Green Lantern. Vol. 3: The End

Doug Mahnke & others (illus.). DC. (New 52!). 2013. 264p. ISBN 9781401244088. $24.99; pap. ISBN 9781401246846. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781401248475. SUPERHERO
In this third and final volume of the saga, Johns (Green Lantern Corps) blurs the line between villain and hero in the stories of the focal characters: Sinestro, the First Lantern, and the newest recruit, Simon Baz. The fifth human to become a Lantern, Arab American Baz is a car thief wrongly accused as a terrorist because of racial profiling. Not only must he deal with the extreme prejudice hurled his way, he also has to rescue Sinestro and Hal Jordan in hopes of preventing the destruction of the universe. In Baz, Johns creates a believable, contemporary character who doesn't necessarily fit squarely into the ideal hero profile. But his willpower is strong, and he quickly proves himself as a worthy Lantern bearer, unique to the corps and capable of exceptional feats. Baz believes in doing what must be done for the people he loves—a concept that embraces the struggles of the other protagonists and allows for elegant transitions among plotlines.
VERDICT Green Lantern fans, new and seasoned, will enjoy reading this volume as Johns's extremely approachable writing style and Mahnke's clean and expressive art bring a satisfying conclusion to a strong and dynamic story.
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