Review: Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Green Lanterns Rebirth #1 coverCreative powerhouse Geoff Johns puts the ring on again as he, co-writer Sam Humphries and artist Ethan Van Sciver debut a new era of emerald greatness! Rookie Green Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz tackle the universe’s toughest beat: Earth.

When Rebirth was announced a lot was said about the focus on legacy. For many, myself included, there was fear of newer characters being pushed to the side for those that have come before. In some ways the return of Hal Jordan in Green Lantern: Rebirth years ago pushed Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner, and John Stewart to the side for the return of Jordan. Like that miniseries, this is also written by Johns with the help of Humphries who seems to be going a different route and have instead put the spotlight on newer Lanterns Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz. The old is instead pushed to the side by the new and a new dynamic is set up.

GreenLanternsRebirth-1-5The reception to Baz hasn’t been too kind and Cruz has literally been a Green Lantern for a few pages before this. But things are forging ahead with these two now the Lanterns of Earth as Jordan has to head to space (in his own series to come). The comic sets up the two in an interesting way forcing Baz and Cruz into a buddy cop situation and playing off both of their rookie newness. Beyond that newness, the idea of a Muslim Lantern and a Hispanic Lantern has me excited bringing even more diversity to the Green Lantern Corps., a group full of diversity, it is made up of aliens after all. Their being front and center, as the comic hints at, also brings diversity to the focus of what’s to come with DC’s Rebirth. It all feels natural and the dynamic of the two are welcome additions in so many ways with each sporting their own very distinct personalities and attitudes.

Artist Ethan Van Sciver is “my” Lantern artist and his and Johns’ run is where I came back to the series and characters. To see him forge this comic and direction to come is fantastic. The design for Cruz is fantastic I think with the cool addition of the “tattoo.” There’s one scene in particular with Jordan entering the story that’s just awe inspiring of how great it looks.

As it should, Green Lanterns: Rebirth has me excited to see what’s to come and brings the series back to its roots in some way with this team focused on protecting Earth. If that last page and prologue in the comic are any indication, it looks like they have their work cut out for them. The comic has some great energy about it, and has gotten me excited to see what’s to come. It passes the torch ring to a new generation of Lanterns.

Story: Sam Humphries, Geoff Johns Art: Ed Benes, Ethan Van Sciver
Story: 7.95 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

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