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Rebirths, Reboots & Retcons: June 2016 part 4: Green Lanterns Rebirth

Yup, we’re getting new Green Lanterns again

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Synopsis: Green Lanterns Rebirth was written by Geoff Johns and Sam Humphries with art by Ethan Van Sciver and Ed Benes and opens with a Guardian of the Universe being chased across Dominion space, pursued by several dozen Dominators, he’s carrying a box, which he opens when he realises that he cannot escape, inside that box is a  new power ring and the narrator of this issue wants it for himself.

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On Earth, Michigan to be precise rookie Green Lantern Simon Baz is having something of a pep talk from an un-named federal agent as he cleans the word terrorist from his sister’s house. He flies off when his ring gives him a code 109, an alien spaceship inside the atmosphere. In Arizona, another rookie GL Jessica Cruz is also getting a pep talk from her sister Sara, she gets a similar message and also flies off.

The Lanterns arrive and not knowing about one another are quickly at odds, even when faced with the unknown spaceship’s occupant, a Manhunter. Baz knocks Cruz aside to blast the Manhunter, getting nowhere with that and Cruz has even less luck, then the Manhunter tells them that the simulation has ceased. Then everyone’s (or at least Geoff John’s) favourite d**k shows up, Hal Jordan. Jordan points out that these rookies are untrained and need guidance, but get this, not from an experienced and talented Green Lantern, but from the Justice League.

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He merges the two Lanterns’ power batteries to bring home the idea that they need one another, rather than put one into storage in case of emergency or something. As he flies off into his own series, we get a look at the next threat to the Corps and also Earth, the narrator from the first scene, Attrocitus, head of the Red Lantern Corps.

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Notes: This is very similar in concept to the Aquaman issue, new status quo, villain narration and a battle with no real stakes. I suppose that is expected given what the issue is to do, which is bring non-readers up to date and set up new stories. The new Green Lanterns seem to have interesting ideas around them, a female human GL will anxiety issues is an interesting thing to explore and more positive representation of muslims wouldn’t be a bad thing, so Baz and his issues with people thinking he is a terrorist does have potential. But to be honest, having both of these fairly new rookie Lanterns as the book’s lead, leaves you with some interesting concepts, but no real characters to speak of. The worst part of it is, the only character you do recognise is Hal Jordan, who in this issue is written as some self righteous d**k to these people who are in a position he himself has been in. Having a buddy-cop verteran and rookie dynamic would be interesting and from Kyle Rayner, we get the one guy on his own doing his best with no training, but this rookie partnership just isn’t doing it for me. The art is good, Van Sciver does fantastic work and his GL constructs and uniforms are amongst this era’s best, but Benes blunts the sharpness of his lines a bit and it seems somewhat lacking.

I want to like this, more than I wanted to like the Flash, but I think with yet more Green Lanterns from Earth and the return of the Red Lanterns, I’m pretty much done with this franchise. Although I did like seeing Dex-Starr, the Red Lantern of 2814, a cat. Still makes me smile.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Good effort, but not quite good enough.

Next Time: Together again, for the first time, the other Green Arrow relationship.

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Liverpool based family man and unrepentant geek, trying to understand what's going on in my own head, which is not always being a good place to be. Remember always, we live in a world of wonders.

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