Imagine you’re an incredibly powerful super hero. Now imagine that a person who pretended to be a hero you trusted sent you off on a wild goose chase, and then wiped out everyone and everything you cared about while you were gone. What would you do?

General Information

Title: Green Lantern: Emerald Twilight
Credited to: Ron Marz, Bill Willingham, Fred Haynes, Darryl Banks, Romeo Tanghal, Robert Campanella, Dennis Cramer
Original Publication Date: 1994
ISBN: 1-56389-164-6
Cover Price: $5.95 US, $8.00 Can
Buy from: Amazon.com or Amazon.ca

Premise

After the events in The Return Of Superman, Hal Jordan finds it difficult to cope with his loss.

High Point

“You shall have to do.”

Low Point

There were a number of occasions with very small panels that needed to be larger. So much detail was lost that Hal’s head would sometimes be a skin colour blob with no features and no mask. It’s a bit unnerving.

The Scores

I’ve seen heroes go to dark places before. (Heck, Batman never leaves it.) I’ve never seen a hero snap, taking out an entire superpowered army with him before. Most of the mass destruction in comic books is undone somehow at the end of the storyline, but this stuck. It’s nice to see that the death and return of Superman storyline had long-term implications for something in the DC Universe. I give it 5 out of 6.

The artwork is usually good, and surprisingly even for something with three artists. (Three issues, three artists. Is this common within a single storyline at DC?) My only complaint is that I mentioned above; some of the panels needed too much detail to be as small as they are. I give it 4 out of 6.

The story is well done. For once the hero isn’t able to deal with the devastating images they deal with every day on the job. Hal’s reaction is very plausible. I give it 5 out of 6.

The characterization is also very well done. We understand Hal, his father, Killwog, Guardians in general and how Ganthet is unique among them. We even learn a bit about Sinestro. The only prominent character we don’t yet know much about is Kyle Rayner. (He’s not even named here.) The only character who gets a lot of exposure is Hal, but that’s the way a story like this should be told. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was very positive. It held my interest easily, right from the introduction. Finally crossing the line had an impact, as did the cliff-hanger ending. (Where is Hal when this ends? What is he doing?) I give it 5 out of 6.

The flow through most of the volume was good. Some of the battles against other Green Lanterns seemed to have a lot of conversation, though. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, this is a very good comic, and it’s worth tracking down if you can manage it. (I had to get mine through eBay.) I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Green Lantern: Emerald Twilight receives 33 out of 42.

Additional Notes and Comments

If anyone knows of a trade paperback that details Kyle Rayner’s first few days as a Green Lantern, I’d like to know which one it is. This seems like a nice jumping-on point.