Green Lantern #23

Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Billy Tan, Richard Friend Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 7, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 10
7.1Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Hal struggles with his new role as leader of the Green Lantern Corps while he tries to solve the mystery of why the universe is atrophying! And an escaped prisoner has gotten hold of a power that makes her nearly unstoppable! The stage is set for the ultimate test against Relic!

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Aug 11, 2013

    A solid issue showing Hal's leadership abilities, both good and bad. Plus, a good taste of things to come with two newer villains. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Booked - Derreck Mayer Aug 8, 2013

    Overall, Green Lantern #23 is a really solid issue. It continues to push the plot forward while keeping the overarching feeling dark and depressed. This is not a happy time to be a Green Lantern and there is no question that harder times are ahead. In fact, this issues references the next issue which is numbered #23.1. This story arc will cover the Relic which is a serious threat discovered in last month's Green Lantern: New Guardians issue. Green Lantern #23 is a must read for any Green Lantern fan and it's also a good starting point for those wishing to jump on the bandwagon. Enough of the back story is explained that not much will be missed for a new comer. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Aug 7, 2013

    The one hiccup in this issue comes when we get a not-so-subtle look at what Relic is up to in New Guardians. It's a tad jarring the way it's brought about, but also succeeds in its mission to create some interest in the new villain. That leaves you to just sit back and enjoy this Green Lantern title as it continues to get better and better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Ed Aug 10, 2013

    It is another solid issue out of the new creative team. The splash page featuring Carol, Kyle, Saint Walker and Friends is the highlight of solid issue. If you were like me and had some concerns about life in the Green Lantern universe without Geoff Johns I am pretty sure we can sleep soundly at night. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Aug 7, 2013

    Everything is looking quite grand in Venditti's Green Lantern universe. Hal is in top form and Billy Tan's art is stunning. DC has done a flawless job of bringing in new talent to work on the GL titles and fans everywhere are all the richer for it. Geoff Johns may be gone, but it's still a great time to be a Green Lantern fan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Aug 7, 2013

    Filler or not, the issue entertains and that can't be understated. It's nice to see a hero that's usually such an unwavering paragon falter, even if it is only slightly, as it makes that character a bit more grounded and relatable. I definitely like where Venditti is going with both the character and the supporting cast. Rather than resting on the laurels of what came before, he's establishing plenty of his own creations, particularly in the rogue's gallery, and I'm onboard for whatever happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Aug 7, 2013

    The Green Lantern legacy was strong enough to survive the editorial changes resulting in the New 52 without missing a beat, and this issue suggests that it will continue to do so for some time to come. Venditti finds the right balance between Jordan as a man and a space cowboy, and this is just where we want to be as we head into the "Lights Out" crossover event this year. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Aug 8, 2013

    While still experiencing some growing pains, it's safe to say “Green Lantern” is in good hands. Not content to rest on what has come before, Venditti and Tan shake things up, introducing new characters and conflicts while rearranging the pieces already in play. Those who jumped of the title after Johns' departure (or even before) owe it to themselves to give this title a second chance. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Aug 12, 2013

    These few issues of Robert Venditti and crew's Green Lantern feel distinctly similar to Geoff Johns' opening few storylines in that they are laying the groundwork for what is to come, but aren't really all that impressive on their own. This issue especially felt slightly truncated, as if it was going to be part 1 of a longer story but was instead derailed by Lights Out instead. Good, not great, but promising. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Aug 9, 2013

    Green Lantern just keeps moving along, nothing amazing really happened this issue, but it did show a lot of what's going on with the Corps current situation and where Hal's head actually is. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 10, 2013

    Venditti continues to prove that he (kind of) has the chops to follow Geoff Johns on Green Lantern. But I'm not entirely sold, at least not yet. Venditti shows promise, and he's got some neat ideas, but he apparently doesn't want to follow through with them. Or he can't. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Aug 8, 2013

    Overall this issue of Green Lantern was a entertaining read, bringing back good concepts while mixing in new characters and places while pushing towards the much anticipated Lights Out crossover. Billy Tan and Rob Hunter continue to do a nice job and they seem to be getting better with each issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Aug 7, 2013

    Towards the end of this comic another flash of Relic is shown. The new villain shows off some of the other Lantern corps. that are missing from the title. Hopefully in the coming months the scope of this story will continue to grow in a similar manner. Jordan is officially searching for a Star Sapphire which may prove interesting to the other characters in the saga. It is also a big mystery towards where exactly some of these recruits are heading towards. In the first issue readers are teased with Jordan in a disaster scenario heading for impending doom. Hopefully the moment with the character is not too far away anymore. So the question remains, what is Venditti heading towards and when he gets there will readers still care? Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 9, 2013

    The character work almost completely disregards the cast's established personas, and there seems little direction or focus to the plotting at all. The artwork deserves better scripting. Dropped. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 7, 2013

    Green Lantern #23 was not a good book.  Hal comes off as a jerk more concerned with his failed relationship with Carol Ferris than rebuilding the Corps.  The book looked ok, but was a bit bland and uninspired in the art department.  I hope that Venditti rebounds with the next issue, but that will have to wait until after the upcoming Villains Month. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 7, 2013

    Perhaps things will change once the next crossover (kicking off in October, after next month's detour into villain specials) winds down and Venditti and Tan can go in their own direction. For now, it's just not that exciting or alluring. Read Full Review

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