Art by: Fred Haynes, Dennis Kramer
One Man Lantern Corps.
Last time we left the Hal Jordan of the past, after mourning the loss of his entire city, he became angry after the guardians scolded him for misusing his powers. Rather than come quietly, Hal punched the projection of the guardian in the face and took off for the stars...to get more power.
I loved the first part of this arc, both then and now, so this second part actually has a lot to live up to. Its time to see how far Hal Jordan is willing to go to get the power...
We open up the second issue with Hal Jordan fighting two Green Lanterns, Kee'han and Laira. Both are strong and try to tell him that the Guardians have issued orders to stop him. That pushes Hal over the edge and he takes down both of his former allies. To rub the defeat in even more, he then removes each of their rings, effectively tripling his power...yeah...that ain't good sign.
The second challenge he faces comes in the form of Tomar Tu, who tries to convince his former ally to stand down by creating a parasite construct. Despite his best efforts, Hal just shatters the construct, takes Tomar's ring and just flies off, leaving him floating in space. The next few panels...don't really push the story forward. They are drawn well and look great, but it really just shows how powerful and angry Hal has become. The best part comes from the Narrator, who I can only assume was the narrator from the first issue as well. He gives the background history of each Lantern's interaction with Hal Jordan. While one looked up to him, another would be someone who trained alongside him. We then reach a battle with Boodikka, a Green Lantern who was recruited by Hal himself a few issues earlier. Since she is his equivalent on a physical level, he takes it one step further: CUTS OFF HER FRIGGIN' HAND! It's not even implied he left something to keep her alive like Laira and Ke'haan. He straight up murdered a Corps. member and left her for dead with a bloody stump of a hand.Its hard to see how far Hal has fallen
Bits and Pieces