Geoff Johns brings “Green Lantern” into the post-relaunch DC Universe, and in doing so makes the book interesting again. You’ve seen the cover by now and you know that Sinestro is once again slinging his ring in the shade of green. Naturally, that means that Hal Jordan isn’t ring-slinging, and by making those two changes, shifting the dynamic and the spotlight in this book, Geoff Johns gives me a reason to read this book again.
For readers who have been tuned into this book for the past five or so years, Sinestro taking the spotlight isn’t really a big surprise. Johns has made Sinestro a much deeper character in that time than the character ever had a chance to become in the decades of his previous existence. The surprise is the fact that Thal Sinestro has been selected by the ring and the ring has no intent of releasing him from service to the Green Lantern Corps. This instantly puts Sinestro at odds with his own Corps, and makes for some great action and intrigue.
The ring that selected Sinestro filled the void created when Hal Jordan lost his own, and Hal is therefore stuck on Earth. Fans have been clamoring for some downtime for Green Lantern, and they got it right here. Amazingly enough, this is exactly what the Hal Jordan character needed. Johns addresses some of the questions that fans have had about Hal’s life, and not all of the answers are happy ones. We see what becomes of Hal’s apartment, job, and love life during Hal’s recent and extreme absence from Earth.
As always, Doug Mahnke’s art is breathtaking and fantastic. No creator, save Pat Gleason, can deliver scary, exciting, monstrous aliens like Mahnke, and spinning those into the space drama of “Green Lantern” alongside Sinestro opens this book up once again. Mahnke brings the tremendous level of detail we’ve all come to expect from him, but does so in a way that makes the pages feel alive. Mahnke makes the relatively mundane civilian Hal Jordan pages energetic and exciting, with as much life as the heavier, more science fiction-steeped space adventures of Sinestro.
I was more than ready to close the chapter on my adventures reading “Green Lantern,” and the relaunch and gifting of the ring to Sinestro seemed like a decent place to do just that. Mahnke’s art, under the Ivan Reis/Joe Prado cover, was enough to tease me back in, though. Once I picked this book up, I couldn’t put it back down, and I’m definitely coming back for another issue.
This may not be the greatest of the new releases, but it is enjoyable, entertaining, and fast-paced. In other words, it is everything that a comic book should be. Given the relative fame splashed upon Sinestro this summer, this book should draw in a casual fan or three and it appears ready to reward them nicely. Veteran “Green Lantern” readers are sure to find a great deal to enjoy. I certainly did.