Green Lantern #2 Review – The New 52
Green Lantern #2
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke
If you read my first write up of the New 52 books, you may remember that I really didn’t care for Green Lantern too much. I was perplexed, because I had enjoyed the Green Lantern books from Rebirth to Blackest Night so much. But issue #1 explained nothing to me as a reader, and the whole thing left me cold.
I’m happy to say that I liked issue #2 a great deal more. The book still doesn’t explain to new readers why Sinestro is the Green Lantern of Hal’s sector, but the interplay between the two longtime enemies is very good in this issue. I was kind of looking forward to seeing Sinestro as the sole Green Lantern of Earth and spend some time with Hal attempting to adjust to civilian life. Sinestro had other plans, however, and created a ring for Hal, giving him his powers back. There’s a catch, of course; Sinestro controls when Hal can change, as well as what he can do with the ring, basically turning our hero into a puppet. This is an interesting chain of events, and it made me want to keep reading. I’m still not 100% on board with Green Lantern, but I will give it at least a full story arc before I make my final judgment on keeping it in my subscription file.
I still don’t care much for Mahnke’s art. There’s just a lack of dynamics and emotion to it, and nothing about his pencils “wow” me. Oh well– maybe next issue.