Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #46: “Darkstars Rising” Part 3
Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Clayton Henry
Colors by: Pete Pantazis
Letters by: Dave Sharpe
Cover by: Steven Segovia and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Variant Cover by: Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto
What You Need to Know:
The Green Lantern Corps continue to prepare for war against the Darkstars and have successfully recruited allies. Will these allies prove useful or will they cause the Lanterns to compromise everything they believe in? Meanwhile, Guy Gardner has made a life altering decision that could potentially ruin every good thing he has accomplished as a Green Lantern.
What Just Happened:
The issue continues not long after last issue ends with Guy Gardner as the newest recruit of the Darkstars. Guy’s first target for “justice”: his own father who beat him as a child. Not quite a murderer, but Guy feels the abuse he suffered as a child deserves lethal justice. I wonder if there is any coming back from this for Guy.
Hal Jordan continues to partner up with Hector Hammond and Hector takes it upon himself to “stop” all the villains and “help” Hal; Hector’s version of “help” seems to cause Hal more harm then good. It really seems that Hector Hammond has turned over a new leaf, but I don’t believe he has full grasped the whole “hero” concept.
John Stewart has successfully recruited General Zod into the fight with the Darkstars and plans to use his strategic genius to counteract the Darkstars’ technology. John also shows Zod that he is not helpless in this fight and puts his own mind to good use. Zod is truly the “big gun” that the Lanterns need right now, but I feel his methods may cause even more harm than the Darkstars can cause themselves.
This issue, we finally catch up with Kyle Rayner on New Genesis. It seems he wasn’t welcomed warmly by Orion and Highfather. Orion owes Kyle big, but it seems like Highfather won’t allow Kyle to collect on his debt to him. I’m confident that he will have a change of heart in the future.
This issue continues to put the focus on the Lanterns and their recruitment efforts, but also sheds light on the recent developments regarding Guy Gardner. I have to admit I’m not too sure how I feel about Guy Gardner becoming a Darkstar. Guy already has the reputation as the “hot head” of the Lanterns and legitimately became the embodiment of rage as a Red Lantern. I feel that it is lazy and predictable that Guy would be the one to accept the Darkstars’ offer. Hopefully Venditti makes this pay off in future issues.
I continue to enjoy the team-up between Hal Jordan and Hector Hammond. Seeing Hector in a giant helmet construct in space made me laugh out loud. I really like seeing Hector try to become a hero, or at least his definition of a hero. I’m interested in seeing how Hal is affected by Hector’s version of heroism. I also appreciated Hector calling out Hal on his hypocrisy in regards to his feelings on enforcing justice in the galaxy.
John Stewart humbling General Zod is another highlight for me in this issue. I continue to enjoy John showing no signs of intimidation while being surrounded by Kryptonians on a planet with two suns. I’m anxious to see General Zod throw down in the upcoming battle with the Darkstars.
After not appearing in last issue at all, I was happy to see that Venditti followed up on Kyle Rayner’s trip to New Genesis. I hope this becomes consistent because Kyle’s storyline felt tacked on in this issue. I did not feel the emotion that Venditti tried to make us feel for Kyle and his plea to Orion and Highfather.
The art this issue is solid, but one nitpick I found was that in some panels, Guy Gardner’s father had a grey beard and in other panels his beard was red. Not a big deal, but that stuck out to me. I will be happy when Rafa Sandoval or Ethan Van Sciver makes it back onto this book. I know the bi-weekly schedule can put a strain on the artists and the writer.