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Green Lantern Corps #1 - Triumph of the Will

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Guy Gardner and John Stewart are trying to live "regular" lives on Earth, while remaining members of the Corps. In addition, there's a mysterious villain killing off Corps members.

Can these two humans juggle their real lives and their Lantern lives at the same time? Writing by Peter Tomasi, art by Fernando Pasarin, ink by Scott Hanna, and color by Gabe Eltaeb.

The Good

Hal is stuck on Earth and is a co-star in Green Lantern. Kyle is, well we won't know until next week in New Guardians. Finally, we get a book focusing more on the other two Earth-Lanterns: John Stewart and Guy Gardner, even though Guy is a part of JLI. I really liked seeing John and Guy try their darndest to adjust to the "real world." We're getting a lot of that with Hal Jordan, but I really liked seeing John and Guy, in their own book, try to deal with that. And, as you may have guessed it, that who "real world" living doesn't work for a member of the Green Lantern Corps.

The art in this book is fantastic. It's insanely detailed, vivid, and clean. It's a great mixture of contemporary art styles and realism. You couldn't ask for anything better. Towards the end of the issue, there's a great two-page panel (not splash though. It takes up roughly 75% of both pages) of John, Guy, and some other better known lanterns flying through space. It is a phenomenal piece of work.

Mainly, as a Green Lantern fan, I'm just excited that all three books (well, four now) aren't crossing over and have their own problems to deal with separately. We have a mysterious new villain (aren't they all?) for the Corps to deal with, and he seems uber-powerful. I know it's been done before, but for me, the gimmick works, so I'm happy.

The Bad

The only real bad thing I've noticed about 2/3 Lantern books released so far is that they're not really new reader friendly, and that includes this one. In order to grasp this book, you need to at least see a straight-to-DVD Green Lantern film or the one released over the summer starring Ryan Reynolds. Not too much of a problem, but people wanting to dive into GL for the first time may be confused about a few things.

The Verdict

The art, hands-down, is the best thing about this issue. It's a good start to a new series, but it doesn't really allow brand new readers to jump on because there's still a bunch of Green Lantern information each reader may need to know to understand everything in the issue. The issue does a decent job of catching up the reader, but not good enough. This is a promising new series, from the look of the first issue, but let's be honest, the Green Lantern comics at DC, in the past 6 years, have all been dynamite.