Green Lantern #28, Red Lanterns #28 – Comic Review

What Green Lantern #28 and Red Lanterns #28 offer

A pair of sci-fi comics that explore the cosmic, deeper parts of the DC universe. Some of the panels might by useful for students and teachers exploring prejudice themes in graphic novels. Green Lantern #28 and Red Lanterns #28 offer:

  • Themes of intolerance, racism, and difference
  • Cooperation themes
    Great sci-fi settings and artwork.

Detailed Sci-fi planets, plus lush and colourful art.

Two planets feature in both comics. Each strikes a different tone in their setting. Green Lantern presents a growing garden world – trees, woodland animals, birds, flowing streams.  The Green Lantern Corps defend law and order in the universe. It’s fitting they have a home planet filled with life and light. Thousands of aliens walk around on the green fields of planet Mogo. The emerald green power battery – the source of a Green Lanter’s power – stands on the horizon against a forest background. It’s a in interesting clash of mechanical and natural shapes.

This comic is about clashes and contrasts. A barren, dessert planet appears that is the polar opposite of Mogo. The Red Lanterns home base has a grey skies, and flat, rocky plains stretching to the horizon. It’s name is Ysmault. Nothing grows here.

Costume designs are colourful. Space scenes look suitably vast. there are some good moments between characters. Artwork of characters such as Ice, Hal Jordan, and Guy Gardner gives away a lot of information about their personality.

Clashes between Guy Gardner, Ice, Hal Jordan, and Supergirl feature in this issue.

Supergirl has recently joined the Red Lanterns, and after donning the ruby red ring, and a ruddy costume, she’s aggressive, and uncontrollable. It takes the combined efforts of the Green Lanterns and Red Lanterns to subdue her. She calms down. The teamwork pays off. The cooperation between the two clashing teams stands up as another example of the teamwork and cooperation themes found in the twin comic books.

By far the two most interesting character moments are between Guy Gardner and Ice, and then Gardner and the the current Green Lander leader, Hal Jordan.

Gardner is a character struggling with rehabilitaiton, and anger control. This comes across clearly when he tries to rekindle a relationship with Ice, a former partner:

Who is Ice? A former member of the Justice League International, Ice – AKA Tora Olafsdotter – has the power to snap freeze objects, and control ice.

“I need a reason to keep it together” Gardner says.

Ice replies: “The idea of being your sole link to sanity is less than appealing to me”

Later Gardner and Jordan have a conversation that delves into the sci-fi and lore of the comic book. At one point, Gardner says “Just because you don’t understand the reds[Red Lanterns] doesn’t make them evil. Gardner is not simply a character rehabilitation himself. He is standing up for the misunderstood.

Themes include racism, and difference. Cooperation and teamwork are valued.

Early in the Red Lanterns half of the comic book, a scene that takes place in the skies above Paris plays out. Guy Gardner stops a villain called Shadow thief from assaulting his comrades in the Red Lantern Corps. Shadow thief comments that Earth is for humans, not aliens. Gardner states that she is being intolerant, and a “little” racist. The comic books do play with ideas of intolerance and difference, with hints of racism, that tie into the cooperation and teamwork values.

It’s only be working together that Gardner and Jordon are able to stop Supergirl’s rampage.

Ice rejects Gardner’s offer of a new romance – she dose not want to be his link to sanity. The comic makes a comment about dependency. Relationships where one partner needs the other to stay in control of their extreme emotions are shown in a negative light. Possibly, a comment about dependency.

Green Lantern #28 and Red Lanterns #28 are published by DC comics in a special flipbook edition. ($2.99 USD).

Red Lantern Creative Team: Charles Soule (W.) Alessandro Vitti (A.) Gabe Eltaeb (C.) Dave Sharpe (L.)

Green Lantern Creative Team: Robert Venditti (W.) Billy Tan (P.) Rob Hunter (I.) Alex Sinclair (C.)

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