Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Green Lantern #2 Review

A New Mission For A New Corps

Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Dexter Soy, Marco Santucci, Alex Sinclair, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 4, 2021

In our previous issue, we saw the Green Lantern Corps and the planet Oa being inducted into the United Federation of Planets but apparently, this didn't sit right with some people...... sorcerer people from a sorcerer world who had some bad blood with the Guardians of the Universe and their perceived involvement with shutting down a large portion of magic in the Universe when they caged the Starheart, the source of Alan Scott's power. That's a beef that looks like it's going to continue as we go along but in the previous issue we saw this escalate to the point of a Guardian being killed and now we'll look at what the Universe looks like with one less Guardian and a Corps that has to find a place in the newly formed United Planets. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

I was a bit on the fence during the first issue of this series, mostly because of where we're supposed to be heading according to Future State but I have to tell you that for all my fears, this issue of Green Lantern really elevated what I thought I knew was coming because obviously, we're going to have to deal with the "Lights Out" scenario, which seems weird because we're essentially taking away the main characteristic of our Corps of heroes, but the progression of this issue was something that blew me away because it went from a solemn look at our heroes dealing with a funeral of a Guardian, to what the plan is going to be moving forward in a Universe where the Green Lantern Corps isn't needed as much as it used to be because the United Federation of Planets wants to take the reigns in protecting its planets and how that affects the amount of not Green Lanterns and their sectors.  

This issue is a crazy ride because right as your trying to digest a new norm for our heroes going forward whether that be for the heroes that are off doing other things or what the focus of this book is supposed to be and right when you wrap your mind around that, "BOOM" something else hits, changing that new norm into something that while you should kind of expect, takes you completely by surprise. Now you might think that all of this feels like too much for one issue.......... and it might be, but I found this issue to be very compelling, even if I'm not sure how it will completely line up with everything we saw from the Future State: Green Lantern books and their backups.

All in all, the art in this issue is amazing all the way through, while the story just keeps building throughout the pages before taking us on an emotional rollercoaster ride that builds up our expectations before tearing our hearts out by the end. It's a pretty epic issue that shows us where our heroes are currently and where they'll be going in one of the darkest times in the Green Lanterns history while showcasing the characterizations of John Stewart and Keli Quintela. I was worried before about the direction of the Green Lantern book.... you know, because I want them to be able to do Green Lantern things but if this issue is any indication about how this book will be handled going forward I'm looking forward to the ride because this issue had me at the edge of my seat.

Bits and Pieces:

You'll be taken through a series of highs and lows in this issue and it will grab your attention and at times heartstrings and won't let them go until the end of the book and man it had me compelled with not only what our heroes were up to but where they'll be going in the future. The art looks great, the characters are well defined and I can't wait to get to the next issue of this book.


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