“What Would Hal Jordan Do?” (Green Lanterns #49 Comic Review)

Green Lanterns #49 Review

Writer: Aaron Gillepsie

Artist: Roge Antonio

Colorist: Hi-Fi

Letterer: Dave Sharpe

Cover: Paul Pelletier, Danny Miki, Adriano Lucas

Variant Cover: Warren Loww

Rebel Run Part Two

“What Would Hal Jordan Do?”

What You Need to Know

The momentum created by last issue comes to screeching halt in this mess of an issue. It seems like this arc of Green Lanterns will follow the same pattern of inconsistency as the previous one. The reason for Jessica’s freak out is explained in this issue while the Green Lantern Corps remain hot on her trail.

What Just Happened

This issue immediately addresses the cliffhanger from last issue with Simon Baz seemingly attacking his partner, Jessica Cruz. The cliffhanger proves anti-climatic and Simon has not abandoned his partner. Together Simon and Jessica track the fugitive Accampo to look for answers as to why Jessica attacked those cops on the planet Ozrad. It turns out that Accampo has information that would compromise the criminal operation of a businessman named Obazaya V’Neer who operates a “pleasure planet”. When the Lanterns and Accampo confront V’Neer they are themselves confronted by Hal Jordan. After some initial confusion, the Lanterns expose V’Neer’s mood altering weapon that he plans on using to profit off of war the weapon creates. Jessica believes the weapon is the one that caused her outburst on Ozrad. The Lanterns apprehend V’Neer, but Hal still has orders to bring Jessica in. Jessica brings up Hal’s own past to expose the hypocrisy of his orders to turn her in and he allows Jessica and Simon to leave.

My Thoughts

I want to take back all the nice things I said in my last review. This issue was a mess. Aside from the strong art by Roge Antonio, there are very few positives in this issue. I just did not care for the story at all. Side characters that are thrust into the story did not make me care for them and convenient and anti-climatic resolutions to the conflicts with Jessica’s fellow Lanterns were yawn inducing. Of course Simon was not going to turn on Jessica for long, but at least try not to make it obvious. The big conflict with Hal Jordan teased since the end of last arc was a waste as well. One slight argument and “Voila!” problem solved. We ran an article recently highlighting a recent graduate of DC’s writing program taking over this book, and maybe the book will improve as he gets his bearings with this book and what comes after it after it ends in issue 50. As of right now, this book is trending downwards and it is becoming harder to recommend. Hopefully this arc is a 2 parter and next issue will bring a fresh start.

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Marcus Freeman

Marcus Freeman

Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.
Summary
After an explosive first issue to this arc teasing a major confrontation between members of the Green Lantern Corps, the second issue in the arc ends the excitement with a whimper. Characters we don’t care about take some of the spotlight, and plot threads are unraveled way too easily. The art in this issue is enjoyable, but it is not enough to make this issue salvageable. The inconsistency in this book continues.
Good
  • Strong art
Bad
  • Boring, basic story
  • Side characters added that are hard to care about
  • Easy conflict resolutions
5.3
Average
Story - 3
Character Development - 5
Art - 8
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Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.

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