convergence: Green Lantern Parallax
Written by: Tony Bedard
Art by: Ron Wagner
Cover by: Steven Leiber
Released: April 15, 2015
There’s so much that’s interesting about the initial pages of this book thanks to addition of the Telos-dome. In the original timeline, Kyle Rayner tried and failed to reach out to the Parallax-influenced Hal Jordan. However, with their powers removed, Bedard seizes the opportunity to delve into some gut-wrenching pathos. There are moments of horrifying clarity from one character and unadulterated compassion from another. These opening pages are enthralling as it’s fascinating to see what could have been if things had worked out differently prior to the events of Zero Hour. Really though, what makes these scenes work so well is how Bedard manages to capture these characters so effectively. Of course, Bedard is no stranger to the Green Lantern universe, but it’s nice to see him take on these characters in this particular era.
The opening pages end up being quite emotional, but utilitarian as well. One of the things that’s made some of the Convergence books potentially difficult to enjoy is that some readers may not be familiar with the various histories of the many characters involved. While it’s not impossible to enjoy these books without this particular context, readers intimately familiar with these characters and their histories may get much more out of these revisitations than those not in the know. Fortunately, Bedard manages to give readers a brief summary of Hal’s troubles with Parallax in an emotional and organic way. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue
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