Hal Jordan and
the Green Lantern Corps #50
We’ve reached the end of one of my favorite DC Rebirth titles. True, with Grant Morrison taking over Hal Jordan’s adventures soon, he’s not exactly in bad hands, but Robert Venditti and Rafa Sandoval end this book on a high note.
Scheduling kind of made this finale a little anticlimactic. We knew all the core Lanterns were going to survive so it was more a matter of how they could pull off this big battle with the Darkstars. Naturally, Hal Jordan has to step up to save the day. Venditti came up with a creative solution that avoided feeling like a cheat. He earned bonus points for tying that in to the first issue of the series as well. As usual, Venditti provided a slew of big moments for the rest of the cast as well.
The ending feels unearned as it’s a reminder that Venditti probably didn’t do enough with Hal when he was off the clock. It certainly seems like Venditti left a clear jumping on point for Morrison.
Sandoval looked like he had a blast wrapping up his Green Lanterns run. He utilized some clever constructs for the Lanterns, particularly Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner. Sandoval was the most consistent artist over these 50 issues and it was his art that came to define this Rebirth era of Hal Jordan and company. Hopefully DC has Sandoval lined up for his next title already.
For fans of the series, this is a bittersweet finale. Venditti and Sandoval reached some massive heights with this title whether battling the Sinestro Corps, Starro, General Zod & family, the Controllers and the Darkstars. I’m looking forward to revisiting this run in collected trade format as it was one of my most consistent favorites.
Rating: 8 out of 10