Jessica Earns the Ring in Green Lanterns 28

by Patrick Ehlers

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

Part Two of Sam Humphries and Eduardo Pansica’s “Out of Time” story arc is a rarity for superhero comic. Save an opening flashback, and a final page stinger, the entire issue is a single scene, taking place in one location over the course of a matter of minutes. That’s the closest thing you’re going to see to “real time” in a comic. There are no cuts around to more exotic settings or events, just the simple insistence on working out nine non-complementary personalities. 

The character at the heart of this personality-hurricane is Jessica Cruz, but Humphries’ smartly keeps the narration out of her head, instead letting her actions speak for her. Over the course of the last five issues, we’ve been slowly introduced to all seven of these original Ring Bearers through seemingly out-of-place flashbacks. Those stories are all necessarily truncated, collapsing hours, days, weeks and lifetimes into just a handful of panels. And each of those stories lays out two things: a) personality for the character and b) the argument for why they’re worthy of the Green Lantern ring. The argument that Cruz is worthy of the ring is a little less obvious, but Humphries and Pansica finally land it here.

J-Bird stands up and takes ownership of a Corps she never felt at home in — and that’s what makes her worthy. Pansica relishes that moment, giving Jess the hero panel she deserves (complete with a rad logo).

Simon’s not wrong to call this corny. It is, but caring is corny. So the low angle hero-shot may also be corny, but y’know, it just shows that we give a shit.

That’s what’s at stake here. Is Jessica’s commitment to the GLC strong enough to sway seven six maniacs with fun new weapons? Mind you, it takes poor Jan-al exploding in a fireball of pure willpower to make them see Jessica’s value, but it’s still a marvelously contained episode.

The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?

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