Review: Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns #2

HJGLC_cv2_dsAs Sinestro’s grip around the universe grows tighter, Guy Gardner takes on the mission to bring the Green Lantern Corps back from the edge of oblivion to reclaim their role as protectors of the cosmos.

Writer Robert Venditti has the enviable or unenviable task of juggling a few vital plots as he kicks off this new series which brings back the Green Lantern Corps to their roots in some ways. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #2 bounces between Sinestro’s machinations, Hal Jordan trying to figure out what’s going on, and the return Green Lantern Corps licking their wounds and getting their bearings.

Venditti does a solid job of giving each story more than enough time to move them forward and keep us the readers interested. The comic has two main parts, the first is Sinestro and his getting back to the Machiavellian character I love so much. This is a villain who plays the long game and in this issue begins to really feel like the warlord despotic ruler he should be. I’m really digging Venditti’s take here and Sinestro is really being built up as a huge threat.

An offshoot of that is Hal on the run from the Sinestro Corps and that too is well done with him feeling like he’s overwhelmed by the enemy and outmanned. It’s a great set-up as he doesn’t feel like the overpowered character he has been and that while he’s good, he can be taken with some competence and numbers. There’s also some additions of innocent civilians in there too to make things interesting. It’s again getting Hal back to basics of the character.

But, a good chunk of the comic is the Green Lantern Corps. For those who don’t know, they’ve recently been returned through time and space and are in triage mode. Many are bruised, injured, or outright dead, and the group has no idea where and when they are. This aspect is the most interesting as they need to figure out a leadership structure, get settled, and also figure things out. It’s great to see them back, and should be a hell of a showing when they eventually clash with the Sinestro Corps.

Venditti is helped by Rafa Sandoval whose art is solid. He handles all of the different alien creatures perfectly and really feels like the heir to Ethan Van Sciver’s art which is what I associate the most with the characters and series. I don’t notice a hell of a lot of difference and the two could switch off in this series and I’d be happy. It’s great art that really captures the sci-fi aspect of it all.

Venditti is masterfully giving us an entertaining, slow build, where things are being paced in a way so that there’s an emotional impact for everything. You know the Green Lantern Corps are going to show up at some perfect time in grand fashion to be reunited with Hal, and the way things are going, I can’t wait to see that moment pay off.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Rafa Sandoval
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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