Green Lanterns #1

by Brandon Davenport on June 15, 2016

Written by: Sam Humphries
Art by: Robson Rocha, Jay Leisten, Blond
Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz return in the DC Universe as members of the Green Lantern Corps,
representing Earth. In the first issue of the new Lantern series, we get not one, but two Lanters
working together on Earth stopping crime, and investigating mysterious occurrences around
the country. With great willpower, I dove deep into this book, and I loved every second of it.
The emotional basis for the story is presented through paralleled narration from our two
protagonists, Cruz and Baz. This series presents it’s characters and narrative to be a subversion
of the Buddy Cop formula; our heroes appear to be on good terms with each other, but
immediately, the reader can tell there is some distrust between the two. One may think that a
lack of chemistry between the main characters would hurt the story, but the concept of the two
potentially hating each other ties in very well to the antagonists of the story (the story arc is
called “Rage Planet,” you might be able to tell who the bad guys are this time around).
Mechanics aside, the dialogue is strong, and we get a feel for the relationships between Cruz
and Simon, and inside their circle of relationships too. This first issue was light on the
supporting cast, but I can imagine that will change throughout the story. The book provides just
enough to balance out the setup a first issue provides, and substance as well.
I wont give much away, but the antagonistic forces, I reiterate, seem like they will tie in very
well to some of the themes of the book, so hopefully these potential threads pay off to some
capacity. I already feel some sympathy for the foes this time around.
Let’s not forget, this is an astounding looking book, too. While there is no shortage of green
throughout the pages, it’s good to see other vibrant colors and details show too. Every panel
looks beautiful, too an extent, and the characters look powerful, authoritative, and striking.
Before I even finished this issue, I knew I was in for something well crafted in the hands of DC’s
creators. I am very much looking forward to the rest of the story arc. This first issue does a swell
job of getting new readers acquainted with Cruz and Baz in subtle, meaningful ways.    
DC seems to be on a good streak starting with their Rebirth event. They keep their stride going

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