Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #46 Review and **SPOILERS**

Bad Daddy

Writer: Robert Vendetti 
Artist: Clayton Henry 
Colorist: Pete Pantazis 
Letterer: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Stephen Segovia and Romulo Fajardo Jr. 
Variant Cover: Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto 
Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino 
Editor: Brian Cunningham 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: June 13, 2018


You know, for a murderous band of space vigilantes that claim to see final justice, they go after an awful lot of their own personal vendettas. If I didn’t know any better, I’d think that a license to kill wantonly could be used to serve someone’s own ends! Find out just what the hell I’m talking about in my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #46, which begins below!

Explain It!

There’s a fine line between “justice” and “revenge,” but there’s also a pretty simple way to tell when one is being employed over the other: if making things right requires no self-sacrifice, then it’s probably revenge. Also, if it targets your abusive dad, that’s probably revenge, too. This is what Guy Gardner seeks, against his estranged, alcoholic father. And for much of the issue, it looks like he’s about to do it—despite his pop having become sober, and his tearful apologies, Guy really wants to blast a hole in his head. But then his buddy Arkillo smashes into the scene and stops Guy from offing his own daddy.
Beyond this, the other components of the story tick ever so incrementally forward: Hector Hammond, acknowledging the guilt Hal Jordan feels for his past transgressions (as well as the new revelation that Hal accidentally freed the Controllers, which ultimately led to this situation with the Darkstars); John Stewart works with Zod and the Eradicator to build a Kryptonian Tele-Disruptor that will thwart the Darkstars’ movements; and Kyle is kept in a cell on New Genesis with Cabby so Highfather can tell him that Orion can’t come out and play today. So there are story beats, just none that are really compelling.
Once again, we stand around and read chatter while the story moves at a glacial pace. Framing the whole thing about Guy’s hurt feelings over his childhood abuse is somewhat interesting, but proves not to be very compelling when Guy refuses to have any real discourse with his old man. The rest of it is pretty dull. I guess I might be interested in a Hal Jordan/Hector Hammond miniseries, but only if it’s going to be as funny as their interactions in this issue. While I think Guy’s story is the anchor, Jordan and Hammond steal the show with their conversational antics.

Bits and Pieces:

Guy's dad gets his comeuppance, but good! Beyond that, everyone sort of stands around, shifting from foot to foot, waiting for the director to call the scene so they can head back to their trailers. There's some nice-looking pages here, but I think you can put a pin in it and pick things up in the next issue; the closing caption promises some actual action.


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