Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #48 Comic Review
Last Charge Part one
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Rafa Sandoval
Inkers: Jordi Tarragona
Colorist: Tomev Morey
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Doug Mahnke and Wil Quintana
Variant Cover: Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto
What You Need to Know
The battle we have all been waiting for really begins this issue as the full force of the Green Lantern Corps take on the full force of the Darkstars with the fate of law enforcement in the universe at stake. The Lanterns also have help with mashup of villains and anti-heroes to help turn the tide of this war. Will the Green Lanterns’ willpower be enough to stop the Darkstars and their desire to exterminate crime across the universe?
What Just Happened
The Darkstars continue their assault on Mogo in this issue, with their main objective being to eliminate all the criminals held in the sciencells. Kilowog calls for all hands on deck to protect Mogo and the prisoners from the Darkstars. The Lanterns fight admirably, yet their fight seems fruitless, as the Darkstars outnumber and overpower them. Luckily, Mogo has a few tricks up its sleeve, and the Lanterns continue to receive help from unexpected sources.
Off planet, John Stewart gathers Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner, and Hal Jordan. They bring their recruits General Zod, Orion, Arkillo, and Hector Hammond. The Earth-based Lanterns and their allies finally enter the battle and take the fight to the Darkstars. At first it seems the combined power of the Lanterns and their recruits seem to be enough to beat back the Darkstars, however, the Darkstars technology and coordination prove to be too much to overcome. It seems like the only hope the only hope the universe has, involves Hal and Hector going on a secret mission which seems like a dangerous “Hail Mary”.
Wow. This issue was amazing. Everything we have been waiting for began to happen in this issue. The battle between the Green Lantern Corps and the Darkstars is depicted as the breathtaking clash it was billed to be. There is also the added bonus of seeing allies enter the battle in the form of Zod, Orion, Arkillo, and Hector Hammond. Hector Hammond also continues to be the MVP of this book for me. Venditti depiction o fhim is utterly hilarious and there is a bit in this issue where Hector’s childlike approach to his role as an ally leads to an interaction with the rest of the group that had me laugh out loud. Plus, it is always fun to see General Zod let loose.
I loved how this issue started with narration from Tomar-Tu. This allowed for Tomar-Tu and the Darkstars to be humanized even more as they have become somewhat robotic antagonists in the last couple of issues of this book. Tomar-Tu’s debate with Kilowog on Mogo was an interesting continuation of the debate Tomar-Tu had with Hal a few issues back. I hope Venditti allows Tomar-Tu to have more of a voice in this book going forward.
The art in this book is incredible. Starting with the cover of this book. A lot of time, the cover of comic books can be very misleading. This cover does not lie to you. This book is filled with balls-to-the-wall action. Sandoval’s art really illustrates the high stakes of this battle. Sandoval also shows in his artwork that he has a good understanding of these characters. Sandoval depicts Kyle Rayner as graceful yet efficient in battle, Arkillo as monstrous and powerful, and Guy Gardner as reckless yet focused. The Mogo battles scenes are so detailed that you may have to re-read this issue a few times to catch all the minor details going on in the battle scenes.
I cannot wait for the next issue to drop. Thank goodness for the bi-weekly schedule!