If you don’t know the story of “Lights Out” starring Relic, there will be some spoilers here. That story arc was covered across the Green Lantern universe and just ended in Green Lantern Annual #2 last week.
Alright, so you watched Relic destroy the Blue Lanterns, nearly wipe out the Greens and the near death of the universe’s only White Lantern, Kyle Rayner. Now what? Oa is lost, the corps is scattered. “Lights Out” brought us some disturbing possibilities. The emotional spectrum entities sacrificed themselves to replenish the diminished reservoir of emotional energy. That’s right, Ion is gone. Meanwhile, Mogo has offered himself as the new home world of the Green Lantern Corps. Green Lantern #25 begins exactly where Green Lantern Annual #2 left off but what has Corps Leader Hal Jordan learned from the near destruction of the corps?
We aren’t sure yet. This issue follows Hal and his first mission in the post-Relic universe. The focus on the series appears to be on the various strategies available to conserve the emotional energy. The corps seems split. Some Lanterns want to continue using the energy to police the universe while others think that just one more construct would be doing the universe a disservice. Green Lantern #25 is a solid issue but since it’s the beginning of a new story, it has to rebuild. Much like after “Wrath of the First Lantern”, there are so many possibilities for Robert Venditti and his creative team. I find that very exciting.
This specific issues primarily follows Hal Jordan and one of my favorite Lanterns, Kilowog. Hal bring him along to complete some unfinished business from just prior to “Lights Out”. Meanwhile, Jonathan Stewart is left to rebuild on Mogo, Guy Gardner is off with the Reds somewhere and the New Guardians have a new mission for Kyle Rayner. The issue is smooth, paced well and relatively light with plot points. The thread of conservation continues through but the door is left open for the rings to be used for years to come. To be honest, this issue has me looking ahead more than in the moment but I think that’s the point.
The illustrations are solid, like always. No real inconsistencies with characters and given the nature of the story, there are a lot of characters from all across the universe.
Overall, this issue doesn’t answer much. It leaves more to be answered than even the annual #2. I’m left with questions like, what will happen to Carol and the Star Sapphires? Did Hal keep his word in giving the Reds their own sector? Just what exactly is Kyle Rayner meant to do? Green Lantern #25 is a new beginning… again. When Geoff Johns left the series after “Wrath of the First Lantern”, I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t want my Lanterns to fade into obscurity and Venditti has made sure this wasn’t the case but for the second time in a year the universe is wide open. Who is the next enemy? Will Sinestro be back with his corps? I almost feel like there are too many unanswered questions for me to focus on this one issue that covers so little.
Either way, it was a good issue, not great but it’s being directly compared to a truly solid five issue story arc that ended last week.