Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Colourist: Jason Wright
Release Date: 22nd March 2017
There’s a great scene that comes right at the end of the latest issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns. Kyle Rayner has just been up to some cosmic action in his role as the only White Lantern, but it ends with him back in the familiar black and green costume (with that awesome mask) that we first saw him back in 1994.
It’s a real punch the air moment and brilliantly built up to by writer Robert Venditti, with Rayner testing his immense power to its limits and the threat of an as-yet unknown villain lurking in the background who has the measure of them.
In fact, the return of Kyle Rayner to the Green Lantern Corps could have been one of the biggest and most welcome surprises of the year, because it’s a real moment.
But it’s not. And why? Because for some reason somebody decided the cover to this issue should be…Kyle Rayner’s return to the Green Lantern Corps. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a stormer of a cover by Ethan Van Sciver, but it’s not representative of anything in the comic save for the last page. What were they thinking? What was the point?
Apart from that, this issue is all about tying up loose ends and establishing the new status quo. The newly-returned but under-strength Lanterns have formed an alliance with Soranik Natu’s Sinestro Corps, offering a chance at redemption for those that want it and a lifetime of incarceration for the Yellows that are too bad to change. It’s a brilliant idea and does something new with the old Green/Yellow war that nobody would really have seen coming, least of all the possible bromance brewing with Guy Gardner and Sinestro’s right hand monster Arkillo. That’s got buddy movie written all over it.
Ethan Van Sciver’s art is typically marvelous here, as it has been on every Green Lantern title he’s tackled since bringing Hal back from the dead in 2004’s Rebirth. He’s got every character nailed, his world-building lives and breathes, he’s equally as comfortable with the two things that a GL title needs, epic widescreen space action and multiple character interplay. Van Sciver is down with all of it and makes reading this book a real joy, with his art brilliantly enhanced by Jason Wright’s vivid colours. Let’s hope this is a team that, along with Venditti, are on board with this title for the long haul.
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The Writer of this piece was: Jules Boyle
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