Nowadays first issues of comics are mostly cash grabs or a renumbering that will leave readers confused if they haven’t been following the previous series or storyline, and even though the origins of Threshold can be found in this month’s Green Lantern: The New Guardians Annual #1. Fortunately none of that extra baggage or Green Lantern continuity is necessary to enjoy this first issue.
I will try and keep this as spoiler free as possible, heres the premise; an outlaw Green Lantern named Jediah Caul, is the latest unwilling participant in the biggest reality TV game show in that solar system called The Hunted. Similar to Stephen King’s The Running Man (the book not the movie), the rules are pretty simple: the “stars” of the show get one day to run and hide or blend in with society or whatever, and after that day is up they are to be caught and killed. Prizes and bounties are given to whomever catches and kills “The Hunted,” and anyone on the planet can participate.
This first issue has Jediah running for his life without use of his Green Lantern ring, and trying to stay one step ahead of just about everyone he encounters.
The backup story, also written by Giffen and but drawn by Scot Kolins features Larfleeze the Orange Lantern. It’s a pretty comical and light hearted tale that ends with Larfleeze’s worst nightmare. I found it enjoyable enough but would have preferred that those extra ten pages have more to do with the main story.
Threshold #1 does a lot of things right. Veteran comic artist Tom Raney doesn’t disappoint, his art is, as usual, well-defined. His characters are full of expressions and the action is detailed and most importantly: easy to follow.
Keith Giffen’s writing and direction are also great. He is an old pro at world building, space action, humor, and creating believable alien dialogue and it shows. Threshold #1 is available at your local comic store or online, costs $3.99 and well worth the money in my opinion. I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.
Jeremiah is one cool guy. Ask him about the comic he’s drawing.