GREEN LANTERNS #44
Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Ronan Cliquet, HI-FI
Published by: DC Comics
What it’s about…
“GHOSTS OF THE PAST” part one! Jessica Cruz’s ring has a mind of its own, and it’s lashing out at her! Jess needs to find a way to defend herself against a ring that is making constructs against her will!
What I thought about it…
The solicitation you see above comes from the DC Comics website. The idea of a Green Lantern power ring turning on its possessor sounds pretty cool, and would make one heck of a story in this title. There’s only one problem with DC’s solicitation for Green Lanterns #44: None of that happens in this issue.
Nothing in Green Lanterns #44 is close to what is described in the solicitation, or on the issue’s cover. At no point during “Ghosts of the Past” part one does Jessica Cruz’s ring get a mind of its own, and it never lashes out at her. And despite what the cover art shows, Jess doesn’t have to defend herself from the ring at any point.
That being said, Green Lanterns #44 was still a solid issue. The story of Autonomy Gage, a decommissioned Battleframe robot with post traumatic stress disorder was different and interesting. I never would have thought reading a story about a robot seeking legal advice so he can get custody of his little girl after a divorce would be interesting, but here we are.
Also in this issue, writer Tim Seeley put Jessica Cruz back in the spotlight as we see her still struggling with her anxiety and fear. But Seeley also explores the trauma and heartache that continues to haunt Jessica to this day. For me these few scenes were the strongest parts of this issue, I look forward to what else Seeley has up his sleeve.
On the art side of things, Ronan Cliquet and colorist Hi-Fi put together a gorgeous issue. Jessie has never looked better, and I like how Cliquet draws her strong and confident while she’s in uniform, and almost shy when she’s doing normal day stuff.
I’m a fairly new reader to Green Lanterns. I only started picking up the book about 10 issues ago, but it has quickly risen to the top of my reading pile. But while I enjoyed Green Lanterns #44, there is no excuse for the solicitation debacle. I get stuff comes up sometimes, but DC should have at least changed the cover.
Green Lanterns #44 score: B-