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Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1 - Godhead, Act I, Part I: Genesis

5

An explosive first part to a new story you won't want to miss.

The Good

Here's some full disclosure. I didn't realize until earlier this week that this Godhead arc was beginning already. Like many, I feel we've had a lot of crossovers and I've come to just take them as they come. With the various crossovers and events from different publishers, it's easy to fear the possibility of getting let down. GODHEAD gives you hope.

For a first issue, this one is jam-packed with quite a bit going on. We get the New Gods firmly established for new and old readers. As we've caught glimpses of them in the New 52, along with Orion in the pages of WONDER WOMAN, this issue spells out who they are and what they're after. It's great seeing the pieces fit together. The New Gods want to defeat Darkseid. They acknowledge that Earth managed to push back his attack some time ago (in the first arc of JUSTICE LEAGUE). The recent events in the Green Lantern comics with Relic (during Lights Out) also plays a big part. And when will the Lanterns learn of Kyle Rayner's fate?

What surprised me most was how much the New Gods did. They set off on a mission that will bring them up against each of the different Lantern Corps. It's easy to think that this is something that would take place in each of their respective titles. The writers deliver here.

The Bad

I didn't want to get sucked in but I couldn't resist. The only minor complaint is the change in artists. We have a few in this issue but it is an oversized one, so it's understandable. The transitions also aren't too jarring so it's easier to overlook.

The Verdict

This is how events should start off, with a humongous bang. It feels like we've seen a lot of events and crossovers lately, even in the Green Lantern titles. This one is off to a fantastic start (should I say "Van-tastic' in honor of Van Jensen?). As a big Green Lantern and New Gods fan, holy cow does this deliver pretty much everything I could ask for. Don't let the fact that this is the "first act" fool you. There's a lot going on and if this is indicative of the rest of the arc, we're in for quite a treat. The issue is full of great writers and artists and it shows. Don't miss out on this one.