Writer: Robert Venditti / Artist: Rafa Sandoval / DC Comics
The thing that I really appreciate about Robert Venditti’s approach to Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns is that he does his best to get back to the basics of what we love about the mythos in the first place: an arrogant space cop smacking up the bad guys. I mean, he opened up the first two issues of his new series pretty strong along that overall theme. Still, is too much of a good thing still good?
Issue #3 continues with Hal Jordan chasing down some Sinestro Corps flunkies to lay some more smack down when he finds himself suddenly in over his head. Honestly, I’m at the point where, although I appreciate Venditti hammering it home that Hal Jordan’s back to kicking ass and taking names, this book is long overdue for a lot more spotlight on the rest of the Corps, particularly John Stewart who has mostly been rubbing his temples worrying about Guy Gardner for the better part of three issues. I mean, don’t get me wrong. The action we’re getting is fast paced and fun, but it’s past time Venditti spreads the love a little bit.
Visually, it’s hard to beat Rafa Sandoval. He’s got all the things we love about a Green Lantern book down. His constructs are visually arresting to the point where this issue’s super powered slugfest is easy to follow yet still exciting and suspenseful. Also, Sandoval’s Sinestro is glorious in all sinister, cape flowing, mustache twirling grandiosity.
Bottom Line: Although the action is as satisfying as it was in the last issue, Hal Jordan is, true to form, becoming a bit of a spotlight hog and it’s taking away from the story a little bit.