Green Lanterns #22 begins with Jessica Cruz being separated from Simon Baz after activating an emergency override power ring protocol which causes her to come to a complete stop in the middle of nowhere—Sector 0502. Baz, her partner continues to travel through space toward an unknown destination, and Jessica is left alone in the vast emptiness of space. What’s the worst thing that could happen, right?
“LOST IN SPACE” part one! The Green Lantern duo of Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz venture into space to train with the rest of the Green Lantern Corps for the first time! But will both of them reach the Corps after Jessica is jettisoned out of transluminal travel and forced to find her way through the void of space?
As one would have guessed, once Jessica realizes that she is ‘lost in space,’ she freaks out. Her meltdown is quite brief, and before long she is rescued by another member of the corps. While I do like Jessica and do also think that the ensuing scene is necessary, I think that she was rescued too quickly and that writer Sam Humphries missed out on the opportunity to make the most out of the situation. I wanted a bigger freak-out, a bigger meltdown. This way, her rescuing would have been epic.
After some sight-seeing, Jessica finally makes it to Mogo, and it is there that she learns that she has not yet been trained properly, and thus, has not yet earned the lantern on her uniform. With Jessica being properly trained to become a full-fledged member of the Green Lantern Corps. I feel as though we readers have come to a sort of turning point because once Jessica is formally trained, she shouldn’t struggle with making constructs and what not, right? I sure do hope so, because when Jessica is able to create constructs, they’re beautiful. I’m also hoping that through the training process, we find out why her constructs look the way that they do.
Part One of the Lost in Space arc, Green Lanterns #22 is exactly what one would expect from the first chapter of a new story arc. While there isn’t a whole lot going on in terms of action, the issue is still worth reading. As I wrote earlier, I believe that we’re at a turning point and that before long, things are going to begin heating up again.
Before I finish this review, I just want to point out that the artwork in this issue was stellar, and that the in-space scenes/panels were utterly stunning.