say that Green Lantern has taken that spot and it is all thanks to Geoff Johns. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 May 22, 2013

    While this issue is not perfect, it contains many solid character moments for the different ring slingers in every part of the emotional spectrum. An ending to the franchise is given, and a new beginning will be handed to writer Robert Venditti as he takes the reigns of the title going forward. Readers should wish the up and coming talent all the best of luck, because he is going to have some massive shoes to fill! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 22, 2013

    Truth be told, the arc in itself is a disappointing thing and you might have imagined a tighter, more coherent end to Johns' Green Lantern run than this. But the issue still delivers a ton of action, emotional sincerity, and pure enthusiasm, as much or more than when Johns started this run years ago, and for that, he deserves a great deal of credit. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Robert O'Doherty May 28, 2013

    Besides the hoggish ending, this issue was a delight to read. Its big and colourful I wanted to eat popcorn as I read because it felt like a massive Hollywood summer blockbuster. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson May 22, 2013

    Over the last ten years, I have had ups and downs with Geoff Johns and his Green Lantern run. To this day, I find Rebirth boring, but I love the Sinestro Corps War, Blackest Night and even War of the Green Lanterns. Everything past the New 52 reboots, in my opinion, has been garbage. Still, Johns has stuck with a series that, when he took it over, nobody cared about. In his time, he has given us some amazing work, expanded Sinestro, brought new colors to the corps and even managed to shake up the Guardians idea. Green Lantern #20 may be an overblown finale, but if anybody deserves it, Geoff Johns does. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 26, 2013

    The fanfare with which DC is approaching Johns's exodus from the title is a little over the top, to say the least. The interspersed pages of kudos from colleagues and other-media executives and creative types serve more as an acknowledgement of Johns's contributions to the strengthening of the DC brand rather than his storytelling, I suppose, but they pose a real problem: they interrupt and distract from the story in this particular comic book. The congratulatory pages are well designed, as they draw the eye and hold it. It's too bad they weren't relegated to the back of the issue. Of course, it also felt like the reader was being asked to pay for this "bonus material" with the $8 price tag. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Chris Kiser May 28, 2013

    Every one of the numerous plot threads Johns aggressively heaped onto this book over the course of the past year or so makes an appearance for the finale, yet they never jell together to feel like they're telling a coherent story. The Big Bad of the whole thing is someone called the First Lantern, and the path to defeating him is a long chain of one-upmanship involving various characters' powers that have long lost their tether to the metaphors Johns originally built for them. Read Full Review

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