Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Green Lantern #1 Review

Everything All At Once

Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Dexter Soy, Marco Santucci, Alex Sinclair, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 6, 2021

It's time to get back to the Green Lantern Corps and figure out where our ring slingers fit into a Universe that has come together as a United Federation of Planets that can take care of themselves and don't need the Guardians looking down on them as parents. Not only that, but we need to figure out what's up with the Teen Lantern and her mysterious power gauntlet. Let's jump into this issue and see what's up with the Green Lantern before the lights go out and our favorite Lanterns lose their power. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

So yeah, we're dealing with a lot this issue as the United Federation of Planets are coming together on Oa to decide if the Guardians and their planet even belong in the Federation. Yeah, it's a messed up concept, especially since you go into the issue thinking they're going to decide if the Green Lanterns should even be a thing anymore but the biggest problem that this issue faces is that it tries to do too much too soon and doesn't give us enough time to really deal with anything and because of this, things just kind of come out of nowhere, end out of nowhere and a lot of what's happening in this issue just doesn't feel as big as it should.

Hell, we all want to learn about the Teen Lantern and what her gauntlet is and how it works but for whatever reason, we have the Guardians of the Universe bowing down her essentially because they're unwilling to take her gauntlet from her because she says "no". She's eleven years old, has technology that is hacking into the emotional spectrum, even though it's now drawing energy from the main power battery and for whatever reason the Guardians just let this go and it feels really weird. Not as weird though as an all-out fight that breaks out based on Teen Lantern's mention of Gemworld, that takes a magic race of people to try and free the Starheart out of nowhere that feels so strange that this issue while I want to know what's going on with the Green Lanterns in a post Death Metal Omniverse feels like it tried to cram as much as it could into it, even though there's not enough page space to fully explain everything that's put into it.

All in all, the art in this issue is really great and I enjoyed going around Oa and seeing everything going on, I just wish that the story had a little more focus because every time you start doing something that seems interesting a new scene begins and interrupts what's going on and usually, it's not as interesting as what we had going on before. It's funny too because things switched so abruptly throughout this issue that just when you thought the issue was over, a new situation was abruptly added and ended on such a weird note out of nowhere that while it seemed strange, it actually worked with how the rest of the issue felt and ultimately I just wanted to be able to deal with one aspect of what was going on in this book and the only thing that was resolved here was something that felt like it was out of nowhere as well and not something that I wanted to find out about going in. With that said, I'm hoping that as we go forward that this series can find some focus on what it wants to do and say, and even though there are some interesting things here with great characters and art, this first issue wasn't the strongest start to this new series.

Bits and Pieces:

While I love the art and the characters, the situations felt weird and were just stacked on top of each other until you didn't really know what this issue was actually about because it just kept adding things to the issue that never felt like they were properly explained or resolved. I'm hoping that this series finds a focus as it continues because this issue while setting some stuff up to go forward came off as a bit of a mess.  


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