All right, ring slingers. We’re nearing the end of this volume of Green Lantern Corps, but Van Jensen, Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo are making sure we get one last classic John Stewart story before this one closes out.
Van Jensen does a great job of making this issue a solid reflection of each of the characters within. We’ve got a classic, tough-as-nails Green Lantern in John Stewart, the noble warrior with Jruk and a mother going through an absolute nightmare with Feska. Add in a couple secret agent Lanterns gaining some info about the current status quo for the first time and you’ve got yourself an interesting cast of characters. Add some monsters and a nefarious plot from a threatening source and you’ve got the rock solid plot Van Jensen throws down in this issue.
Jensen just gets John Stewart. While this issue may be more emotional for Feska, Stewart steals the show, enlightening readers as to why he is a heavyweight Lantern and one of the greatest heroes the galaxy has ever known. His past comes back to haunt him in this one, which is fun for seasoned Lantern readers, but it is definitely not an obscure piece of continuity that nukes the issue for newer readers. Jensen’s characterization of Feska continues to be strong, Jruk is the fun “Ben Grimm” style member of the group and a sub plot featuring Daggle added an interesting element to the issue.
Bernard Chang’s artwork takes a good GLC plot and lights it up like a fully charged power ring. His style is perfectly suited for this kind of story and cast, and his artwork is fantastic from start to finish in this issue. He keeps the story visually intriguing at all times and delivers some great action and quality storytelling throughout. Marcelo Maiolo continues his amazing colour work in this issue, bringing constructs to life and making it extremely exciting to see the rings in action. His vibrant work gives this comic a ton of life and he is a talented Green Lantern colourist.
Green Lantern Corps #39 is a solid story that is building toward a very strong conclusion for this volume of GLC. This is a classic John Stewart story that gives readers some great story time with John’s band of ring slingers and I will be back for issue #40 with bells on. Jensen, Chang and Maiolo are a great Green Lantern team and issues like this showcase why.
The Verdict: 8.0/10