I haven’t been reading The Green Lantern. I’m not a huge fan of Hal Jordan, and though I admired both the art and the effort put into the first issue, it just didn’t grab me.
When I started reading comics it was the Mike Grell Green Lantern/Green Arrow era. In those stories, Oliver Queen was by far the more engaging and dynamic character. Hal was a bit of a loser. I think that’s why he has never really grown on me. But that also means that I was around when Air Wave was introduced, Hal’s namesake nephew. I loved the character, and followed him eagerly into his back-up series in Action Comics.
So that brings me around to why I am now reviewing The Green Lantern Annual 1. Air Wave is back! I get the feeling from this issue that he has been for a while, and that the story in the annual was set up in the main series itself.
A lot of the best parts of the tale deal with the Jordan Brothers, an interesting facet from the original series in the 60s. Hal has some brothers, and one had a girlfriend who was certain that he was really Green Lantern. That all gets referenced in this story, and in a very sad way, pointing out the woman’s disappointment when she came to realize, after marrying the brother, that he was not the hero she thought he was, a situation that has impacted their marriage ever since.
The family dynamics in the annual really give the story its impact, while Air Wave helps out in the action parts, as he and Hal try to get them all back to reality, from the weird zone they find themselves in.
Since I haven’t been reading the series, there were elements to the tale that I am sure passed me by entirely. But this annual was enough to make me want to read the next issue that comes out, and might wind up pulling me into the book regularly.
And as that is the case, I cannot help but judge the issue a success.