Bow to Zod in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37
Hal and Kyle travel to an undeveloped civilization where some strange happenings have been going on. While they are away, the last of the Guardians ask for a second chance to lead the Green Lantern Corps. John Stewart is none too happy about this. Will he turn in his ring, or give the Guardians a second chance? Hal and Kyle find someone they never expected on this planet: General Zod! And he is none too happy to see the Green Lantern Corps interfering with his business. Can the Lanterns stop the mad Kryptonian in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37?
I was enjoying Green Lanterns so much that I decided to hop onto this Green Lantern series for some more emerald ring goodness. Luckily for me, this was a start of a new story arc, “Zod’s Will”. Kudos to writer Robert Venditti, as I was able to jump right in with issue #37. I never felt lost or really confused at any point storywise. Now, I do not know what has been going on with Zod (apparently he was recently in Action Comics); all I know is, he is here and up to no good. He also has a whole crew of people with him!
There is nothing really crazy about the story in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37. It is the start of a new story arc, so there is a little setup going on, but for the most part, it flows nicely. I like the uneasiness between the Green Lanterns and the Guardians; it is a good background plot to the main story. Venditti does a good job of building tension throughout the issue and setting up the rest of the story arc.
The biggest surprise for me was how great the art was in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37. Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey make for a fantastic art team! The character details are top notch and the whole issue is stunning to look at. I love the tight inking by Jordi Tarragona; he really makes everything pop and he makes all those little details come to life. The panel layouts by Rafa Sandoval are outstanding and he has some wonderful pages that have a spiral-like setup for the fight against Zod. It is a great way to show the battle and is something that is immediately eye-catching.
Tomeu Morey’s colors are beautiful and he certainly nails the emerald green of the lanterns. The coloring has a nice “shine” to it that makes the images come to life off the pages.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns #37 has a pretty solid story with some beautiful art. Hal and Kyle are going toe to toe with Zod while John has his own internal battle with giving the Guardians a second chance. All around this is a fun comic and a good jumping-on point for a new reader. The story arc is off to a solid start, and if the art stays this stellar, we are in for a ride. I like what is set up in this issue and will be coming back for more!
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