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Subj: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #50 *SPOILERS*
Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 at 09:20:14 pm EDT (Viewed 718 times)
I wouldn't say that Robert Venditti's run on this title was perfect, but it was a fun ride through most of it. We got to see some great story arcs, and some not so great story arcs, unfold during Robert's run.
Although I would prefer that Hal star in a series on his own, it was fun seeing him in a team book like this. All the Earth GL's starring in this title got a little focus and that is bound to make a lot of fans happy who prefer one GL over another.
In the final issue, we see Hal sticking to the no kill rule and showing himself the better man over Tomar-Tu. The threat of the Darkstars are defeated and Hector Hammond mysteriously vanishes to parts unknown.
It's a shame what happened to Tomar-Tu, I can see his perspective on things, but it left me shaking my head. It was just so out of character to me. After many years of watching him be a GL, he suddenly turns traitor? It was just too out of left field and too out of character for my tastes. But I suppose the story wouldn't have had much stake if Hal was fighting a no nothing villain in this story's climax. It's also a shame he killed himself as a redemptive story for him is now out of the question. If Hal can be redeemed, so can Tomar-Tu. A poor end to a once great character.
Looking back on the series as a whole, I do wish Robert had spent time on exploring why and how Hal became a being of pure willpower. Yes, it was because of Krona's gauntlet, but that's all we got. Plus, exactly how powerful is Hal now? We didn't get that answer either outside of his feats he pulled off.
I also wish Robert hadn't had Soranik Natu stay a member of the Sinestro Corps. She's much more interesting as a Green Lantern.
I also wish Robert had given Arisia more to do other than be there in background scenes shooting things up with her ring and not given any dialogue whatsoever. A waste of a perfectly good character.
As someone who's been wanting Hal to marry Carol, I was ticked off when Geoff Johns apparently had plans to get them married, but then he departed the book and Robert split the couple apart. And then he kept Hal apart from Carol during his entire run on Green Lantern and this title. But good on Robert to end his run with Hal kissing Carol. Good on him to listen to fan complaints about this and ending his run on such a high note. I really hope Grant Morrison will continue this relationship. If it hadn't been Hal's turn as Parallax and delay after delay, Hal would have been married to Carol a LONG time ago. Frankly, it should have happened a long time ago and hopefully it will happen someday soon.
I can't wait for The Green Lantern #1.
What did you think of this issue?
It's interesting that a hero/villain performs one amazing feat, or use a power they haven't used for 20+ years, and that automatically propels them to a high status despite scans and evidence to the contrary. I don't know what is worse, selective feat picking that has only been done once or twice 20, or more, years ago or ignoring evidence from scans or the lack thereof. We need to stop putting our favorite heroes/villains on pedestals and start putting them where they really belong. But it's evident that people never will because they would rather accuse others of cherry picking feats, when they don't, and being 'morally superior' when they aren't. I guess being honest and as fair as possible only opens one up to being the target of childish accusations and fault finding by those who insist on acting petty and childish. What happened to a good debate between two civil, mature, adults?
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