GREEN LANTERNS #48 begins "Rebel Run" and Aaron Gillespie's turn as head writer. He starts his tenure with an interesting, but somewhat muddled, story as Jessica has to run from the Green Lantern Corps.
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Run Jessica Run

GREEN LANTERNS #48 marks the debut of writer Aaron Gillespie on this title. He begins with the new story arc “Run Rebel,” which shows a great understanding of Jessica Cruz. However, the narrative as a whole feels somewhat muddled.

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The story begins with Jessica awakening, all while musing on alcohol. Apparently, she’s heard many stories about other people with anxiety numbing themselves with it. As such, Jessica’s never touched a drop. Gillespie’s idea makes sense — ‘that if Jessica never drinks, readers will understand there must be another reason she’s waking up confused. However, he doesn’t seem to trust his audience to figure that out, as he spends way too long on it. It’s almost a relief when Jessica sees her “morning after” — among a field of possibly dead alien cops, while a Lantern places her under arrest for the crime.

GREEN LANTERNS #48 page 2. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

The art team of Ronan Cliquet and Hi-Fi have stayed on GREEN LANTERNS #48, and it’s a relief to see their style at work. The landscape here is epic, with the firey smoke and bodies communicating just how massive this is. The new Lantern, Tig, also works well here. His appearance gives him a youthful feeling. This plays into Cruz’s opinion of him as a “pleaser,’ which makes sense for a rookie Lantern.

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Gillespie demonstrates his understanding of Cruz here, as she uses her experiences in therapy to manipulate Tig’s nature. She manages to convince Tig to trust her (since figuring out what happened would endear him to Hal Jordan). Still, he adheres to Lantern protocol and examines her ring. Cruz was counting on that, however, giving Tig a fake ring. This allows her to break free and fly away. Once in space, Cruz accesses her ring to find out what happened while she was out. This is where the story starts to falter. The ring shows Cruz trying to make a deal with a criminal, only to be attacked by the cops. When attacked she suddenly rages, starts fighting back, and… that’s it.

I don’t normally care for in media res storytelling because it builds on artificial tension. This is worse because the big reveal is just lazy. Obviously, we aren’t to supposed to find out everything yet, but this simply isn’t an interesting way to start a new arc.

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Hiding Out

Cruz decides to hide out on Ungara, with former governor Athene. However, this leads to more problems for the characters. Cruz and Athene don’t do much more than shoot the breeze about the problem, and the reintroduction of Liseth (who was trying to kill the Lanterns previously) comes off way too friendly. It’s almost like Gillespie wants us to know this is just a pit stop. That gets reinforced when Hal comes looking for her. While the scene is serious, the art team continues to show how good they are at depicting Green Lantern energy effects.

GREEN LANTERNS #48 page 12. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Cruz escapes to a far-off alien bar, where she finally succumbs and takes that drink. Sadly, nothing comes of it. However, Cruz does meet up with the alien criminal from before, and the two try to make their deal again. A familiar face, however, is going to make that difficult…

Final Thoughts On GREEN LANTERNS #48

The basic story of GREEN LANTERNS #48 is solid. Taking Cruz out of her comfort zone and forcing her to act on her has numerous possibilities. Gillespie shows that he understands Cruz’s character good enough to guide her through it as well. However, his grasp of the rest of the GL universe seems muddled thus far. The event that starts this whole story is tragic, but far too simple in execution. There’s also the question of why Hal (who has done horrible things under Parallax’s influence) wouldn’t consider other possibilities with a Lantern he assigned. Still, the book isn’t all bad. The art team continues to shine, and Gillespie has created a story with enough backbone to go further. Hopefully, Gillespie will create more solid story next issue, as he adjusts to his new book.

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