Of all the 52 new books, this is the one I was the most excited about. Geoff Johns’ run on Green Lantern, specifically his masterful Sinestro Corps War storyline, was what turned my budding interest in comics into a mild obsession. I could talk about the Green Lantern mythos for hours on end (and I do, just ask my friends and family). However, while I have loved the GL stories since SCW, none of them have quite reached the calibre of that story. The endless stream of plot driven events and crossovers (Blackest Night, Brightest Day, and War of the Green Lanterns) put character development on the back burner. Many expressed the sentiment that Hal Jordan was no longer a character, just a device for facilitating Johns’ growing mythology and cast of characters. I’m happy to say that the new status quo brought about in this new volume alleviates these issues and finally gives the characters the time they need to breathe.
In a shocking turn of events at the end of War of the Green, we saw Hal Jordan stripped of his status as Green Lantern while long time villain Sinestro was re-inducted to the corps. When you look back at the 60+ issues in Johns’ run, one can see that everything has been building to this. It’s very refreshing to see Hal just being Hal, after going through nearly 30 issues of nonstop heroing. Likewise, it’s awesome to see Sinestro as a GL again. He’s clearly uncomfortable with the situation, but I also think that it’s what he’s, and myself, wanted deep down.
As exciting as this new status quo is, not a lot happens in this issue. Other than some great character moments and an ominous scene with the Guardians, this is mainly introduction/set up. On the art side of things it’s always great to see Doug Mankhe at work. The man turns out some of the most solid art at DC, though that Ivan Reis cover does make me miss his work on GL.
If it weren’t for the new 52 branding on the book’s cover one (and another appearance by the Flashpoint woman) I wouldn’t even be able to tell that this is the new DCU, but that’s ok. This is still Johns’ masterwork and I’m more excited than ever to see where it goes.