Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #44: Darkstars Rising Part 3
Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Brandon Peterson
Colors by: Ivan Plascencia
Letters by: Dave Sharpe
Cover by: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomev Morey
Variant cover by: Tyler Kirkham and Tomev Morey
What You Need to Know:
The conflict with the Darkstars ramps up as Hal, John, Guy, and Kyle realize they’ll need help from unexpected sources to respond to the Darkstars’ show of force. Hal even begins to wonder if the Darkstar method might be the type of justice the universe deserves.
What Just Happened:
This issue begins with Tomar-Tu keeping a promise he made to himself by doing what he told Hal Jordan he would do a few issues back. Hal responds to Tomar-Tu’s act by investigating the aftermath with a guest-starring Flash. Hal confides in Barry that he feels responsible for Tomar-Tu’s murderous turn due to not being the mentor he wishes he could have been. Hal admits to Barry that he has considered the Darkstar mantra of doling out lethal justice to anyone that takes a life and that he is also on Earth to seek out recruits to join the Green Lantern Corps in the coming battle against the Darkstars. Hal, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and John Stewart all search the galaxy for allies on both sides of the law to build their numbers against the Darkstars.
The Darkstars saga continues to impress in the latest issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. The bloodthirsty agenda of the Darkstars continues as soon as the issue begins. What really caught my attention, however, were the recruiting trips each Lantern takes to build their number. The people they approach may not be who you are expecting a Green Lantern to reach out to, but they are characters that have been connected to the Green Lanterns in recent years. Venditti continues to build towards an explosive conflict that will seem to have lasting ramifications for not only the Green Lantern Corps, but also the DC universe as a whole.
Brandon Peterson’s art is very strong in this issue. It shows the cold determination to carry out justice in Tomar-Tu’s face. Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner’s Lantern uniforms especially pop to represent the differences in the personalities from Guy Gardener’s determination and John Stewart’s analytical mind. A particular scene in this issue involving Guy Gardner in a space bar really showcases Peterson at his best in this issue.