Heroes We Can All Relate To in Green Lanterns 47

By Mark Mitchell

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

I really misjudged Green Lanterns 45. In my write up of that issue I figured Tim Seeley’s story to be primarily interested in teasing out the mystery surrounding the indentity of the murderers who killed Jessica Cruz’s friends, but in truth, the larger “Ghosts of the Past” arc has much more on its mind.

From the beginning of his run on the book, Seeley’s Green Lanterns has been primarily interested in making Jessica and Simon relatable heroes, and Green Lanterns 47 pays equal tribute to both aspects of their lives. Jessica is a trauma victim whose wounds have never had the chance to properly heal, and her lonely headspace is played here with the appropriate amount of pathos.

But Jessica does not shoulder her burden alone. What makes heroes truly heroic is when they’re able to magnify humanity’s ability for kindness and compassion, and here Simon doesn’t need his Power Ring to help his friend.

Simon’s impassioned speech is notable because he’s not asking Jessica to change who she is, just to remember the choice that she already made to not give into pain and hate. Jessica is strong on her own, she just needed a friend to remind her of that strength.

It’s this book’s continued balance of humanity and heroics that makes Green Lanterns DC’s best Green Lantern series currently running. Sure, it’s more fun to imagine ourselves as a hot shot Hal Jordan-type, but when it comes down to it we’re all Simon’s and Jessica’s.

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