Green Lanterns Annual #1: The Last Lantern
Written by: Andy Diggle
Art by: Mike Perkins
Colors by: Andy Troy
Letters by: Dave Sharpe
Cover by: Mike Perkins and Andy Troy
What You Need to Know:
Before the next arc begins, the Green Lanterns take a detour with an annual issue handled by a different creative team. Is the detour worth the trip? Not really, but this issue does manage to get interesting as the plot unravels.
What Just Happened:
The issue begins with Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz traveling to a space sector of an ancient race whose planet exploded and Green Lantern disappeared under mysterious circumstances with a number of his species. This Lantern has been turned into a legend and has been dubbed the “Lost Lantern”. To celebrate the life of this Lantern, Simon and Jessica are to give a speech to the Green Lantern Corps. The species in this sector are very uptight, rigid, and rulebound. Due to this fact, both speeches bomb, causing Jessica to leave the celebration in frustration and embarrassment.
Jessica is then attacked and captured by what seems to be a Green Lantern construct. Simon, Hal Jordan, and John Stewart track Jessica and are also attacked and captured. The Lanterns then discover that the Lost Lantern maybe isn’t so lost.
This issue started out incredibly boring and dull. Who wants to read about Green Lanterns stressing over giving speeches? Andy Diggle struggles to create a compelling narrative for this annual issue and the issue would have completely bombed if the focus were on this celebration. Luckily, the issue starts to improve after Jessica discovers the roots of the strange constructs that attack her. The tragedy Jessica discovers behind the “legend” of the Lost Lantern changes the pace of this issue to keep it from being a complete chore to read.
Mike Perkins’s art also does not help this issue. Faces look incredibly inconsistent in this issue. Simon Baz in one panel looks black, and in another panel he looks Latino/Hispanic. He does not look Middle-Eastern in any panel, which is an issue. Most backgrounds look bland outside of the occasional outer space scene where the art pops.