BNP At Home Recommends: Green Lanterns

Writers: Sam Humphries and Tim Seeley / Artists: Sandu Florea, V Ken Marion, Robson Rocha, Julio Ferreira, Eduardo Pansica / DC Comics

With everything that’s going on in the world right now, a lot of us are either spending all of our time at home or at least a lot less of it doing what we used to. The result of this newfound lifestyle is a lot more free time than we were prepared to have.

While you might think that this is the perfect time for comic book publishers to take advantage of readers as a captive audience, that hasn’t been the case. Instead of getting new releases of comics every week, most of the industry was placed on a temporary freeze.

We at Black Nerd Problems are here to help fill the void by giving you recommendations of some of our favorite comics that you can go back and check out for yourself.

One of my favorite comics of late both in theory and execution was Green Lanterns, which ran from 2016 to 2018 and featured two members of the Green Lantern Corps named Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz.

One of the coldest quotes I’ve heard redone over and over again is essentially some version of “bravery isn’t the absence of fear, it’s moving forward despite it.” That pretty much sums up any quality Green Lantern story given that the Corps pulls their power from their own sense of courage.

Green Lanterns is a prime example of this idea, but it’s explored through two people who you might not consider brave on paper—a woman who suffers from agoraphobia after witnessing all of her friends being murdered and a Lebanese-American man who was unfairly investigated for being a terrorist and carries a gun as backup despite wielding the strongest weapon in the universe. The series serves as a buddy cop story with two equally compelling characters with deeply complex backstories. And their flaws honestly make them even more relatable than past Lanterns have been who fall more into the old school idea of bravery.

The series wrapped up a couple of years ago so you can dive right in and check out two of the newest Green Lanterns fight crimes and solve cases across the known galaxy. And you’ll even get cameos from some pretty familiar faces along the way.

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