Today’s Super Comic — Green Lantern #1 (1990)

Green_Lantern_Vol_3_1If you can, forget the Green Lantern film. But if that memory proves regrettably indelible, then at least remember that the book is always better than the movie. And “always” applies even to Green Lantern, too.

With decades’ worth of stories, the quality will inevitably vary, but several bright spots leap to mind. Let’s stick to one for now, the beginning of a run I’ve always had a soft spot for, by the writer who was still charting GL’s course when I started reading the series a few years later.

When DC Comics relaunched Green Lantern in 1990, Hal Jordan just wanted to keep his feet planted on the ground and reconnect with the real world.

By this point, Hal is a seasoned superhero, even with having taken an extended break or two along the way. He’s seen it all—he’s traveled the universe, helped establish the Justice League of America, and battled beings of incredible power and prevailed. And his temples are grayer for it. But now it’s time to get back in touch with humanity.

The idea of someone whose perception is colored by extraordinary experiences now interacting with ordinary daily life is a concept that has always fascinated me, and Green Lantern proves to be a great choice for such a role.

But don’t misunderstand—the series still showcases its fair share of action, and cosmic threats are always lurking right around the corner. A fellow Green Lantern, Guy Gardner, performs admirably as a foil, antagonist, and ally (all in one obnoxious package!) for Hal. And a third earthman Green Lantern, John Stewart (the one from the excellent cartoon), is also in the picture but not exactly gung-ho for duty at first.

Green Lantern tends to lose my interest whenever he spends too much time in space, but his time on the ground here served him well indeed.

Writer: Gerard Jones

Penciler: Pat Broderick

Publisher: DC Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; Green Lantern: The Road Back (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 10 and up