Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Green Lantern #3 Review

Is There Anyone Out There?

Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Tom Rany, Marco Santucci, Michael Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 1, 2021

The Green Lantern Power Battery is gone and with it, the energy that keeps are Green Lanterns..... Well, Green Lanterns. In the previous issue we saw a thousand and one Lanterns go off to the Dark Sector to map out this uncharted area of space that's been blocked off by a barrier that the Guardians couldn't see through and since they took off before the Power Battery went kablooey, it seems that we're now done a thousand Lanterns, including some big names, like John Stewart. Let's jump into this issue and see if anyone survived the Battery going down and if Simon Baz survived the explosion on Oa. Let's check it out.

So in this issue, the Central Power Battery is gone and since we saw the Lanterns going off to the Dark Sector last issue we know that we're missing a whole ton of Lanterns, but here we only find out the fate of John Stewart, who was pulled in from space by drones and taken in by an alien mother and daughter that can read his mind...... I mean, we also see a couple of panels to let us know what's happened to some other Lanterns but it wasn't enough when the majority of the issue just let us see John Stewart become one of the family of the people who rescued him. Space ain't what it used to be though because it seems like having no protection in space only messes you up a little bit but you're able to get over it pretty well.  

Beyond John Stewart and him trying like a madman to continue to be a Green Lantern on this little world without a Green Lantern ring, we have Jo Mullein filling us in on what's going on with Oa and who survived and who didn't, while letting us know that the United Federation of Planets are going to do some stuff to help out, but they're not willing to give 100% like Jo Mullein wants but for the most part, the mystery of what happened to the Central Power Battery continues and this issue is scrambling to get information and in some instances to survive and figure out how to continue from this new status quo.

All in all, the art in this issue is amazing and the story is still compelling, but it felt like we spent too much time not doing enough with John Stewart... Yeah, the "Inception" moments of him, where we saw inside his mind or dreamscape was fun because there's some fan callbacks that I appreciated and thought were cool, but with so much going on with Keli, Simon, and Jo back on Oa it felt like we split our time a little too much here for the amount of mystery going on in this series. That being said, I still enjoyed this issue I just hope that the focus isn't split too much going forward because even with extra pages this book might feel a bit tedious because it could spend too much time dealing with things outside of the main plot.  

Bits and Pieces:

While I was anxious about what the outcome of last issue's cliffhanger would be, I have to say that I love what we got out of that aspect in this book, I just wish we spent more time dealing with the characters who are trying to get to the bottom of Oa's attack and a little less with John Stewart getting acclimated to a world that he's stuck on. Yeah, that part was still enjoyable but I didn't care about it as much as the other aspects of this book. Thankfully though, the art in this issue looked amazing and the plot advancements we did get make me want to come back for more.


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