Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #39 Review and **SPOILERS**

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A Ring Up His Sleeve

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: February 28, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Alright folks, it’s time for a good ol’ fashioned prison break! If you consider a cadre of magic-wielding space cops freeing someone from a stasis pod on a planet with two suns ol’ fashioned. Read my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #39, right here!


Explain It!

Let me tell you what you don’t do: you don’t capture a member of the Green Lantern Corps. Ooh, that makes them so mad! When they get wind of it, they’ll huff and puff, and stomp around, and say stuff like “You don’t capture a member of the Green Lantern Corps, boy, I tell you what!” Then the other members of the Green Lantern Corps are like “Hear, hear!” and “Right on!” and all thrusting their ring fingers in the air and shining green light in the triumphant Corpsman way.
And then maybe John Stewart’s like “Lemme ask the Guardians about this,” and the Guardians are all [pushing coke-bottle glasses up the greasy bridges of their noses] “Er, excuse me, but we must ponder this situation,” and John is like “Oh word, I don’t think so because you don’t capture a member of the Green Lantern Corps!” And all the while Guy is there with Kyle, all gather pals of Hal to spring him right after a light lunch and maybe a quick nap for some of the crew.
On Jekku, Hal is prone and strapped to the wall, and General Zod is being…right hospitable, considering. Keeping Hal in stasis isn’t nice, for sure, but he’s being cordial and seems to be tending to the essential needs of a comic book character. The Eradictor is almost done cracking the code of Kyle’s ring, and I have a feeling that this is a trap to lure the Green Lantern Corps here so they can use that information against them. But that will remain to be seen, because after all of this hemming and hawing and professing vengeance, the squad that left to retrieve Hal, against the Guardians’ suggestion, makes it to Jekku on the last page!
There’s a funny recurring joke, where Kyle is acting like a blowhard because he’s wearing Hal’s self-made ring. Also, there’s a bit where Zod talks about educating his son that was pretty revealing. But for the most part, this is an issue of padding while we wait for the inevitable to happen: a conflict between family Zod and the Green Lantern Corps. And when that happens, we’ll see what’s what. The art, handled by my favorite Green Lantern team of Sandoval, Tarragona and Morey (despite the cover promoting Van Sciver and Wright) is as impressive as always, but can’t save the fact from the fact that this story is twenty pages, where it could have been five.

Bits and Pieces:

There's a break in the action, while the Green Lantern Corps acts all blustery and gives Zod time to prepare for their arrival. That will be next issue, which you just as well may wait for, unless you don't want to miss another amazing installment of Sandoval, Tarragona and Morey. I know I wouldn't.

6/10
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