Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #34
- Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Jack Herbert
Colored by: Jason Wright
Robert Venditti knocks it out of the park yet again. I don’t know how he does it, but he is so consistent in the stories he writes. Every issue he does is fantastic. The detail, the character portrayals, the dialogue… All of it is so good! Jack Herbert also draws a killer book. The art is absolutely stunning. Venditti and Herbert are an epic team and really truly deliver an excellent comic. Spoilers ahead.
John Stewart, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, and Kyle Rayner are at the site where Ganthet and Sayd were abducted. They are questioning the new Lantern recruit, Somar-Le, because she was the only one who saw what happened. She manages to reveal that it was in fact the Controllers who are the Guardians oldest enemies, and who happen to also be Maltusians. If you want to know a little more about them you can read my review for issue #33 where I give a little background.
We then cut to an unknown location where the Controllers have every Guardian encased in pods. They appear to all be unconscious except for Ganthet who is understandably upset and shouting at them.
Meanwhile Hal, Guy, and Kyle split up and investigate various areas throughout the universe for information regarding the Controllers. Guy beats some intel out of someone who reveals that the Controllers were asking about Complex which is an organic computer matrix. With each piece of intel that the three obtained they have a pretty good idea of where to find the Guardians. So Hal, Guy, Kyle, and even John go out to rescue them. I like that John is finally getting out into the field. Since he is the Corps leader, he never really leaves his command post and we as the readers never get to see him in action anymore. So this part of the issue was particularly exiting for me.
One of the Controllers is talking to Ganthet and asking him to recall how Maltus used to be. How they once thrived and now they have regressed. The Controller speaks of the precious gift of Maltus that resides in all of them and in the Guardians. Their plan is to harvest it out of each Guardian to remake the Controllers. They start by harvesting the Guardian Yekop and he shrivels up as a liquid is drained from him. We then see the next panel as a new Controller is remade and exits a pod. The issue ends and we have to find out what happens next time in “Controllers of the Universe.” Pick this up in your pull for the week because things are going to get crazy.