DC Comics reviews for the week of 6/14/17

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #22

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #22 cover

All is right in the Hal J and the GLC world when Ethan Van Sciver is back as artist. It’s not that Robert Venditti doesn’t always deliver stellar galactic conflicts, but it’s something special when Van Sciver is illustrating DC’s best space drama.

A number of Rebirth titles are past the re-introduction phase and the writers are now able to build up on their own stories instead of fixing previous regime mistakes. Few have benefited more from the freedom to explore and do something different more than Hal J and the GLC. The Green Lanterns/Sinestro Corps alliance continues to bring a fresh dynamic to the Corps saga. While the Sinestro Corps now operate on behalf of order and peace, their bedside and heroic manner still leaves something to be desired.

Venditti also continues developing the latest subplots like the fallout of the Prism of Time with Kyle Rayner and Soranik’s relationship; Arkillo and Guy Gardner’s newfound respect and John Stewart succeeding as Corps leader. But all of those could quickly unravel with a startling new revelation — one that could doom the Corps alliance once and for all.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #22 interior art

Van Sciver gets a meaty issue to work with here from space pirates, Lantern battles and the type of perfectly normal dialogue that Van Sciver makes dynamic thanks to his perspective choices. Colorist Jason Wright always seems more energized when enhancing Van Sciver’s work making for beautiful colorful pages.

Wright isn’t the only one. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps continues to be a shining beacon of light and hope for lasting excellence in the Rebirth era.

Rating: 10 out of 10

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