Writer: Robert Venditti / Artist: V Ken Marion / DC Comics
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is a comic that fully embraces the larger-than-life scale of the superhero myth and runs with it completely unashamed. Every story plays for keeps right out the gate and gives its considerable cast a spotlight big enough to share. Robert Venditti has created a fantastic, entertaining blend of team superheroing and legendary sci-fi mythos that makes for an awesome read.
Issue #13 could be considered a standalone but is also sort of an epilogue to the Bottled Light story arc from the perspective of the people from Tomar-Tu’s home planet, Xudar. This is an interesting way to go because it delivers some unexpected world building and also offers a perfect insight into how the Green Lantern Corps is viewed throughout the universe. There’s not really any action at all, but there’s a small taste of what’s to come later in Venditti’s vision for the book.
V Ken Marion takes the artistic duties this week and though his 90’s style doesn’t quite surpass the sense of scale we’ve been getting from Rafa Sandoval, it’s certainly light years better than the Liefeldian figures we’d been getting from Ethan Van Sciver in issue #12 (though they weren’t nearly as misshapen as they were in past issues). Marion brings a warm family feel to what is essentially the bedtime story version of a superhero legend.
Bottom Line: Even with little to no action involved, Venditti knows how to wrap up a quality story arc with style while still giving us a small look at what’s to come.
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