As with Green Lantern #1, Green Lantern Corps wasn’t greatly impacted by the relaunch. The Green Lantern writers switched books which mean Peter Tomasi has returned to this title. And with him, comes Guy Gardner whom Tomasi had been writing in Emerald Warriors. Rather than starting from ground one, GLC is just getting a tweaked status quo. This could easily be the start of a new story arc rather than the first issue of a new series.
Having said that, Tomasi takes his time to introduce both Guy and John Stewart to new readers. It’s a little exposition-heavy, but Tomasi does a good job of showing the reader exactly who Guy and John are. Both of them are on earth looking for more mundane work. Guy is applying to be a high school football coach. John is pitching a design for a building.
Neither job works out quite as planned. And soon, they have reunited in space to compare notes. Guy wonders aloud why they didn’t wear masks like Hal and Kyle to fit in better. John points out that neither Guy nor John were interested in fitting in. They wanted to stand out. I thought this bit of business was particularly insightful for both characters.
They soon return to Oa to check in. There is of course a distress call. Two lanterns are dead. John and Guy put together a team of lanterns to investigate. They fly off into space and arrive at a grisly scene which sets up the next isssue.
All in all, it’s a perfectly satisfactory reintroduction (or introduction if you’re the fabled “new reader”) to John, Guy and the concept of the Corps. I might have preferred a faster start. But this was a perfectly enjoyable read as well. Nothing spectacular, but it will please GL fans.