There was fairly a bit to love for DC Comics’ “Future State,” an occasion that launched new ideas and altered up the established order for all of their heroes. Some of the most vital modifications passed off round the Green Lanterns, who had been left with out the Central Power Battery and their powers, giving the Corps a way of grit that it has lacked lately. Things are again to regular in Green Lantern #1 the place, regardless of having the Central Power Battery again, some of that edge is retained after which mixed with this difficulty’s recent imaginative and prescient of the Lanterns, main the potential for this collection off the charts.
Let’s begin with the collection’ lead. Writer Geoffrey Thorne is an avid fan of John Stewart, and it reveals right here. Also obvious is how effectively suited Stewart is for this position, displaying compassion, authority, and purpose all in equal measure. Stewart has at all times been portrayed as a army vet with a deal with on ways and a extra pragmatic means of considering, however right here he’s allowed to unfold his wings additional than ever as each a person character and a Green Lantern.
This is a model of Stewart I’ve wished for a while, although the first web page or two do not learn like his voice is solidified fairly but. That stated, by the difficulty’s finish, Stewart is one of the greatest issues in it, as every of his interactions with the huge solid of Lanterns brings a brand new layer of his character into view. He’s a chilled presence for Keli but additionally carries the confidence wanted to stand alongside the Guardians, all the whereas carrying the self-doubt and worries which make him human.
Amidst all of that is Keli Quintela, the Teen Lantern, who brings a welcome burst of frenetic vitality to the Corps that it has been missing for a bit. Every scene between her and Simon Baz or Stewart is pleasant, and I truthfully might have used extra of her on this difficulty. It needs to be a pleasure to watch her work together with characters like Kilowog, Guy Gardner, and Soranik Natu, and that may’t occur quickly sufficient.
Before transferring on to the Lanterns’ new place in the universe, it wants to be talked about how spectacular that universe seems to be. Dexter Soy, Marco Santucci, and Alex Sinclair once more carry some of that edge again to the Lanterns, particularly Stewart, who seems to be like the imposing and commanding Lantern he’s. Soy knocks the smaller moments out of the park too, like the pleasant smirk Stewart expresses after Keli threatens to give the Guardians a beat down.
Soy and Sinclair additionally mix to create a stunning shot of the Corps that reaches an entire new stage thanks to letterer Rob Leigh, and the Oath has not often regarded so slick. There is a soar from Soy to Santucci’s inventive types, and it’s noticeable. The excellent news is that regardless of the soar Santucci’s type is effectively suited to these segments of the difficulty, however I’m at all times partial to a constant look all through one comedian.
As talked about earlier than, the Lanterns usually are not simply assumed to be the universe’s protectors however have to persuade a brand new alliance during which they’re worthy of being included. This is a really completely different place for the Guardians and the Lanterns, who commonly take that kind of belief and leeway without any consideration. Seeing how they adapt to the altering panorama of the universe and the folks in it’s half of the enjoyable, and will find yourself being one of the most intriguing components of the collection over the lengthy haul.
Green Lantern #1 pulls the highlight from Hal Jordan and locations the franchise in John Stewart’s ever-capable fingers, and the supporting solid Thorne is constructing out is actually stellar. The Corps’ new position in the universe and the modifications in how they function are each welcome additions to the combine, as is the lightning bolt named Teen Lantern. None of it really works with out Stewart although, and fortunately he is by no means been higher, making for a debut that’s already hovering in direction of super potential.
Published by DC Comics
On April 6, 2021
Written by Geoffrey Thorne
Art by Dexter Soy and Marco Santucci
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by Rob Leigh
Cover by Bernard Chang and Alex Sinclair