Future State: Green Lantern #1

Event\Storyline: Future State Writer: Ernie Altbacker, Ryan Cady, Geoffrey Thorne Artist: Sami Basri, Clayton Henry, Tom Raney Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 13, 2021 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 37
7.6Critic Rating
4.8User Rating

Assigned to map and contact new lifeforms past the 3,600 known sectors of space protected by the Green Lantern Corps, John Stewart and an elite team of Lanterns are trapped behind enemy lines and fighting for their lives when the Central Power Battery goes dark and leaves the entire corps defenseless. Meanwhile, across the cosmos, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz finds herself powerless and forced to battle the invading Yellow Lanterns of the Sinestro Corps, and Guy Gardner, trapped on distant world, decides to reopen Warriors Bar.

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - CJ Jan 12, 2021

    Future State: Green Lantern #1 is a sci-fi smorgasbord, with tales featuring fan-favorite Lanterns in a strange and often hostile universe. This was a great start to Green Lantern'sFuture State adventures, and I can't wait to see where the next issue takes things. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Jan 14, 2021

    Green Lantern: Future State #1 gives us a glimpse into the lives of some of our favorite Green Lanterns as they navigate their place in the galaxy without the power of their rings.  Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Aguilar Jan 13, 2021

    Sometimes less is more, but Future State: Green Lantern looks to be the exception to the rule, as its three drastically different stories each deliver individually while also providing a unique prism through which to explore and appreciate the Green Lantern mythos. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Kendra Hale Jan 12, 2021

    I enjoyed the talent and the concept of Future State: Green Lantern #1. I eagerly await the next book to see what happens. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 1, 1970

    Up against a Khund invasion seeking to destroy a peaceful planet for resources, this is the closest we've gotten to Saving Private Ryan in a sci-fi comic book, with brutal fight scenes and shocking losses along the way courtesy of Tom Raney's surprisingly gritty art. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - John Jack Jan 13, 2021

    As a whole, the 3 stories left me fairly happy with this sharp directional change we've found ourselves amidst. But not without some reservations, I would like to know what happened to the Corps sooner rather than later. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 15, 2021

    Another uneven anthology, though this one is more good than bad. In fact, if it weren't for the lackluster story and terrible artwork of the opening chapter (which I'm pretty sure was ripped off of a Warhammer 40,000 novel), I could gleefully give this one a perfect 5/5 rating. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Jan 15, 2021

    The light has gone out for the Green Lantern Corps, and who they become in the darkness, how brightly they remain determined to shine, is a surprise to everyone.  Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 16, 2021

    For the first time in the Future State comics I've read, all of the stories in a single issue are fun, interesting and use the whole concept well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    COMICON - James Ferguson Jan 18, 2021

    If you take away a Green Lantern's ring, you still have a hero. With the power battery going dark, Lanterns are stranded around the universe, doing what they can to not only get out alive, but save some others as well. Get ready for some big sci-fi adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 14, 2021

    For a bunch of characters that tend to get the rough end of the stick, unless they are in the main Justice League book, this book does a great job in establishing them in the future of the larger universe and goes someway to prove that these characters, yes even Guy, are heroes even without their rings. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David Weber Jan 14, 2021

    Future State: Green Lantern #1 is an action-packed issue with two delightful side stories. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Ben Morin Jan 12, 2021

    Altogether, Future State: Green Lantern delivers a satisfactory look at the Green Lantern Corps' future. Each writer does well at capturing their Lantern's voice and tone, and the accompanying artists suit each narrative. While the anthology format definitely lends itself to this portion of the DC Universe, there remains room to improve the balancing of the narrative threads. Despite this, Green Lantern fans new and old should not miss out on this fun and entertaining collection of stories. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 13, 2021

    Future State: Green Lantern #1 isn't a bad issue at all but it dances the history of the DC Universe up to this point. It's hard to not keep wondering what problem hit the Green Lanterns. Why are things like the way they are. It left me wanting to learn about that more than what was presented. That's good in a way but also a bit frustrating as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 12, 2021

    We get a good look at what three of our Green Lanterns from Earth are up to in 2035 in this book and while I find it odd that the Flash Family is without their speed and now we find out that the Green Lanterns are powerless as well a strange choice for DC to make concerning the future, it does lead to some fun to be had with that concept. Beyond that, though I loved the second and third stories in this book and only found the initial John Stewart one tough to swallow.   Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Jan 15, 2021

    "Future State" continues to show us yet another dark future, but there's still some entertainment to be had in the Green Lantern stories. Unless you're a G'nort fan. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jan 12, 2021

    Ernie Altbacker's story is more light-hearted than the other two. It involves Guy Gardner getting stuck on a planet outside of his usual jurisdiction and how he spends his time waiting for his ring to fix itself. Of the three, this one starts at the right moment, allowing for a beginning, middle, and end, but the comedy is all one-note miscommunication jokes and gets stale fast, which means the issue goes out on its lowest note. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Jan 13, 2021

    Despite how much I enjoyed the “Book of Guy” it's not enough to save Future State: Green Lantern #1. At $5.99 this book needed a strong lead story and this anthology book just doesn't deliver one. While the Jessica Cruz story was just okay, it and Geoffrey Thorne's first Green Lantern story aren't enough to warrant the price tag despite the fun and entertaining Guy Gardner backup story. Five out of ten lanterns. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 12, 2021

    A ring-less direction for the Green Lantern Corps isnt as fun as you might imagine and proves too drastic a change to sell this idea of the Corps future as a shift in status quo worth developing. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Swift Planet Feb 18, 2021

    This was perfectly fine. Not great, not bad. I would have loved to see 90s' Guy try to fix a civilization like this.

  • 7.5
    TheHyruleElf Jan 12, 2021

    Not as bad as I had anticipated, but great. The John Stewart story was interesting, and a solid read, but it was hard to catch up to in some places, and it made it frustrating. I wasn't looking forward to the Jessica Stewart but it ended up being my favorite actually, a very solid read. And the Book of Guy was perfect. Guy is annoying and insufferable and it works so well. So not a terrible anthology, but not great. I wish the back ups had been longer, as they were the best ones imo.

  • 6.5
    Watchtower022 Jan 16, 2021

    I really enjoyed the Jessica Cruz story but that was about it. Guys wasn’t so bad.

  • 5.5
    mrDovydas Jan 25, 2021

    First story was downright bad, an incredibly generic story putting the readers in the middle of an action without any basic reasoning why - this would probably read much better if it was a second chapter of the story, but now there's literally zero reason for the reader to care about what's happening. And the story itself was...well, not good. Really enjoyed the second story, even if it was a bit dumb. Third one was fine, but definitely not something I'd read as a main story. Works fine as a backup to show what Guy Gardner has been up to recently.

  • 5.5
    EDiakota Jan 14, 2021

    " Heart beating a mile a minute. More fear than i've ever felt in my life. More than i can overcome. But for the frist time, i don't need to. It's all mine, overflowing like light. All i need to do is reach out... And take it."

  • 5.0
    J. Rabbit Mar 24, 2021

    This is an anthology of 3 stories about John Stewart, Jessica Cruz, and Guy Gardner. I would give the stories a 3.0, 7.5, and 6.5 respectively. The artwork in the first is straight up flawed while Guy's art was okay but not very compelling. Jessica's story may be recycled a bit but the writing was fun as well as the writing for Gardner. The writing for Stewart was, at best, an unfinished rough draft.

    Pencil/Ink: Flawed to Great
    Writing: Flawed to Good
    Story: Okay to Good
    Layout: Okay to Good
    Color: Okay to Good
    Lettering: Okay to Good

  • 4.5
    Kaseladen Jan 12, 2021

    Stewart: 3/10
    Cruz: 6/10
    Guy: 5/10

  • 4.0
    DiRT May 13, 2021

    This review covers Future State: Green Lantern #1 and #2.

    Green Lantern is the name of several characters in the DC Universe, but most people associate the name with Hal Jordan, the character created in the Silver Age of comics. It’s a little disappointing to see that Hal only shows up in one back-up story at the end of issue #2, and the story doesn’t do much other than set-up an appearance in the new series debuting later this year. Green Lantern series have always struggled with ways to shift focus around the Green Lantern Corps and the many characters but relegating the most well recognized version of the character to an afterthought brings down the whole experience.

    The main story focuses on Lantern John Stewar more

  • 4.0
    Nihilist Jan 12, 2021

    This is just... just bad. While Geoff Johns surely has become a figure perceived as toxic if not straight up megalomaniacal, but you can't deny he can write damn well, especially when he writes about characters he deeply cares about. His Green Lantern run is legendary at this point, thanks to its tense storytelling, character development, universe-wide stakes and creativity. Yeah, creativity - an important thing when you're a writer, and precisely the ingredient this comic lacks.
    Lanterns have one weakness. It's not color yellow. It's not wood. It's not even fear itself. It's their ring batteries. No surprise depowering them is a very common trope in the history of their comics. After all, if the scale can't get any higher, bring it do more

  • 4.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 12, 2021

    I didn't like this one. The first story is messy and suffers from the same problems as Superman of Metropolis from last week. It's too much. The second story is better, but ultimately doesn't tell a story we've never seen before with Jessica Cruz. It's very safe. The third story had potential, but ultimately wasted it.

  • 3.5
    Onomatopoeia Jan 15, 2021

    Oh my god... that was just awful.

    John Stewart: This felt like a horrible Star Wars fan comic that used old Green Lantern characters that no one cares about.

    Jessica Cruz: One human takes down three Yellow Lanterns. Riiiiight. I would have liked it more if it started off with Cruz as a Yellow Lantern.

    Guy Gardner: Was this meant to be funny? I feel like it was supposed to be funny.

    Why have three Lantern stories about depowered Lanterns? This is almost as dumb as making Wally West a murderer again.

  • 3.5
    GL Fan 2814 Jan 12, 2021

    Once again DC goes to the well of depowering the Green Lanterns - one of the least compelling tropes for the franchise. The issue starts out without any clue as to what's going on, making the story a jarring start. The writing on the John Stewart story is very weak as well, so it doesn't make a good impression about the guy who's going to be writing Green Lantern post-Morrison. After seeing some of the stuff he's said online I can't say that DC has done a good job of picking new talent - he's more divisive than talented and I doubt I'll stick around for his run because I can't get behind that level of toxic fanboyism.
    The idea of G'Nort as Salaak as cosmic tough guys without their rings is laughable and I don't know if Thorne is trying more

  • 2.0
    VicSav Jan 12, 2021

    Wtf is this shit. Please bring back pre-52 green lantern books.

  • 1.0
    Sraosha Jan 15, 2021


  • 1.0
    KFuqua Jan 15, 2021

    Nothing good about this one at all. Boring and uninteresting in every way.

  • 1.0
    RKS Jan 14, 2021

    Three stories all of them bad.

    Story one depowered John Stewart: Hey folks, do you want to read a Green Lantern Story with no Green Lantern powers and lots of fighting between alien races we just made up and expect you to care about? Yeah, neither do I.

    Story two Mary Sue Jessica Cruz: Do you remember Jessica Cruz The Green Lantern who didn't sell any comic books when she was featured in GL? Well we brought her back and made her a female Macgyver engineer because the story called for it despite it is completely out of the character we have established in the past. We could have used Hal, Kyle, or Simon but you know, reasons.

    Story three Guy Gardner craps on all religious beliefs: Do you want to be i more

  • 1.0
    Maud Benjamin Jan 12, 2021

    Boring, clumsy, messy. Geoff Throne, an untalented hater who nontheless gets to write Green Lantern because of DC's lousy management. What do you expect?

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  • 9.5
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  • 9.0
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  • 8.0
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  • 7.5
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  • 6.5
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  • 6.0
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  • 6.0
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  • 5.5
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  • 5.0
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  • 5.0
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  • 5.0
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  • 5.0
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  • 4.0
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  • 3.5
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  • 1.0
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