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Review: Green Lantern #21

green lantern #21 coverAfter an epic run, a new era for the ring slingers begins as Geoff Johns has exited the green world he crafted. The emerald torch has passed and a new era for Green Lantern starts here, a perfect jumping on point for new readers, something you tend to not see with the twenty-first issue. This brand new chapter sees a new creative team with writer Robert Venditti and art by Billy Tan and Richard Friend.

In the wake of the First Lantern’s devastating assault on the planet Oa, most of the Guardians of the universe lay dead and the Green Lanterns stand in disarray. In light of the instrumental role he played in saving his brethren from complete annihilation, Hal Jordan has been selected to rebuild and lead the most feared group in the universe: The Green Lantern Corps.

This new era starts off right, first wrapping up Johns’ classic and epic run, but also laying the groundwork for what’s to come. At the same time, he’s also made it easy to understand for new readers, giving glimpses and some idea as to this world and its many moving parts. But the key here is the promotion of Jordan. A person who has time and time again bucked leadership, as he points out he’s punched out superiors, is now thrust into that role himself. But, for as much as he dislikes leadership, time and time again he’s also shown it saving the universe many times and leading the Corps. It’s clear Venditti plans on focusing on Jordan and his unease with his real. While leading this galactic police, he also needs to rebuild a nation. Oa is destroyed. The Corps. decimated. Jordan must guide his team to do their job, but also rebuilding at the same time. Overall a great concept, and one I’m excited to see where it goes.

On top of Venditti’s writing is Tan and Friend’s art. It’s fantastic, the same excellence when it comes to the art of this series. And it’s a tough mix concerning you have alien worlds, humans, all kinds of stuff. Solid stuff that enhances an already really good story.

Overall, the comic is really good. It might not have grabbed to the point that if I was a new reader, I’d have gotten hooked and wanted more, but it’s a great point for new readers. Venditti had a tough task with this “first” issue, and he does a hell of a job balancing it all.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Billy Tan and Richard Friend
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review