Writer: Robert Venditti / Artist: Rafa Sandoval / DC Comics
You gotta love Robert Venditti’s approach to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. Even in its slower issues, it still seems like he puts the pedal to the floor and doesn’t let up until the battle is over. This is easily the best a Green Lantern related book has been in quite a while. Can Venditti maintain such an impressive momentum?
Absolutely. Issue #14 jumps start a brand new story arc as Hal and Kyle team up to carry out a mission from the remaining Guardians of the Universe. Meanwhile, now that the Green Lantern Corps is back on the beat, John Stewart hands out new tasking orders as he figures out how things are going to work with the Sinestro Corps.
Even though Hal and Kyle’s story seems to get the lion’s share of the spotlight in this issue, the rest of the Corps’ panel time is no less entertaining. Seeing John hard charging, taking no crap off of snitches, and Guy Gardner basically being the white, bad haircut version of Carver from The Wire is worth its weight in gold. Venditti has these characters down at this point and he plays up the strengths enough to keep the story moving while still keeping us in the dark about some aspects of the plot.
Rafa Sandoval is back in effect for the artwork and has not missed a single step. I appreciate an artist that knows how to make every inch of space within the panel interesting. Even in the intimate moments with characters, the sense of scale at play in the book is so epic. Visually, the book never lets you forget the stakes these characters play for.
Bottom Line: Venditti understands what it takes to keep a reader turning the pages and, ultimately, coming back for new issues. This is top notch comic booking that any Green Lantern fan could get behind.
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