The “Wrath of the First Lantern” story comes to its climax in an “Epic Finale”, as the issue cover puts it. To clear up any confusion from the get go, Green Lantern #20 occurs prior to Green Lantern Corps #20, Green Lantern: New Guardians #20 and Red Lanterns #20. Those issues are epilogues to the issue being reviewed here. Also, Green Lantern #20 marks the end of Geoff Johns’ run in writing the Green Lantern character. Green Lantern is my favorite superhero, hands down. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid and started reading the issues in the early 90’s. Geoff Johns did some truly incredible things for Hal Jordan and the rest of the Green Lantern universe. On his way out, Johns has given us a “Special Oversized Anniversary Issue”, so this is not your average issue.
All right, what an issue! The “Wrath of the First Lantern” has been a fun and interesting story. It has tied together all of the various Lantern Corps as well as other familiar faces. We’ve been able to read about Guy Gardner and John Stewart, of course Hal Jordan, and also Green Lantern turned White Lantern, Kyle Rayner. This issue truly makes it feel like everything since Green Lantern Rebirth #1 has led up to this moment, this battle, this universe level event.
Off the bat, I just want to say that some of the images and scenes depicted in this issue are truly beautiful and exciting. The issue is action packed and intense until the very end. If I have anything negative to say about this issue it’s simply my anxiety moving forward. So much occurs in this issue, some much is finalized that I am not sure where our Lantern heroes are going from here. Starting in issue #21 for all of the various Lantern series, we will be given a new creative team and I’m excited to see what they will come up with. With that said, this Green Lantern #20 truly shows how talented Johns and his team is and just how much they understand and love the universe they’ve been a part of for roughly 100 different issues.
This being an epic climax to a major story line, I do not wish to give anything away but I think most readers will be happy and excited during and after this issue. The issue is relentless, never letting up the intensity or action which is impressive given its length. Personally, I think this is a complex issue and that goes with the complex universe that has been evolving. It appears that one of the takeaways from this story should be exactly that those things that are truly important on a grand scale are complex. Just look at what the First Lantern can do. He literally can remake time and existence. This is not just some battle with a physical enemy where some lives will be lost. The war with the Sinestro Corps was exciting but there were limits to the possible destruction. The recent issues, including “The Third Army” story, raised the stakes by putting all life – and even history as we know it – on the line. This issue continues to push that kind of pressure.
The issue is also filled with various thank yous and congratulations to Johns and his team. They definitely treated Green Lantern #20 as his farewell tour. This leads to some nice sentiments and fun illustrations of our heroes across the light spectrum.
In the end, which is a common thread in this issue, the “Wrath of the First Lantern” has been an exciting and fun story. I believe I even enjoyed it more than the “Blackest Night” and “Brightest Day” stories prior to The New 52 reboots. If you like DC comics and the Green Lantern universe, then you should truly enjoy this epic finale.
Look for the epilogues in Green Lantern Corps, Red Lanterns and Green Lantern: New Guardians #20 issues.
And for those that are new to the Green Lantern universe, with this story ending and a new creative team joining, now is a fantastic time to jump in and enjoy the wonder of the Lanterns. The Green Lantern series is made up of Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Red Lantern Corps and the new Larfleeze.
[quote]In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my power… Green Lantern’s light.[/quote]