When I first started reading the new DC 52, I assumed I was going to love the Batman and Superman comics the most because I loved the cartoons and movies containing of both iconic superheroes. However, what I didn’t expect when reading the new 52 was falling head over heels with the Green Lantern comics. I had heard of Green Lantern, but wasn’t aware of the history of the character, who the villains were or anything. Now, I know everything that Wikipedia can tell me, I am buying any Green Lantern comic I can find, and am largely caught up on the comic.
From what I’ve been able to find out, the continuity of Green Lantern #1 is largely untouched. Hal Jordon has had his ring taken away from him by the Guardians (the leaders of the Green Lantern Corps, who seem to be having their own issues) and is trying to make it through without his superpowers. It isn’t going well. He can’t pay his rent, he gets arrested, he can’t fly planes, he can’t buy a car, and his on-and-off again girlfriend is mad at him.
Hal’s arch-nemesis, Sinestro, is doing fine. He’s been released from his prison, become a Green Lantern once more, and even plans to (possibly) save his home world from his old Corp, the Yellow Lantern Corps. However, he can’t do it alone. So Sinestro goes to Hal, either for help, to taunt the ex-Green Lantern, or to annoy the Guardians (who Sinestro hates with a passion).
This first issue doesn’t have a lot of action; it’s like other number ones, just setting things up for later issues. However, it seems to be setting up things for other Green Lantern comics: such as the issues within the Guardians. If you hadn’t been following Green Lantern before, then this issue might be a little confusing, but it doesn’t rely on complete knowledge of the Green Lantern mythos.
If you’ve never tried Green Lantern before, now is the chance to pick it up. There are two other Green Lantern titles; Green Lantern Corps and Green Lantern: New Guardians (both of which I’ll be reviewing later) and there is a brand new Red Lanterns title, if you’d like to see a different side to the Lanterns.