Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #8

by John White on November 08, 2016

Writer: Robert Venditti           
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Colorist: Jason Wright

Hal Jordan is gone, but his sacrifice rid the universe of Sinestro and the Korugarian’s plans to dominate through fear.  The rest of the Green Lantern Corps is left to protect and patrol a whole universe, all the while still very wounded from their long journey back into our universe and now forced to wonder if they can trust their newest allies, the Sinestro Corps. Although the first story arc did spend more time on building up the new status quo rather than any pay off, it did pave the way for what looks to be a very exciting follow up. After so many battles and years as mortal enemies, it will be interesting to see if these two corps can put their differences aside long enough to save the universe from an old threat who reappears more powerful than ever.  

The issue opens with a ring searching for a worthy wearer and two Corps ready to tear each other to pieces. Although the Green Lantern Corps are rejoicing at being reunited with their lost comrade, Guy Gardner, they are plagued with the questions of how he escaped, what that terrible explosion was, and why he is with a squadron of Sinestro Corpsmen? Of course the answers to all these questions is tied to Hal Jordan. In learning that their former Corpsmen not only faked his criminal ways to save the rest of the Corps from the universe’s ire, but that he also sacrificed himself to stop Sinestro and his madness, a great sadness overtakes the Green Lanterns. Fortunately for us readers, there is still a contingent of Yellow Lanterns to deal with so we are spared an entire issue of fixing computers and despair over fallen friends. Although Soranik and Guy claim that these Yellows can be trusted, Jon Stewart is not so easily convinced. After a brief discussion Stewart order Soranik and the rest to remain on Mogo as he and the Green Lantern Corps travel Xudar to stop and invasion by none other than Starro. With a planet on the line, enemies back home, and powerful being pulling the strings behind the scenes, might this be one battle the Green Lantern Corps cannot win?

Following a first arc that received mixed reviews, Robert Venditti had to create a stunning follow up that would build on all that was good in Sinestro’s Law and throw aside all that didn’t work and if the first issue is anything to go off is, then it looks like he is on the right path. By incorporating more of the Corps than were featured in the first arc as well bringing back old enemies, Venditti seems committed to creating a larger story worthy of the history of the Green Lantern Corps. Bolstered by the stunning art and colors of Ethan Van Sciver and Jason Wright, this issue if a pleasure to behold as well as read. With a true twist ending that opens the series up to greater things, Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #8 is a book you will want to pick up today.

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