Writer: Robert Venditti / Artist: Rafa Sandoval / DC Comics
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps has spent about 20 issues depicting the rise and fall of the unprecedented union between willpower and fear. Dramatic, tense and endearing at times, Robert Venditti took the mammoth task in following up Geoff Johns and managed to deliver a vivid, fresh voice to the franchise. This book is one that can definitely lay claim to the gold standard of sci-fi superheroing done right.
Issue #26 does double duty, checking in with our heroes in the aftermath of the big green/yellow breakup while also wasting no time whatsoever putting the newest threat into play. I’m not sure if this plays into the big Metal event or not but the suspense mixed with the book’s special guest appearance from Orion is definitely enough on its own to have the audience picking this up again. Venditti does a really good job playing up the fellowship among the primary personalities among the Corps, reminding us that despite their varied ways of getting the job done, these are people that have worked together for years and still know how to lean on each other in difficult moments (even if Hal is still kind of a jackass).
The return of Rafa Sandoval at the helm on artwork marks this series’ return to form, visually. This book has never looked as good as it does when Sandoval hops on the track. There is a very slick, stylish understanding of what catches the eye in sci-fi in just about every panel. Without giving anything away, the final page of the book is easily the most gorgeous, perfectly capturing the urgency and epic scale a book like this should consistently be known for.
Bottom Line: This book has been strong for most of its run so far, but the return of Rafa Sandoval to the pencil is what it needed to get over the hump and get back to being a Top 5 DC book.
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9 Jack Kirby Homages out of 10. Not in my book. That redesign of Orion’s costume was godawful. It’s the month of Jack’s centenary and *this* is how the artist chooses to honour his vision?