When last we left Simon and Jessica, they had their Lantern insignia taken from them and give open white circles to signify that they were trainees. Simon was given Kyle Raynor as a drill instructor and Jess was give Guy Gardner.
The training goes pretty much how you expect them to. Kyle is teaching Simon that creativity can be more effective than brute force.
And Guy is teaching Jess that sometimes you need to use brute force.
They both earn their emblems and there is a new mission ready for them soon. But, there is a couple back stories going on too. The Lost Guardian Rami is possessed by Volthoom "The First Lantern", who at one time possessed the ring of Jessica Cruz, and he has been looking for one of the seven original rings which might allow him to reconstruct the Travel Lantern. Ganthet believes he is working on a way to have the rings reactivate their non-functioning recruitment protocols, even though one ring seems to be working fine.
Any-who, we leave off with Volthoom controlled Rami about to enter the Vault of Shadows and the Green Lantern Honor Guard welcoming Simon and Jess into their ranks properly and we are treated to some wallpaper worthy pages like this one.
Sure these past two issues could pretty much amount to filler episodes if this were an anime series, but sometimes that's nice. DC knows you can't keep jetting from crisis to crisis at breakneck speed, you need to cultivate your tale. Plus I got to see Guy Gardner get hit in the face and Simon Baz pretend he was a cowboy. It was fun. It was needed.
So hats off to Sam Humphries for a super short story. Job well done to Carlo Barberi and Matt Santorelli for some terrific artwork. Congratulations to Ulises Arreola Palomera for bringing it all to life. If your not reading Green Lanterns, now is the perfect time to pick up the series.
Rating 9.5/10 Green Guitars to the Back of the Head