Review: HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 (SPOILERS)

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,

Review: HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 (SPOILERS)
Art by Jack Herbert, Colors by Jason Wright

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,

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