Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #18
I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of writer Robert Venditti’s decision to partner the Sinestro and Green Lantern Corps. But if this first issue in the tenuous alliance is any indication, the results should prove very promising.
Venditti smartly doesn’t rush through the apprehension of these warring factions. That’s a powder keg waiting to explode, which Venditti accounted for in a previous issue turning what could have been a throwaway subplot into a meaningful moment.
V Ken Marion steps in for the series’ regular artists. Marion’s artwork isn’t a drastic step down from Ethan Van Sciver and Rafa Sandoval, but he’s not quite at their level yet. Marion draws the human Lanterns somewhat flat, which will need some work. The alien lanterns look great making Marion a smart fill-in choice for the title.
One of my favorite aspects of the title is how Venditti writes in a classic comic book style setting up subplots that will become pivotal story arcs down the road. Saint Walker goes off on a new quest while a new menace is discovered and the Lanterns get a surprise guest with news of their fate. There’s always a sense of the next great adventure here and this issue definitely opens up a nice array of new possibilities.
Rating: 9 out of 10