Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #49 “Last Charge” Part Two
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Rafa Sandoval and Sergio Davila
Inkers: Jordi Tarragona
Colorist: Tomeu Morey
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Fernando Pasarin, Eber Ferreira, and Jason Wright
Variant Cover: Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto
What You Need to Know:
The momentum has shifted and the Green Lantern Corps now have the Darkstars on the ropes. John Stewart reminds us all that he is a master tactician with more than a few tricks up his sleeve. As always, the final battle comes down to Hal Jordan as the last line of defense.
What Just Happened:
John Stewart documents and summarizes the Green Lantern Corps battle with the Darkstars while putting his full plan into motion to bring the fight to the Darkstars. The Darkstars continue to battle the Green Lantern Corps on Mogo. On the Controllers home world, Hal Jordan has Hector Hammond cripple one of the major advantages that the Darkstars have over the Green Lanterns. Disorientated, the Darkstars attempt to retreat with Tomar-Tu, returning to their base on the Controllers home world and the rest of the Darkstars leaving for deep space.
This plays into John Stewart’s plan as he is able to compromise the Darkstars armor, leaving them vulnerable for a full-frontal assault from the Green Lantern Corps. While on the Controllers world, Hal and Tomar-Tu have one final battle to determine which police force shall rule the galaxy.
After seeing the Green Lantern Corps reeling for most of this epic storyline, it was nice to see them go on the offensive in this issue. John Stewart showed why he is the leader of the Green Lantern Corps and a master strategist. Venditti did a great job in this issue by illustrating how their confidence rose as John’s plan went into effect. Hal Jordan also showed why he is still considered to be the greatest Green Lantern of them all and a legit badass by confronting Tomar-Tu head-on. Tomar-Tu also shined in this issue; his taunts to Hal Jordan showed that Venditti is building towards an explosive finale and that he is not going down without a huge fight. I just wish Venditti would have spent more time on Arkillo, Orion, and General Zod. Hector Hammond, once again, had a moment in this issue that made me chuckle.
Rafa Sandoval and Sergio Davila ensured that the art remained strong in this issue. They both did a great job in creating expansive battle sequences to match Venditti’s story. This issue is extremely detailed even when having a large number of characters in multiple panels at once. That is a testament to the amount of detail the artists put into this issue.