It’s an interesting set-up. The United Planets have taken over the Corps. Earth’s Lanterns are grounded. Does Green Lantern #1 deliver on the concept?
Hal Jordan returns to the DCU in stories from Jeremy Adams, Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Dave Sharpe, while John goes home from Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Montos, Adriano Lucas, and Sharpe.
Hal Jordan is back on Earth, exiled from the Corps and stripped of his ring by the United Planets, the new commanders of the Green Lantern Corps. So why does he have a ring and how is it powered? Meanwhile, John Stewart goes home to try to figure out his next steps, but a terrifying threat is seeking him out!
Hal Jordan is far from my favorite Lantern. Jessica Cruz and Kyle Rayner share the top spots for me. Regardless, Adams writes him as the most charming and relatable Hal Jordan in a long time. The plot is a little thin and the flashbacks are a bit confusing (the “one month earlier” caption was weirdly easy to miss, though Sharpe’s letters otherwise are very good) but the way Hal is written makes up for a lot of the faults. It makes for an entertaining, if imperfect, story.
Xermanico’s line art and Fajardo’s colors are a big highlight to the issue. Fajardo uses bright colors (not just green) as beacons on the page drawing the eye to the action. Xermanico’s layouts use sight lines to lead the reader’s eye across the page, building up to a dramatic moment each time, whether it’s something heroic, a joke, or just Hal failing in his civilian life. Each moment works really well on the page. A few small moments don’t totally work (including a few weird facial expressions), but overall, it looks great.
Johnson, Montos and Lucas’s John story is only about six pages. It sets up a much more interesting threat than the main story, but John himself is really only in a page. The art makes the threat incredibly scary though, and it sells the emotion of John’s reunion with his mother.
Green Lantern #1 is available now from DC Comics.
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