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So, as has become the new tradition for Earth’s Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan returns to Earth briefly after his last cosmic battle, tries to return to his life with Carol Ferris, but finds Earth an uneasy fit for him, and soon is called back to Oa. There, the new Guardians (the ones who were hidden away in a prison for billions of years) have appointed him to an important new post that he doesn’t really want. Meanwhile, there’s lots of rebuilding going on across Oa, and new recruits are being chosen to fill the many empty power rings. And, to keep things hopping, Larfleeze and his Orange Lanterns has arrived to claim and steal whatever he can get his hands on.
The new creative team, writer Robert Venditti and artists Billy Tan and Richard Friend, do a credible job with the issue, though it’s clearly just a pause before the next big threat appears. The characters work okay, and things roll along, though not with the resonance and sparkle of the previous team. I’m willing to give them a chance, depending on what sort of event comes along next, and whether it interests me enough to continue with the GL books. We shall see.