Sinestro heads up the new Green Lantern book. Does he have the winning personality to follow up Hal Jordan?
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Hal Jordan might be taking a break, but his replacement seems to be up to the task. Will Sinestro make or break the Green Lantern Corps? Will Hal Jordan cry? These are the questions that we ask as our talented reviewers tell us about Green Lantern #1.
DC Reviewer: Sakie
Reading the newest volume of Green Lantern is a lot like meeting one of your best friends in the middle of a room filled with strangers. While almost everything around it is changing, Green Lantern has remained completely unchanged from where we left it prior to Flashpoint and the relaunch.
At the beginning of the story, the Guardians of the Universe still have Sinestro in custody. They force him to recite the oath and afterwards he demands that they remove the ring, something that they ultimately decide against. We find Hal back in Coast City, but instead of dealing with some type of cosmic threat he is dealing with his life after being stripped of his ring. Hal put everything he had into being a Green Lantern, so his life is in ruins. We find out that he is behind on rent, he doesn't own a car, he has been cut loose by the Air Force, and Carol can't afford to give him a job as a pilot because nobody will insure him. By the end of the issue Hal Jordan has nothing, but all that could change when an unlikely ally arrives with an offer on the last page.
As far as writing goes, if you have enjoyed Geoff Johns's previous work on Green Lantern then you are going to enjoy his work here. He is simply continuing the saga that he has been writing since Green Lantern Rebirth. Mahnke would never be my first choice for artist on the main Green Lantern title (I prefer him on Green Lantern Corps) but his art is solid here.
The problem with this issue is its accessibility. I'm just not sure that new readers are going to know what they are getting into with this issue. We really only get hints at who these characters are, but new readers aren't privy to why Hal Jordan isn't a Green Lantern anymore or why it is such a big deal that Sinestro is. At the end of the day, I think that there is enough here that a new reader won't immediately be scared away but I don't think that as much effort was put into attracting new readers as some of the other new 52.
Total Score: 77/100