Review: Green Lantern: The Lost Army #1

GREEN LANTERN THE LOST ARMY #1 CoverImagine waking up in a strange place where you didn’t recognize anything, and everyone you knew and loved was nowhere to be found. Now imagine that you are a Green Lantern. The rest of the Corps is missing, you don’t know where you are and there’s not a Power Battery to be found for as far as your ring can scan. Where are you? How did you get here? Those are just two of the many questions facing our heroes.

Starring John Stewart, Two-Six, Kilowog and Arisia, and featuring a surprise guest-star we promise you’ll never predict, Green Lantern: The Lost Army is an incredible journey of discovery, survival, morality and heartbreak. Never has the Corps been challenged in this way – and not everyone is going to make it home!

Written by Cullen Bunn, it’s hard to talk about some of the fun twists of the first issue without spoiling some of the surprises, but for me there’s two folks that show up I wasn’t expecting. How’d everyone get here? What the hell are they battling? That’s really not the focus of the first issue.

Bunn fascinatingly focuses on John Stewart, and his experience in the military. It emphasizes we’re in the middle of a battle, and also gives us a sense of what type of leader Stewart will be. It shows his heroics, use of force, and also his cutting it a bit close. There’s also death right there in the issue. Folks will die. It’s pretty clear there’s a hell of a lot on the table here.

Art is by Jesús Saíz, and it’s pretty decent. The designs are cool, and characters done well. There’s not much as backgrounds which puts the emphasis on the characters. That’s pretty consistent with some minor issues. It’s good and is a lot like what’s previously been done in the Green Lantern Corps comics which to me always had good consistent art.

The issue is an intriguing one setting up a mystery I want to see where it all goes. Maybe there’s more going on if you read the Green Lantern comics leading up to this (I’m going to go back and find out), but there’s more than enough to make me want to see what happens next. The stakes feel high, and the lack of clear enemy creates some tension. Good debut issue that gets me to want to check out the second.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Jesús Saíz
Story: 8 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

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