Hal Jordan gets new mission in Rebirth title
Hal Jordan is one of the characters that will benefit most from DC Rebirth’s back to basics approach. After a confusing Renegade story arc, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth #1 gets him back to his signature look and refocused agenda.
While Green Lanterns takes a fresh approach with a pair of rookie Lanterns on Earth, Hal Jordan and the GLC looks to be more of the classic space faring take on the character.
To get readers there, writer Robert Venditti has to do a lot of housecleaning and setup for the new direction. He can’t fully cover all the questions for returning fans: where are the other Lanterns, why is Sinestro so much older, what does Sinestro want from Parallax and why is Hal part construct? One of those questions get answered, but Hal Jordan at least initially has some compelling mysteries. Seeing them play out should make the title engaging at least in the short run.
Beyond the Lanterns’ absence, Hal will eventually have to deal with the Sinestro Corps. The yellow lanterns and their leader, Sinestro, consider their long battle against the Green Lanterns over with themselves the winner. The sense that fear has overtaken will and hope in the galaxy is a compelling starting point for the series.
Having Ethan Van Sciver along for pencils certainly doesn’t hurt. As evidenced by his art duties on DC Rebirth, Van Sciver is considered one of the preeminent artists in the DC stable. Van Sciver is arguably the artist most synonymous with Green Lantern of his generation. Keeping him on the main GL title was a big win for DC. As usual his highly detailed art made for a tremendous visual experience. Jason Wright’s colors keep green dominant without overwhelming the issue in a sea of emerald.
Despite the main character’s shtick being based in will, Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps Rebirth left me hopeful for this next chapter in the GL universe.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
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