Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1 (DC Comics)



Rating: 4/5 – Successful Set-Up for the Latest Green Lantern Mini-Event.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Shawn Hoklas

Godhead is the latest crossover to take place throughout Green Lantern line-up of books. Starting in this oversized one-shot and continuing throughout the month of October, the different Lantern Corps will be forced to go up against the New Gods, who except for some appearances here and there, haven’t really been seen much in the DC Universe since the New 52 first started. With this opening issue that does a great job of setting the stage for what’s to come, it looks as though this may be an “event” worth following.

If you haven’t been following Green Lantern, or missed the last big Lantern-centric event called Lights Out, then some of the ideas presented here may seem unfamiliar as a lot of the story references come straight out of that storyline. That being said, I think the writing team does a solid job of giving the reader what they need to follow along and build enough excitement that will make you want to come back if you’re fans of these characters. The current Lantern Universe writers are all credited in this one shot which could have led to some disjointed writing like we’re currently seeing in the Future’s End series, but the story flowed just fine for me as they took us from the Source Wall to all the different sectors of space. Each Corps gets a little time in the spotlight, but my favorite part was the opening scene which focused on the origin of the New Gods and their endless battle with Darkseid. As the High-Father searches for the Life Equation, he learns of the Lantern rings and those that power them were somehow able to breach the source wall and gain ultimate power, which he wants for himself in order to stop Darkseid.

With multiple artists teamed up on this issue the art jumps from one style to another throughout the issue.  It’s exciting to see Ethan Van Sciver’s work on a Green Lantern book again, even though most of his pencils cover the New Gods. There’s an impressive pull-out four page spread of the source wall in all it’s glory by Van Sciver that shows just how big the Source Wall is. Except for a strange stylistic choice that’s consistently used whenever the action picks up, the art styles all delivered for me.

Godhead does a great job of delivering a compelling opening chapter to another Green Lantern mini-event. If you’re not a fan of Green Lantern or the New Gods then there may not be enough here to sway you to jump on board, but if you are, this looks like it will shine a much needed light on the New Gods in the New 52 and add another exciting chapter to the Green Lantern saga.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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