Review: HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #33 (SPOILERS)

In a book that’s been on and off my radar since about seven [or so] issues in, HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS has finally seemed to lock me up for a steady ride [so far.] It’s killed me every time I’ve dropped it, since Hal Jordan is my all time favorite character, but that’s life. You can’t always expect to like something, even as much as you want to; and with Robert Venditti’s (writer) run on GREEN LANTERN back before REBIRTH, I’m not surprised there’s been stretches on this current run I haven’t exactly dug.

But since the “Fall of the Gods” arc, Venditti’s had me hooked, and this arc has started out with quite the bang.

Something I’ve always been quite curious as to, and I’m a quite knowledgable Lantern fan, is what the protocol of kids who don a power ring is. Just in the aspect that Corpsmen of the GLC are supposed to hold their own amongst the universe’s most deadly of adversaries– of course I’m not saying a kid couldn’t, but you don’t see them amongst the ranks in the issues.  I couldn’t think of any before this issue, and it turns out that SOMAR-LE is the Corps‘ first [as it would appear.]

This definitely adds an interesting layer to the story, and reminds me a lot of when Venditti and Van Jensen (writer) introduced a whole slew of new Corpsmen back during the “Lights Out” arc. This injects a shot of naivety, and care free fun that normally wouldn’t be there.

Review: HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #33 (SPOILERS)
Art by Jack Herbert, Colors by Jason Wright

The real highlight of the issue was seeing the various character’s reaction to her [Somar-Le.] Especially from Ganthet and Sayd. The two have definitely been quite the stone-faced characters since their return, and bringing back that “emotionlessness” that the Guardians brought to the book. It’s one of the reasons I don’t care for their characters at all, because where the Guardians lack their own blast of personality, the Lanterns can make an issue that much better with theirs.

Though, seeing Ganthet pondering the desire to have children with Sayd, it gave something new to the title. And with Sayd expressing how much it pains her to not be able to remember what it was like to be a child was something their characters, as Guardians, tend to lack.

Review: HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #33 (SPOILERS)
Art by Jack Herbert, Colors by Jason Wright

And yes, sound the alarm, because here comes my praise of organic comedy with the way that Ganthet was trying to get out about if Sayd every considered they would have kids together, but she purposely changes his question to “lowering age parameter on those chosen.” I will take moments like that one billion times over any forced joke after joke, because instead of ruining a heartfelt moment by putting an over the top joke in that situation, it was a plausible and understandable thing to ponder in the moment that they were in.

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