“A Call to Arms (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #44 Comic Review)

User Rating: 9.3

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #44: Darkstars Rising Part 3

Written by: Robert Venditti

Art by: Brandon Peterson

Colors by: Ivan Plascencia

Letters by: Dave Sharpe

Cover by: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomev Morey

Variant cover by: Tyler Kirkham and Tomev Morey

 

What You Need to Know:

The conflict with the Darkstars ramps up as Hal, John, Guy, and Kyle realize they’ll need help from unexpected sources to respond to the Darkstars’ show of force. Hal even begins to wonder if the Darkstar method might be the type of justice the universe deserves.

What Just Happened:

This issue begins with Tomar-Tu keeping a promise he made to himself by doing what he told Hal Jordan he would do a few issues back. Hal responds to Tomar-Tu’s act by investigating the aftermath with a guest-starring Flash. Hal confides in Barry that he feels responsible for Tomar-Tu’s murderous turn due to not being the mentor he wishes he could have been. Hal admits to Barry that he has considered the Darkstar mantra of doling out lethal justice to anyone that takes a life and that he is also on Earth to seek out recruits to join the Green Lantern Corps in the coming battle against the Darkstars. Hal, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and John Stewart all search the galaxy for allies on both sides of the law to build their numbers against the Darkstars.

My Thoughts:

The Darkstars saga continues to impress in the latest issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. The bloodthirsty agenda of the Darkstars continues as soon as the issue begins. What really caught my attention, however, were the recruiting trips each Lantern takes to build their number. The people they approach may not be who you are expecting a Green Lantern to reach out to, but they are characters that have been connected to the Green Lanterns in recent years. Venditti continues to build towards an explosive conflict that will seem to have lasting ramifications for not only the Green Lantern Corps, but also the DC universe as a whole.

Brandon Peterson’s art is very strong in this issue. It shows the cold determination to carry out justice in Tomar-Tu’s face. Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner’s Lantern uniforms especially pop to represent the differences in the personalities from Guy Gardener’s determination and John Stewart’s analytical mind. A particular scene in this issue involving Guy Gardner in a space bar really showcases Peterson at his best in this issue.

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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 Green Lantern Corps are trying to catch up in the arms race against the Darkstars. The potential recruits they have in mind however, could create more problems for the Lanterns then they will solve. Another problem the Lanterns face, what if the Darkstars are right?
Good
  • Green Lantern recruiting trips
  • Very strong art
Bad
  • Would have liked to see more of the Darkstars in this issue
9.3
Amazing
Story - 9.5
Art - 9.5
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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