Best Comics of 7/25

Green Lantern #11

The last story arc “The Secret of The Indigo Tribe” really brought me back to what I love about Geoff John’s Green Lantern universe. The color spectrum, the epic scale, and the relationships between characters constantly evolving. This new story’s first issue had all those elements plus some few fun extras. “The Revenge of Black Hand” Part 1 shows how creepy Geoff Johns’s Black Hand can be! Before Johns took the character on a few years ago he was relegated to being kind of a joke. He was, however, one of the first villains to appear in his run on Green Lantern and was central to the DC event, “Blackest Knight”.

What really works in this issue is the back and forth conversations of Hal Jordan and Sinestro. The shift in power in the relationship is something that makes Hal feel really great but Sinestro doesn’t skip a beat…he is always 100% confident in his ability to concur any threat through his iron will. Seeing Sinestro’s 20 mile long “Bat Cave” was something that has never been shown in his history but makes total sense.

The Green Lantern titles are all gearing up for their upcoming “Third Army” event and this book drops quite a few hints about this forthcoming story. If you like Green Lantern stories like “The Sinestro Corps. Wars” and “Blackest Night’, this issue’s storyline is for you.

X-Force #28

“Final Execution” Chapter Four has all the makings of a classic X-Men story. A group of villains form a new incarnation of The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants that has to be one of the strongest lineups this group has ever boasted. Their first order of business is to rescue the heir of Apolcalpyse, Evan, who Wolverine has decided to attempt to guide at his school. This new Brotherhood has not only the element of surprise but also a leader who really understand how Wolverine thinks. A team member is killed, Evan is captured, and X-Force is at perhaps its weakest moment as a last ditch move places them abruptly in the future.

Dystopian possible futures have been stock and trade ever since the iconic Uncanny X-Men #141 and #142′s “Days of Future Past”. This future is very much in that same vein. Future versions of Marvel characters cameo all over this as X-Force tries to find a way back to their present day in order to save Evan.

This story arc has really brought X-Force back to what made it special. The over the top BIG stories that take elements for every era of the X-Men and mesh them perfectly together is a real treat for long time X-Men readers. What’s amazing is that new readers claim that this book is very accessible. That may be so but the nuances of truly great parts of this book come from knowing years and years worth of X-Men stories.

- @NickBorelli

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