DC relaunched their universe to much fanfare and while I’m not a fan of relaunches, I thought that it was fairly exciting and some titles are worth keeping an eye on.
I followed Green Lantern prior to DC’s new 52 event and picked up Green Lantern #1 last month. Now, after reading #1 and #2, I have to admit that I’m a quite confused on the continuity of the series IF I read it in relations to other DC titles.
The new series starts out after the events of War of The Green Lanterns. In that event, Hal Jordan is a veteran Green Lantern. However, if you read Justice League #2, Hal Jordan is still a fairly inexperienced Green Lantern who has never met Superman. While DC has addressed this issue before, I don’t think it’s working out very well, especially for new readers.
If the purpose of DC’s new 52 is to inoculate new readers, then this continuity problem is a huge obstacle since the Hal Jordan in Green Lantern is the Hal Jordan from the previous DC timeline, not the “new” DC timeline. Won’t his memory of events (backstory) be different from the Hal Jordan that’s currently seen in the Justice League? I’m pretty sure that’s not how the first meeting of the Justice League went (2011’s Justice League #2 in contrast to 1988’s Secret Origins #32).
Also, it’s not explained in the story why the timeline in the Green Lantern series differs from other titles in the new the DC universe.
That being said, if you have been following only this series and not any other DC title, then Hal Jordan’s current predicament is certain to delight long-time readers. Hal is stripped of his Green Lantern ring and it is his greatest nemesis and archrival, Sinestro, who gives him a chance at becoming Green Lantern again. Oh, the irony of it all. The respect-but-yet-hate relationship between the two is enough to keep me reading. In this issue, Sinestro gives Hal him a Green Lantern ring that responds only to Sinestro. Sinestro recruits Hal to help him free his planet. Can the two of them get along so that they can save Sinestro’s planet? The answer is in the next issue.
If you’re a reader new to comics and Green Lantern, then you should stay away (or read up on the history before picking up the title).
If you’re a regular comic reader and know a thing or two about Green Lantern, then it looks as though the creative team (Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke) has set up the foundation for a fun monthly series.