First Impressions – GREEN LANTERN CORPS #16


In the interests of following the new Green Lantern, Simon Baz, from the pages of post-script-less GREEN LANTERN, I’ve finally bought an issue of that other GL title being published. It’s also leads directly into the finale to “Rise of the Third Army”, so at least for this issue I’m on board. It’s GREEN LANTERN CORPS #16.

I’m really late to the party this time, so bear with me.

Back when the New 52 began, the success of the GL franchise was such that it got four books all to itself: Green Lantern, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Red Lanterns, and the subject of today’s post, Green Lantern Corps. It’s pretty much what it sounds like – the adventures of the GL Corps itself, and specifically the two other human green lanterns, Guy Gardner and Jon Stewart.

Much to my repeated regret, I haven’t followed the series up to this point. Mostly because I had enough books on my plate as it was. Books like Red Lanterns, which I read for nine issues too long.

Anyway, GREEN LANTERN CORPS #16 begins with Guy Gardner de-powered and in prison due to events that apparently happened in previous issues. Much of the opening pages is devoted to his resignation to his fate being challenged by his siblings. But with all the Third Army shenanigans going on, Simon Baz and B’DG fly in from Green Lantern #16 to bust him out before the Third Army gets him.

The book also makes a point of using the word assimilate to refer to what the Third Army does, if this series hadn’t already. We’re officially ripping off the Borg now, though at least the Third Army is silent and thus can’t comment on the futility of resistance.

Meanwhile, Jon Stewart is teamed up with Fatality (that Star Sapphire who hung around Kyle Rayner for the first part of New Guardians, remember?) to retrieve bits and pieces of the shattered Mogo. Oh wait, I don’t think I’ve ever talked about Mogo. He…it is a sentient planet that’s also a key member of the Green Lantern Corps. It’s the thing that directs errant power rings towards potential new recruits, in addition to being really powerful in its own right. My research says that previous issues saw Mogo blown up, something which may or may not have been the fault of Jon Stewart, and now Jon is under a (largely busywork) mission to retrieve its pieces and reunite them with Mogo’s core.

And thus we’re led into GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL #1, where Rise of the Third Army ends and Wrath of the First Lantern begins. I’ll be talking about that in the next few days. In the meantime, I’ve got exactly zero reason not to recommend this issue at least. Maybe read at least from issue thirteen on, just to get the whole picture of this story arc.

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