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DC Comics “The New 52” First Issues: “Green Lantern” Titles

As previously blogged about in the PiercingMetal Musings; DC Comics recently re-launched a number of titles and started them off from issue #1 under the branding of “The New 52”. The initiative’s prime objective being to up the number of titles available each month and to offer new readers an easier chance to jump on board with their characters. New costumes and beginnings are par for the course with the reboot but a number of the company’s most historic moments shall remain unaffected. The New 52 appears to have segmented the titles into a number of different groups based on the relation of the character – for instance there is a Superman and Batman grouping to enjoy and each title relates directly to the character. From these segments I have opted to share my thoughts on the first issues for your reading pleasure. The Green Lantern mythos gets four titles and while that initially surprised me, in the end it made a lot of sense when you consider that he had a movie released over the summer of 2011. The titles are Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: The New Guardians and Red Lanterns.

“Green Lantern” #1

Green Lantern #1: Sporting a cover that features Sinestro, we find the most infamous of villains once again wearing a Green Lantern Corps uniform and being directed by the Guardians as being the one whom the ring had chosen. Is he on board with this decision? Well, I leave that discovery to you readers at home. The title gives us a non-powered Hal Jordan and we see him dealing with the pitfalls of normal life with his on and off again romantic interest Carol Ferris. I am very behind in my Green Lantern mythos and have yet to tackle the epic “Blackest Night” and “Brightest Day” trade paperbacks that I have but I can honestly agree with those who said that newbie’s to the character might have a little trouble following him since this appears to pick up in the middle of something. Maybe that will change going forward. I hope so since this is the flagship title of this segment of The New 52 titles.
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