Hal Jordan and
the Green Lantern Corps #12
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #12 concluded the Bottled Light arc in clever and thrilling fashion. At this point, should readers expect anything less? Nope. That’s why this has emerged as one of DC’s best.
Issue 12 was crammed with all kinds of Lantern greatness. Writer Robert Venditti set the stage nicely for this final act. John Stewart and his Green Lantern Corps were in an uneasy alliance with Soranik and her Sinestro Corps offshoot to escape from Larfleeze and Braniac’s clutches. Meanwhile, Hal Jordan emerged from the Emerald Space with aid of his old ally and current White Lantern Kyle Rayner. Fittingly issue 12 marks the first time the four big Lanterns come together.
Juggling the Big 4 Lanterns didn’t prove too tough a task for Venditti as he worked in nice showcase moments for all of them. Hal gets to make some impulsive chaos, John makes brilliant tactical decisions, Kyle shows off his artistic flair and Guy Gardner is just Guy Gardner.
Venditti accomplishes the rare task of making Larfleeze more of a threat instead of a jokey nuisance. It requires all the will of the Lanterns, the power of the Sinestro Corps and a pretty ingenious strategy to defeat the Orange Lanterns.
Hal J and GLC has an embarrassment of artist riches. Rafa Sandoval has been cranking out some great work for the majority of this storyline. To cap it, the series’ other main artist, Ethan Van Sciver, returns. That’s like rolling with Clayton Kershaw and then calling Randy Johnson up from the bullpen.
As always, Van Sciver’s meticulously detailed style is stunning. Colorist Jason Wright’s work is terrific. The trick in handling various colors of Lanterns is using strong, pure blacks to help make the colors pop. So not only is this a great issue to read, but a treat to look at as well.
Issue 12 capped off a tremendous first 12 issues of this run and with this creative team firmly in place, there’s no reason to suspect it won’t remain one of DC’s brightest lights.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Image Credit: DC Comics