Cover Date: September 1993
Story: Gerard Jones and Joe Filice
Pencils: Luke McDonnell
Inks: Robert Campanella
Cover: Luke McDonnell and Robert Campanella
Rose Hardin reflects on her upbringing while tilling her field, when suddenly the skies are filled with spacecraft. Humans and aliens alike rejoice, and begin to make preparations to leave. Even the Justice League has arrived, led by Hal Jordan. Rose, however, wants to stay on the Mosaic with John Stewart, and she’s convinced the Guardians’ experiment isn’t so bad. The Guardians themselves are watching the superheroes and alien warships with a detached, clinical view, refusing to interfere. Guy Gardner’s being a douchebag, as usual, as he’s got a bone to pick with John, but Hal goes into the house with Rose to deal with the Amazon and the Peeper. As John awakens, Katma Tui appears next to him, and he introduces his wife to the shocked Rose and Hal.
Another Mosaic hallmark: seeing events through someone else’s eyes, rather than a Green Lantern. In Rose’s case, however, this is more than welcome. We needed a deeper look into how she was feeling about this whole mess, and her origin story actually fit into what’s happening in the present. I liked that callback to the town of Desolation, as chronicled in Green Lantern (Vol. 2) #77, part of the classic “Hard Traveling Heroes” saga. (This issue retcons Rose into that plot.) As for Rose wanting to stay and make the Mosaic work with John, that’s a bit questionable. Obviously she’s biased due to her romantic interest in John, but what about the thousands of the other aliens stuck there?
The serious business here is that John’s mind may be shot, as it’s pointed out that not only is he stressed beyond belief, but he’s constantly been possessed or otherwise mind-controlled. That’s a solid argument to make, and the newly arrived Justice Leaguers have definitely dealt with that sort of thing before. Hal’s a bit too by-the-book, but that’s nothing new; this is a clear setup for a later conflict. The reappearance of Katma Tui — who was killed years before in Action Comics Weekly #601 — complicates things even futher.
Luke McDonnell’s back on pencils, and his style works far better for this story because there’s more superheroes in it, so he gets to draw some pretty dynamic shots (plus a good amount of ring-slinging). This was also the era of Guy’s ridiculous yellow ring costume, but things could be worse: look how dumb Power Girl’s outfit was at the time.
At any rate, Green Lantern: Mosaic #16 felt more like a Green Lantern story, if that makes sense. It ditched a lot of the heavy-handed philosophy in order to focus on superheroes, willpower, and whether a Green Lantern is a cut above the rest, or just someone with a ring. This is both good and bad; obviously, more Green Lantern is a good thing, but the whole point of Mosaic was to go outside the comfort zone. At the same time, the walls of text and constant monologuing found in some issues dragged the series down, so either way, it’s good to see things kicking into high gear for the last few issues.
Next week, the penultimate issue, and the week after that, the grand finale!