Justice League #20- With Trinity War beginning soon, it’s time for the soon dreaded lead-in issue. This one is better than usual because writer Geoff Johns focused on new recruits Firestorm, Element Woman, and The Atom. The Atom especially played a big part in this issue as Johns made her a double agent for Amanda Waller and the Justice League of America. There was even a special guest-star from the Maritain Manhunter that hinted of what went on when he was still on the team. Overall, it’s a fine setup for the Trinity War.
Green Lantern #20- The “Wrath of The First Lantern” will not be known as a great or even a good one, but it’s place in comic book history will be known as the last story writer Geoff Johns did to end his run on Green Lantern. In the 9+ years he had been on the series, Johns had turned not just Hal Jordan but the entire GL cast into top line characters. His introduction of the emotional spectrum sounded like total lunacy when it first came about but now, the other Corps got their own regular series! Getting supporting characters so over that they could be popular enough to get their own regular series? Now that takes some doing. For that alone, Johns’ run on GL is going to be remembered as a great one.
Green Lantern: The New Guardians #20- With the “Wrath of The First Lantern” crossover over and done with, this epilogue deals with the aftermath of what happened in GL #20. In many ways, this issue showed the problems facing this series. The original idea of The New Guardians was to shown a group with all the various Corps involved. However, it has become the Kyle Rayner’s series with Kyle front and center in the series. Even artist Andres Guinaldo’s beautiful work on the paintings of Kyle did not manage to cloud the sense I had for some time now’ this series need a new focus.