Who's it by?
Green Lantern Corps #1 is written by Peter J Tomasi (Batman and Robin) and drawn by Fernando Pasarin, the former creative team of Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors.
What's the history?
The Green Lantern Corps is an organisation of what are essentially space-policemen, wielding power rings that transform their thoughts into reality. They were first introduced by John Broome and Gil Kane in 1959's Showcase #22 alongside second Green Lantern Hal Jordan (after the concept of the hero received a complete reboot), and have featured human members alongside more usual aliens including Salaak, Kilowog and the sentient planet Mogo.
When Jordan was corrupted and took on the mantle of Parallax in the fallout of the events of the 'Death of Superman', the Corps was utterly destroyed, with many of its members killed or lost in space.
Following the return of Jordan in Green Lantern: Rebirth, the Corps was revived under the pens of Geoff Johns and legendary Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons. Once Gibbons left the book, he was replaced by Peter J Tomasi until his departure for Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors. Tony Bedard was writing the title up until the reboot.
Green Lantern Corps has played a major role in the recent Green Lantern-centric events, including 'The Sinestro Corps War', 'Blackest Night' and 'War of the Green Lanterns'.
Tomasi is back on the title, with Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors artist Fernando Pasarin in tow.
The Green Lantern franchise is one of the few to continue straight on from the stories unfolding in its titles before the relaunch, with no major changes to its continuity. Green Lantern Corps is no exception.
The title now features human Green Lanterns Guy Gardner and John Stewart, Gardner having returned to the title from Emerald Warriors and Kyle Rayner leaving to star in the Green Lantern: New Guardians title.
Green Lantern Corps #1 opens on a Green Lantern sector house, where the two corpsmen are killed by an unseen assailant.
Meanwhile, Guy Gardner and John Stewart are on Earth, both attempting to find employment to occupy themselves when off duty, and both encountering difficulties. Frustrated, they proceed to the Corps' headquarters on the planet Oa, just in time to be sent to an aquatic planet where a grisly message has been left for them.
What's the verdict?
Green Lantern Corps #1 is a solid starting point that - for what is essentially a new chapter in an ongoing story - performs surprisingly well as an introductory issue to the Green Lantern world and concept.
Peter Tomasi handles this exposition with subtlety, introducing Guy Gardner and John Stewart as people in themselves - their personalities, their woes and snippets from their pasts - alongside the workings of the Corps and the rings without resorting to info-dumps or highly unnatural dialogue, working these facts into the characters' conversations. The fact that he manages to humanise and invoke empathy with the frequently one-note, angry man Gardner at the same time is definitely worthy of praise.
Fernando Pasarin's pencils are crisp and characterful, though suffer at times from clutter and confusion when the panels are filled with lantern constructs or Salaak's console.
Older readers may be frustrated by a lack of originality in the story. This certainly is not the first issue of Green Lantern Corps to feature the massacre of its officers in a remote sector house by a deadly new enemy. While the Earth-based scenes show a welcome moment of down-time for the heroes, the action off-planet so far does not feel like it offers anything new. This may change as the threat reveals itself, but this opening gambit is overly familiar.
Another minor gripe is Doug Mahnke's cover, which represents various Green Lanterns characters who do not appear in this issue at all.
Green Lantern Corps #1 is a well-written comic that offers a firm starting point for new readers. As far as plot goes, Tomasi will have to step up his game in the coming months to keep older fans interested.
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