Writer: Robert Venditti / Artist: Fernando Pasarin / DC Comics
Things are heating up in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps as the final battle against the brutal Darkstars draws near. Robert Venditti does an amazing job building tension as he puts both Hal and Guy to the fire respectively. Hal’s storyline is fairly entertaining. It teased us a little with some insight into the uniqueness of Hal’s ring and abilities, but honestly, I sort of wish this book would go further into the fact that Hal, at this point, is a “self-made” lantern. Still, Hal working his way through his doubts was an awesome moment to watch, worthy of geeking out over.
However, once again this week, Guy’s storyline has stolen the show. Leave it to the Corps’ very own bull in a china shop to work through his conflict of allegiances AND his daddy issues all in an epic slugfest with his drinking buddy. Venditti has many of the voices in his supporting cast down, but he is the most adept and comfortable writing Guy of all people. There’s a predictable bit with Kyle, Cabby, and Orion that’s fun enough but perhaps too short lived.
Fernando Pasarin draws a damn gorgeous book, by the way. There are very some truly gorgeous classic moments reminiscent of those epic silver age covers from way back. The whole book looks fantastic but it’s the Hector Hammond/Hal Jordan bonding time that easily looks the best. Visually, this issue is less about big, fun constructs and more about powerful right hooks that shake the borders of the panels and leap right off the page. Pasarin takes Venditti’s script and turns it into a theme park rides that rattles and shakes and makes sound effects in your ear. And this issue wasn’t even that heavy on action.
Bottom Line: The character development that Venditti has lovingly crafted over the past few issues should have readers salivating for the final battle between the GLC and the Darkstars. Another great display of sci-fi superheroing done right.
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