Green Lanterns, Vol. 4: The First Ring - Review
Covers the events from issues #22-26
This is a nice bite-sized trade that Sam Humphries and the team have put together. The Green Lanterns title gives new readers an easy entry point to come into the Green Lantern universe with the two newer GL recruits, Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz. The heavier legacy Green Lantern mythos is left to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. We get the buddy cop adventure between Jessica and Simon whilst building on the Green Lantern story. In particular, from prior trades, we had learned that the first Lantern had been imprisoned within Jessica’s power ring for tens of thousands of years. Currently, his “soul” has possessed the body of their Guardian mentor Rami. The three of them are currently on Oa, home of the Corps, for Jessica and Simon to train, while Volthoom looks for the whereabouts of his power ring, the Travel Lantern.
To be a little nitpicky, there were a lot of artists on this very short run. Oftentimes, a publisher will give an issue to a new artist as a tryout. Normally, this is totally fine. In this book, however, the rotating artist stable was a little distracting for the trade as a whole. I would have preferred to see more consistency in style for a run with minimal artistic interruptions. That said, all of the styles that were represented worked well for their respective stories and I could see any one of these artists having a longer run.
Even though this title has a smaller onboarding barrier to entry to get caught up on the Green Lantern universe, Humphries doesn’t allow that to hold him back from adding on to the existing mythos with some sizable updates, the kinds of adventures that normally would have seen the likes of Hal Jordan, John Stewart, or Kyle Rayner involved. The team of Jessica and Simon allows the perspective of fresh eyes to build up the world for new readers while those who are familiar with the mythology can get a lot more out of it. I appreciate this work and the tight storyline. Looking forward to where Humphries takes Green Lanterns in the next volume.
Green Lanterns Vol. 4: The First Rings (Rebirth)
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