“I don’t want anyone to miss this.”
Robert Venditti (W), Rafa Sandoval (P), Jordi Tarragona (I), Tomeli Morey (C)
Cover by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeli Morey
Publisher: DC Comics
Now we return to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. When we last left our heroes (back when I reviewed the Rebirth issue), John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and the remainder of the GL Corps had just returned to our universe from a collapsing pocket universe, and Hal Jordan had just crafted his own Green Lantern Ring with which to search for the missing Corps. Meanwhile, Sinestro and his Corps of Yellow Lanterns had established a fascist police state across the universe, ruling through fear and empowering themselves with a Fear Engine which runs on suffering sentient peoples.
Since then, Guy Gardner has been captured by the Sinestro Corps while scouting out the universe, Hal Jordan had begun challenging the Sinestro Corps with the covert help of Sinestro’s daughter, Soranik Natu, and John Stewart and the rest of the GL Corps had learned of Sinestro’s regime through a fleet of ships which set out to overthrow him.
We return to the tale with John and the Green Lantern Corps moving on with their newfound allies to challenge the authority of Sinestro. Guy Gardner is still on Warworld (the base of operations of the Sinestro Corps) and is made part of the Fear Engine to further power the Yellow Lanterns.
Hal Jordan himself finally arrives on Warworld and begins tearing through Yellow Lanterns in an attempt gain the attention of Sinestro himself. After powering himself up to ten times his regular strength through the use of the Fear Engine, Sinestro sets out to grant Hal his wish. The issue ends with Hal and Sinestro about on the cusp of a long-awaited showdown.
Venditti has become a master of the “hell yeah” issue with his tenure on Green Lantern and now Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. This issue doesn’t really advance the story much, and its ending with Sinestro and Hal meeting up is beyond predictable (in fact it has been anticipated since the Rebirth issue). However, I would be lying through my teeth if I said this comic wasn’t a lot of fun.
This series has used a slow pacing in the first five issues to build up the tension for this climactic battle between Hal and the Sinestro Corps. We know it’s going to continue when Hal fights Sinestro and the GL Corps arrives to battle the Sinestro Corps, and the fun will continue there.
Hal Jordan is in full form in this comic; he’s cocky, headstrong, and firing off one-liners left and right. He tears through the Sinestro Corps with ease, and it’s so satisfying to watch. Is it deep and meaningful? No. Is it particularly smart? Not really. Is it barrels of fun and satisfying to read? Hell yeah. Hence, the moniker of a “hell yeah” issue.
The art is absolutely gorgeous and perfectly depicts the action. As you know, I’m not particularly skilled at discussing art, but take my word for it that this comic looks amazing. The forms are epic and striking. The faces are extremely expressive. The use of contrast between bright colors and shading is perfect. The panels aren’t too cluttered or too barren. The constructs made by the Lanterns look bright, otherworldly, and so cool. The alien designs for the Sinestro Corps are really creative too. Sandoval, Tarragona, and Morey have made something truly beautiful in the art of this comic.
If you’re in a hurry for this story to end, this comic won’t satisfy you. However, if you’re up for an awesome and cathartic battle issue between a classic hero and armies of bad guys, you will definitely enjoy this comic. It knows what it wants to be, and it succeeds. Give this comic a read.
I will say I wish the Yellow Lantern gorilla from the cover showed up though. Grodd, is that you? Or is it Congorilla?
Final Score: 9/10