“Philosophical Debate” (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 Comic Review)

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 Comic Review

Darkstars Rising Prelude Part One

By: Marcus Freeman

Writer: Robert Venditti

Artist: Ethan Van Sciver

Colorist: Jason Wright

Letterer: Dave Sharpe

Cover: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomeu Morey,

Variant Cover: Tyler Kirkham and Tomeu Morey

What You Should Know

Robert Venditti begins the end of his Green Lantern run by continuing the Green Lanterns and Guardians’ conflict with the Controllers, and reintroducing the Darkstars. The impending battle could determine who will police the universe. Space criminals should hope the Green Lanterns win.

Breakdown

The Controllers have upgraded, and plan to use the new and improved Darkstars to end the Green Lanterns and Guardians, and bring their version (read: violent) of justice to the universe. The Controllers however, have not seen any of the Terminator movies because the Darkstars AI seems to have a mind of its own.

Meanwhile, on OA, Somar-Le visits the incarcerated Tomar-Tu in his sciencell to discuss his fall from grace. Hal Jordan joins the discussion and ends up in a debate with Somar-Le regarding the use of force needed to stop criminals, permanently. Tomar-Tu even brings up Hal’s murderous past during the discussion. The conversation ends prematurely with an explosive prison break that leaves Tomar-Tu with a decision to make. That decision does not bode well for Hal, the rest of the corps, and the Guardians.

This issue seems like a prelude to a huge conflict that could rival the scale of the “Sinestro Corps War” or “Blackest Night”. I loved the discussion between Hal and Tomar-Tu. In this current social and political climate, a discussion on the use of force was very timely and welcomed. I hope to see this debate fleshed out more in future issues. From what I’ve read about Vendetti’s final issues on GL, I think I will not be disappointed. Not much more needs to be said about Ethan Van Sciver. When I think of his art, I think of Green Lantern. His art did not disappoint here. Especially with his interpretation of the Darkstar armor.

 

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Marcus Freeman

Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.
Summary
The conflict with the Controllers and Darkstars started with a bang and leaves the reader asking: Who is really in control? Control seems to be a theme in this issue. Control of technology, control of the universe, self-control and self-discipline. The debate regarding use of force and capital punishment was also something I felt was timely and appreciated. Robert Vendetti seems to be building towards an explosive conflict suitable for the end of his long run in the GL universe.
Good
  • Great dialogue regarding use of force
  • Strong characterization of Hal Jordan and Tomar-Tu
  • Issue builds towards a major conflict
Bad
  • Would have liked to see more of John, Guy, and Kyle
8.7
Great
Story - 9
Art - 8
Character Development - 9
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Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.

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