Green Lantern #2

by Alan Rapp on October 19, 2011

in Comics

green-lantern-2-coverThe theme for issue #2 of the new Green Lantern series seems to be Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth. Sinestro offers Hal Jordan his own power ring (or a close approximation of it) and Hal’s response is to try and take his former mentor’s head off. Classic Hal.

The issue does a good job riding the mutual animosity the two characters have for each other as well as giving us a situation dire enough for them to be brought back together. Hal wants his ring back, and, whether Sinestro wants it or not, the Green Lantern needs Jordan’s help to save his home planet of Korugar from his Sinestro Corps.

Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this storyline that seems to continually undercut Hal Jordan’s standing in the Green Lantern Corps. Before the DC Reboot, even with his “issues” (you know, killing half the Corps and trying to reform reality in his image), Hal Jordan was regarded the greatest Green Lantern of all-time.

Geoff Johns writing continues to chip away at that legacy in this issue where Hal is dumbfounded by Sinestro’s use of the ring in saving multiple victims of a bridge collapse (and the bridge itself) all at once. Shouldn’t the greatest Green Lantern have known this trick? I think so. The story still works, but I’m more than a little concerned at the longterm effects these less-than-subtle changes will have on one of my favorite characters (and one of the cornerstones of DC’s New 52). Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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