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Green Lantern #0

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Green Lantern #0

Credits

  • Words: Geoff Johns
  • Art: Doug Mahnke
  • Inks: Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, and Mark Irwin
  • Colors: Alex Sinclar, Doug Mahnke, and Christian Alamy
  • Story Title: The New Normal
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: 2.99
  • Release Date: Sep 5, 2012

A newly conscripted Green Lantern takes center stage.

Unlike many of the first week of DC’s #0 titles, Geoff Johns takes his own approach to the “origin story” mandate.  Instead of retelling Hal Jordan’s origin (again), or any of the other three Earthborn Green Lanterns for that matter, Johns firmly grounds his #0 issue in the here and now of the Green Lantern mythos.  Though there is an origin to be had, the ridiculous cover that may turn off readers in fact hides another solid issue in the ongoing drama of Hal Jordan, Sinestro, and the Guardians’ saga.

Though the aforementioned players in Johns’ continuing epic make their small appearances, the true focus of Green Lantern #0 is on the newly conscripted Lantern, Simon Baz, who finds himself not only in the unique position of becoming another officer to protect Sector 2814, but to honestly be a unique hero in the DC Universe, and possibly the entire comics industry.  Johns skillfully maneuvers through both politics and public opinion as he builds Baz from the ground up to be a rightfully angst-ridden Arab American in the post September 11th world. 

Johns’ new creation could have easily read as a preachy political creation that pandered to either side of the political spectrum, but gratefully so, Baz’s history, motives, and personality read as believable and relatable as possible, while never tipping into the verge of plot point.  As with any new creation, Baz must be relatable to readers, and it is with this idea in mind that Johns’ reveals his new creation’s origin, one that is packed to the brim with tragic moments and poor choices.  From the outset, Baz is a character that readers will surely believe in, support, and hope for a full redemption in the eyes of the public, which is a must considering how important this new Green Lantern will be to the future of the DC Universe, its new Justice League of America, and the upcoming Trinity War.

With the reliable and fantastic artwork of Doug Mahnke at his side, Geoff Johns pens a surprisingly bold #0 issue that wholly adds to his Green Lantern mythos.  Simon Baz, the newly created Green Lantern of Earth’s sector, is a fresh, believable, and solid addition to the DC Universe, making this issue one of the most exciting offerings to date in DC’s “#0” month.

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