I have to tip my hat to DC Comics because they have definitely pulled in a lapsed reader (me) with yet another Rebirth issue. It’s not easy to get me to buy into something – mostly because I’m a skeptical kind of person, and…well…because I’m cheap. That being said, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth issue got me interested in Ol’ Greenie again. I’ll be honest; I haven’t read a Green Lantern comic since the early ‘90s, but I was looking for a space adventure book and I thought, “What the hell, I’ll give it a try.” I’m glad I did because this issue was impressive, most impressive.
This issue did a great job of bringing me up to speed as to what’s been going on with Hal Jordan as of recent. So here is what I (and maybe you) missed. OA has been totally destroyed and replaced by a Death Star looking thing called Warworld.
Warworld is powered by a jailed Parallax under the control of an aged Sinestro who now looks like Vincent Price. Sinestro is of the belief that Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps are no more and ponders what life will bring now that he is victorious.
While Sinestro has been ruling the universe (or parts of it), Green Lantern took the fall for every wrong the Green Lantern Corps has ever been blamed for, which resulted in Hal being labeled a criminal. Hal had to give up his ring because of all that, but he stole Krona’s Gauntlet so that he could have a similar power that the ring provided him.
The gauntlet somehow messed with Hal causing him to forget his humanity and wanting to wear a trenchcoat. Why a trenchcoat and not a raincoat is never explained. Regardless, Hal knows the gauntlet is trouble because it’s causing his body is fade away resulting in Hal becoming the emotion of will, and nothing more. Hal decides to forge himself his own ring by willing it, and as he does, his human form returns.
The issue then ends with Hal returning to his classic costume. Whoo Hoo!
This issue not only told us what is currently going on in Hal’s life but what came before. Several panels of the issue were dedicated to explaining Hal’s origin story and important aspects of the Green Lantern Corps. These quick explanations were helpful to get me up to speed on the character and the corps (who are mysteriously missing).
A big, big, BIG thumbs up to all involved in this issue. Robert Venditti (writer) put together a story that combined Hal’s past and present in a way that flowed naturally and was understandable. Ethan Van Sciver (artist) knocked it out of the park – just breathtaking art. Jason Wright (colorist) absolutely nailed it by making the art leap off the page and come to life. Dave Sharpe (letterer) did an amazing job of delivering emotion through the letters in ways that didn’t distract from the story and actually added to it.
ROTTING BRAINS gives Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps…drum roll…4 1/2 out of 5 rotten brains.