I was anticipating this book for a while. I am a big fan of the DCU and of Green Lantern who is one of my favorite DC superheroes. I read Green Lantern including the transition to Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern. With that said, I am very disappointed in this novel and the concepts that it introduced. Mr. O'Neil is a better writer than this and I am disappointed in him as well. I was so moved (negatively) by this book that I felt I should write a review. Like I said, I know the story about Hal Jordan and Coast City and Parallax and the eventual handing of the Power Ring to Kyle Rayner.
I have no problem when a writer massages an origin or two to make the story work. But this felt like he took what I knew of the Justice League and it's core and Green Lantern and the Oans and put them all into a food processor. What we got out of it looked like chunky green pea sludge. I won't pass all the details of the story along but I felt like the author took established events in the DCU and made them into bland, trivial entries to justify the telling of his story. The origin of the Justice League, the characterization of it's members, the use of Hal Jordan and "Di", the misrepresentation of the Oans and the Green Lantern Corps were a big pile of steaming ____. I'm sorry, but I don't understand what the author was thinking. Gross misrepresentation simply doesn't fit into story.
As some of the other reviewers have stated, the Kyle Rayner we see here is a whiner. If I heard the story he told in this novel, I'd strip him of the ring and give it to someone else. The idea that only humans have artistic concepts which is why Kyle can do so well ... crap. And Gandy? Please. Ganthet was a pretty key Oan in the scheme of things with the Guardians. The author reduced him to a cardboard cutout with Ganthet's likeness. I just find the novel contrived and ill-thought. If I was the author's editor and knew a quarter of what I know about the Green Lantern and his history, I would have told Mr. O'Neil to go back to the drawing board.
There were a few concepts that I had to agree with. Some of what Kyle had to do to train. Yes, good ideas. The idea that the Oans have lost touch with other sentient beings. Again, I have to agree with that. And the portrayal of Batman, was right on.
But Kyle sleepwalking (not literally) through a third of the novel and the misrepresentation of Hal Jordan and the Oans left me ill by the end. If this was an assignment that was turned in for a grade, I'd give it an 'F' just in the poor manner that the story was told. Even worse knowing the history of the characters that star in it.
Mr. O'Neil, I'm disappointed in you. You should never have turned in this story.