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Green Lantern #2

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 21 critic ratings.

Hal Jordan’s homecoming is off to a rocky start! Carol Ferris is this close to firing him from the job he’s only just begged his way into, his power ring isn’t exactly working right, and off in the shadows, Sinestro, the architect of Hal’s current crisis, is waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

Plus, the hard-hitting “John Stewart: War Journal” backup series from writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson and artist Montos heats up as the Guardian John Stewart and his team, the Watchtower, fall under siege from a mysterious new threat!

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31 pages
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21 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    here was zero worry that Jeremy Adams wouldn’t be able to weave the magic he infused in every issue of his Flash run into Green Lantern. The thing is there’s no trick to Adams’ writing style. He simply understands the core, classic aspects of his characters and writes them in fun superhero action that’s true to their long-established history. It only seems like magic because it’s so rare these days.

    Adams continues showing his well-earned cred by bringing in some DC villains that haven’t been featured in a few universe relaunches. This is the kind of deep drive Adams is on showing his mastery of DC characters didn’t begin and end with Wally West.

    Seriously, it’s hard to not come away thinking Adams must be having a blast tackling another A-list hero and establishing what already seems like the start of a classic run. Adams’ Hal Jordan reads a lot like the JLA Year One one by Mark Waid and Brian Augustine with a dash of Geoff Johns’ take for extra flavor.


    Phillip Kennedy Johnson continues the short story featuring an alternate timeline with John Stewart trying to fend off attackers seeking the Lantern’s main power battery. Johnson makes efficient use of his smaller page count and keeps the story moving with little trouble.

  • 96

    You Don't Read Comics

    Adams and company take a well-balanced approach to Hal and his life. Hes a sharp guy with a hell of a lot of charisma that guides the narrative gracefully from the beginning to the cliffhanger ending of another thoroughly satisfying issue. Larger concerns in and within the current plot arc will take a little while to emerge, but for now, Green Lantern is gliding quite well through all of the different angles on the life of Hal Jordan. Its nice to see Adams taking a slow and measured approach to this particular Green Lantern.

  • 96

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    This book is worth the price of admission but I start to question how a Hal Jordan personality fits in with modern society. The world has changed, and it will be interesting to see how the Green Lantern reacts.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    Green Lantern has been a cosmic hero for so long, playing on the biggest scale imaginable, that it’s hard to remember anymore that he was a normal earth-based hero for much of his history. So Jeremy Adams calling back to that is unexpected, but welcome.

  • 90

    Under the guidance of writer Jeremy Adams, it’s becoming clear that more than any power ring, Hal Jordan’s most important power is his innate likability. Jordan hasn’t been this endearing in quite some time, and it’s not simply that he’s likable. Adams is showcasing his charm and charisma while also dissecting how he utilizes both and how others are affected by them. That’s rarely been put under the microscope in this sort of way, and this is only furthered by a brilliant use of Kilowog. The more self aware Hal is the more compelling of a character he becomes. That said, when the ring slinging begins, artist Xermanico, colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr., and letterer Dave Sharpe are up to the challenge, capturing the creativity and personality that make Lanterns so unique. Over in John Stewart’s “Rise of the Revenant Queen” part two, writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson is able to explore Stewart from two completely unique angles, and both contribute to the greater whole. Stewart’s conversations with his mother are simply gold each and every time, but the book kicks into high gear when we move to outer space. That’s where Montos, Adriano Lucas, and Dave Sharpe deliver gorgeous bombastic action sequences full of vibrant purples and greens. There’s so much going on in these sequences but it all looks stunning, and the bigger cosmic story in play pairs well with the more grounded elements of Hal and Stewart’s earth-bound stories. Green Lantern is off to a truly stellar start, and it is likely to only get better from here.

  • 90

    Comic Watch

    The Dawn of DC has put out some of the strongest books that we’ve seen since the end of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, and Adams and Johnson continue to give us some of the best character development for Hal and John that we haven’t seen from the two in quite some time. These two are breathing life into the two most prolific Green Lanterns, and giving them personality trials that just enriches them and the world they reside in.

    It’s not about one cosmic event to the next that makes these characters interesting, it’s the people in the story, reaching out to make you feel for them, relate to them, and ultimately see yourself in them, through the good times and the bad, and Adams and Johnson are giving us this here. It’s not a perfect comic, but it’s getting there.

  • 90

    DC Comics News

    DC Comics may not be smart enough to keep Jeremy Adams on The Flash, but at least they are keeping him on something! Green Lantern #2 is only the second issue of this newest volume of Hal Jordan’s adventures, but it’s already proving to be the full package. The beautiful art supports a character driven story that draws the reader in with its familiarity and attention to the complexity in Hal’s character and relationships.

  • 90

    The Blog of Oa

    Green Lantern #2 hits all the rights notes, and may be subtly setting the stage for a very emotional journey for Hal Jordan. This issue left provided some nice humor, adventure and a lot of heart. Nine out of ten lanterns.

  • 90

    First Comics News

    Two issues in and Jeremy Adams has succeeded in making Hal Jordan likable to many DC fans that had to suffer through Geoffrey Thorne’s run (It would be best to steer clear of that); Hal’s charm and charisma are put to good use, especially during a scene where he gets to meet Carol Ferris’ new boyfriend (Awkward!!); Adams shows that he’s having an absolute blast in giving new life to Hal while reminding the readers why Green Lantern is one of the brightest heroes within the DC Universe. The backup story by Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Who can do no wrong at this point) shows John Stewart continuing his own comeback but I feel like DC should have given Stewart his own title. The conversations that John has with his mother are so grounded with joy and wisdom but the high-octane cosmic action help in shaping John’s comeback story. With two of the most talented and beloved writers at the helm, Green Lantern is by far one of the DC titles anyone should look forward to.

  • 90


    Continuing the momentum from a launch issue can be daunting, but Adams and his team do it with style in Green Lantern #2. Hal’s voice and characterization once again shine in this installment. Whether it is experimenting with his new ring, stopping the bad guys, or trying to impress Carol, there is no question that Adams understands the inner workings of Hal. I’m really enjoying the non-linear approach to the story, as it is helping to keep the pacing but also allow for surprising story beats. The 24 hours of how Hal got his new job is a perfect example of this, as the single page detour made for an amusing and insightful addition. From a visual perspective, the sequence of Hal testing the ring’s flight capabilities was absolutely stunning. I loved the different perspectives that were used over these pages, as the vivid designs perfectly captured the excitement and joy of our favorite pilot.

  • 86

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Adams crafts a fun and entertaining story for Hal in this issue and I love seeing him with Killowog. The dynamic between the two is fantastic and I love the fun banter they have before showcasing Hal trying to put his life back together. I love Kennedy Johnson’s John Stewart story a lot and all of the dark possibilities within it. Both stories complement each other brilliantly.

    The Art: Xermanico delivers some beautiful, bright and fun art filled with great details and an awesome visual tone. Montos offers some brilliantly dark and dramatic imagery mixed with the somber visual moments of John at home.

  • 86

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Green Lantern #2 continues to showcase Hal in a charming, witty light that lends itself perfectly to Adams style and tone. The jokes don’t slap you in the face and they provide a level of comfort to the story making the issue easier to navigate. Sure, I’d love some more information as to how and why Hal is back on Earth. I’d love to know exactly how and why he got his powers back. And I’m sure we will get more of those details ironed out in the next few issues. Nevertheless, we get enough for fans to get a strong footing as to what we need to survive the story to this point. Now, I half think Adams is tiptoeing through the opening because he knew Knight Terrors would interrupt and hijack his story. So, he just slowed things down a bit so he could put the pedal to the metal come September.

    Readers, Green Lantern #2 is perfect to show fans what Adams can do as well as his lighthearted, tender side of comic writing. Adams isn’t heavy-handed nor does he feel a need to stress fans out. His comics are easy to read while still providing an enjoyable story and escape for fans alike. Additionally, he’s creating a fantastic jumping-on-point for any new Green Lantern fan interested in checking out the character. I highly recommend grabbing this issue, as well as the last, and jumping in now while it’s super easy to navigate.

  • 80


    Green Lantern #2 is a great continuation of the first issue and begins to shed some more light on what the direction of John’s story will be. Hal’s story, much like his life, has a few surprises in store that fans will have to wait a few months for until they can pay off. That said, the first story is exactly what a Hal Jordan story needs to be to succeed: witty, action-packed, and filled with just the right amount of drama. Altogether, both stories are joyful reads that should make fans of both characters happy with their respective direction.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    Green Lantern #2 has the best of both worlds. It has a Green Lantern story that is distinctly about Hal Jordan. That story is entirely focused on the most famous Lantern, with a plot that’s effortless to latch on to and warm, inviting art. It’s a fresh start that still carries the history of what led to Hal’s departure from the Corps. Then there is the backup story, which has a lot more of the legacy and the universal importance of the Green Lantern Corps. The art is utterly gorgeous but the plot is had to follow. Both of these stories show that there isn’t a wrong direction to travel in a Green Lantern comic. But perhaps splitting them into separate books could benefit both stories as it gives them more time to be told.

  • 80

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Green Lantern #2 leans into the joy and fun of having the most powerful device in the universe at your disposal. Jeremy Adams leans into the whimsy with a bit of humor, and Xermánico’s art is top-notch. Unfortunately, all the momentum this series started to generate runs smack dab into the Knight Terrors wall, so time will tell if it can recover.

  • 75

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 70


    Plenty of fun here, including the reveal that Kilowog is Hal’s new roommate. I’m less interested in the back-up story involving other Corps members in space which looks like could be taking over the comic beginning next issue. For a comic I’ve enjoyed the bulk of I’m a bit concerned where its headed from here, and just where Hal’s story will get shunted off to, but this issue at least is another fun read.

  • 70

    Comics Nexus by Inside Pulse

    An action-packed issue on both fronts marbled with emotion-tugging scenes. I remain intrigued. The art styles of the main story and back-up are good on their own, but don’t feel complementary.

  • 50

    The Fandom Post

    Unfortunately, this proves to be a jumping-off point for me pretty easily. The first reason is that the book doesn’t come back until September as we get two issues spinning off into the Knight Terrors summer event, which totally smacks the progress of this book in the face completely. The other is that the backup story with John Stewart just doesn’t grab me and that combined with liking Hal less and less with each panel means I’m not getting much out of the book. I do have a love of Green Lantern overall and I know Hal is a problematic character – always has been – but it just feels even worse in this instance and so many other things make the book feel like work more than anything else. There are a lot of neat bits but it’s hard to feel like it’s worth investing in when just two issues into it you find yourself caught up in a 45-series/90-book crossover event. I just don’t have it in me for that kind of thing anymore.

  • 47

    Major Spoilers

    Every big relaunch brings with it uncertainty, but Green Lantern #2 isn’t quite successful on any level, with coloring that doesn’t jibe with the art, story that doesn’t serve lovely art, and a general lack of context for the goings-on. Maybe when we return to regularly scheduled programming in September, Green Lantern might go somewhere, but this issue doesn’t give readers a whole lot of reason to spend their five bucks.

  • 40


    Despite strong writing and art, the stories are all over the place with alternate dimensions, non-linear storytelling and now cliffhangers into completely different comics after only two issues of this one.

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