“I ALWAYS make things difficult”
|New location, new challenges, same confidence|
The assumption here is that Hal is a gun for hire, taking jobs that utilize his talents in order to sustain himself. As this new renegade story unfolds one of the challenges Hal faces is being able to provide for himself while trying to keep his whereabouts under wraps and it is easy to see how this more stealthy approach will force him to adapt his normal “in your face” style to keep out of the reach of the law. A lot has been said online about Hal’s new look and, as Venditti pointed out when we recently interviewed him, Hal has to try to keep a low profile and what better way to keep from being noticed than to change your appearance. So bye-bye superhero uniform and say hello to a more spartan, utilitarian outfit that will serve Hal well for this chapter of his life.
Billy Tan provides some great visuals this issue, particularly during the action sequences and the opening alien fight club moments. Tan excels at designing great aliens which is going to be a definite strength as Hal’s journeys will likely take us to places we’ve never seen before. Likewise the design of Darlene evokes a certain bounty hunter / space rogue vibe which is perfect for where Robert Venditti is taking us. I know that there’s this voice in the back of my head wishing it looked like the Interceptor, but that’s too clean for the type of life that Hal is living these days. I’m okay with Hal’s new hairstyle but I still have the same issue with Tan’s work on Hal’s face as I’ve had for some time now. Despite that the book looks really great.
|Hal will struggle to between the man he is and the man everyone thinks he’s become|
I think a lot of fans might be concerned about this new direction, but for me it’s a welcome change that I think will lead to more exploration of Hal as a character. One criticism often leveled at the Geoff Johns run is that Hal the person was often lost to a repeated series of ever increasing stakes which placed major emphasis on plot over character development. While I don’t agree with the sentiment I fully admit that it will be a nice change of pace to see Hal in some science fiction action adventure stories where he is squarely standing on the center stage anchoring his own title. There is a feeling of unpredictability I get when I think about the stories that Venditti is going to tell now freed from being tied so closely to other books in the Green Lantern family and this breath of fresh air has a lot of potential to lead to some great stories as we join Hal on his journey.
Green Lantern #41 is a fun action packed adventure that serves as a great way to introduce the new status quo for Hal Jordan for the immediate future. Billy Tan creates a visually engaging science fiction adventure canvas which helps being Robert Venditti’s script to life. With the Corps gone Hal Jordan is even more alone in the universe than he thought, and with only Darlene as his company this new chapter in Hal’s life is going to be an exciting ride. Four out of five lanterns.
- The Podcast of Oa Episode 86– Charging Rings w/Robert Venditti (blogofoa.com)
- A Green Lantern 75th Anniversary Celebration(blogofoa.com)
- Flashback Friday – When Green Lantern Went Blind!(blogofoa.com)
- Green Lantern / Star Trek Limited Series Announced(blogofoa.com)