Green Lanterns #6 is a thrill ride.
It’s been looking pretty dire for the pair over the past couple of issues, as they were increasingly overwhelmed by the Red Lanterns. That is, until Jessica picks herself up. She’s the perfect flawed, but badass, female hero that DC Comics need right now. We’re loving the direction of the character that the writers are taking. She’s not just the stereotypical female hero that’s perfect in every way. She makes mistakes, she succumbs to anxiety and fear. In this cosmic tale of space cops and aliens… she’s brilliantly human.
It takes the time to stop the action and just delve into her psyche, and to get into the nitty gritty of what it’s like to deal with crippling anxiety after experiencing a trauma. It helps make the hero relatable on a basic level, that it wouldn’t be surprising if she become a lot of people’s new favourite character. Every so often, the series has missed a couple of beats here and there. However, Green Lanterns #6 brilliantly picks up the pace, and manages to be a hugely entertaining ending to this cosmic tale. It also sets up the future of the story, and allows it to progress further than just revolving around this singular event.
Whilst the side story over the course of the issue sees an exiled Guardian in Simon Baz’s home, it finally all becomes clear as to why. In previous issues that part of the plot felt tacked on, as if it were an afterthought. But now that he reveals his primary reason for coming to Earth, it makes sense. Although it does spark a question – how many different rings will DC manage to come up with? They’re starting to become a little bit of a gimmick.
This space adventure is one that still manages to be brilliantly heartfelt – and really picks up the pace of the series. If you’re a fan of the Green Lantern Corps… do not miss Green Lanterns #6.
In a cosmic tale of space cops and aliens, it manages to be brilliantly human.
- Jessica Cruz
- Character development