Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Rafa Sandoval
Inkers: Jordi Tarragona
Colorist: Tomeu Morey
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey
Variant Cover: Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto
What You Need to Know:
It’s the Green Lanterns Corps and their allies versus the Darkstars for all the marbles. Hal Jordan and Tomar-Tu fight their final battle while the rest of the Corps hold the Darkstar army at bay in deep space. Will lethal justice replace Green Lanterns’ might in the universe?
What Just Happened:
On the Controllers’ home planet, Hal Jordan and Tomar-Tu continue their battle while they discuss their philosophical differences on how justice should be handed out to criminals. In space, the rest of the Green Lanterns Corps continue to battle the Darkstars with help from General Zod, Arkillo, and Orion. Zod becomes tired of battling the Darkstars and has to be restrained from killing them by the Lanterns.
Back on the Controllers’ planet, Tomar-Tu and Hal discuss their fathers’ deaths and how it has affected each of them differently. Tomar-Tu withdrew into himself and became hateful and resentful by his father’s death, while Hal became motivated and inspired by his father’s memory. He defeats Tomar-Tu and uses his power ring to channel his willpower into the Darkstars’ control system to short circuit their armor and defeat them.
Sensing his opportunity, General Zod enters the Controller homeworld to kill Tomar-Tu, whose father he blames for letting Krypton be destroyed. Hal attempts to protect Tomar-Tu, but Tomar-Tu kills himself to prevent any more bloodshed.
Once the battle is done, the Green Lanterns return to Oa. The Green Lantern Corps celebrate their victory by releasing new Green Lantern rings into the universe to find new recruits. Hal then returns to Earth and makes up with Carol Ferris.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps ended with an explosive and entertaining finale. I loved the final battle between Hal and Tomar-Tu. Their interactions throughout this saga have been a highlight for me. I especially appreciated how both compared their fathers’ deaths and how they affected each other differently.
Rafa Sandoval’s art was a standout once again in this issue, especially in the outer space scenes with what seemed like hundreds of Darkstars and Green Lanterns on the page at once. Sandoval has been great at creating large battle scenes with dynamic action sequences. It was really cool to see Hal really cut loose, showing why he is the greatest Green Lantern of them all and almost single-handedly turning the tides of this battle.
My only problem with this issue is that a big deal was made of the Green Lanterns recruiting General Zod, Arkillo, Orion, and Hector Hammond, but none of them were given much to do in this issue. Orion has been pretty much invisible this whole arc. The only one given anything to do in this issue is General Zod. I would have much rather seen Zod try to handle his personal grudge in a future issue than have it tacked on to the end of this issue.
Overall, this was an incredibly exciting and enjoyable end to an exciting and enjoyable run from Robert Venditti.