Green Lanterns #44: Ghosts of The Past Part 1
Written by: Tim Seely
Art by: Ronan Cliquet
Colors by: Hi-Fi
Letters by: Dave Sharpe
What You Need to Know:
After breaking up an intergalactic superhuman trafficking ring, things slow down for Jessica and Simon as a new arc for the Green Lanterns begins. It seems the focus is back on Jessica discovering the root of her anxiety and PTSD while trying to shed light on some dark details of her past. An old enemy that Jessica and Simon have faced before may be the key to solving it all.
In this Issue:
The book opens with Jessica in a therapy session, discussing her anxiety and PTSD. Her symptoms seem to be connected to the power ring she wields and the deaths of those close to her. When the therapist pushes Jessica to dig deep within herself to remember the traumatic events of her past, she shuts down and buries herself in her Green Lantern duties.
Jessica meets up with Simon to track an enemy that they have dealt with in the past. This villain has already had a profound effect on Jessica’s life already, which Jessica admits with her effort to take the enemy down without hesitation. The villain in question however, leaves Jessica with an intriguing offer connected to her efforts in uncovering her past and stabilizing her mental health. Will Jessica accept the offer?
This issue does a great job humanizing Jessica and I enjoyed learning that even though Jessica wields a powerful ring that can do anything she thinks of, she still struggles with mental health and trauma just like any other person can.
It provided her with plenty of character development, but sadly, failed in that department for Simon. Simon was stuck with a subplot involving a sentient robot that was dull at best. This issue goes a long way towards furthering the development of Jessica Cruz the person, not just the Green Lantern. Unfortunately, Simon Baz is not given the same amount of shine to develop as a character on his own.
The artwork in this issue is good for the most part, especially in panels where Jessica is struggling with discussing her diagnoses and her past. The art adequately illustrates her range of emotions. I enjoyed Seely digging into Jessica’s background and the “deal with the devil” she is faced with in this issue. Maybe the issue would have been better off as a solo Jessica adventure instead of throwing Simon into a silly subplot. Hopefully, this arc integrates Simon more while continuing to shed light on Jessica’s past.