Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #30 Review and **SPOILERS**

Unusually Dark for Clark

Writer: Robert Vendetti 
Penciller: Patrick Zircher 
Colorist: Jason Wright 
Letterer: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Ethan Van Sciver and Wright 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: October 11, 2017


Hey, looks like Hal Jordan’s gonna tussle with Sinestro Corps Superman! Or something like that. Frankly, I think the idea of Superman with the yellow ring is silly. Sure, he’s all-powerful, but he’s hardly scary—no matter how pointy you make his teeth or wildly you let his hair blow. He still looks like a big ol’ Boy Scout to me. Still, I sure do like Patrick Zircher’s art! So let’s stop fiddle-faddling and hop right into my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #30! Right now!

Explain It!

I think the simplest version of Hell would be for us to interact with our past selves. Imagine having to share a space with yourself as a high-minded young adult, or worse an embittered, rebellious teenager. And it gets worse the further back you go: I barely want to spend time with any grade-schooler, much less one as anxious and dorky as myself. And handing a baby of any stripe to me would be to relegate it to an extended period of neglect and being caked in feces. More recent iterations of the Self are more cringe-worthy, however, and sometimes a source of guilt and regret.
Now that the “imminent death of the New Gods” stuff is done and dusted, it’s time to get back to Green Lantern Corps business. John Stewart dispatches Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner into normal patrol, and sends Hal Jordan back to Earth to have a chat with Superman about his recent tussle with Sinestro. Sinestro, you say? Yes, Sinestro, with whom Clark was fighting and fussing in recent issues of Superman and Action Comics. Superman has a yellow ring, and says he’s trapped Parallax within, but Hal cannot detect it with his, uh, Parallax sense. Just then, Superman turns into a sort of Parallaxed version of himself, and it’s time to throw down!
There’s some good property-destroying, but eventually Superman hands Hal a love tap and that knocks him back to his senses—Clark isn’t imbued with Parallax at all, it was all some kind of crazy mental projection. A crazy mental projection from giant-headed telekinetic weirdo Hector Hammon, currently being restrained and picked at by little yellow imps like some kind of modern day Gulliver! In the city of Lilliput!
A lot of this issue was given over to Hal and Clark punching, but the character interactions between the Green Lanterns and later between Hal and Clark (before he goes all Parallax) are pretty good. I particularly appreciated Hal showing genuine interest in Superman’s world, which is a lot more than the usual gung-ho flyboy we usually get. I was most thrilled to see Patrick Zircher on pencils, after a little hiatus he better than ever, and that was already pretty spectacular. I do love Hector Hammond, because he’s so goofy, and I’m definitely in for another issue of Zircher’s artwork, but there’s not a whole lot to grab on to here. I’m really bumping the score a little out of appreciation for the illustrations and storytelling.

Bits and Pieces:

A visually-thrilling issue whose best qualities are contained in the character work, especially between Hal Jordan and Superman. Ah well. Talking heads can still be visually-thrilling.


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