Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37
Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Rafa Sandoval
Colors by: Tomeu Morey
John, Hal, Guy, and Kyle saved the Guardians from the Controllers, and the Guardians reinstated their council over the Green Lantern Corps. We also got to see that the Controllers escaped and have a slick new army of Darkstars. With that brewing in the background, now let’s throw in some evil Kryptonians and sit back to watch how this will all play out. Robert Venditti does not fail to keep things interesting. That is why he is my favorite comic book writer at the moment. Not too much happens in this issue, but no matter, it is well done and obviously setting up for some fun stuff. Spoilers ahead.
The Story (Spoilers)
John Stewart is furiously in the process of resigning his role as the leader of the Green Lantern Corps. He is angry about the Guardians recreating the council because it has always been under their control that the Corps has got into the most trouble. Events like The Blackest Night, The First Army, and The First Lantern just to name a few. The Guardians assure John that they do not wish to continue their previous despotic ways, and that they need him to remain the leader of the Corps to ensure that they do not cross any lines. John agrees to stay, but with the warning that if they step one toe over the line he will be there to stop them. The Guardians are copacetic with this.
If you’ve been reading Action Comics you know that Zod is running around with his wife Ursa, his son Lor, and Eradicator. The four of them are brutally beating up Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner. Hal and Kyle were sent out to Space Sector 2811 to the planet Jekuul to investigate unauthorized resource exploitation. Consequently what was supposed to be a routine investigation ended up bringing our Lanterns to the site of four evil Kryptonians claiming an unused planet as their home and defending it like a pack of wolves defending their right to a fresh kill.
As our two Lanterns are being ferociously beaten, they warn Zod that the rest of the Green Lanterns will be there soon to help them. Zod responds with “Then the campaign begins.” What does he mean by that? We will have to find out next time in “Prisoners of Krypton.”
Robert Venditti and his team of artists never fail to bring a title to life. This issue didn’t have too much going on but that is ok. This was still an excellent read. Venditti, as a writer, knows that not everything has to be action, action, and more action. He understands story development, and he develops his stories in wonderfully interesting ways. With the Guardians taking their position over the Corps again without the knowledge or consent of anyone else, I knew it was going to cause some problems or ruffle some feathers to say the least. So taking a few pages to show John’s frustration and dismay is just another thing to add depth to this awesome character. We know he will not be a yes man to the Guardians and that he is resuming his role as the leader of the Corps because A) he’s awesome at it, and B) to keep the Guardians in check. I can’t wait to see what Venditti does with Zod in this new story, and I especially can’t wait to see the artwork that is in store for us because Sandoval, Tarragona, and Morey are an incredible artistic force that is not to be trifled with. Include this issue in your pull.