New 52 Review – “Green Lantern #1”

In this corner of the DC Universe, very little has changed as a result of Flashpoint. However, the recent War of the Green Lanterns is in full effect, with Sinestro serving the Corps using Hal Jordan’s ring.

General Information

Title: Green Lantern #1

Author: Geoff Johns

Illustrator(s): Doug Mahnke (pencils), Christian Alamy with Tom Nguyen (inks) and David Baron (colours)

Cover Date: November 2011

Cover Price: $2.99

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In the wake of the War of the Green Lanterns, which had severe negative impacts on the corps and their guardians, as well as their members, Hal Jordan was fired and Sinestro was given back a green ring. The Guardians clearly have a plan, but that stands unrevealed. What is known for sure is that neither Hal Jordan nor Thaal Sinestro like their current lots in life.

High Point

Sinestro is one of the best villains in comicdom. He honestly believes every decision he’s ever made was the right decision for the universe, and he won’t back down.

Low Point

There’s something about Mahnke’s art that I don’t care for. It’s hard to put my finger on exactly why, but his characters feel stiff, almost as if he draws action figures rather than people.

The Scores

This is an original status quo for the series. I’ve read every issue from Hal Jordan’s first appearance in Showcase until now, and I’ve never seen a status quo like it. It’s a new direction that feels like Green Lantern, despite the changes. I give it 5 out of 6.

The artwork is my only real complaint. Mahnke’s style makes the spines appear completely rigid from the base of the skull to the tailbone. As a result, it looks like the heads pivot at the tops of the necks and the arms and legs are attached to inflexible torsos. It really looks like Mahnke uses action figures like some artists use models for photoreference. I give it 3 out of 6.

The story is as well written as the rest of Geoff Johns’ run on Green Lantern. If you haven’t been reading it already, start now. This is a unique issue, too, in the sense that it feels like the next natural chapter in Johns’ Green Lantern saga, yet it’s at a stage in which the characters are likely to debate past events, and do so naturally enough to bring new readers up to speed without alienating the existing fans. It’s a tough line to walk. I give it 5 out of 6.

The characterization of Hal, Sinestro, Ganthet, the Guardians and Carol Ferris all comes through clearly. It’s going to be an interesting ride for the next few months at least. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response is great. I’m very interested to see where all of this is heading. I give it 6 out of 6.

The flow is smooth and natural, flipping back and forth between Sinestro and Hal until that inevitable last page. I give it 6 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a strong relaunch of my favorite DC franchise. I give it 5 out of 6.

In total, Green Lantern receives 35 out of 42.

The New 52

Here are handy links for the reviews of all 52 new #1 issues:

  1. Action Comics
  2. All-Star Western
  3. Animal Man
  4. Aquaman
  5. Batgirl
  6. Batman
  7. Batman and Robin
  8. Batman: The Dark Knight
  9. Batwing
  10. Batwoman
  11. Birds of Prey
  12. Blackhawks
  13. Blue Beetle
  14. Captain Atom
  15. Catwoman
  16. DC Universe Presents
  17. Deathstroke
  18. Demon Knights
  19. Detective Comics
  20. The Flash
  21. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
  22. The Fury of Firestorm
  23. Green Arrow
  24. Green Lantern
  25. Green Lantern Corps
  26. Green Lantern: New Guardians
  27. Grifter
  28. Hawk and Dove
  29. I, Vampire
  30. Justice League
  31. Justice League Dark
  32. Justice League International
  33. Legion Lost
  34. Legion of Super-Heroes
  35. Men of War
  36. Mister Terrific
  37. Nightwing
  38. O.M.A.C.
  39. Red Hood and the Outlaws
  40. Red Lanterns
  41. Resurrection Man
  42. The Savage Hawkman
  43. Static Shock
  44. Stormwatch
  45. Suicide Squad
  46. Superboy
  47. Supergirl
  48. Superman
  49. Swamp Thing
  50. Teen Titans
  51. Voodoo
  52. Wonder Woman