Green Lanterns #28
Written by Sam Humphries
Art by Julio Ferreira, Eduardo Pansica
Cover by Andrew Hennessy, Bradley Walker
Variant cover by Brandon Peterson
Trapped billions of years in the past, with her unarmed partner, Jessica goes from the least experienced Green Lantern on earth to the only hope of motivating the new rookies to work together. She really wants them to join the corps. They really don’t care.
Simon and Jessica were thrown back in time during a fight with Volthoom, the First Lantern. They landed on earth billions of years in the past when the First Lantern antagonized their mentor, Rami, who sent out the first seven Green Power Rings. This is the origin of the Green Lantern Corps.
They could not have chosen a more interesting cast of characters, consisting of the most well-known races in the DC Universe and every single one is designed flawlessly.
The immature but comedic teenage girl from Brainiac’s homeworld of Colu, brings plenty of the humor when she interacts with more serious characters like the brooding Martian or the faithful Kryptonian.
The Plant Elemental and the Artificial Intelligence were undoubtedly the two I most looked forward to seeing again. They create a strange juxtaposition between the alien tree and robot that’s both amusing and sad. Something I didn’t anticipate.
Most writers struggle to juggle so many characters in one issue, doing little to make each one stand, but every individual character is immediately given a distinct personality. They speculate what the rings are: A means for justice; a toy to mess with people; weapons to fight over. There is some great banter as they argue amongst one another. And they don’t hesitate to voice their harsher opinions out loud, raising the conflict. It culminates in an unexpected climax that acts as a forewarning of things to come if Jessica and Simon can’t earn their trust and take control of the situation. Are they ready to lead?
Bringing in a diverse cast of aliens with interesting dynamics makes this a gripping continuation of the previous issues.