Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #1 Review

Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Rafa Sandoval
Inker: Jordi Tarragona
Colours: Tomeu Morey
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 27th, 2016

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Move aside Green Lanterns….  make way for the SINESTRO CORPS!

Over the past few years we have seen the Green Lantern Corps. wane and disappear with their leader Hal Jordan going rogue when he stole Krona’s Green Lantern Gauntlet. Readers of the fantastic series ‘Sinestro’ at the same time have seen a drastic evolution of the Sinestro Corps into a major power shift from the villainous enemy into the new universal justice force, effectively replacing the Green Lantern Corps. DC’s Rebirth has essentially set up a new status quo in giving us a place to stand before diving into this issue.

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*SPOILER WARNING*

If you haven’t read Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1, it was the issue that set up this book and Hal Jordan’s status since DC’s Rebirth. The book begins with Hal Jordan being filled so much with pure willpower that he decides to use Krona’s Gauntlet to funnel this willpower and forge a Green Lantern ring from it. With this we see that the Green Lantern Corps is lost in space somewhere, Kyle Rayner is a white lantern, and Simon Baz/Jessica Cruz are the Green Lanterns protecting Earth in everyone’s absence. We also see that Sinestro is a weak and frail man since empowering the Sinestro Corps in the universe as the new policing force. Every Green Lantern title from the New 52 funnels into this book and if you are a Green Lantern fan, this is the book that you should be reading.

 

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Hal Jordan and The Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 set up the status quo of the Green Lantern universe with this Rebirth event, whereas Hal Jordan and The Green Lanterns #1 officially kicked off the story of Hal Jordan’s brand new journey to find the Green Lantern Corps and restore balance to the spectrum of colours. The book begins with Hal Jordan tracking down notorious space smugglers and getting information on where he can find his lost Green Lantern Corps. While this is happening, we see Sinestro ready to unleash the yellow entity Parallax from the core of Warworld and become fused with the Parallax entity once again. Once Sinestro unleashed Parallax, a wave of fear spreads across the galaxy and Hal Jordan starts writhing in pain at the wave of fear. Sinestro then leads his Sinestro Corps as Parallax to begin protecting the galaxy and spreading fear in a big movement. We then see Hal Jordan run into a couple of Sinestro Corps members of which gives Hal Jordan a personal update on what is going on in the galaxy with the Sinestro Corps as he discovers that the Yellow Lanterns believe all the Green Lanterns to be dead! In a final surprise at the end of the book we also see the Green Lantern Corps along with John Stewart and Guy Gardner popping out of a wormhole in space to what they believe is a recognizable sector of space.

 

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This book feels like a good story to tie up all the loose ends of the Green Lanterns and continue the Sinestro story from the past few years. While I was not loving the last story arc of Green Lantern post issue #45, this book focusing on following Hal Jordan does nothing for me as I have grown to dislike Hal Jordan as a character over the years. The Green Lantern Corps has gone awol and totally lost my interest as they are lost in space. Sinestro has been my favourite title and has consistently been entertaining and highly exciting as the Sinestro Corps has effective replaced the Green Lantern Corps as a policing force in the galaxy and even recruiting the likes of Superman, Wonder Woman and Black Adam to save the Earth.

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This books first issue has a heavy emphasis on what Sinestro is up to while drawing all the Green Lantern strings together. The writing is alright and really services the characters, however the art is the real draw to this book as everything is really defined and drawn with beautiful detail. Old man Sinestro looks so cool that I want to keep reading this book to find out what happens to Sinestro down the line, but this is a good book. If you enjoy Green Lantern books then this is the book for you, however for me as I don’t like Hal Jordan I wasn’t too into this book.

~ T.J Head

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