Let's be honest, we've seen a lot of Green Lantern crossovers lately. We recently had one right after the other. They've been great and it's good to have such cohesion in the GL Universe but they can feel a little daunting at times. Especially for those not reading all titles (for whatever reason). Lights Out may be another crossover but the first part ensures it is one that will matter.
We've seen the introduction of Relic as well as his backstory. There may be a minor feeling of similarity with a certain other gigantic universal force but Relic's motives and approach is different. He has a reason for wanting to rid the universe of all the Lantern Corps.
Robert Venditti gives a great mix of pace to the story. There is a time for the facts to be laid out and when it's time for the action to begin, it kicks in with full force. If you think this will be just another crossover with no real impact, wait until you see the implications set forth at the end. And this is just the first chapter.
Billy Tan gets a chance to shine here. Whether it's the majestic look of Oa and the Central Power Battery or the frantic panels of Relic's attack, it's all impressive. Of course Alex Sinclair's colors add to the wonder of it all. The GL books need top notch coloring. That is something Sinclair excels at.
I do enjoy Tan's art but there are times when the character's hair styles are a little off. Hal and Kyle's hair seems to change slightly from panel to panel. Sometimes Hal's head looks a little too round.
I wasn't sure if I was ready for another big Green Lantern crossover or if I really wanted one. This issue makes it clear that we are ready and do want this crossover. Robert Venditti is ready to shake things up. There's no tiptoeing around here. When the action starts, it doesn't stop. You will be thankful this is a story that crosses over into the other titles because with the way this issue ends, you won't want to wait a month. Billy Tan and Alex Sinclair have their hands full in the art department and the succeed in making it all look glorious. You've heard how stories will "change everything." This one appears to be actually ready to do just that. Don't miss this one.