Nerdlocker Reviews: Green Lantern #1


Bobby – In the new 52, what ended up peaking my interest the most was Green Lantern. It was announced that it would continue its history. Meaning Green Lantern: Rebirth, Sinestro Corps War, Blackest Night, and Brightest Day all still happened. So when reading the conclusion to the Green Lantern War, you don’t turn to the last page and get a feeling of unfulfilled desire for more. If you have been reading this title for as long as I have, you get used to the separation of arcs. You know that there is more to come in the next great installment of Hal Jordan’s adventure as the Lantern of space sector 2814. Or should I say, Sinestro?
The story starts almost immediately after the last book. Sinestro is a Green Lantern again and Hal Jordan is back on Earth as a regular human being…who needs a job. Bad. But what does an intergalactic officer of justice do when he is kicked out of the Green Lantern Corp?
Sinestro is just as confused as everyone else that he was chosen by a ring to be a member of the corp again. The Guardians order him to protect his sector regardless of his past deeds and that is the most confusing part of all. Mogo was apparently the guidance for the rings. He ultimately decided who was and was not worthy of a ring. Mogo died in the War Of The Green Lanterns. So why is anyone confused that a ring chose him? Obviously there is no one directing the rings. So get that ring off his red finger. He’s a disgrace to the corp. He has murdered and enslaved thousands of victims.
The book continues to show Jordan trying to pursue life in some form of normality but he has issues with his hero instincts. It’s actually kind of fun to watch him struggle. I imagine Batman is somewhere laughing at him, saying “I just make it look easy.” Sinestro gets homesick and spys on his old Yellow Lantern Corp buddies, only to get caught and again show how ruthless and evil he is.
The book ends with a cool twist and definitely raises an eyebrow. I don’t mind saying that this book was my favorite so far out of the new 52. It had a good start, a funny middle and a climactic ending. So my final question is, are the Guardians crazy for allowing Sinestro to uphold the law? Maybe we will find out in Green Lantern: New Guardians.
I’m definitely going to give this book 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Jim – I will state this with every review I write for the DC Relaunch, I’m a Marvel guy so I know very little of the DC world beyond the heavy hitters (Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, etc.), and even to that end I have not kept up with their latest story lines. I found the recent relaunch extremely enticing in that I might find a better connection with these characters.
Blackest Night was my reintroduction back into comic books. I stopped reading them after X-Men: Onslaught, which is my all time least favorite soul crushing storyline every created as well as when Acclaim Comics folded, thus cancelling Quantum & Woody, one of the wittiest comics ever written. Anywho, Blackest Night reminded me that I did not like the DC Universe simply because I didn’t know enough about the DC Universe. So picking up Green Lantern #1 had me once again fearful that I would be missing key information to understand the complete story. Luckily for me, the whole idea behind the relaunch is to bring readers like myself back into the fold. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love that Hal Jordan is no longer in the Corps and must find a way to cope with real life. I also love that Sinestro has been forced back into the Corps and quickly realizes he needs help to combat his own creations. I also enjoyed watching the Guardians go medieval and eliminate the one dissenter in the group. That is one way to ensure unanimous votes. I wouldn’t call the last panel a twist, but I definitely enjoyed seeing it. I can’t wait to read where they go from here. I give this book 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Brandon – Green Lantern: Rebirth is the series that got me back into reading comics monthly. I have always been a huge Hal Jordan fan, and Geoff Johns has taken the character to new levels I never thought I’d see with this book. As usual, this issue stays on par with the incredible journey that has been the Green Lantern.
Sinestro is now the Green Lantern of sector 2814, and he doesn’t seem too pleased about it. Meanwhile Hal Jordan is back on earth, no longer a Green Lantern, and not adjusting as well as the people around him would like. But it looks like Sinestro has something up his sleeve; not only to get Hal a ring back, but maybe relieve himself of serving the corps that he has stood against for so long. I’m really intrigued to see how many issues Sinestro stays a Green Lantern, and how long it takes to get Hal back into the uniform. I’m giving this issue 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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