A few weeks ago, the creative teams behind the Green Lantern titles all metaphorically retired from the Corps with the release of their respective series’ 20th issue (that said, once a Lantern, always a Lantern).
However, like the rings of the Corps themselves, worthy successors have been chosen to carry on the tradition set before them and to guide the Green Lantern Universe to new and exciting heights filled with crazy adventure, dangerous villains, and characters both old and new.
Robert Venditti and Billy Tan helm the line’s flagship title, Green Lantern; Venditti along with co-writer Van Jansen and artist Bernard Chang take over the Green Lantern Corps; Justin Jordan and Brad Walker guide the New Guardians; and Charles Soule and Alessandro Vitti fuel the rage of the Red Lanterns. Not to mention the upcoming, uproarious Larfleeze series by Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis and Scott Kolins.
We can’t wait to see what the future holds and where these creative teams will take things, but with the first next-generation issue alone we’ve already 5.2 Reasons to Keep Exploring the Green Lantern Universe!
1. Hal Jordan: Leader of the Corps
Normally a hotheaded, look-before-he-leaps solo act, Hal Jordan finds himself in a role he himself doesn’t think he’s qualified for in GREEN LANTERN #21: that of a leader. We’re admittedly a little inclined to agree (he can barely handle the responsibility of a relationship). However, Venditti opened his first issue with a flash forward, showing a Hal Jordan in charge of a group of new recruits under fire—and doing a dang good job of leading them in battle. It’ll be interesting to see him go from where he is now to the leader we’ll see then.
2. A Unified Universe
Part of the awesomeness of the previous GL regime was how tied together everything felt. The new creative teams seem to be keeping to this tradition, but in their own way. You don’t need to read every book to understand what happens in each individually, but reading all of them together often allows you to see the same moments from different perspectives. In Green Lantern, when Larfleeze attacks, Hal’s at the forefront and sends out a call for help and the other Lanterns show up. In Corps, you’re following the other Lanterns when suddenly that call comes out and they have to respond. There’s a lot of similar instances throughout, and it makes for a very cool experience.
3. Red Lantern Guy Gardner
There isn’t much we’re going to say here because, you know, spoilers—but if the cover to RED LANTERNS #21 is any indication, Guy Gardner is going to be seeing red pretty soon. What we WILL say is that it’s going to be pretty rad.