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This week’s Green Lantern #6 reveals one of the ongoing mysteries of the series while drawing more attention to the fact that something is going on with the emotional spectrum, plus we get a very pleasant surprise as writer Jeremy Adams delivers something fans have been clamoring for since Green Lantern: The Animated Series was still airing. The issue’s primary focus is on the big Hal vs. Sinestro showdown as the two throw down in a way that tests both of these iconic adversaries.

With Sinestro fueled by rage, we get to see him really cut loose in ways we’ve never seen before. As Hal points out in his inner monologue, what has always made Sinestro who he is has always been his cold precision, but here he cuts loose rather than being so calculating. Sinestro has perhaps never been this powerful except when teamed with Parallax, and that makes him an even greater threat that usual. This allows Adams to push Hal further as well, this time trying to fend off and enraged Sinestro while protecting civilians from the onslaught. Underscoring the battle is the emerging plot thread that there is something amiss with the emotional spectrum, with the increasing energy levels fueling them both to the point that it erupts in a big ball of white energy. I can only imagine that this had to draw the attention of the United Planets and with Sinestro now off planet I imagine they will be knocking on Hal’s door very soon.

Hal creatively puts some distance between himself and the enraged Sinestro.

While it’s a very minor element of the story, I think it’s worth pointing out that Carol Ferris makes a cameo, one which reveals a hint of concern for Hal. Seeing the better part of Hal shine through may be tugging at her heart strings once again and Adams does just enough with that one panel to remind us that there is more to come down the road.

Since the beginning there’s been a nagging thought about Kilowog and whether or not he is the one who died on Korugar in the events that led up to the start of the series. Whether or not Kilowog is alive or is a construct made by Hal is answered by the end of the issue and I’m not going to go into any details here. I’m also not going to go into details on the arrival of another character here, albeit to say that it’s something myself and many other fans have wanted for quite some time. Kudos to Adams for making it happen and I hope we get to see more as the series progresses. I’ll definitely have more to say about both of these developments once some time has passed.

The changing nature of the emotional spectrum comes to the forefront.

This issue is definitely one where the art team has to shine, and Xermanico really comes through with a little help from Scott Godlewski. Godlewski’s art blends well with Xermanico’s, something that when it doesn’t can be very jarring to the reader. Romulo Farardo Jr’s vivid color work makes the art leap off the page, elevating the art team’s team’s imagery to another level. The battle between Sinestro and Hal is a visual tour de force that the art team has executed very well, making the battle feel like a summer blockbuster.

The Sinson backup continues in this issue, and I’m not going to spend much time on it as it’s not something that’s resonating with me. Korg’s story moves forward a bit, but in the end his efforts to get off of Xela and away from Nagaf are for naught and the issue ends with him very much where he started, other than seeing that Korg is full of more confidence that we’ve seen up to now, and his determination at uniting with his father will drive him to ultimately achieve his goal.

Korg’s confidence emerges

Green Lantern #6 answers one question that has been on fans’ minds and gives fans something they’ve been asking for for over a decade. Jeremy Adams, Xermanico and Scott Godlewski give readers a feast for the eyes in another iconic showdown between Hal Jordan and Sinestro that showcase why they are one of DC Comic’s most entertaining adversaries. Nine out of ten lanterns.

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