Title: Green Lanterns #42
Words: Tim Seeley
Pencils: V. Ken Marion
Inks: Sandu Florea
Colors: Dinei Ribiero
Published: March 7th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “INHUMAN TRAFFICKING” part three! Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz have tracked the criminal ring to a religious organization buried deep in the Horsehead Nebula. What does the Order of the Steed need with superheroes from Earth—and will Simon and Jess get stampeded in the process?
Okay, I’ll admit it, I wasn’t really on board with this arc until after it got going and built up some momentum; the thought that superheroes were being kidnapped after signing up for a superhero-only dating site just didn’t work for me. Despite not digging the idea, I kept reading and now, three issues into the story, I’m ready to write something…here it is:
On the surface, there isn’t a whole lot going on with Superhuman Trafficking that I find interesting or compelling, but when I dig a bit deeper I find that this is more than just a superficial story intended to make readers think about their social media usage or their digital vulnerabilities. Human Trafficking is about the innate yearning that we all have to be connected to someone or something and the lengths that we will go to feel this connection. This underlying depth-of-Story is expertly showcased in Green Lanterns #42 by writer Tim Seeley who provides readers with good reason to re-read the book and reflect on what’s being said…or at least that’s what I got out of this book…
As always, Green Lanterns #42 looks great and feels intense thanks to the combined efforts of illustrator V. Ken Marion, Inker Sandu Florea, and Colorist Dinei Ribiero. Each panel pops from the page; the creative team here delivers some serious eye candy for fans of the GLC. Scenes go from intimate and claustrophobic to open and airy, and I especially like the zoomed-out wide shots that are filled with detail and excitement.
The Bottom Line:
Even if you haven’t been keeping up with the current arc, Green Lanterns #42 is an exciting book that offers as much eye candy as it does depth and stimulating dialogue. The story has gotten far more interesting in this issue, and, even though I am not entirely sold. Fans of the GLC and their tales will enjoy this one.