Planet of the Apes / Green Lantern # 6 NM Barrett 1:10 Incentive Cover HBO Max c


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Planet of the Apes Green Lantern (2017) #6B

Published Jul 2017 by Boom Studios
Limited 1 for 10 Retailer Incentive Variant Cover
Written by Robbie Thompson and Justin Jordan
Art by Barnaby Bagenda
Cover by Oliver Barrett
24 pages, full color

The battle has infected Ape City. Cornelius’ army of empowered mutants and apes lay waste to Grodd’s Gorilla Army and Red Lanterns. This world’s only hope lies with Hal Jordan and Sinestro, who must work together to save Cornelius from the corruption of the Universal Ring.

Red Lanterns, Green Lanterns, Apes, OH MY!

The Planet of the Apes / Green Lantern crossover comes to a grand conclusion with the sixth and final issue of this Boom Studios/DC comics joint offering. The creative team of Justin Jordan (writer) and Barnaby Bagenda (artist) wrap a bow nice and snug around the Robbie Thompson penned story while giving fans the conclusion they deserve.

We pick up the story in the midst of a blockbuster battle between the Red and Green factions with the future of the Ape world hanging in the balance. If you’ve been following this chronicle, you’ll know there has been a generational rift within the Ape society that threatens to wreak havoc upon their civilization. Atrocitus and his merry band of rage-aholics do their best to insure total destruction, as usual, while Hal, Guy, and yes even a green ring wearing Sinestro wield their power in attempt to stop the carnage before it can go any further.

Barnaby Bagenda and colorist Alex Guimaraes have done a tremendous job of bringing the Apes and Lantern worlds together. Their artistic stylings sew together the familiar and the original without missing a stitch. The blend of characters is harmonious and very appealing.

Writer Justin Jordan has provided an intense canvas for the artistic team to work with. You’ll be left breathless, even after finishing the last panel. This narrative may be complete, but the overall saga between these two worlds does leave the door open for a follow-up tale we can only hope comes to fruition.

There have been plenty of crossovers and mashup books recently. Some have been done really well, others do leave you desiring more. This Apes/Lantern series has delivered a solid story throughout. If you were unfamiliar with either of these franchises, you could pick up this series without needing the encyclopedia of history from either of them. (With that said, the Apes comics Marvel put out are classic, and Kyle Rayner’s time as Green Lantern penned by Judd Winick is highly underrated and worth your attention.)

I recommend the conclusion to this series, and if you’ve not picked up the previous issues, it is worth checking with your local comic shop to see if they can get them for you. You’ll be glad you did.

A 10 one-hour episodic Green Lantern television series separate from a reboot film is currently in development for HBO Max from Marc Guggenheim and Seth Grahame-Smith with Berlanti Productions producing the series. The series will focus on the Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and Alan Scott versions of Green Lantern alongside Sinestro and Kilowog.

Green Lantern HBO Max Series Reportedly Darker Than First Expected

HBO Max’s live-action Green Lantern series may still be some time away from its debut – series writer and showrunner Seth Grahame-Smith recently offered an update noting that the series is a “big undertaking” and that it will take “a while” to become a reality – but a new report suggests that when the much-anticipated series does debut, it may just have a darker tone than initially expected. According to The Illuminerdi, the Green Lantern series will be more akin to the Watchmen event series in terms of tone, something that may not only shift what fans expect from the series but how each of the characters is portrayed.

While the report doesn’t have much in the way of details when it comes to this possibly darker tone outside of comparisons to Watchmen, the idea that a Green Lantern series could have a similar tone isn’t difficult to imagine. Even on the pages of comics, many of the characters in Green Lantern have complex personal lives, and they each deal with issues of bigotry, homophobia, and more depending upon those personal lives. And given what we’ve learned about the characters for the series, the live-action versions of those characters will have those things to deal with as well.

Previously shared character descriptions have revealed that each character has something that they are dealing with. Guy Gardner, who will be portrayed by American Horror Story star Finn Wittrock, is described as having “a deep undercurrent of pain” driving his outward alpha male nature. Alan Scott, played by Jeremy Irvine, is the image of heroic perfection, but hiding his homosexuality and even the newest Lantern Bree Jarta has complex struggles as a half-human, half-alien black woman who not only has to deal with her human side but racism and sexism on Earth – as well as her alpha male partner, Guy. Other characters expected in the series, such as Jessica Cruz, and Simon Baz, also have issues of trauma and anxiety, as well as racism to deal with. When you put all of those things together, a darker and more serious tone similar to Watchmen makes sense.

A darker tone would also fit in with what Wittrock recently told Entertainment Weekly about the series being “not your average superhero story”.

“It is really cool how sprawling a storyline it is,” Wittrock explained. “It’s pretty epic. It spans time and space and has something for everyone. It’s not your average superhero story… He takes on a lot of this show. He’s a pretty big part of it. I think it’s an interesting way in to the story. It’s not the conventional way in, but I think people might see a side of him they didn’t know was there.”

A debut date for Green Lantern has not yet been set, but the series is expected to debut on HBO Max.

Near mint, 1st print. Bagged & Boarded.