With the conclusion of Issue #21 comes the end of the Prism of Time story arc, and with it, a whole other mess that I cannot wait to dive into. This conclusion is one of the most satisfying arc-ending-issues that I have read in some time, because not only did the story reach a fitting end but it also opened a door that leads to a new area—multiple, really—that is ready for exploration.
I think that it is safe to say that readers of modern comics half-expect that their hero, regardless of the odds staked against them, will ultimately prevail. I—a reader of modern comics—have felt this way for some time, but with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (this current arc at least) there was a chance that things were going to wrong and stay that way. And now that this arc has met its end, I am feeling hopeful that, since just enough went wrong, Hal and the GLC still face troubling times ahead.
Writer Robert Venditti had me believing that I knew where his story was leading me, but I was wrong, and the reveal at the end of this issue came as a beautiful punch to the ribs that, despite not putting me on my ass, left me breathless for a short while. Thanks Rob.
The artwork in this issue was my least-favorite out of all the art in this arc, but it worked well nonetheless.