I would like to start off with a warning about this issue. If you are invested in the “Wrath of the First Lantern” story and also read Green Lantern, you might want to hold off until Green Lantern #20 comes out the week of May 22nd. This is due to the final battle, climax of our story, actually taking place in Green Lantern #20. Green Lantern Corps #20 provides the epilogue. With that said, I’ve obviously not taken my own advice, went ahead and read this week’s issue.
Another important thing to note is that as “Wrath of the First Lantern” comes to a close, so does the incredible run of Geoff Johns and his creative team. This marks the final Green Lantern story they will be working on together, at least as far as we know. Geoff Johns has been regarded by many as the man who saved Green Lantern. Now, I’ve always been a huge fan of these heroes, especially Hal Jordan but Geoff Johns did some truly incredible things for the character and series as a whole.
In 2005, Geoff Johns brought back our famous GL, Hal Jordan. I’m sorry for the lack of a spoiler alert but I think seven years is long enough to allow us to talk about this together. He wrote Green Lantern: Rebirth, Infinite Crisis as well as others. Much of the modern mythology behind the Green Lanterns, their corps and the other lanterns corps is a direct result of John’s influence. So let’s take just a moment to reflect on how far my favorite hero, Green Lantern, has come since 2005.
Alright, on to my review of Green Lantern Corps #20 – “Wrath of the First Lantern: Epilogue”. This issue feels very anticlimactic, I’m hoping in part because the true finale is coming out in a couple weeks in Green Lantern #20. As most of the “Wrath of the First Lantern” has in this series, the issue focuses primarily on Guy Gardner and how he handles the aftermath of this story arc. I think you could put this issue in the “feel good” category for our GL protectors but #20 does very little to further the story or our characters. The positive here being that you don’t seem to lose a whole lot by reading this issue prior to Green Lantern #20. The villain is not compelling and seems to be only used to force some level of threat into an otherwise docile book. In short, I am not thrilled with this issue.
The illustrations are solid aside from one frame that has Guy using his ring in an awkward appearing way. This creative team definitely has our heroes looks down whether we are talking primary Green Lanterns like Guy, John or Salaak or our less common characters from other corps or family members.
DC Comics definitely wants us to know that new creative teams are coming, though. We are presented with advertisements for Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps and Green Lantern: New Guardians on sequential left pages, informing us of the new creative teams to come in their respective #21 issues. There are also some additional ads of the same nature.
Between the lackluster issue and all of the push for the new creative teams, I’m actually heavily looking forward to #21 rather than feeling nostalgic for the current team. From a marketing perspective, that seems like the perfect plan.