Green Lanterns #23
Effectively Baz and Cruz’s version of Training Day, the newest Green Lanterns has fun exploring what makes a Lantern after one already has their ring.
Each gets an instructor that pushes them to their limits. Cruz gets the worst end of it with Guy Gardner harassing/teaching her the ropes in the most grueling situations possible. Writer Sam Humphries might have gone a little extra in showcasing Guy’s less desirable qualities. Humphries’ portrayal of Guy is more in line with older takes on the character. Guy is a lot less abrasive now in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps making him seem far out of character. Likewise for Kilowog serving as Cruz’s voice of encouragement instead of being the gruff drill sergeant he’s typically portrayed.
Baz has a little easier time as Kyle Rayner gives him an apparently simple mission, before drastically stacking the odds. Since Baz isn’t a rookie, his test is more intricate and focus on his adaptability.
Eduardo Pansica’s art was very solid for this issue. Pansica brings a great level of detail with nicely expressive characters. Cruz’s mounting frustration is evident on every page and Baz’s exasperation is obvious.
Blond’s color work is also strong with smart contrasting colors to play off the Lanterns and their green aura.
This is a pretty simple, but entertaining read full of some necessary character building moments for Baz and Cruz. They have learned much, but Humphries questions if they are fully Lanterns yet.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10