Green Lantern #87
DC Comics (June, 1997)
“Last Of Their Kind”
WRITER: Ron Marz
PENCILER: Tom Grindberg
INKER: Romeo Tanghal
COLORIST: Noelle Giddings
LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulos
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Eddie Berganza
EDITOR: Kevin Dooley
Kyle stays at the Watchtower so J’onn can show him how some of the equipment work. They get sidetracked by the arrival of a huge spaceship out to terraform Earth. With Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter unable to reach the others and the terraforming beam currently in an unpopulated area, they have to stop the ship from destroying the Earth to make room for a dead species. Luckily they find it a new place to set-up, the former GL planet Mogo.
What they got right: There are some good ideas here. You could have a story where Kyle and J’onn bond, or the parts where J’onn has problems with Green Lanterns after one of John Stewart’s mistakes caused a lot of problems.
What they got wrong: But Marz tries to do both and there isn’t enough room for both stories to have the time they need. Also, I bought this (I was still upset they killed Alex, one of the reasons I wanted to give Kyle a full chance) because it said Access and the rest of the JLA would be here. The JLA moment is just the aftermath of Tomorrow Woman and setting up the plot of GL and Martian Manhunter on the Watchtower, while Access seems to just be referencing the Silver Silver crossover graphic novel (despite Access not being in it) from two years ago, maybe bringing him back to set-up the next Access miniseries (which I think was Unlimited Access, the final one), and giving some vague mystery to where Jade gets her powers versus Kyle’s ring.
Recommendation: This could have been better than what we end up with, but it still isn’t a bad story to check out.