I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved this issue of HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS, as it really struck a chord with me. I’ve always been beyond fascinated with the relationship between Hal and his father, Martin, and how it plays into Hal’s character. Seeing Robert Venditti (writer) use that to bend the throttle all the way forward really worked. It set a base line that allows any reader to instantaneously connect with Hal’s character and makes it nearly impossible for you to put the book down.
This issue gives us “Fall of the Gods: Part 3, Godspeed” as Hal is trying to chase down LIGHTRAY and HIGHFATHER, in the hopes of getting Highfather back to Mogo alive. There’s something about Hal that just makes me love the character to death, and it’s how I connect with him the most of any comic book character, his indomitable will. Hal won’t stop at doing something until his last breath leaves his body, and even then he still goes at it (see GREEN LANTERN #20). When I want to achieve something, I put everything I have into it, and that’s one of the many reasons Hal is the GOAT.
We saw that in this issue right off the bat, as Hal’s trying to catch up to Lightray, but he’s going too fast that the integrity of his construct — a fighter jet — was about to explode if he didn’t slow it down. Though, a familiar face shows up…
I had said how their — Hal and Martin — relationship has always intrigued me, and how it’s made Hal, Hal. This issue shines a sun level bright spotlight right on that. Venditti did an excellent job at capturing these two– as he’s done capturing Hal since the start of his GREEN LANTERN run with the NEW52.
Martin definitely seems to give Hal that motivation back that he needs to be Green Lantern. It’s been a bit clear since the end of the “Renegade” arc that Hal didn’t have that same pep in his step, and like he was going with the waves instead of making them. Seeing Martin tell Hal, “You can’t lose sight of the ground. There are times when you’ll have to push the envelope. I know that. But you can’t go all out, all the time. Be Green Lantern… but don’t forget to be Hal Jordan,” was a great way to bring perspective back, and honestly I can’t think of a better way than with his father being the one to do it.
I do have to admit that I shed a few manly tears.
I can’t seem to sing Venditti’s praise enough, because only a handful of issues have brought a tear to my eye, and this one makes that list. Like in his SECRET ORIGINS issue for Hal, he knew how to perfectly sum up what makes the character who he is, and nailed it on the head again with how his father’s death played the heaviest in that. It forced Hal to not fear dying, and use the way his dad had as a way of feeling Martin sitting right behind him in that cockpit.
It makes you take a step back, and appreciate the world and what you have in those you love. How life is always fleeting, and remembering those you love is a necessary way of keeping yourself grounded.
And can we talk about this Top Gun-esque moment?
“Because I was inverted,” is still going through my mind after seeing this AMAZINGLY drawn double page spread by Rafa Sandoval (artist). There’s actually quite a bit of comparison between Tom Cruise’s character, Maverick, and Hal. I’d really love to know if this was intentionally done, or just a happy coincidence.
This issue definitely changed the pace, despite being an overall fast paced issue, as it had a slight vibe in a way to slow down the story in order to spread the arc across more issues. I felt that this issue really adds to the overall scheme of things, and definitely reintegrated Hal’s character for what I feel is going to be something massive coming.
You can pick this issue up now at your local comic shop, and HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #29 will be zooming in onto those same shelves on Wednesday, September 27th.