Who’s House? Zod’s House!
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: January 24, 2018
**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**
Green Lanterns vs. Kryptonians, huh? The Corps should be able to handle them, unless Vendetti begs to differ. Let’s take a look at my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37 and find out how it goes!
Last issue ended with the Guardians taking back their jobs as Joint Commissioners of the Green Lantern Corps, and I joshed that no one had asked them to assume control—least of all, John Stewart, who had been running the Corps since they popped back into existence at Rebirth. Well, this issue opens with John Stewart addressing exactly that, by way of trying to quit the Green Lantern Corps. Well, actually the issue opens with a couple of gorgeous pages that reveal the end of the story in a nonlinear narrative, and then we enjoin the story from its beginning, when John is beefing with the Guardians. And heaven help me, I was thrilled to see it. Frankly, I would have let it go if the issue had not been addressed, but since it was, that’s excellent. The Guardians get John to stay on because they say they need him to keep the little blue dopes in check, and we might have expected that Stewart wouldn’t leave the series, but I really loved to see it unfold.
Guy, Hal and Kyle pledge allegiance to John, however, Hal and Kyle from Sector 2811, where they’ve been sent to investigate some unauthorized resource exploitation. I’m not sure who would have to authorize it…the resource, maybe? And there they find General Zod, his wife Ursa and their daughter, plus the Eradicator, hanging out and soaking up the sunshine. What follows is an incredibly well-rendered and cleverly laid-out five pages of the Kryptonians kicking Hal’s and Kyle’s asses. They try to ring (heh) for help, but their communications are jammed and they are hopeless against Zod & co.’s might…which I didn’t think they should be. I mean, the Lanterns have had to fight Kryptonians before, and I thought they pretty much held their own. Maybe the sun on this planet is super bright or something. In the end, it looks like curtains for Hal!
Once we touched down on Zod’s planet, this issue wrapped up pretty quickly, but it was a thrill to read. This is the best art team on the Green Lantern books, hands down. And that’s a very well-stacked roster of the best artists in comics, mind you. I enjoyed that this has some connectivity with the current storyline in Action Comics, where Superman and Booster Gold have stumbled on Zod’s planet…though that seems to be in an alternate timeline or something…anyway I think it’s cool that Zod having stolen his own planet would affect more than one comic book, because it seems like a big deal. At least where it comes to outer space politics. This is one of the best issues of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps I have read for a while, and it’s the beginning of a new arc so if you’re looking for a place to jump on, this is it!
Bits and Pieces:
This issue is a pretty quick read but it begins with a resolution to a dangling thread from last issue and ends with a thrilling slobber knocker that looks amazing. This feels like great comics. Here's a place to hop on if you've been waiting in the wings.