Sunday, 27 May 2012
YOU SHALL HAVE TO DO.
People will tell you that the Green Lantern back-story remains untouched with the introduction of DC's New 52 but this isn't strictly true.
One change that has been made, very much for the better, is the retcon of Kyle Rayner's origin story.
Check out this scene from Emerald Twilight #3 (Green Lantern #50) where Ganthet appears in a nightclub back alley and selects at random the inebriated Mr. Rayner to be the torchbearer for the billion year old light of the Green Lantern Corps. "You shall have to do." And then pops off into the ether not to be seen again for many an issue. Don't get me wrong - I like Kyle Rayner, he is Green Lantern par excellence for a generation of comic book fans. But this throw away scene did not sit well with me.
Compare then Ganthet's assertion in Green Lantern: New Guardians #1 that he will ensure "the last power ring finds it way into the right hands". In the New 52 Kyle was purposely selected to be the keeper of the green light and as the story unfolds we are beginning to find out more about Ganthet's unique plan for him. The Guardian even has the decency to give his new champion a bit of GL background and power ring training before abandoning him to his mission. Nice one Ganthet!!