Thursday, July 28, 2016

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps # 1 Review

Review: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1
Submitted by: Kelly Aliano, PhD, Comics News Editor
26 July 2016

“The Last Lantern: Sinestro’s Law, Part 1,” by Robert Venditti with pencils by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona as inker, and Tomeu Morey as colorist, is another Rebirth title from DC that focuses on a beloved hero on a quest.  In this instance, it is Green Lantern Hal Jordan, attempting to find out what happened to the remainder of the Green Lantern Corps.  In their absence, Yellow Lantern Sinestro finds himself with a great deal of power over the universe.  The story falls back on the classic contrast—between Jordan and Sinestro, between Green and Yellow lights, between Will Power and Great Fear—but is engaging and beautifully drawn, even where it is not entirely untreaded subject matter.

This issue is clearly designed to set the stage for what is to come in the Lantern-verse.  Sinestro is reborn to his former glory due to the power of Parallax and stands ready to lead a new universe in which Yellow Lanterns are the main policing force.  This storyline is designed so that Hal Jordan can be just be about to crash in on Sinestro’s party by the book’s end, while the final pages tease what is happening with the few other remaining Green Lanterns in the galaxy.

For such a potentially sprawling storytelling universe as that of the Lanterns, it is a tight and focused tale of two men’s journeys back to who they were and to where that will lead them.  The return of a newly invigorated Sinestro is great as is the tease of the rest of the Green Lantern Corps in the story’s final pages. The Verdict: While more of an introductory narrative than a self-contained chapter of the saga, this book truly gives the Lanterns a rebirth, bringing back old favorites and setting them up for engaging new interactions.

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