Advanced Review: Green Lantern #0
First, there was all the hype regarding the reexamining of the Alan Scott character. Then last week we saw "the kiss heard around the world" as Superman and Wonder Woman locked lips! This week is Geoff Johns' turn to generate hype for the DC Universe! The introduction of a new Green Lantern is never an easy task, especially when it revolves around such a hot button issue such as religion.
When the first pictures arose of Simon Baz, the new GL, there was already people up in arms regarding the fact he was holding a gun. But when it was revealed he was Arab-American -- it became an intensely more heated discussion.
Geoff Johns has crafted many outstanding tales for the entirety of the DC Universe and Green Lantern #0 is more of the same. He has created a character that, not only will be controversial, but has a depth and range that far outreaches the shackles laid upon him by the public over his religion. Empathetic and jarring, the tale follows Simon from an innocent youth to criminal intentions in his adulthood, making him nothing short of a questionable "hero." And therein lies the intrigue! Johns tale is littered with enigmas, from Baz's past to his current stressful situation, the reader is bombarded with an array of winding questions that leave you craving more.
Insightful, and well paced, Johns has broken through the walls of the status quo, creating a character that may not be worthy of the power he is bestowed but has the heart and drive to. An everyman that is just trying to do right by his family, and we can all empathize with that.