Review: Green Lanterns #2

GLS_Cv2_dsThe world descends into rage! Crowds are rioting while Simon and Jessica find themselves powerless to stop the carnage.

The Green Lanterns are the universe’s cops and writer Sam Humphries has given us the buddy cop version of it all in Green Lanterns. Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz are the latest Green Lanterns of Earth. One has no confidence. The other is all confidence. You can see the formula coming from a mile away, but Humphries makes it work.

I think a lot of why it works is even those these two characters are exaggerations of their issues, they’re still very relatable. The issue focuses a lot on Cruz who’s the least known of the two characters and we get a lot of background on her, especially some info on her growing up. It all adds a lot to the character and it’s all really solid.

Humphries also teases out “Red Dawn” and what it is. It’s not written out clearly and we’re learning about it and know just a bit more than the two Green Lanterns.

What I think is especially solid is Cruz’s inability to use her ring. She’s still learning and still figuring out about using her willpower. It’s a back to basics and it’s really solid. These aren’t Lanterns who can do everything and anything. They screw up and screw up a lot.

Robson Rocha’s art is fantastic. This is a science fiction story at its core and one taking place on Earth. So, there’s a solid mix of the science fiction element that’s familiar to the comic, but also regular settings like a grocery store. Again it makes things down to Earth and relatable.

Green Lanterns is fun science fiction and building into a fun series that’s basically a buddy cop comedy. It keeps things simple, but it also works due to that. By going back to basics in many ways, Humphries has leaped ahead to where this series has been for some time.

Story: Sam Humphries Art: Robson Rocha
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

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