Writer: Robert Venditti / Artist: Jack Herbert / DC Comics
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is a sci-fi saga done right. Robert Venditti knows how to take just the right amount of superhero elements and blend it with an otherworldly sense of the fantastic and come out with a fun space swashbuckler. There’s not much mainstream work quite like it on the shelves.
I’ll be honest; plot-wise, I was starting to get worried about this book. There was an issue or two where I was concerned it might be getting a little lost within its own narrative, but this week’s issue seemed to put things back on track, doing what this title seems to do best: establishing the players and then pulling the rug out from under them.
The beginnings of a new Lantern through the eyes of long standing players in the game was a welcome moment. The return of some old foes of the Guardians makes for a promising story arc to come considering the recent state of the Corps and the possible return of another mainstay villain. My favorite moment is the bonding between Hal and Kyle, the resident Alpha and Beta males of the Corps.
Jack Herbert is going to be making a name for himself quickly with this gorgeous artwork he’s seen fit to bless us with. Venditti’s script is commonly a little talky so it might obstruct a couple of particularly lovely panels but this is one of the best looking books of the series. And that’s saying a lot considering the work Rafa Sandoval has done on previous issues.
Bottom Line: For the most part, Venditti has found a formula that works, slight variations on the narrative to keep that formula fun and he’s sticking to it. Put that together with a top shelf art and we have a fantastic book that justifies its price point consistently.
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