Posted by: Byron Brewer

Advanced Review: Green Lantern #17

Geoff Johns
Dan Jurgens, Phil Jimenez, Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin, Christian Alamy
Alex Sinclair
Tony Avina
Dave Sharpe
Doug Mahnke, Mark Irwin, Alex Sinclair
DC Comics
Release Date: 
February 20, 2013



Slowly but surely, as Geoff Johns’ sad swansong issue of Green Lantern approaches, we start to see the snippets of genius and continuity well before New 52 drifting into the storyline of the First Lantern.

And there comes a moment when the First Lantern is musing to Ganthet (but really himself) in #17 that we may just know who this First Lantern is, despite the name he calls himself.

Johns’ Third Army story really slipped comfortably into the First Lantern tale because one was really the prologue of the other. And while our various Lanterns and various Guardians are trying to make sense of the current situation, newbie Simon Baz is getting all the attention and making all the discoveries, including the whereabouts of Hal Jordan and Sinestro.

I don’t think you are in Detroit anymore, Simon!

Well, Baz isn’t making all the discoveries as Volthoom (very Gardner Fox!) takes a stroll down the Life and Times of Ganthet Lane. He wants to recreate the past and see his own birth, but he does not have the power yet. That is where the danger of the First Lantern enters and also puts the survivors of our heroes in trouble.

I am certainly interested in what Johns has planned for these entrapped extra Guardians and how they will fit into the eventual Scheme of Things, if at all. Meanwhile, it was nice to see the original Black Hand, at least for a second. But I hope Simon does not choose that set of duds as his current outfit is great, IMHO.

Keeping up with this cosmic story has been harder than many of Johns’ epics, but I am hanging on ‘til either Crack of Doom or the coming of the new creative team. Any which way you turn, the latter will have some mighty big shoes to fill.


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