Hal Jordan and the
Green Lantern Corps #33
Here’s a case where I wish the cover teaser didn’t spoil the next big opponent for the Green Lanterns. Writer Robert Venditti doesn’t rush into the new conflict taking some welcome time to catch up with the Lanterns. It’s easy to always write them as a military force ready to deal with the next emergency, but it’s important to show them in more relaxed settings as well.
One of the highlights of this issue was new Lantern Somar-Le trying out her ring under Ganthet and Sayd’s watch and learning to make constructs. Jessica Cruz would be jealous. Venditti even worked in a nice moment with Hal and Kyle where Hal knew something was wrong based on Kyle’s lackluster constructs. But things can’t stay quiet too long as even John Stewart joked. This returning foe has something sinister in mind and it starts with a simple abduction.
Jack Herbert has impressed with his art on fill-in issues on Action Comics. He fits in easily here completing Tom Derenick’s breakdowns. Midway through the issue, I still think DC is missing the boat not assigning Herbert a regular title. He’s got a great Neal Adams sensibility to his pencils that gives the characters a classic superheroic look.
Twilight of the Guardians gets off to a good start. Venditti typically handles these big arcs well and with a worthy opponent for the Lanterns, this could be another very fun arc.
Rating: 9 out of 10