Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps 2 Review

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps 2 Cover

Sinestro’s Law: Part 2

Before I get into this review, I have to give mad props to Letterer Dave Sharpe. He is absolutely slaying the lettering work. I noticed his contribution in the last issue, but failed to give him a shout out. Slow down as you read this issue and take notice of the emotional beats that are delivered with the assistance of Dave’s work. For instance, in the panel below you can hear Hal yelling authoritatively, and feel the impact of the truck based on how Dave manipulates the fonts he chooses. Dave is really giving his all to an aspect of comic book creating that often times gets overlooked. Don’t worry, Dave – I see what you’re doing and it looks great.

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Issue Summary

In this issue it is explained that there are 399 out of 7,200 members of the Green Lantern Corps. still alive. As of right now, John Stewart (the leader of the Corps.) has the members maintaining a holding pattern because they are still licking their wounds from the whatever it was that made them disappear. Stewart sends Guy Gardner to go out and do some recon in order to determine what their next step should be.

In the middle of the issue Sinestro tell his daughter that he used her in order to establish the Yellow Lantern Corps. as the guardians of the galaxies (I couldn’t resist) in the absence of the Green Lantern Corps. As you might imagine, this pisses the daughter off so much that she takes a swing at her old man.

Meanwhile, Hal is duking it out with the two Yellow Lanterns from the previous issue. Turns out, they can’t handle Hal alone so they make Sinestro aware that Hal is still alive so that Sinestro will dispatch reinforcements. By the end of the issue, Hal is ready to go against a whole army of Yellow Lanterns.

Yellow Lanterns and Hal

Final Thoughts

Writer Robert Venditti gives us yet another action-packed, fast-paced issue that hits some emotional beats before fists start flying. Artist Rafa Sandoval is continuing to render the hell out of this book making it look disgusting and beautiful all at the same time, and colorist Tomeu Morey is throwing down colors that just pop off the page. Another great effort by the creative team.

ROTTING BRAINS gives Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (could they have come up with a longer title) 2…drum roll…4 1/2 out of 5 rotten brains.

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. 1 Review

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps 2 Cover

In the last issue, Sinestro wasn’t looking too hot. In fact, he looked more like Alfred painted yellow rather than the harbinger of fear. That all changed in this issue though cause Sinestro recharged himself by ingesting Parallax; who was trapped by Sinestro on Warworld. Sinestro is looking more sinister than ever, much like an evil Tom Cruise.

Re-powered and on a mission, Sinestro instructs his Yellow Lantern Corps. to ensure that order is maintained throughout the galaxy through the use of fear. Everyone seems to be onboard with this idea except for Sinestro’s daughter, Soranik.

Meanwhile, the Green Lantern Corps. lead by Detriot-native John Stewart flash into existence from wherever they were.

Green Lantern Corps

DAYUM! Can Rafa Sandoval drawn some kick-ass Green Lantern Corps. members or what? Not only that, take a look at the tight inks done by Jordi Tarragona, and the beautiful, vibrant colors laid down by Tomeu Morey! Tomeu, how many different shades of green are in your color arsenal, brother? Like, sixty? Beautiful stuff guys, just beautiful.

The issue ends on a cliffhanger with Hal going up against some members of the Yellow Lanterns Corp. that tracked him down. All-in-all another stellar issue thanks to the great pacing of writer Mr. Robert Venditti and the efforts of the art team.

CONSUME REVIEW REPEAT gives Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. 1 …drum roll…4 1/2 out of 5 rotten brains. 

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth

 

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Rebirth

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

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.

Vincent Price

Old Sinestro

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.

Hal Jordan Forging Ring

The issue then ends with Hal returning to his classic costume. Whoo Hoo!

Green Lantern

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.

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