Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #28
There wasn’t a huge step forward on the overall Fall of the Gods arc, but it did allow for more of a spotlight on the title character. HJGLC has largely been an ensemble book featuring Hal Jordan and this issue, writer Robert Venditti pulled back to spend some quality time with Highball.
Hal is reaching his limits chasing after Lightray and Highfather and gets some unexpected motivation from his co-pilot — his father? Venditti doesn’t explore any new material with their relationship, affirming that both loved the thrills of flying.
It’s the kind of reinforcement that’s probably necessary for new Green Lantern readers who’ve come on board since Rebirth. Hal isn’t always the act now, think later kind of character and Venditti shows what drives him to keep pushing forward against all odds. For longtime readers, these traits have long since been established by Geoff Johns’ legendary run making this more of a filler issue without much plot advancement.
Rafa Sandoval’s art is back to its normal quality. That’s a helpful indication he just had a brief rough patch and not that the sketchy, looser figures in previous Fall of the Gods issues was his new norm. Although there’s not much by way of action and excitement, Sandoval crafts strong pages and creates that thrill of the chase as Hal pursues Lightray. Tomeu Morey gets to play around with some different color schemes this issue and the colors look terrific.
This is an issue you can skip if you’re on a budget, but provides some nice emotional moments for Hal.
Rating: 7 out of 10