Meet The Corps
Written By: Sam Humphries
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 3, 2017
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
Now that we've got that Doctor Polaris arc out of the way and new readers have a basic understanding of Simon Baz, it's time to get back to what was interesting in this series and that's Volthoom inhabiting the body of the rogue Guardian Rami. Yeah, there was a lot of problems when we had the Volthoom backstory with it not adding up to what we previously learned of the character in the New 52, but I'm willing to go with it if it gives us an interesting Green Lanterns book going forward. When we ended the last arc, our Lantern heroes were contacted by John Stewart, who ordered Simon and Jessica's rings to take them immediately to Mogo so that their proper training could begin. Let's hope that's not all we get because from a conversation we saw previously in this series, the Green Lantern Corps intended on bringing Rami with them........ and that spells trouble. Let's jump into this issue and check it out.
Our issue begins with Jessica and Simon hurtling through space as they're rings bring them to Mogo, but Jessica's freaking the fuck out and commands an emergency all-stop, which leaves her stranded in the middle of space as Simon continues his journey. Don't worry though because it immediately seems like Kyle Rayner shows up to escort Jessica the rest of the way, while also showing her some of the cool shit that space has to offer.
Once we get to Mogo we see Jessica stripped of her Lantern symbol, as all new recruits have a simple white circle on their chest until they pass training and earn their Lantern. Really though, you don't get any training in this issue, instead you get new readers caught up on the idea of who the Green Lantern Corps are and what's going on in the Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps book, like their current truce with the Sinestro Corps. As for character development, you get Jessica pissed that she's been through so much being the Green Lantern on Earth that it's bullshit that she has her rank taken from her, but all this is immediately shut down when John Stewart shows up and explains the situation.
In the end, we see Rami show up on Mogo, which he apparently immediately knows, even though he has no idea how or why he got there and we find out that his ruse is holding and that Ganthet and Sayd want him to try and repair the Green Lantern rings because since our heroes returned from Lost Army/Edge of Oblivion, the rings haven't been able to recruit new Lanterns. So yeah, Volthoom is going to get a looksy at what makes a Green Lantern ring tick......... not the best of ideas. As our issue closes we find out that John has appointed Guy Gardner as Jessica's trainer and Kyle Rayner as Simon's........... and that's about it.
That's it for this issue of Green Lanterns and while this isn't a bad issue, it didn't really give us anything except for the continued way it's just making sure that everyone reading knows what's going on, which isn't a bad thing because you want new readers to become Green Lantern fans, but for those who have read the Green Lantern books for awhile it all comes off as old hat and even gets you a little pissed off because this issue fucks up what sector Earth is in........ which is odd for a book to get things wrong all the time when it seems its main focus is to get people to understand the mythology. It's a low-key issue that doesn't do much, but the small part we get with Rami is enjoyable and gets me excited for that story to play out in future issues and I thought the art in this book was great as well. It's just too bad that we continue to not really do much with the main characters of this title.
Bits and Pieces:
We're finally getting back to our Volthoom story with this issue and while I'm happy about that, it seems that it's going to be played out very slowly because we barely get anything about that here. Really, there isn't much to this issue besides for trying to get new readers on the Green Lantern trolley by explaining the Corps and showing the main players, but even that doesn't come off great because there's blatant mistakes made. Even with that though, this had great art and I'm looking forward to the rest of the arc.