Publisher: DC Comics
Released: February 14th 2017
Issues: Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps (Rebirth) 1-7
First things first, I should admit that I may have jumped the gun a little bit here. I’ve really enjoyed Green Lantern comics in the past, but I’m not exactly up to date. I have yet to read the New 52 version of the comics, so the beginning had some events that I don’t know the backstory to.
Also worth noting – the artwork is exactly what I would expect and hope for when it comes to a Green Lantern graphic novel. It’s full of bright colors that are both bold and distinct (and important factor when considering how many lantern colors there are).
The Green Lantern Corps are gone – they have been for a couple of years. During that time the Sinestro Corps (yellow lanterns) have taken control (not something I’d enjoy seeing, personally). Hal is the only lantern left that’s in distance to help keep the Sinestro Corps from moving forward to the next step in their plan.
As stated above, I haven’t read the New 52 Green Lantern series yet (I know, it’s on the list), so I don’t know what exactly happened before the beginning of this volume. From the context provided I can infer most of what I think I need to know (such as the Green Lanterns got sent away, I don’t know by what. And that Hal has gone Ion). That being said, I actually really enjoyed this volume and can’t wait to read volume two (which is waiting for me as I write this).
There were particular moments I really enjoyed, so I’ll just focus on them a bit. I loved seeing how Hal managed to keep it together while so infused with the Green Lantern force. The glimpse at how a ring is made was also appreciated (though I would have loved more details about it, obviously).
I’m shocked to hear myself say this, but I actually think Guy Gardner had the most memorable moments so far. Though I really didn’t need to know what he wears under his Green Lantern uniform (hint: it’s nothing). On the bright side at least a couple of Yellow Lanterns were also subjected to that fact, so there’s a win. As for why Guy was away from the rest of the lanterns? I adore that they chose him as a scout because they knew he’d be too stubborn and dumb to die (they weren’t wrong). The whole set up and story involving him was just so perfect and really showed what kind of person Guy really is.
I’m not sure how I feel about Sinestro. First he was dying and then suddenly he’s been healed (and made younger) by the yellow lantern force (which has an embodiment named Parallax?). It’s an interesting twist for sure; I’m just not sure how much I liked it. Though I did enjoy seeing Soranik resist her father and try to do what she thought was right. It really shows that we have some biases towards the color of the rings (there’s a natural assumption that there can’t be any good people wearing a yellow ring, which isn’t correct or fair).
I’m really curious about what’s going to happen next – so while I do have full intentions of going back and reading New 52 Green Lanterns sometime, I think I’m going to continue forward for now.