"Revenge of the Green Lanterns Part One"
Writer: Geoff Johns
Art: Ivan Reis (p), Marc Campos (i)
Publisher: DC Comics
Plot: Over Russian airspace, the Rocket Reds fight Green Lantern concerning jurisdiction of a villain named The Igneous Man. After waking from a nightmare about his time as a prisoner of war, Hal watches a statement from the Global Guardians condemning his action in Russia. Hal then quickly chat with Oliver Queen before attending a Welcome Home Ceremony in his and two other pilots' honor. The ceremony is interrupted by a crashing space ship. Inside Hal is shocked to find the body of a Green Lantern who is already supposed to be dead.
Commentary: What I have consistently liked about Geoff Johns as a writer is that he takes characters that I am familiar with, and in some case a big fan of, and puts them down roads that never occurred to me. He takes little bits of business that might have been minor in the past and uses them as a spring board for an interesting plot or sub-plot.
Ever since he brought Hal Jordan back, Geoff has hinted at problems within the Corps regarding Hal's past sins. He has also hinted at the conflicting emotions Hal feels about what he did. Now it seems that particular sub-plot is coming to a head with a mystery. Tomar-Tu, who made appearances in the very underrated Green Lantern Mosaic before becoming a Green Lantern after the Guardians came back from their exile and before "Emerald Twilight," is found dead inside a ship, which surprises the heck out of Hal since, as he points out, he killed him.
Now that's how you start off a storyline.
Like most of the "One Year Later" issues, Geoff is using this issue as a springboard to tell new and interesting stories. With the battle with the Rocket Reds, the statement from the Global Guardians (nice to see them coming back), and the time Hal spent as a POW, Geoff has set up a lot of sub-plots that will hopefully be paid off some time down the road. I was especially touched by the POW angle. It is something every Air Force pilot could face, and I applaud Geoff's decision to tackle the subject.
In The End: There was a lot to like about this book. I continue to enjoy Geoff's characterization of Hal. He has a solid handle on the character and definitely knows what makes him tick. I especially dug the Sinestro Corps bit halfway into the comic. Ivan Reis and Marc Campos are great choices for the art chores as there styles compliment the action and drama that the series provides. A solid issue overall.
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