Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #39
Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey
Published by: DC Comics

Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

What I really adore about Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is that it is consistent. Consistently amazing. This book is out every two weeks but the quality isn’t hurt by the rapidness of this release schedule. Issue #39 is just the latest example of this quality perfection.

Hal Jordan is still a prisoner of Zod on his planet Jekuul…which just sounds silly. I’m still going to call it “Zearth.” So Hal Jordan is on Zearth all shackled up and the man is still smiling. Who the hell is captured by the baddest of bad guys and still has a smile on his face? Zod comes down to talk to Hal and actually tries to reason with the fellow. Hal isn’t having it. Zod talks loss and Hal talks loss and overcoming that pain. For Zod it is just something he is incapable of.

On the flip side, Kyle Rainer has reached Space Sector Zero thanks to taking Hal’s ring. Once arrived Kyle has been able to rebuild his body after the damage he took on Zearth. The rest of the Corps is glad he’s arrived but are wondering why Kyle is wearing Hal’s ring and not his own. Kyle happily discusses the situation with Guy Gardner and John Stewart. Just hearing that Hal has been captured by Zod makes them want to spring into action.

John goes to talk to those little blue Guardians guys to debrief them on the situation but they don’t really seem to care. So what happens? Have you ever seen a cop film where the Captain tells them, “No you can’t go do this thing that totally has to be done!”? Well the Lanterns are told not to rescue Hal so you can pretty much figure out what the GL’s decide to do.  Well that and the cover kind of just gives it away. THANKS FOR BLOWING THE SUSPENSE, DC!

Robert Venditti is continuously killing it with this book. Between Hal Jordan and his new book Damage, Venditti is writing some of the best comics over at DC. The art in this issue is crisp, gorgeous, and beautiful thanks to Rafa Sandoval (though I’ll also give credit here to inker Jordi Tarragona and colorist Tomeu Morey). This issue looks marvelous and really captures the intensity brought forth from Venditti’s script. I’ve been a Green Lantern fan going way back to when I was a kid so I can truthfully tell you this is one of the best (non-event) Green Lantern stories being told in the past 30 years.

Chock full of the Green Lanterns you all love, a storyline that draws you right in, and spectacultar artwork – Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns #39 continues to be a shining jewel in DC’s line-up. Conclusion? Pick up this book. Now.

RATING: A+

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