Review: HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27 (SPOILERS)
By RUSSELL BERGER
Issue twenty-seven of HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS brings us part-2 of “Fall of the Gods,” and boy-oh-boy does it not disappoint. I had said back in my review for issue twenty-six how I had been “bit wishy-washy” on this title for a while now, but let me tell you, after these first two issues of the new arc, I’m game for the long haul. Robert Venditti (writer) and Rafa Sandoval (artist) have brought back the grand and spectacular feel to the book that I associate with any story involving Hal, and the Green Lantern Corps (see what I did there?)
Now, a concern that I had raised was that these “ancient hunters” — which Orion called “golems” — would turn out to be simple one-and-dones, nothing more than plot pushers. This issue gave me some hope, like Saint Walker does to everything he touches, that they wouldn’t be simply that. Though my hope came at the expense of the “Greatest Lantern of them All,” Hal Jordan, as we saw what one is capable of going head-to-head with him.
Sure, we know from issue twenty-six that an entire star system had been obliterated from one of these “golems,” but we saw in this issue that was most likely the result of their “Omega Weapon” tech. For me, I needed to see if its power was as OP — “over powered” — due to a plot point, or if they would truly be some of the most powerful foes the Corps (or any other) has gone up against. My expectation was met, as it had thrown Hal around like a rag doll, though, it seems like it being a true “lethal threat” relies heavily on the “Omega Weapon,” which is a much more powerful version of Darkseid’s Omega Beams.
Whenever a villain who’s on the level of OP-ness has a catch, it makes for a good story. Hence my hope, because villains who are one-and-dones tend to be so powerful that it takes something even more massive and ultimately as a result of an event to take them down, which in end result means they’re never seen again (unless another massive event is going on.) It might just be me, but seeing that silver lining really energized me for this and is keeping me eager going forward.
A standout in this issue was Rafa’s art. I’m now getting to the point where I only want him drawing every issue of HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS (no offense Ethan Van Sciver.) He’s really honed in the characters, and whereas some artist’s art in books in the cherry on top of the cake, he’s becoming equal billing for me. There’s a great complementariness between Venditti’s writing and his art, unlike some creative teams.
I was a bit worried how “Fall of the Gods” would hold up against DARK NIGHTS: METAL, but no more. It was a nice surprise to see that the two tie-in to one another, and if only by a certain alloy.
Nth Metal! I had a feeling last issue that there was more than meets the eye with Graf’s vision, “Metal awakes… THE METAL.” Now, sure METAL and “Fall of the Gods” don’t directly tie-in (so far) with one another, as the former deals with the “Knightmare Batmen” and the latter “golems,” but I’m loving that what seems to be the singular connecting point across the entirety of the DCU at the moment is Nth Metal.
Seeing that the “golems” were created of it and by none other than Darkseid and Highfather’s father, Yuga Khan, as a first line of defense against his kids, and Venditti thickens the overall plot by giving us — the readers — a sort of mystery in why they’ve awoken so long after when they initially should’ve. And as a fan of Greek mythology, I couldn’t help but draw a connection to Kronos — father of Zeus, Hera, Poseidon and Hades — and his fear that his children, too, would one day rise and overthrow him. Whenever a writer draws similarities to great stories outside the CB genre, and smartly uses that to bring a nice nod, I love it.
Venditti and Rafa have done an amazing job so far with giving us quality story and art, and I’m 100% confident that “Fall of the Gods” can and will run side-by-side successfully with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s METAL. These first two issues have laid an interesting and full of depth foundation to what is turning out to be a great arc, and I proudly give HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27 a 4.5 out of 5.
Make sure you, and you can bet your ass that I will, pick up HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #28 when it hits shelves of local comic shops all over the multiverse on September 13th,
“FALL OF THE GODS” part three! Hal Jordan races through the cosmos hunting the speedster of the New Gods, Lightray! Hal must secure Highfather if the Green Lantern Corps’ plan to protect him and the universe has a chance of survival! Can the greatest pilot in the universe chase down a god who moves at the speed of light?