Green Lantern Corps #25 Review

on November 15, 2013

The Batman “Zero Year” crossover is going on, and Green Lantern Corps is swept up in it. A young Marine named John Stewart journeys to Gotham City, and winds up getting into trouble! examines and reviews Green Lantern Corps #25.

“Van Jensen and Robert Venditti are making John Stewart a fully realized character with his own world, cast, past, and inspirations, and they’re doing it wonderfully. This issue takes huge strides in giving the character more substance, and in five issues, Van Jensen, Robert Venditti, Bernard Chang, and Marcelo Maiolo have done more worthwhile things with John Stewart in comic continuity than anyone has for twenty years.”

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If you haven’t, be sure to pick the issue up. It’s an especially filling story with twenty-eight pages!

Oa, by the way

Hey! Remember this article that advocates bringing the Green Lantern/Hawkgirl ship to comic continuity? In the article, I wrote about how I wasn’t sure if it would be easy to pluck Shayera Hol from the Hawk corner of the DC universe and bring her into Green Lantern Corps.

Well, if this can happen…

Then you know that this can happen…

Yup! Supergirl is -seemingly out of nowhere- being brought over to Red Lanterns by writer Charles Soule. That seems like a terrible idea to me, but at least she won’t be another Green Lantern. The important thing concerning this post, is if they can grab a Superman family character, who has nothing to do with the Red Lanterns, and who has her own ongoing title, and just put her in Red Lanterns, you know it’s within the realm of possibility to take Shayera Hol, a character who is in limbo right now, and who is famously associated with Green Lantern John Stewart, and do something with her in Green Lantern Corps.

I believe the relationship John has with Hawkgirl is a huge part of his success as a character. I feel it should, in some way, be brought over to the comics. Even if it somehow doesn’t last, I’d love to see an arc where these two great characters cross paths and feelings between them are established in the comic continuity.

It’s true that part of what made Green Lantern/Hawkgirl so great in Justice League was the suspense. We didn’t know it was going to happen. Viewers were on the edge of their seats. Many people couldn’t believe what they were seeing during the legendary unmasking scene in the Watchtower:

That particular type of magic wouldn’t be present, because the element of surprise wouldn’t be there, but playing with the HG/GL concept would benefit John Stewart by adding another layer of depth, bring in some new readers (cartoon shippers would be sure to check it out), and potentially make for great stories. It’s too big an aspect of the modern John Stewart’s character to completely ignore, just like the Marine attribute.

So, HG/GL fans, cross your fingers. If there is anyone who delivers the goods with John Stewart, it’s the current writer of Green Lantern Corps, Van Jensen!

Above Green Lantern/Hawkgirl art by LadyMalirra.