Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #2 Review

Posted August 10, 2016 by Jean-Luc Botbyl in Comic Books

Written by: Robert Venditti

Art by: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, & Tomeu Morey

Publisher: DC Comics

Aside from the Rebirth issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps has been the biggest surprise of DC’s rebooted line of books. Venditti gets the voices of the entire cast right, from Hal to Sinestro to John Stewart. And look, I’ve seen plenty of people complaining about the big space opera plots. To an extent, I understand why people are tired of that. But I haven’t read a Green Lantern book for the last three years, and even if I had, the characters have always been more important to me than the plot.

Despite the fact that I love reading this entire cast, HJGLC #2 does feel stretched a bit thin as a result. Previously, it was bouncing back and forth between Hal, who was on his own, and Sinestro, who had Sooranik around. In this issue, page space is spread about equally between Hal, Sinestro/Sooranik, and John/Guy/Kilowag. No matter how well those characters are written, the book was bound to have pacing issues as a result. I think the biweekly structure will alleviate some of the pacing problems, but they’re definitely present in this issue. Not a ton happens.

On the one hand, I don’t think that this could really be helped. On the other, Venditti could definitely calm down on the dialogue a little bit. There’s no monologuing, which is nice, but Sinestro jabbers on and on and on and on and on and if you think this sentence is long, wait until you read Sinestro’s dialogue. It certainly qualifies as being on the overwritten side. Sure, the argument could be made that theatricality is a part of Sinestro’s character. The thing is, it’s not particularly well handled in this issue.

Fortunately, when it comes to the other two thirds of the book, Venditti keeps the dialogue brief. Not all of it is executed perfectly, but enough of it is that I enjoyed reading it. Hal actually gets the least dialogue, and yet the pages starring him were my favorite of the issue – and not solely because he’s my favorite Green Lantern.

Most of this can be chalked up to the art. While the lines Hal gets ring true to the character, Sandoval, Tarragona, and Morey are given a ton of page space here, and they use it incredibly well. Sandoval captures the unique sci-fi action, Tarragona gives it structure, and then Morey absolutely brings it to life. Aside from a few panels that seem to just be re-used, the art is incredible. It’s very comic book-y, and it certainly fits in with DC’s house style, but it’s executed so well that I don’t care if it’s not groundbreaking

I totally expect to be in the minority when I say this, but, as with Green Lanterns, I’m enjoying HJGLC. Venditti captures the cast really well. Yeah, the writing has its flaws, and I’m not going to sit here and try to excuse them, or say you shouldn’t take them into account when deciding whether or not to purchase this issue. But I think the most important thing I can give you is my honest reaction to the book; which is to say that I do quite like it.

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Jean-Luc Botbyl

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