Living Up to and Building a Legacy || ARC Review: Green Lantern—Legacy

I’ll admit that I’m not as familiar with the Green Lantern Corps as I am with other DC ensembles, but it’s DC Zoom! They’ve been putting out a lot of awesome graphic novels lately, including Black Canary: Ignite and Diana: Princess of the Amazons! I’m grateful I had the opportunity to read it because it’s a really fun one.

Title: Green Lantern—Legacy
Author: Minh Le
Publisher: DC Zoom
Release Date: January 21, 2020
Genres: MG Science Fiction

I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Official Synopsis

The owner of the Jade Market has a secret–one that will soon change her grandson’s life.

Thirteen-year-old Tai Pham lives in the apartment above his grandmother’s store, where his bedroom is crammed with sketchpads and comic books. But not even his most imaginative drawings could compare to the colorful adventure he’s about to embark on.

When Tai inherits his grandmother’s jade ring, he soon finds out it’s more than it appears. Suddenly he’s being inducted into a group of space cops known as the Green Lanterns, his neighborhood is being overrun by some racist bullies, and every time he puts pen to paper, he’s forced to confront that he might not be creative enough or strong enough to uphold his ba’s legacy.

Now Tai must decide what kind of hero he wants to be: will he learn to soar above his insecurities or will the past keep him grounded?

Quick Thoughts

  • The artwork is fun and uses a lot of deep colors, offset by the bright green and yellows of the Green and Yellow Lantern Corps.
  • The main character is Vietnamese-American!
  • Tai’s introduction to the Green Lantern Corps was easy to understand and easy to follow. As a newbie to Green Lantern comics, I really appreciated this.

Lasting Impressions

One of my favorite parts of this book was how the theme of legacy is explored through Tai. After his grandmother passes, he feels alone, but then he inherits the green lantern ring, and suddenly her legacy means a lot more to him than before. Tai’s desire to uphold his grandmother’s legacy is wonderful and noble.

I also liked how his friends played a major part in the graphic novel. I didn’t feel like they were side characters just to be there, but they really supported Tai on his journey. Even when he made not-so-good choices, they still stuck with him.

Overall Feelings

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoyed this graphic novel, and I’m excited to see if there will be a second volume, since there’s so much more to explore.

Who is your favorite superhero? Would you want to see their childhood played out in a graphic novel like this one?

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