Hal Jordan and
the Green Lantern Corps #24
Pairing the Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps sounded like a disaster. A time bomb just waiting on the final tick to reach 00:00. Issue #24 winds down at 00:01 promising what should be an explosive milestone.
John Stewart’s dream of a new age of the green and yellow operating as one is crumbling. It’s not just Tomar-Tu murdering Sinestro Corps member Romat-Ru in cold blood after he surrendered. It’s the tremendously emotional fallout from Soranik learning she and Kyle Rayner had a son that would come back in time seeking to eradicate both Corps. But it’s not fear that John, Kyle, Hal and Tomar-Tu have to worry about from the Sinestro Corps — but their rage and anger.
Writer Robert Venditti patiently built up this bond between the corps so the reader fully understands what’s at stake from the Sinestro Corps feeling betrayed. It’s an interesting setup as this is a rare occasion where the Green Lanterns have to various degrees become the villains of their story. There’s a moment where Guy Gardner and Arkillo are enjoying some down time only to see what Soranik did to Kyle. Venditti doesn’t resolve that this issue, but given the hard-earned bond between these former arch-enemies, a Guy/Arkillo split could be the biggest casualty of this broken alliance.
Throughout the issue, Venditti reinforces the personalities of the four main Lanterns and truly embracing their differences and problem-solving approaches. Hal strongly defends Tomar-Tu while John takes the more pragmatic solution. Even better, Venditti allows the reader to decide whose approach is correct.
Ethan Van Sciver’s art has been incredible through this arc. He’s dialed in to the rising emotions — the shock, disappointment, pain and anger — throughout this issue and the final page is right in sync with the story’s boiling point. Jason Wright’s colors look fantastic as always, but it’s the smaller elements like Tomar-Tu’s sweat and Soranik’s simmering anger that enhance the art.
There’s few books I’m looking forward to more this month than Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #25. Venditti and Van Sciver have built up to something that could be really special with this penultimate issue for the milestone taking the emotions and conflict to the next level.
Rating: 10 out of 10