Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #7 Review and **SPOILERS**
Writer: Robert Vendetti
Penciller: Rafa Sandoval
Inker: Jordi Tarragona
Colorist: Tomeu Morey
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Sandoval, Tarragona, Morey
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: October 26, 2016
**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**
Alright! Another issue of Sinestro featuring Hal Jordan with special guests the Green Lantern Corps! This has been a very pretty, high-action book, but the contents implied by the title have not delivered. I mean sure, every issue has featured the Green Lantern Corps in some capacity, and there’s been plenty of that Hal Jordan swagger, but Jordan and the Corps have yet to even interact with each other, and it’s been more about Hal versus Sinestro and his strangehold on the universe. Well, they’re gonna battle this issue…I hope, so this should be it, right? The Green Lantern Corps swoop in to save the day after Hal makes a bunch of braggart quips? That’s what I’m expecting—let’s see if this issue meets or exceeds them! Because those are the only possibilities, right? For it to be good or great? What do you mean, I’m naïve? You’re naïve! Read my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #7 and see if I’m right!
This is it, everyone! The big showdown! Sinestro is all infused with Parallax and extra juice from the Fear Engine, and he’s going mano a mano with Hal Jordan and the ring he made from pure will resulting from the wearing of Krona’s glove? I think? They’re both beaucoup powerful, is what I mean. Sinestro sends his Corps off-planet so he can have a fair fight with Hal, despite their objections. What they should be objecting to are the parameters of this “fair” fight. Has there even been a weigh-in? Meanwhile, in outer space, John Stewart and the Green Lantern Corps—somehow shedding the fleet of ships that had been accompanying them for the past two issues—are headed straight for Warworld!
While pounding each other with hard light constructs, Hal Jordan and Sinestro have a little chat. And their talk consists of another reiteration of Jordan’s origin story and how Sinestro was once his teacher, until Hal dimed him out for being a despot. “Remember, Hal? Remember how I was totally a stern taskmaster but we came to a mutual respect? Remember that?” WHAM! “Oh yeah, gee, I do remember that, Sinestro. We were real good friends before you became a dictator and ruled your home planet of Korugar with fear.” POW! There are some great images, but it’s just more of the same ding-dong thing we’ve seen for seven issues. “I have a yellow dragon monster!” “Oh yeah, well I have green nuclear missiles!” Within the belly of Warworld, Guy Gardner is still being tortured by the Sacrament, in order to power the Fear Engine, while Lyssa Drak taunts him. Guy keeps reciting the Green Lantern oath, despite his tremendous physical pain, and his resolve inspires the other captives of the Fear Engine to recite the oath themselves! The tide turning, Soranik Natu pops in and wrecks shop, paying particular attention to Lyssa Drak who gets the taste slapped out her mouth. Soranik frees Guy, who then frees everyone else, depleting the Fear Engine of their fear. Because that’s what it runs on. It’s right there in the name.
As Soranik takes a nude Guy and the rest of the captives, now members of the Sinestro Corps, for some reason? Sinestro’s power runs low enough for Hal to pummel him with crap for a while before going all willpower supernova, a trick he revealed to Soranik when he was convalescing from major surgery a few issues back. Even though he was a real prick about having to do this alone, it looks like he did arrange for her to help, which is pretty slick. With Warworld evacuated, Hal is free to pop his cork and destroy the entire planet, whose only inhabitants were Sinestro, Lyssa Drak…and Hal. And probably the Sacrament. And maybe the janitor. Out in space, the Green Lantern Corps see a massive flash of green light, then throw up their shields to protect themselves from the blast. Following that, there’s a growing yellow light approaching the Corps’ position, but it’s only Soranik, Guy, and the former captives of Warworld! Hooray! The day is saved and the Green Lantern Corps didn’t have to do a fucking thing.
What a lot of shit. This is a gorgeous book, and it’s clear for this final conflict Sandoval pulled out all the stops. But for all the import of the Fear Engine, it turns out to be something that can be unplugged and set to idle mode by a high-tech disco ball. Hal’s fight with Sinestro is more of what we’ve been seeing all along, and the goddamned Green Lantern Corps still have no effect on anything! Not even Guy, who helps inspire everyone seconds before Soranik shows up and rescues them anyway. This story arc ran about four issues too long, and despite the death of the titular character, seemed of little consequence. Sinestro went from ruling the universe through fear to destruction in about a week, by my assessment, which means he didn’t even get to establish an Employee of the Month plaque.
Bits and Pieces:
The culmination of this opening story arc reads just like every other issue. Great art, disappointing story, no payoff. Entire arc should have been three issues at most. If not for the superior artwork, I'd consider this book a total rip-off. As it is, I'd say you can afford to avoid it and luxuriate in the bi-weekly preview pages.