Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #7 (DC Comics)
I’ll be straight up: I had no interest in Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps. I wasn’t a fan of Robert Venditti’s work on the character prior to DC Rebirth, and there wasn’t anything that I found interesting from the initial announcement of the new series. But after hearing from some trusted people, I took a chance and caught up on the Hal Jordan series, and I have to say, this is has been a pretty damn stellar ride. The battle between Hal Jordan and Sinestro’s growing army has been a lot of fun, and all signs were pointing towards a phenomenal ending for this opening story arc.
Hal Jordan has finally come face to face with Sinestro, who’s Fear Engine, a device that will grant Sinestro and his forces near-limitless power, is nearly fully functional. Hal Jordan is the only person standing in his way, but not even Sinestro is ready for the power that Hal Jordan now has.
Simply put, Robert Venditti’s characterization of Sinestro is spectacular. He gives the villain a great sense of pride and superiority that’s very much in line with Doctor Doom or Magneto. Sinestro is doing this because he believes he can change the universe, despite what others tell him. Hal Jordan is also given some great moments here, and Robert Venditti’s script plays both of these characters off of one another perfectly, but it’s really Guy Gardner who steals the show with his plan to disrupt the Fear Engine.
Hal Jordan has featured some pretty phenomenal talent on art, and Rafael Sandoval does a great job of carrying on that legacy. Sandoval is able to give this battle between these two major enemies the sense of scale it deserves, and he leaves nothing back. There are incredible splash pages of Hal and Sinestro’s battle, and the finale of their fight is a truly surprising moment thanks to the way Sandoval depicts it.
While Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps will probably never usurp the Geoff Johns run as the greatest Green Lantern series, it’s a marked improvement over Hal’s adventures before DC Rebirth. If you’re looking for awesome cosmic action, then this is the book for you. Robert Venditti and his rotating team of artists have been putting out consistent, awesome space adventures with Hal Jordan, and it’s only going to get crazier from here on out. Get on board now before it’s too late.