Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 Comic Review
Darkstars Rising Prelude Part One
By: Marcus Freeman
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Colorist: Jason Wright
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomeu Morey,
Variant Cover: Tyler Kirkham and Tomeu Morey
What You Should Know
Robert Venditti begins the end of his Green Lantern run by continuing the Green Lanterns and Guardians’ conflict with the Controllers, and reintroducing the Darkstars. The impending battle could determine who will police the universe. Space criminals should hope the Green Lanterns win.
The Controllers have upgraded, and plan to use the new and improved Darkstars to end the Green Lanterns and Guardians, and bring their version (read: violent) of justice to the universe. The Controllers however, have not seen any of the Terminator movies because the Darkstars AI seems to have a mind of its own.
Meanwhile, on OA, Somar-Le visits the incarcerated Tomar-Tu in his sciencell to discuss his fall from grace. Hal Jordan joins the discussion and ends up in a debate with Somar-Le regarding the use of force needed to stop criminals, permanently. Tomar-Tu even brings up Hal’s murderous past during the discussion. The conversation ends prematurely with an explosive prison break that leaves Tomar-Tu with a decision to make. That decision does not bode well for Hal, the rest of the corps, and the Guardians.
This issue seems like a prelude to a huge conflict that could rival the scale of the “Sinestro Corps War” or “Blackest Night”. I loved the discussion between Hal and Tomar-Tu. In this current social and political climate, a discussion on the use of force was very timely and welcomed. I hope to see this debate fleshed out more in future issues. From what I’ve read about Vendetti’s final issues on GL, I think I will not be disappointed. Not much more needs to be said about Ethan Van Sciver. When I think of his art, I think of Green Lantern. His art did not disappoint here. Especially with his interpretation of the Darkstar armor.