Writer: Robert Venditti / Artist: Jack Herbert / DC Comics
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is one of those books where how you feel about it is entirely dependent upon what kind of heroes you enjoy the Green Lantern Corps being. Robert Venditti has a unique voice with these characters that manages to still play on the varying familiarities the fandom might have with each of them. This book isn’t pretending to be anything it’s not. It just focuses on being fun.
Issue #36 finishes off the “Twilight of the Guardians” story arc with an ending that doesn’t exactly meet the expectations established by…well, the title itself. However, it does bring the Guardians to crossroads where a new status quo begins going forward. Honestly, the thing this issue does best is put our heroes in a place where they finally prove themselves to their former mentors while not really seeking to. The Guardians have always had a strange, ever fluctuating relationship with the corps, so while their approval probably doesn’t mean a whole lot to Hal and the others, it feels like things have come full circle for the reader.
On the artwork, Jack Herbert is a rising star on this book. His figures are so well defined and proportionate and no two faces look alike. So, the final battle that happens mostly at the beginning of the book is a treat to gaze upon.
Bottom Line: Though the end leaves the Guardians’ new path a bit of a head-scratcher, Venditti still manages to crank out a mostly fun superhero swashbuckler.
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