A new era for the Green Lantern Corps dawns with a strong issue. I think my problem with the last few month’s of Tomasi’s run was that the star was clearly on Guy Gardner, and the rest of the Corps were kind of just in the background. This opening issue from the new writing team of Robert Venditti and Van Jensen doesn’t do that, yes, John Stewart is front and centre, but Soranik Natu and Salaak also get some decent focus, and we are introduced to a whole swathe of new Green Lantern recruits.
I think the Salaak story is actually the most interesting thing here, with most of the other GLC members seeing him as a lapdog of the old, evil Guardians and blaming him for what happened. It’s going to be very interesting to see what’s next for the big pink-headed weirdo. I do like how thoroughly this and the main series are exploring the impact of what happened with the Third Army and the First Lantern. The Corps is really depleted, and on top of that, most of the Universe views them as evil, even cute little frog dudes.
The John Stewart plot starts out pretty conventionally (though I did like the big exclamation that he’s not going to die today, one in the eye for the rumour-mongers?), with him and Fatality discussing their relationship and what it means, before running into some mysterious aliens, who are pretty blah. But then on the last page we find out that they are Durlans, which is pretty cool. Durlans are of course the evil shape-shifters most common scene in the 30th Century of the Legion Of Super-Heroes, where Chamelon Boy is the only good one. It’s going to be cool to see them in the present-day DCU, and since the GL rings can’t recognize them, they are a real threat. The art for this issue comes from Bernard Chang, who is awesome, I’ve been a fan of his work whenever it’s popped up at DC for a while, he’s got a great, unique style. So far, the new creators for the GL books are impressing me, which is awesome.