And just like that, the “Darkest Knights” arc has come to an end…Although this issue isn’t a bad one, it didn’t live up to my expectations, and frankly, I’m feeling short-changed.
Okay, so I was really digging the idea that Batman enlisted the help of the newest Green lanterns to help solve a case in Gotham that centered around fear—I had high hopes for this one. Don’t get me wrong, Green Lanterns #17 is an entertaining book, but I just feel as though the arc was rushed and that it didn’t reach its fullest potential. Two issues? Really, that’s all I get? [Sigh] Clearly, I wanted more than I got, and I’m still not over that. But, for the sake of this review, I digress…
Seriously, “Darkest Knights” definitely would have benefitted from at least another issue or two. The plot in this arc was terribly undeveloped. Sam Humphries really missed the mark with this one, and while his writing—from page-to-page—was good, the overall story lacked depth. This is disappointing because in Green Lanterns #17 there are several big moments that end up being overshadowed by overall dissatisfaction.
Both the beginning and the end of Green Lanterns #17 are strong; it is the middle that suffers from a lack of inspiration. Or is it that this issue suffers from a lack of faith? I’m not sure. In my review of Green Lanterns #16, I mentioned that I wasn’t too pleased that this arc was seemingly forced to fit into the current Batman arc, “I Am Bane.”
It appears to me as though it was feared that “Darkest Knights” wouldn’t be able to stand on its own two feet, and for this reason, weighed heavily on the current Batman arc for justification. This lack of confidence is apparent in Green Lanterns #17, and after reading the issue I got the feeling that Humphries wanted to move on and get the arc over with as quick as possible.
With that out of the way…here’s what I liked:
At the end of the issue, two relatively important things happened. One. Simon Baz turns his gun over to Commissioner Gordon, and in doing so, showcases that he has overcome (for the most part) his insecurities about being a Green Lantern. Two. Batman takes Simon Baz aside and explains to him that he (Baz) is a Green Lantern that Batman can (finally) work with. This is big because we—Simon Baz included—know about Batman’s unsavory history with Green Lanterns…the fact that he has finally found a Green Lantern that he can work with should be celebrated.
Eduardo Pansica’s artwork, especially on the Scarecrow panels, is great. He produces some dynamic shots throughout the book, and his two-page spreads (as always) are awesome.
Despite its short comings, I appreciate the concept of the arc and recommend picking this issue up for the big moments. It may have been a short ride, but it was entertaining nonetheless.