Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Green Lantern #42 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Billy Tan, Mark Irwin, Scott Hanna, Tony Avina
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: July 1, 2015

Stone Cold

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In the last issue of Green Lantern, we traveled through space with Hal as we learned to accept his new role as outlaw/renegade and not only did we accept it, but we embraced it with all our hearts because man is Hal a bad ass in his new renegade persona.  After saving a member of the Monarchy of Ketleth Prime and securing his captor, Hal intended on taking the hostage back home and making sure that his former captor got what was coming to him.  All that changed though when the slaver whispered something to Hal and our former Green Lantern blasted off to Sector-0 in his ship "Darlene" and found out that the Green Lantern Corps were wiped out and that Sector of space was nothing more than a barren void.  Let's get into this issue as we see what Hal plans on doing next and hopefully find out what happened to the Corps.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins with Hal perplexed with what he's supposed to do now that the Corps are gone, but before he goes all half cocked on a Green Lantern fact finding mission, he intends on dropping the royalty he rescued last issue off at his home planet.  Only problem there is, his home planet of Ketleth Prime has gone and gotten all craggy.  As we saw before the two month Convergence break, there's a force out there that is dropping small asteroids on planets, causing them to turn to stone and it looks like the kidnapped Virgo's home world just happened to be in the path of destruction.  There's no time to mourn though, because the kidnapper "Trapper" apparently has friends and they're not too happy that Hal went and snagged their boss and since Hal took that little detour to Sector-0, it looks like they've been waiting for him to show up so they can collect Trapper.  

Hal instructs Darlene to continue on their path........even though they've reached their destination and our former Green Lantern goes out in space to meet these ships personally.  After giving them the opportunity to walk away so no one gets hurt, the outlaw space crew decide that they can take out one puny Green Lantern and fire on Hal........... Man, were they wrong.  Hal kind of looses it a bit here.  Using Krona's Gauntlet, Hal sends an entire asteroid field worth of constructs at them and when they still don't flee for their lives, he almost looses it completely by sending a gigantic one hurdling at them.......Luckily, he regains his mind a bit and shrinks the projectile down, but it looks like Krona's Gauntlet might be using some of it's influence on Hal instead of the other way around and I can't wait to see how this plays into the story in the future.

In the end, after Hal composes himself, he's about to let the crew go, when a single pebble of space rock hits their windshield.........spaceshield?....... It hits their ship and a chain reaction begins, causing everything and everyone to be turned to stone.  Hal is horrified, but something needs to be done, so he takes on crew for his ship in the form of the last man of Ketleth Prime: Virgo and his former captor Trapper and heads off to find some answers about what's going on in the Universe.  That's not all though, before the story closes, we head over to some mysterious planet and see Black Hand trying to make long dead aliens that have been turned to stone "Rise", but I don't know if it's because he got his hands turned to stone at the end of GODHEAD or if it's because these people are stone, but Black Hand weeps as he can't use his power and create zombies.

That's it for this issue of Green Lantern and I just want to say that it would have been nice to have a little catch up here so people remember what's going down.  After having a two month Green Lantern hiatus during Convergence and last month's issue dealing with Renegade Hal Jordan, I completely forgot about the development from Green Lantern #39 where we saw these small asteroids falling on planets and causing them to turn to stone.......which seems like it has something to do with that monster we saw breaking out of the Source Wall at the end of GODHEAD, possibly sprinkling the Universe with death........... so yeah, that was a long ass time ago......or maybe I'm just forgetful, either way, I would have liked to get caught up a little here instead of just going in blind.  While I love this direction for Hal Jordan and the creative team delivering it to us, this issue came off a little lackluster with the exception of Hal cutting loose with his power and the art seemed to be lacking a bit compared to the last issue.  It's still enjoyable nonetheless and maybe I just expect too much from this creative team, but it just wasn't as strong.  That doesn't take away from the excitement that this issue delivers from it's cliffhanger and what the future of this title holds.

Bits and Pieces:

I hope that everyone's memory is fresh from Green Lantern #39 because this issue is going to throw ideas at you that we haven't seen since that issue and maybe for most folks that's fine and they have total recall, but for me; I had to do a little homework to make sure I knew what was going on.  Last issue we had the setup of Hal's new persona of bad ass space outlaw and here we have another bit of setup getting us on trolley for what Hal will be up to from here on out and while I like the direction, the issue came off a little flat due to it.  


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