Writer: Geoffrey Thorne
Art: Marco Santucci, Dexter Soy
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: May 5, 2021
Reviewed by: Glimmer
Green Lantern #2 written by Geoffrey Thorne with art by Marco Santucci & Dexter Soy continues the story of the Green Lantern Corps‘ acceptance and integration into the newly formed “United Planets.” John Stewart takes center stage as he questions the Guardian’s new plans to consolidate and re-assign the members of the Green Lantern Corps. A Guardian is laid to rest and a thousand Lanterns led by John Stewart are redirected to a region called “The Dark Sectors.” The issue ends with a cliffhanger that leaves us wondering about the fate of Simon Baz.
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A lot is going on in this issue. It’s clear Thorne has a plan for the future of this book, and he is “moving the pieces” and setting things up for those things he has planned. There were three main story plots in this issue. The first was the death and funeral of a Guardian. This was my least favorite part of the book. A funeral is a funeral and unless Thorne has plans to make this death an important part of the future of the book, I thought it was unnecessary.
The second part involved the Guardians reassignment and consolidation of the GLC. I found this very engaging and was interested in seeing the Corps members’ reactions to their reassignments. I look forward to reading about the adventures of the thousand GLC members under the leadership of John Stewart in “The Dark Sectors.”
Finally, the destruction of Oa and the fate of Simon Baz was a great way to end the issue. One of the highlights of this issue was the artwork by Santucci & Soy. It lifted the story beyond words and gave the issue the visual enhancements it needed to make the story captivating and engaging.
I enjoyed this issue more than the first in the series. There’s a lot of things going on in Green Lantern that will lead not only to interest in the next issue but also to things to come down the road. I also think this is a good jumping-on point for new readers. Issue one was fine, and new readers can pick it up, but Thorne gives enough in Green Lantern #2 for readers to jump aboard right here. I’m excited about the future of the GLC and I can’t wait for the next installment!