Future State Green Lanterns #1
Call me old fashioned but I prefer my Green Lantern comics to actually feature green lanterns using their rings. Writer Geoffrey Thorne answers the Future State call to try something different, but goes to such an extreme that the featured characters simply share the same name as the fan favorite Lanterns.
In this time period, the Lanterns have lost their rings yet are still trying to protect the galaxy. Their latest attempt sees John Stewart, Salaak and G’nort (reimagined here as a ferocious wolf instead of a bumbling comic relief dog) trying to hold off an invasion by the Khunds. Instead of Lanterns, our heroes are using blasters, swords and their teeth.
Thorne fails to make this new Lantern reality very compelling either as it’s just John barking orders to his Lanterns and the pilots prepping the evacuation effort.
Other Lantern writers came up with creative ways for the lanterns to use their rings allowing their personalities to show through.
Thorne isn’t able to distinguish the characters much and the sense that they’re in a losing battle with no real strategy doesn’t make for an enjoyable read. Tom Raney’s art is solid however as he tries to come up with different ways to portray the carnage.
The secondary story, from writer Ryan Cady and artist Sami Basri, is probably the best story in this issue. It features Jessica Cruz trying to deal with her limited resources — including no ring — as her space station is invaded by a trio of Sinestro Corps members. Cady gets Cruz’s constant struggle with her anxiety without making her helpless and Basri provides strong artwork playing out the chase through the station.
In the final story, writer Ernie Altbacker and artist Clayton Henry, reveal how Guy Gardner spent the next two decades after being stranded on a planet split by warring factions. Altbacker captures Gardner’s earnestness well and while the plot is a little thin, it’s still a fun read. Henry keeps cranking out work that continually shows his improvement in layouts and character expressions. There wasn’t a lot of action here, but Henry tells the story impressively.
A ring-less direction for the Green Lantern Corps isn’t as fun as you might imagine and proves too drastic a change to sell this idea of the Corps’ future as a shift in status quo worth developing.
Rating: 5 out of 10