Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #41 Review and **SPOILERS**

Diplozodic Immunity

Writer: Robert Vendetti 
Artist: Brandon Peterson 
Colorist: Tomeu Morey 
Letterer: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Morey
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: March 28, 2018


Now we come to the payoff: twenty pages of General Zod and Hal Jordan petitioning the Space United Nations about sanctions about Jekku. Be prepared for surprise witnesses and lots of charts! Wait, that isn’t what this issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is about? Find out what it is about in my review of issue #41, which can be read below!

Explain It!

Interstellar politics must be tricky. It’s tough enough to handle politics between countries, and we’re all on the same planet. What is the rule, then, on a planet where the inhabitants must eat gunpowder? They’d probably stockpile gunpowder as food stores, making nearby planets and visitors anxious. But you can’t quite tell people not to eat, can you?
This is sort of the situation facing the Green Lantern Corps, as it pertains to Zod and his planet Jekku. Sure, he’s subjugated an entire race who now worship him as a god, but it’s not like any of them sent out a distress signal, seeking to be rescued. He’s also arguably improved the planet since arriving. So when Hal beats the living crap out of Zod and seeks to throw him in a ScienceCell, the Guardians show up and tell him to drop the matter. Zod gives up the ring he had the Eradicator examine, returns Kyle from incarceration, and everyone moves on.
Which, for six issues, is a pretty flat ending. I sort of thought it would end this way, giving the Guardians a chance to show everyone the judicious, pithy way they seek to enforce order throughout the Universe. Strangely, John Stewart is on their side in this matter, though he seemed to support the Lanterns that flew to Jekku to rescue Hal two issues ago. I liked how this story arc rubbed up against Action Comics’ story for a little while, but by itself, it’s pretty dull. The visuals are strong as heck—Brandon Peterson on this title, who is certainly pinging loudly on my radar. Uh, my radar for good comic art, that is.

Bits and Pieces:

The big to-do on Jekku comes to a close, and with all the satisfaction of having watched six consecutive hours of C-Span. This concludes more or less how we expected it to conclude, though there are some incredible panels to keep us juiced along the way. This should have been a two-issue story, period.


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