Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Green Lantern #12 Review

Picking Up The Toys

Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Tom Raney, Marco Santucci, Mike Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 12, 2022

We've come to the end of our Green Lantern series that saw our ring slingers lose their power, we had John Stewart explore his forgotten Mosaic past and we had a Guardian go rogue again, but this time he fused himself with magic and sadly, destroyed all the species that descended from the Maltusians and their respective Corps. Shit got real but let's see if we can end this series in a place that feels right, even though it looks like John Stewart is going to be taken out with the rest of the Justice League in Death of the Justice League. Let's jump into this issue and see what will be left of Oa and the willpower-loving Corps that we adore. Let's check it out.

For this series, I've seen it unfairly compared to when Kyle Rayner was Ion and became the Torch Bearer because this series goes deeper in that in trying to reintroduce the mortal guardian status of John Stewart that was briefly explored before in the '90s before completely being forgotten about because of Emerald Twilight and while this concept is pretty awesome in my eyes, the execution has left a lot to be desired and sadly...... by the end of this issue it almost feels like it mimics Kyle using his Ion power to reignite the Central Power Battery, even if it is slightly different and on a larger scale.  

Yeah, we see the aftermath of the battle with Koyos and the idea of things to come from DC Comics with regards to John Stewart and where his Source power will take him but the majority of this issue really did just feel like a reset until the end when things did seem to go to bigger places than what I expected halfway through the issue. I only wish that the overall narrative about what's been going on and how it is connected to the past would have been explored more because while we're left with some pretty amazing things by the end of this issue, there's still a lot of questions that are left on the table to what the future holds for some of our favorite Green Lanterns and even the other Corps in the Universe. Hopefully, these things are continued in a satisfying way and aren't just forgotten once Dark Crisis starts and DC Comics goes into its next era of storytelling.

All in all, the art in this issue is great and I continue to love the bright and vibrant colors that all Green Lantern books need but the ending, while interesting if it goes somewhere kind of seems cobbled together to get all our toys back in the toybox where we started.... for the most part. No, I don't blame Geoffrey Thorne for this feeling since things have to come to a head real quick because of Dark Crisis but I would have liked things to feel less out there throughout his very ambitious story so that people would have known about John's power connection from the past because I think it would have won over more people and nobody was really interested in the Future State aspects to this book. Yeah, things are back to semi-normal here with some varied status quo changes in changes but this ending definitely left a lot to be desired overall.

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Bits and Pieces:

With some great art throughout, we see how Geoffrey Thorne's Green Lantern story comes to a quick close, where some status quos are set back to where they were but we're still left with some outstanding questions about the fates of some of our favorite lanterns, while Simon Baz feels like he continues to get the short end of the stick. There's definitely some cool stuff here but I wish it felt more natural and better explained overall.


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