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Subj: Hal and the Green Lantern Corps #28 - Godspeed.
Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 at 07:55:43 am EDT (Viewed 185 times)
The most unexpected of intermissions can yield great surprises. That is the verdict on Hal Jordan's solo flight through the deepest reches of space as he valiantly attempts to reach the location and phenomenal speed output of the New Gods fastest member - Lightray.
An issue with a struggling and fragmenting Hal Jordan being pushed to his very limits as he attempts speeds no other Lantern has achieved could easily have been a weary experience, particularly with the added ingredient of a ghostly visit (hallucination?) from his father. Martin Jordan's significance in the Green Lantern canon stems from Keith Giffen & James Owlsey's reworking of the Green Lantern origin back in 1989's Emerald Dawn series, and embraced wholly by Geoff Johns in his 2005 revival of Hal Jordan. And with solid support from artist Rafo Sandoval what we are treated to is a genuinely touching and confined confessional between father and son - that this might be a supernatural effect of chasing in the wake of a God or simply the effects of Hal reaching his breaking point mentally and physically matters not one bit, as in a well executed character piece Robert Venditti once again shows why he is worthy of my respect for a great Green Lantern writer and goes further to show how great a human spirit Hal Jordan represents, as thanks to his fathers support and encouragement from beyond the grave the strength and will to push past his own limitations is at last achieved, and even a pair of cosmic Gods offer forth a measure of respect to the worthiness of their pursuer and potential saviour...
Small in its focus, with truly cosmic events happening in its background, Robert Venditti's decision to go for what, on television, would be effectively a budget saving exercise yields the sort of results that those sort of practical considerations often manage so successfully - set aside the urges for big visual set-pieces and the scenic splendor, and focus on the worth of character instead, and what can so often come forth actually makes the overall storyline all the more potent and memorable.
With lovely artwork and flowing imaginative page layouts from Rafo Sandoval, a successful issue. Indeed the best of the pick this month for me.
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