Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #47: “Darskstars Rising” Part 4
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Fernando Pasarin
Inkers: Oclair Albert and Eber Ferreira
Colorist: Jason Wright
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Barry Kitson and Hi-Fi
Variant Cover: Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto
What You Need to Know:
Darkstars Rising continues as Hal, Guy, and Kyle continue to deal with the complications of their recruitment trips. Hal remains under the control of Hector Hammond, Guy has given in to the Darkstar armor, and Kyle remains locked up on New Genesis. Meanwhile, the Darkstars launch their assault on the rest of the Green Lantern Corps.
What Just Happened:
Hector Hammond successfully wiped Hal Jordan’s memory and is planning to embark on his own quest to end evil for good. Luckily for Hal, his willpower is the strongest of all the Lanterns. Along with some planning, Hal is able to use his willpower to overcome the mind wipe and show Hammond that he is greatest Green Lantern living.
Back on Earth, Guy Gardner is on a warpath and the target is his father. Guy’s father has an unlikely protector in Akrillo. Akrillo tries to talk some sense into Guy, but the Darkstar programming seems to be too strong. He takes drastic measures to protect Guy’s father and show Guy that lethal justice is wrong. He lays his life on the line to prove a point to Guy, and Guy is moved enough to be able to fight the Darkstar programming. They may have even found a way to fight the Darkstars.
On New Genesis, Kyle Rayner is still rotting away in his cell. Luckily, Orion seems to have a change of heart and frees Kyle. Orion, Kyle, and Kyle’s “taxi driver” then mount a daring escape from New Genesis.
On Mogo, Kilowog, Salaak, and the Guardians tend to the wounded after their clashes with the Darkstars. The wounded and casualties continue to mount and reinforcements are lacking for the corps. The corps are vulnerable and the Darkstars know it. The Darkstars are planning a big assault and it couldn’t come at a worse possible time for the Green Lantern Corps.
This issue overall was enjoyable, but certain details in it bothered me. I continue to enjoy Venditti’s take on Hector Hammond in this arc. Hammond seems to be acting like a child playing cops and robbers and Hal Jordan is stuck babysitting. I loved the callback to previous Green Lantern arcs in this issue and how these flashbacks were used to remind Hal of who he is. My only issue is that Hector’s whole quest to “stop evil” seemed to be only a test of Hal’s willpower. It’s a little too neat of a plot resolution for me.
The art in this issue really shined when the issue focused on Guy Gardner. The fight between him and Arkillo was explosive and violent. Akrillo pleading with Guy and the look on Guy’s face really sold me on the emotion that Venditti and Pasarin were trying to create. I felt real tension and dreaded that Guy would make a lethal mistake. The problem I had with Hal’s arc is the same I have with Guy’s; however, Guy seemed to be able to overcome the Darkstar armor with relative ease and his reason for accepting the Darkstar armor was disappointing for me to read.
I still find it hard to care for anything that’s going on with Kyle Rayner and Orion. While I appreciated the prison break sequence, which is another testament to Pasarin’s strong art in this issue, I just feel like Kyle’s contribution to this story is glossed over. Speaking of glossed over, where is John Stewart in this issue? I’d much rather see more of John and Zod’s alliance than anything involving Kyle and Orion.