Review: Future State: Green Lantern #2
[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writers: Geoffrey Thorne, Josie Campbell, and Robert Venditti
Artists: Tom Raney, Andie Tong, and Dexter Soy
Colorists: Mike Atiyeh, Wil Quintana, and Alex Sinclair
Letters: Andworld Design, Dave Sharpe, and Steve Wands
Review By: Kendra Hale
Future State: Green Lantern #2 gives the ending of the “Last Lanterns” storyline, along with two new tales, one of which gives a hint of things to come in the future. Like the first issue, there are three tales featuring members of the Green Lantern Corps. Some familiar faces, and some like Teen Lantern who are new and, honestly, quite intriguing. Let’s dive in.
“Last Lanterns” Part Two shows John Stewart and his team in the finale of the fight against the Khund and their God of Red. The Skipper, Beelu Kenz, and her crew are trying to help ensure John’s plan works, even with their lives on the lines. There are moments of bravery and heartbreak as the story finds its climax, and a twist the Khund were not expecting.
In “Dead Space” we meet Keli Quintela, also known as Teen Lantern, who has only ever wanted to be a hero. With her gauntlet that stores the light of the lantern, she is a riddle to those in the Oan council. They send her with Mogo, the living planet Lantern, on a journey to meet with another Lanterns at the site of the origins of her gauntlet to better understand. During her journey, her might and courage are tested when the powers of the ring cease and she must keep herself, and Mogo, safe from what hides in the dark.
Lastly in “Recon” we follow Hal Jordan as he tries to figure out why no one in the Corps is answering him, and what, exactly, is happening in the Universe. As he makes his way back to the Green Lantern headquarters, he runs across, not only Yellow Lanterns, but also The Khund, and even Warworld. Everything that the Green Lanterns have fought for to improve the lives of the galaxy seems to be unraveling, but Hal’s discoveries aren’t over just yet…
I love these different shades of the Green Lantern Corps stories. While some titles in the Future State line have full stories and others are comprised of multiple short tales, I think the short tales work in the Green Lantern’s favor. It gives fans more artwork and stories that feature some of the vast array of the team lineup. The stories may not be as long as others, but like with “Dead Space”, they pack a heady punch. The creative teams should absolutely be proud.
Nothing. Not a single one.
A decent read with great characters, both old and new. A setup for what is to come in 2021 for the Green Lantern Corps and a tease of the future, indeed.
Images Provided Courtesy of DC Entertainment.