Thursday, June 4, 2015

Green Lantern #41 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Billy Tan, Mark Irwin, Alex Sinclair, Tony Avina
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 3, 2015

Careless Whisper

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time for the all new, all different Green Lantern!........ Well, maybe that's overstating, but Hal Jordan has certainly gone through some changes since the last time we saw him.  After taking on the role of "bad guy" so that the Corps could save face in the Universe, Hal Jordan has decided that he really dug Guy Gardner's long hair look and apparently took it on himself........ Yeah, there's cooler things to talk about besides his hair, but man did seeing Hal with these long flowing locks really make me do a double-take.  Anyway, Hal's now a renegade and one of the most wanted men in the Universe and with him sporting Krona's Gauntlet, it doesn't seem like anyone's going to be bringing him into custody anytime soon.  This is the new status quo for Green Lantern, let's see what Venditti has going on with it and if it will live up to that bad ass Sneak Peek we saw a few weeks ago.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our story begins in a wretched hive of scum and villainy called The Gaming Dens of Y'Gaal, where it seems that the big game that people bet on is along the lines of a Gladiator type scenario.  Some poor sap is put into a circle arena and lining the walls are different doors.  Well, the way I see this going down is people bet on which door will open and how long the gladiator will survive against the terrible shit that lies on the other side.  This time it seems like a alien of noble blood has been put in the arena and knowing that his meek self is no match for a terrible alien monster, he allows the monster to overtake him, only for a green blade to wrap around his hand, impaling the beast and winning the match as the crowd screams for a do-over.  Back in his cell, we see Hal Jordan was the one who obviously saved his life and good old Hal plans on taking this man back to his home planet.......... since he was apparently kidnapped and sold into the fighting pits.  Nothing ever goes as planned though and two flesh peddlers show up and plan on collecting on the bounty for Hal but after one of them whispers something to Hal, we see something change in our former Lantern and he goes a bit nuts and even takes the man back to his ship, with his other new guest.  

Once we get on Hal's ship, I'm just having a ton of fun because Hal's ship is called Darlene and because of it being mistreated by it's former owner, the on board A.I. has a bit of an attitude problem.  Just a brilliant plot device that will undoubtedly bring us so much joy in the future since Hal doesn't have do just talk to himself or have a ton of inner monologues....... plus with Darlene being sassy, this might be the best new comedy team ever coming up.  I can't wait.  Anyway, the flesh peddler is put into a cell and we get a little info on Krona's Gauntlet, like how it's not as fine tuned as a ring and sometimes, like when Hal is getting annoyed, it just does things out of instinct........ like for instance if a asshole in a cell is talking shit, the glove just creates a hand out of nowhere to smack him around.

In the end, we find out that Hal isn't going to take the nobleman home right away because first he needs to check something out and his detour takes him to Sector 0........... Where we find out what the skin peddler whispered to Hal was actually him saying that the Green Lantern Corps was dead and after seeing a Sector devoid of Mogo or life in general, it looks like he wasn't just blowing smoke.  I don't know if Hal's going to continue his new outlaw life after this or if the story will become about him trying to find out the fate of the Corps, but I kind of hope that Hal just continues going about with his new bad ass persona.

That's it for this issue of Green Lantern and man is this a breath of fresh air to this series.  Yeah, we're only at issue 41 and needing fresh air after so short of time is kind of ridiculous but bear with me here for a second.  Pretty much we've had the same things going on with Hal for a long while now since he was "Reborn" and it's really cool to see that things can move in a different direction without going over the top like Batman and Superman are doing right now.  We've got Hal fully embracing his inner Han Solo, complete with his own ship and I don't know if it's just because all of us have been making the comparison between those two characters....... like, for our entire lives, but finally seeing it here is like something out of a dream.

Bits and Pieces:

Now, things are still being set up, so this might not be the most interesting issue, but it certainly gets your attention and makes you want to keep reading, especially since Billy Tan is just rocking this artwork.  Venditti and Tan are truly a power team who just keep making this book more and more interesting.

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