Regular series can always use a change of pace, and here we have an issue in which the title characters do not appear. Instead, we have the story of Volthoom, the first Lantern, the first power ring, and how he teams up with Rami to delve further into his mysterious gifts, the ring and a “travel lantern” that brought him to Malthus, home of the Guardians billions of years ago. Volthoom wants to use the ring to return to his home planet in the past to save it from destruction. The Guardians have sequestered the travel lantern to keep him from leaving, but he hopes that, with Rami on his side, he can get what he wants. Rami feels bad for Volthoom, though he’s supposed to have suppressed all his emotions. Together they try to master the ring and all it’s colors, but the ring’s power soon leads Volthoom down a violent and dangerous path.
Nicely done. Recommended.