Green Lantern Secret Origin Book 2
Geoff Johns - writer
Ivan Reis - pencils
Oclair Albert - inks
Randy Mayor - colors
Rob Leigh - letters
Ivan Reis & Dave McCaig - cover
Adam Schlagman - asst. editor
Eddie Berganza - editor
In anticipation of the forthcoming Green Lantern movie, DC Comics offered this reprint of the origin of Hal Jordan to prep audiences. I've seen several depictions over the years, and this is as good as any of them. Geoff Johns keeps the story succinct, while still dripping with information. We learn enough about Hal, his dad, his botched Air Force career, Carol Ferris and the Green Lantern Abin Sur, whose fatal crash on Earth led to Hal becoming a Lantern that we have a strong sense of each character and the role they play in this drama. Nicely done.
There are several GL-centric ads throughout this issue, including one for a video game (Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters), a direct-to-video animated movie (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights), collectibles based on the forthcoming live-action movie, an 11-issue long "War of the Green Lanterns" comic book story being told in three titles, and a collection of pertinent GL comics that were an influence on the aforementioned forthcoming live-action movie. There's no mistake: this free comic exists to promote the film and GL merchandise. As a Lantern fan I almost enjoy it, but then it feels sordid.
Geoff Johns - writer
Andy Kubert - penciller
Sandra Hope - inker
Alex Sinclair - colorist
Nick J. Napolitano - letterer
This is a teaser of a forthcoming massive storyline that will be told across 24 comics--22 of which will be published in June. All that's really shown here is that Barry Allen (The Flash) is the main protagonist in a story that appears to be predicated on something happening to the timeline. The last page shows an overwhelmed Barry saying to the Caped Crusader, "I need your help, Batman. You and I have to fix the world." Batman is clearly not wearing his standard outfit, as there is a red circle behind his Bat-emblem. What has happened to the timeline is, of course, the question to be answered throughout "Flashpoint."
I'm gonna pass. 20+ issue arcs were what chased me out of comics in the mid-90s, and I've become bored by "Oh, noes! Time is screwed up!" stories. One of the last pages in this issue is an ad for "Flashpoint" action figures, and maybe I'm just being unfair but it seems to me that the whole point of this storyline was to introduce new character designs to sell toys. I've got nothing against action figures, but if comic books should have learned anything at all from 1997's Batman & Robin, it's that the story has to be more important than the merchandising possibilities. Then again, maybe this will become the most popular and critically acclaimed thing to happen with superheroes of its generation. I doubt it, though.