Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Green Lantern: Mystery of the Star Sapphire

Issues: Green Lantern #18-20 (2007)

Love Hurts...

Or it does when you're a Green Lantern! Valentine's Day may be over, but that doesn't mean that love is still hanging around in the air.
PC: Andrew James Rocha

If you read my last post about "Sins of the Star Sapphire" you might want to hear more about the Star Sapphires and maybe want to learn about original Star Sapphire, Carol Ferris.

When Carol Ferris first appeared back in 1959, she was little more than a Lois Lane-type character to Hal Jordan. The one thing that made Carol Ferris unique was that she would unknowingly transform into Green Lantern's arch nemesis, the Star Sapphire.

In "Mystery of the Star Sapphire"  Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris are no longer lovers like they were in the Silver Age of comics. Hal Jordan is now romancing fellow air force pilot, Jillian "Cowgirl" Pearlman. Though Hal and Cowgirl share a carefree and impulsive personality, Hal still has feelings for his ex.

Meanwhile, the Zamorans who originally brainwashed Carol Ferris into becoming their villainous weapon, seek her aid in their plans to battle against the Guardians of the Universe and their Green Lantern Corps. The Zamorans have constructed their own power source, a power battery fueled by love, to arm their own army.

"Mystery of the Star Sapphire" becomes a battle between Green Lantern Hal Jordan and his old nemesis, the Star Sapphire while setting the stage for a larger and more intense "War of Light".  Fans who really want to know more about Star Sapphire should definitely read this story, as well as those who want all the background on the "Blackest Night" storyline.

The writing in "Mystery of the Star Sapphire" is good but not great. Geoff Johns is a brilliant comic book writer, and one of my personal favorites. He knows how to mix humor and human characters with drama and the superhero genre. At times, it is like a romantic comedy whenever Hal and Carol are bickering, but can quickly turn into an intense action story with glorious battles of light. But, because this story is attempting to setup a future story rather than stand on it's own, it might be forgotten if not for Star Sapphire and the beautiful artwork.

That is probably what is really impressive about "Mystery of the Star Sapphire", Daniel Acuña has a really unique art style. The way that the light of the Green Lantern and Star Sapphire shine is just beautiful and intense. 

Writing  Art   Character Development    Overall Enjoyment
7  9  7

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