Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #28
Hal must chase down the Speedster of the Gods, Lightray in order to save Highfather from certain death.
Fall Of The Gods Part 3: Godspeed
So I have a big confession to make. I am personally behind in reading nearly every comic book that I like to read. My thoughts are always on catching up, taking it one series at a time until I am all caught up. But that isn’t working. So I was left with a decision to make, either keep trying to futilely catch up or just pick up the latest issue and start there. And that is just what I did, I picked up one of my favs, Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps.
Setting the confusion of coming into the middle of a story arc aside, this issue was incredibly fun. My initial thoughts of “Oh great, this is going to be all about the chase,” was quickly put aside when Hal is reunited with someone extremely important to him. The chase takes a back seat as Hal comes to grips with his past and gets some insight into what drives him, as a pilot and as a Green Lantern.
Robert Venditti, the longtime writer for various Green Lantern titles is right on point. The balance between using words and the art to tell the story is perfect. The story isn’t too heavy with dialogue which makes it an easy, yet enjoyable read. Venditti was able to capture the report between Hal and his mystery guest nicely. He was able to pen a very sweet reunion and not make it the only focal point of the story.
As good as Venditti’s writing is, the art is the true star of this issue. The art team of Rafael Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey should be commended for their extraordinary work. I have always been drawn to Green Lantern. Not just for the characters and stories, but the art is always so impressive. As mentioned earlier, the artwork and story are perfectly balanced together to tell the story.
The coloring by Tomeu Morey bring out the brilliance of Sandoval and Tarragona’s pencils and inks. It makes me sad that I fell behind on this title because of the wonderful artwork I have probably missed. Lantern Corps stories are always criticized by fans for encompassing too much. In my opinion, that’s where they excel. I love to see the wondrous environments brought to life by the artists. The amazing views of an endless universe and the life that is seeded throughout, it’s truly awe-inspiring.
Now that I have taken my leap back into Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps, I have to find time to read a little further back. If only to the beginning of this story arc, where the New Gods are involved. This issue gets high marks from me. I only shaved off a few due to my confusion with jumping into the middle of the arc. Even if this was a reader’s first introduction to this series, the writing, and art alone should be sufficient to impress any comic fan.
Venditti and the rest of the creative team have really put together a stellar issue, with a thoughtful story and gorgeous art.