Even though "Rise of
the Third Army" was a somewhat weak arc, Peter J. Tomasi was able to
bring it to a solid, exciting conclusion; however, that effort is
reduced to crumbles with two single panels during the first chapter
of "Wrath of the First Lantern." What was intended to be a menace
deadlier than the Black Lanterns, is turned to ashes in almost a
footnote; a move that feels very much like an editorial mandate to
wrap things up.
Phil Jimenez pencils
the opening sequence of the issue, that in plot and art is an
intentional nod to "Crisis on Infinite Earths," signaling the
approach of something big for the DCnU. Simon Baz is again the
highlight of the book, thanks to his introspection, his encounter
with Black Hand, and his eventual fate inside the black ring.
Everything involving Volthoom, the First Lantern, does not fare as
well, and actually comes off looking a lot like Parallax in "Zero
Hour." Not the best issue of this run.