Posted by: Brian Hibbs on September 16, 2011
Lanterns, that is.
GREEN LANTERN #1: There are a few books in this “relaunch” which CLEARLY were written (or at least conceived of) before the relaunch plan. GL certainly feels like one of those — this is pretty much exactly what I expected from GREEN LANTERN #68. There are some small concessions to nu-ness — it was interesting to see a comic called “Green Lantern” that only had ONE of them in an entire issue, for example — but, yeah, not very much, it’s simply the next issue.
This is weird to me, in a lot of ways, because there’s really no way that Hal could be exactly the same person. Liiiike… without Ollie Queen (who clearly HAS been 100% rebooted), how did Hal ever learn to speak up for the Black Skins, y’know?
Bah, anyway, despite that, I thought this was an adequate “first” issue — not something that will ever win an Eisner, but adequate pop comic. Strongly OK, but I really did expect more from one of the main architects of the current DCU.
RED LANTERNS #1: This book, too, would have existed with or without the nu, and so I think it is weaker for that. I don’t understand the market for this comic. A blood vomiting team led by a guy named “Atrocitus” for God’s sake? I had the teeny tiniest hope that Pete Milligan (of all people) might maybe be able to come up with some sort of adequate spin… but no, not really.
These are ugly characters, with really nothing compelling to offer from them, and is pretty astoundingly AWFUL.
What did YOU think?