[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artists: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Blond
Covers: Brad Walker, Drew Hennessy, Jason Wright, Brandon Peterson
Thrown 10 billion years into the past, Jessica and Simon get a visit from some unlikely visitors. But, are they friends or enemies?
This issue was a lot of fun to read, and really dives into each of the characters of the original 7 Green Lanterns we’ve seen spread out multiple issues for the past few months. The only think we’ve known about each of them up to this point was that they were each chosen for their bravery and their will to survive. Be it because their Deity guides them, or simply their sheer will to survive, Humphries gives some real interesting and diverse personalities in this group. It was those personalities and characters that made this issue fresh and great to read.
But it wasn’t just the original Lanterns that were compelling, Jessica Cruz herself really stepped up in this issue. Not by fighting the biggest villain, or risking her life, but by leading and convincing the original seven that they needed to band together as a team to stop Volthoom. It wasn’t easy to convince them not use the ring for their own personal agenda, and she even went so far as trying to stop one of them from destroying themselves. But consider how far Jessica has come since she first put on the Power Ring, how she is now leading and training the original seven, there’s no doubt that Humphries has given us a character with so much depth, emotion, and heroism, that she is simply unrivaled.
The art in this issue was absolutely stellar. Each panel and page was incredibly vibrant, filled with emotion, beautiful lines, and incredible facial expressions. By far the best page would be where Jessica is standing with an axe she constructed, welcoming the original seven to the Green Lantern Corps. It was a very heroic moment, both in dialogue and in art.
Now you’ll notice I didn’t mention Simon Baz in any sort of positive way in this issue. Although he was in the issue, most of what he was doing was simply rehashing how they got there, what the situation was like, how grateful he was for Jessica being there, how screwed they were, or how he missed Nazir’s birthday. That’s pretty much it. Without Simon having a Lantern ring, Humphries should have really taken the opportunity to showcase Simon as a hero without the ring. But instead he simply took a back seat and watched. Also, he just lost his Lantern ring, I would be more concerned about getting it back than missing Nazir’s birthday.
Volthoom was briefly in this issue, but as I stated in previous reviews before, his character really isn’t all that compelling. In one issue, Humphries made me care more about the original seven, then he has about Volthoom in multiple issues.
Despite some negative points in this issue, it really was a fantastic read. Also, and this should come as no surprise, J-Bird is slowly becoming my favorite DC superhero.