Review: HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 (SPOILERS)
By RUSSELL BERGER
One concern I always had about a team book along the lines of HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS is how it features one lantern — Hal Jordan — in its title and how that would be balanced with incorporating the 7,199 other Green Lanterns. I know from Robert Venditti’s (writer) run on GREEN LANTERN [pre–REBIRTH] that he had a general handle on being able to keep Hal the focus while folding in characters like Kilowog, Salaak and Gorin-Sunn, but with some many other prominent secondaries, I worried even until last issue– until last.
This issue is easily going to top my list of favorites from this run, as Venditti puts on display his understanding of how to seamlessly fold in multiple characters along-with two subplots that’ll end out folding in on one another to make the main plot of “Twilight of the Guardians.”
I’ve gone on record before for expressing the fact that I don’t like that DC Comics is always introducing a new HUMAN Green Lantern what feels like every two seconds. Now, now, now, before you pull out the pitchforks and torches, hear me out– with a gigantic universe there’s plenty of territory to explore and introduce a new GL from another planet, and forge him/her to be an interesting character. And I know, we don’t get a new Human GL every two-seconds, I was making a hyperbolized poke at Geoff Johns (writer, President & CCO of DC Comics) when it comes to Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, both underwhelming characters.
This is why I was ecstatic when I saw Venditti stepped outside of the box, and gave us Somar-Le,
Just from the two issues that Somar has been in, we see how she’s going to be someone to watch out for. Her ability with the Power Ring is quite astounding. I’m curious to see exactly what her extent of being utilized as a supporting character will be after this arc is over, because I have a slight feeling that she might end up disappearing a little after this concludes. It would be a shame, but at the same time, understandable since the cast is already quite large and you don’t want to neglect other characters.
The real highlight of this issue, and back to the point I made at the opening, is how Venditti balances Hal as the lead, and the others — John Stewart, Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner — within the story as secondaries.
This issue succeeded when it came to putting them each in the spotlight,
Jack Herbert (artist) was able to convey the three in a clear way that added and gave a feeling of reality to them, as we saw the various [and true to character] ways they handled going out to find who took the Ganthet and Sayd.
I will say that I felt Herbert’s Kyle unmasked looks a little too much like Hal for my likings, but that’s just me being my usual “Alley Rat Rayner” hater self– so please, don’t worry about it.
Something else, though, the Venditti hit the nail on the head with in this issue was pulling the four together as a team for what will surely be an epic battle with The Controllers. Stewart seemed to linger in the shadows a bit compared to the three others, but he shined when taking charge in laying out the mission details going forward. [Again] all playing back to Venditti and his mastery of team dynamics.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely hate the “little blue bastards” a.k.a. the Guardians of the Universe. They are, in overall scheme of things, the Corps greatest adversary whether coming at them in an antagonist manner, or simply by policy of how they handle situations. So, I’m sure that you understand how a part of me is cheering the Controllers on. Hell, I would’ve high-fived Sinestro if I could’ve when he originally 86’ed them back in GREEN LANTERN #20 (by Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke.)
Though, with all of that said, a negative I had with the issue was the overall lack of information on how the Controllers were “making more of themselves.” This could easily go away with more info in the next issue, but as of right now, I’m left with a pretty big hole in what they did.
I think overall the issue was a solid plot mover. It definitely amped up the pace, and sets us up for a massive collision with whomever the Controllers hired to be their “security detail” and the Honor Guard of the Corps. So, I have no problem with giving HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 a 4.3 out of 5. I’m definitely set on the next issue, and am sitting on the edge of my seat to see if Venditti answers my prayers by getting rid of the little blue bastards once and for all.
You can find this issue [almost] wherever comic books are sold, and HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #35 will be flying onto shelves Wednesday, December 27th,
“TWILIGHT OF THE GUARDIANS” part three! The Green Lanterns go for a full-on attack on their enemies, but the Controllers are ready with their own team of killers, armed with weapons that can reduce even a Power-Ring wearing Lantern to goo.