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Will 'Green Lantern' rise to the top of the superhero heap?

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I have always been a fan of "Green Lantern." I loved the idea that someone could be able to create anything they wanted with just their mind and a ring. I also liked the idea of the Green Lantern Corps, who are the police force of the entire universe. They look out for the good of all kind.

I thought the character of Green Lantern was one that - even though he was considered a second-tier superhero, below the likes of Superman and Batman - was lots of fun to read about.

When DC's Geoff Johns took charge of the book and blew everyone away with the 2009 "Blackest Night" story arc, he succeeded in doing what I had always hoped: turning the title around and making a good case that Green Lantern should be a top-level superhero. (DC, like CNN, is owned by Time Warner.)

With the relaunch of the New 52, and a new "Green Lantern" book, I thought this was Johns' chance to follow through on that pitch.

However, I have not seen anything that, in my mind, would put him in the upper echelon of superheroes in this "New 52" world. After reading the first book and getting a sneak peek at issue No. 2 (see the photo gallery above), I can say that I have liked - but not loved - the new "Green Lantern."

So far in the reboot, the Green Lantern I grew up reading about, Hal Jordan, is not even a Green Lantern anymore. And the villainous Sinestro, who left the Green Lantern Corps and was bent on destroying it, is not only back in the Corps but is the main character. That's a bold choice, since it seems he has not changed the way he feels about being a Green Lantern.

Another Green Lantern fan, David Burns, said, “The art seems pretty decent. There's not really a lot of story so far to comment on as far as the reboot goes, but I do wish I could see how the story grows. I guess that counts for something. I guess my overall impressions are a little lukewarm, but I have enough interest to want to read the whole thing.”

Fellow fan David Whitehead said, “Honestly, it looks like nothing has changed with the Green Lantern Corps. The corps' history with Sinestro is obviously still there, as is the animosity towards Hal Jordan. While there doesn't appear to be much of an impact from the 'New 52,' the storyline does look interesting. I'm curious about where it's going to go. And an interesting story is much more important than yet another reboot gimmick.”

So I think fans agree that this new "Green Lantern" is not bad, but we are taking a "wait and see" attitude about where Johns is going to take the story. I, for one, will keep reading to see how it all pans out!

What do you think of the new Green Lantern?

(Click here and here for CNN Geek Out's previous interviews with Johns.)