Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Green Lantern #10 Review

A Future State Of Mind

Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: ChrisCross, Juan Castro, Marco Santucci, Mike Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 18, 2022

Let's hop back over to the Dark Sector and also to Oa to continue our two-story style of comic that is the Green Lantern series. Previously, we saw John Stewart with Lonar going up against the mad god Esak who was using the life force of people to create a new god, but since our favorite mortal-guardian John Stewart stopped him, we had instead what was called a God-Storm. Back on Oa Jo Mullein was learning that things may be bigger than she imagined with the explosion of the Central Power Battery as the people of the sorcerer planet Xerox had teamed up with the rogue Guardian Koyos to bring magic back into the Universe. Now it's up to Jo and the rest of the depowered GLs to stop them. Let's jump into this issue and see if our heroes can prevail. Let's check it out.

For this issue of Green Lantern and the first part of our story, we see John Stewart and the idea of what he'll become in the future if he absorbs the God-Storm and uses that power to shape the future, but with all the versions of himself throughout Hypertime, it's all about choices here and the sky is the limit. Let's just hope that the Future State version of him isn't what we end up with. Ultimately though, this part of our story is continuing the path of John being a mortal-Guardian or a New-New God and now he's more powerful than we've ever seen him before, even reaching what feels like Hal Jordan as Parallax levels.  

For our Oa story, we have our heroes trying their best to try and take the rogue Guardian Koyos down and while I've usually preferred this story, things seem to come out of nowhere to get the job done. Out of nowhere the rest of the Guardians are fine and join the fight, Koyos' sister, Nemosyni seems to have had a change of heart out of nowhere after what appeared previously in her killing the Coluan representative of the United Planets, and things just kind of come to a head here out of nowhere, but still ultimately don't really do much to move the story forward besides for having a really interesting cliffhanger.

All in all, the art in both our stories is really enjoyable and there's a lot of aspects to these stories that are fun and interesting in what they do and bring up, but the way the story is told feels kind of convoluted at times and also feels like it's looking over some of the previous setups to this story. Yeah, this series has had its ups and downs with what it's trying to do but in the end I still really enjoy the Mosaic continuity finally being addressed and the stuff with the Starheart and the Guardians is also really intriguing in what it could mean going forward, but I can totally see that this series won't be for everyone because there are some serious deep cuts here and I even feel like some concepts escape me so I have no idea how this would work for new Green Lantern readers. Thankfully though, I look forward to what the next issue will bring because the cliffhangers for both stories looks like it can lead to some fun.

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Bits and Pieces:

While this continues to be a hard book to continue and what feels like an impossible book for new readers to figure out, there are still some interesting concepts in the characters being explored and the ideas of time and what it means... Usually, nothing when Hypertime is involved but there's some decent stuff here. The only problem is the way that the book is being told seems convoluted at times and the two-story style leaves you wanting more from both by the end.


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