Writer: Geoff Johns
Artist: Doug Mahnke
Green Lantern B'dg (the one that looks like a squirrel) shows up to lend Simon Baz a hand, and become his mentor as he learns to wield his power ring. Rather than making him the butt of a bad joke, Johns treats B'dg with such dignity that he actually comes off pretty cool. Mr. Baz suddenly becomes a very special Green Lantern, and the first threads of his joining the new JLoA are weaved here via agent Fed, who has ties to the always shady Amanda Waller. All that, plus a freaky twist in Hal and Sinestro's adventure in the beyond make of this chapter a great read. Thus far Simon's storyline and Mahnke's art have been enjoyable; what has been somewhat irritating lately is the use of so many inkers per single issue; this one had five of them, and the transitions are quite noticeable. While a delay of one or two weeks for the artists to catch up could become the beginning of a slippery slope schedule-wise, is it really that terrible in the bigger scheme of things when the end result is a better quality product?
Green Lantern Simon Baz. Art by Doug Mahnke