The Review 52: Green Lantern 1
Hal Jordan is having trouble adjusting. Not only has he been removed from the Green Lantern Corps, but he’s got piled up bills and debt to return to. To make matters worse, Sinestro has been re-instated as a Green Lantern.
The story, by Geoff Johns, is a view of what happens to heroes and villains when their position is drastically changed. On earth Hal Jordan is going through super hero withdrawal. While he can’t afford to live with past due bills and no job, he also has the overwhelming urge to help people. Misunderstanding a scene being filmed for a movie, he jumps between two seven story buildings and smashes through a window in order to beat a guy senseless, no powers required. Meanwhile, Sinestro returns to Korugar to find that the Yellow Lantern Corps that he created to protect the planet has enslaved it in his absence.
The art, by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy, is mostly like the previous Green Lantern series. It has the feel of a classic comic with just enough realism. Some of the close ups of people’s faces look a bit awkward. But otherwise the artwork is eye pleasing and easy to follow.
While the characters are all from previous series, seeing them thrown into strange situations shows a different side of them as well as the potential for change. Seeing Hal Jordan back on Earth with no powers lets us see a greater extent of his recklessness as well as his detachment from human society. Sinestro has returned to being a Green Lantern but is also starting to see that his past deeds, while done in the best interest of his people, have had very negative consequences.
There really isn’t much more to talk about in this issue. Although the storyline brings an interesting perspective, it is short and uneventful. This leaves Green Lantern 1 with a score of 3/5. Overall the series has potential to be great, with a great writer and great artists working on it.
Final Score: 3/5