“Fear Factor” by Geoff Johns and artist Doug Mahnke. The search for the emotional entities continues, and for Green Lantern this is a good news/bad news situation. The good news, he found the fear entity Parallax; the bad news, it has possessed his best friend Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash.
Few people know Hal Jordan as well as Barry Allen does, and this is something that Parallax and Geoff Johns take advantage of, and even though their battle is as physical as it can get, it is certainly clear that the real fight is a psychological one.
The mysterious creature collecting the entities also makes its presence known, and not even the combined powers of several ring bearers and two other emotional entities are enough to contain the little creeper. By the end of the issue, we learn the true identity of this little freak and you are going to love it.
In this issue we can see how much Hal has grown and been able to move on from his possession by Parallax. Just a few years ago -our time- the fear entity had become the ultimate Green Lantern villain, the one that seemed unbeatable; but Hal
is past that, and he even gets to use a little “Hector Projector” psychology on Parallax itself. Jordan
Green Lantern vs. a Parallax possessed Flash
My only critique is with the sequence between Sinestro and Atrocitus; it seemed out of place, and for those who don’t follow Green Lantern Corps, a complete “huh?”. A caption box with “*See current issues of GLC” would have helped.
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Overall, “Fear Factor” was an excellent issue. The cover by Gary Frank was amazing (the issue is also available with a variant cover by Frank Quitely as part of the DC 75th anniversary), a "catch me up” summary in the first page, Flash’s guest appearance, lots of action and character development, great art, and a cliffhanger and revelation that omens nothing but danger for the entire DC Universe. What are you waiting for? Go and get it now! I said go!