Hal Jordan and
the Green Lantern Corps #10
With cameos by some longtime fan favorites and teases to the next big storyline, issue 10 keeps one of DC’s best titles rolling. The art might not be up to the title’s regular lofty standards, but the story is more than enough to make this an easy recommendation for the week.
There’s not a lot of action here save a brief interlude with the Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps trying to break free from Brainiac’s clutches. Instead, writer Robert Venditti devotes much of the issue to Kyle Rayner’s efforts to retrieve Hal Jordan from The Emerald Space. Somewhat similar to The Flash’s Speed Force, The Emerald Space is a sanctuary for deceased Lanterns and Hal has prematurely arrived. Abin Sur guides Hal through the area long enough for a reunion with some of his old Lantern pals. More importantly, Abin Sur provides a warning of pending danger and a possible solution.
Venditti is definitely setting up the next big story arc what that message as well as the reveal of Brainiac’s ally, The Great Collector.
Ed Benes steps in as the fill-in artist. Not that long ago, his art would be the selling point of a book. Now his work doesn’t quite hold up against the regular creative teams. The details, particularly with Brainiac and his ship, are soft. Benes’ work would benefit from an inker strengthening up the art to help make the characters stand out. The art here is adequate, but hardly on the regular top-notch level.
What stands out most with the title is how Venditti keeps making the right choices. The Green Lantern universe is wide open and full of potential missteps, but Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps keeps shining thanks to his impeccable direction.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10