Saturday, June 8, 2013

Green Lantern #21

Now that writer Geoff Johns has flown, the question is, what happens to Green Lantern now?

Johns did a good job wrapping up the major story lines from his long run on the comic, and now he hands it over to Robert Venditti, and while it's too soon to render a final judgment, so far it's hard to tell that there's been a change.

That's because this issue is mostly dedicated to cleaning up loose ends and setting up some ongoing challenges for Hal and the rest of the Corps.

And there are plenty of challenges in the wake of the devastation cause by the "First Lantern" - Oa has to rebuild, it's being attacked and there's a big problem with the Power Rings...

I enjoy these cosmic stories, and it's great to see Hal back at the center of the fight again - but I have to admit, I'd like to see some Earth-bound stories that focus on Hal. The down side of the GL Corps stories is that he tends to get lost in the crowd.

Taking over the art chores is Billy Tan and Richard Friend, and they turn in strong work here - though it's not quite up to the high marks set by Doug Mahnke.

Still, it's a strong start for the new team. They have big shoes to fill, but the good news is: they're walking in the right direction.

Grade: B+


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