Continuing on from War of The Green Lanterns, Geoff Johns’ title has barely been affected by the relaunch, aka The New 52. Sinestro has a Green Lantern ring, Hal Jordan is on Earth, and Sinestro has plans for him!
Green Lantern #2
Starting right where we left off last month, Sinestro offers Hal the one thing he really wants, a Green Lantern ring. However we learn that Hal has the exact amount of power Sinestro wants him to have, and can turn the ring off at any minute. Soon after Hal receives the deputy ring, there’s an emergency in Coast City, and Sinestro shows his control over Hal’s power.
They’re attacked by a Sinestro Corps member, who proclaims that whoever kills Sinestro gets control over the Corps he built. Sinestro kills him, and reveals the price of the ring Hal is now wearing: Hal must help Sinestro destroy the Sinestro Corps for enslaving Korugar. I’m being extremely vague, the exact story mechanics are too good to spoil for anyone who hasn’t read it.
If there’s one thing that is responsible for hooking me in when it comes to Geoff Johns’ GL run, it’s his ability to tell a full story, get you excited forthe next issue, and have a bigger story going on all at once. On top of that, he’s put Hal Jordan in some interesting, and at times awesome situations, and defined many character’s over the course of years. This first story arc is a great example of that. Only two issues in, Geoff is telling extremely well-paced and well-connected stories, with an arc in each issue that adds to the overall narrative. The exact story mechanics are great for what he’s trying to convey with these character’s, and we’re seeing some great dialogue between Hal and Sinestro, who’s lines make up 99% of the story. Johns also does a good job of adding to the background knowledge of any new readers on the book, most likely pleasing many of them as well as me.
Doug Mahnke really upped his quality on #1 of the relaunched series, and he’s improving, refining, and building on the great work he’s been putting out. There are random panels that set or sometimes even change the mood at the perfect times, and he does a great job of timing out the story with the space he’s given. The minor changes to Hal’s costume due to the relaunch are mostly a cakewalk for Doug, although Hal’s gloves and boots being pointed are a detail that is mostly forgotten, just like when Ethan Van Sciver added them to his design for Hal in Rebirth. No doubt about it though, Mahnke’s work has been stellar, especially in this issue.
When I compare this issue to it’s predecessor, #1, I remember that issue being executed brilliantly, exposing itself to new readers, adding to the storyline we knew, bringing us a good one-issue story with a great hook for the next issue, and brilliant artwork to boot. I gave #1 a 99 out of 100 because it simply wasn’t a great superhero story with a tale to remember. This issue is one of those. That’s why it’s getting 100/100.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Great addition to the story arc while being a story by itself, excellent story mechanics and great pacing from the script and artwork.||None.|
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