Writer: Jeremy Adams
Art: Xermánico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Dave Sharpe
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: November 14th, 2023
The Rage of Thaal Sinestrob begins in Green Lantern #5 by Jeremy Adams! Sinestro has seized control of Ferris Air! As the rage builds to cataclysmic levels within Hal Jordan’s most vicious adversary, the power of the Red Lantern ring has turned Sinestro’s wrath into a planetwide fury! Hal’s only hope? To break United Planets law and lure the villain out into the final frontier… Then, in “Rise of the Sinson: Part Two”, Sinson’s plan becomes clear: to claim his legacy, he must seek out his father…and face him in combat! The march toward Sinister Sons continues in this epic prequel installment!
In terms of Adams’ Green Lantern run so far, Green Lantern #5 isn’t the best issue to date. However, it certainly still has many of the bells and whistles to keep up with the other comics releasing this week. If you’ve been following along so far, you’ll probably enter the issue with the same questions as me, “What’s going on with Sinestro?” and “Why are the planes being used?”. Now, Adams doesn’t come right out and tell you all the answers BUT by the end of the issue, you’ll figure out a few.
The concept that Adams is shooting for is actually quite unique. There appears to be a problem with the spectrum. The rings and the power seem to be a bit wonky. We’ve noticed it with Hal’s ring and will see some extra nuisances with it throughout Green Lantern #5 to boot. Plus, by the time this story wraps, we’ll notice a pretty cool curveball from Adams involving Sinestro that’s going to drive the story well.
Moreover, Green Lantern #5 is nonstop action making this narrative read really well. It moves so fast that even the Sausage King of Chicago would tell you to slow down. However, I still feel that the best aspect of this run has been, and continues to be, this art team. The colors are sharp when they need to be and contrast beautifully with the explosions. Within the same panels, colors are both dull and vivid adding that extra layer of ingenuity into the story. And, the characters are crisp, realistic, and detailed. Heck, even the constructs are thorough adding a weighty punch to the issue. Nevertheless, this art team complements Adams’ story so well.
Green Lantern #5 moves at Mach 10 and provides an extra piece to the puzzle while still leaving a few tidbits to be desired. Hal’s ring appears to be upgraded while Sinestro’s motive becomes a bit more clear. Altogether, Adams and his creative team deliver a solid story with just enough pizzazz to keep fans dialed in until the next issue. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!