Stuck 10 billion years in the past, Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz must prepare the first ever Green Lanterns in an all-out attack against a murderous, genocidal Volthoom who has lost his mind. Do they have what it takes to save the day? Will they find a way back to the present? Find out this week in Green Lanterns #30. Spoilers ahead.
What is this all about?
Volthoom is now on Maltus and the ancient Lanterns are in position to ambush him. In the last issue, we left off with our team discovering that Volthoom had obliterated an entire planet. Now he’s generously helping the Maltusians rebuild from a devastating winter. It felt a bit perplexing to see him go from destroying a planet to helping the people of Maltus. Recall, Maltus is where the science citadel is and that’s where the Guardians are keeping his Travel Lantern from him.
This scenario, however, is not confusing for long because Humphries brilliantly tells his story in a way that reminds you that Volthoom’s ring contains the entire emotional spectrum and he’s struggling with each emotion individually. White was dominating while he was helping the Maltusians, then we see his compassionate side (indigo), then onto greed when he thinks about his Travel Lantern (orange), then rage that the Guardians are keeping it from him (red), then fear (yellow), and then back to greed. It’s like a bipolar disorder from hell. Just as Volthoom seems like he’s about to snap and go on a murderous rampage, two of our ancients, Tyran’r and Alitha pop out and jack him. The rest of the team joins in and they proceed to beat the daylights out of him.
Volthoom is confused by these Green Lanterns and their apparently new power rings. The greed takes over again and he yells “I want those rings!” Throughout the whole fight different emotions powerfully take over him. He manages to kill the elemental Lantern Calleen, to which her ring pops off to find a new host. Then he kills Alitha, and Brill. This surprised me. I thought Brill was going to have a big part in future stories, but I suppose he was just another casualty of war. Their rings too fly off to find a new host.
Simon steps up to Volthoom, ringless, but able to overcome the fear of the knowledge that Volthoom can and will annihilate him. Volthoom has already killed 3 members of Simon’s team and beat the rest. That’s right, even Jessica lays unconscious after being rag dolled. Then, oh shit, the moment we've been waiting for! “Simon Baz, you have the ability to overcome great fear.” x4!! Calleen, Alitha, and Brill’s rings nestle themselves right onto Simon’s fingers. But wait…. A fourth ring comes to him as well! Remember Jan-Al of Krypton that failed miserably and fried herself in Green Lanterns #28? I lol’d when that happened by the way. Her ring finally came back and now Simon has four rings! The Baz man is ready to kick some ass! We’ll have to find out what he is going to do next time in Green Lanterns #31, The Final Showdown!
I really enjoyed this issue. Humphries continues to write a fantastic story that flows subsequently well. I don’t feel like there are any moments that drag out and move too slow, similarly there are no points that feel rushed. Humphries continues the story brilliantly. The way he depicts Volthoom battling against different emotions in the lantern light spectrum was portrayed in a beautifully crazy way. The struggle of various passions overpowering and destroying him. Humphries is a fantastic writer.
The artwork was good. I especially like the panels that represented Volthoom in the several conflicting spectrums. Those were done colorfully and with great detail. There’s one panel where Volthoom is holding up an unconscious Jessica by her hair that looks evil and awesome at the same time. All-in-all the art was very pleasant to look at. After Simon received four rings he seemed to have a slightly new look, and I like it more. To be honest I was never a Simon Baz fan with his “Kick-Ass” looking wetsuit thing that he had going on….and I don’t mean Kick-Ass as in badass, I mean Kick-Ass as in Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass. I hope he keeps this look. It’s better. Include this issue in your weekly pull. Green Lanterns #30 continues its epic run.
Reviewed by Justin Swenson Green Lanterns #30 Written by Sam Humphries Art by: Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli, Ulises Arreola Published by DC Comics Release Date: September 6, 2017