Written by Van Jensen, Justin Jordan, Robert Venditti, Charles Soule, and Cullen Bunn
Art by Ethan Van Sciver, Martin Coccolo, Goran Sudzuka, Chriscross, and Pete Woods
Its finally here. Ever since the Source Wall first showed up all the way at the beginning of Venditti’s run, it has been simply a matter of time before Kirby’s New Gods made their way into the Green Lantern line and here is where it happens. Highfather has been searching for that Life Equation for a really long time, and now he knows where to find it.
The New Gods is admittedly a pretty high concept property of the DC Universe that may be hard for those uninitiated to really understand. Luckily, Jordan and Jensen realized this and the first four or so pages is basically a quick little recap of the war between New Genesis and Apokolips told in a pretty epic fashion from the perspective of the Highfather. In fact most of the scenes featuring the New Gods have a sense of grandiose about them as they should with beings that consider themselves to be gods. I feel Justin Jordan’s writing coming through very heavily in these and it is nice to see him weave so much from his New Guardians series into this book. It is just nice to see that the other stories told in the Lantern books other than Green Lantern proper actually matter, something that wasn’t always the case when Geoff Johns was steering the ship.
I really have no complaints in the art department. Yeah, there are multiple different artists in this book and their styles aren’t exactly the same, but at least they separate them well. The New Gods have their own style and the Lanterns have their own slightly more cartoony style. Other than the style changes, the art was pretty great.
One of the problems that I had with this issue is the same problem that I’ve been having with Green Lantern proper for a while now. Hal Jordan is way too whiny and explains himself and what is going on way too much when he whines. It is okay to have some subtext. We can understand from Hal’s actions and decisions that the weight of leadership is really heavy and that he is having a hard time dealing with the fact that his ring actually drains the universe. He doesn’t have to tell us that is why he is frustrated every single issue it feels like. Sometimes a subtle approach is better. Take the Highfather in this issue as an example. In the beginning, he seems like a pretty stand up individual leading the forces of good against evil, but as the issue progresses and you see the propaganda, decisions, and ultimately the slaughter of worlds allowed by him then you get the idea that maybe the Highfather isn’t that far different from Darkseid.
Overall, this book is pretty entertaining. Kirby’s New Gods and Green Lantern are two of my personal favorite parts of the DC Universe so seeing them meet in a story as epic as this one promises to be is just awesome. This isn’t a perfect book, though, but the problems that I have with are problems that I’ve been having with Green Lantern for a while.
Story: 4 out of 5
Art: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5