I bought this issue on the basis of the cover, which promises fun. So many Green Lantern series of the last 20 years have been so darned grim that I craved some light to go with the shade.
And there’s light aplenty in this debut issue, as the Guardians host a galactic conclave. And the question up for discussion? Does the new United Planets want Oa as a member, or will it reject the Guardians of the Universe and the Green Lantern Corps whose members have, for so long, imposed their idea of order on deep space.
Sinestro, representing his new world, has a predictable position.
I have to say, he makes some good points.
While other planets are more sympathetic, proceedings are, to say the least, severely disrupted by a visitor from a realm more usually seen in the future of the Legion of Super-Heroes than in the Green Lantern series – the Sorcerers’ World of Zerox.
Longtime Green Lantern readers will realise the antagonist, Yridian, is talking about the Starheart, the orb into which the Guardians secreted untold amounts of mystical energy. She’s come to get it back…
With ‘The Source of Peace’, writer Geoffrey Thorne and artists Dexter Soy and Marco Santucci treat us to a double-sized story laying out the scale of the series. As well as Lanterns of green, yellow and red variety, there are Thanagarians, Dominators, Coluans and more. The good thing is that for once, rather than fighting, they come in peace, to enjoy a festival thrown by the Guardians.
As for the little blue men and women, they don’t seem too worried about whether or not they’re allowed into the cosmic club. They are concerned about the newest wielder of their green energy, Keli Quintela – the self-styled Teen Lantern (well, she’s only 11).
The book is full of great scenes like this, promising mysteries to be investigated, along with nice interaction between the characters.
I’m with John, the Kryptonian robes are excellent. Heck, everything looks excellent as drawn by Soy and Santucci, and coloured by Alex Sinclair. Favourite visuals include Hal Jordan’s approach to monitor duty and the arrival of a handsome stranger in a space poncho. The credits don’t break down who illustrated which pages, and while I think I could make a good guess – Soy’s people are slightly more chiselled, as opposed to Santucci’s smoother stylings – let’s just acknowledge that I enjoyed all the illustrations. The characters look terrific, the panel to panel storytelling is splendid and I loved being in this world.
The only storytelling problem arises from the modish cold open – we start with apocalyptic action, pop back two hours and never get a clear catch-up moment. I understand the device on telly, it’s meant to stop you switching channels, but can anyone explain the point in a comic book? We’ve already bought the thing.
Anyway, while I might have reordered the pages, I did enjoy them all. Thorne shows a good knowledge of Green Lantern, and wider DCU history, building on it without letting it overwhelm his own ideas. He juggles the many players with skill, with John Stewart, Hal Jordan and Kelli Quintana especially well served. I’m not sure if one of them, or someone else, will be the ‘Green Lantern’ of the title, but maybe it’ll be option C, none of the above. I’d be fine with an ensemble cast or rotating leads, both approaches have been successfully applied in previous years.
As for the new characters, I love Yridian’s speech patterns, she sounds like a bad pirate, and I hope to see more of her. And the mystery man – I assume he’s a Green Lantern – brings instant charisma.
My favourite phrase in the book comes from Sinestro, in that panel above: ‘Fear owns the Oans’ is a pun with a point, just great.
That cheery cover is drawn by Bernard Chang and coloured by Alex Sinclair, with a splendid new logo by Kenny Lopez. Letters inside the book come from the ever-excellent Rob Leigh.
All in all, this is an engrossing, good-looking beginning to what has all the ingredients for a great run. What did you think?