Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #37 Review

Written By: Robert Venditti

Art By: Rafa Sandoval & Jordi Tarragona

Published By: DC Comics

Hal Jordan starts its next big arc with issue 37, pitting the Corps against General Zod. This much we can tell from the cover art. However, inside the book we get a surprisingly interesting statement on the nature and morale of the Corps itself. Half of this issue gives its attention to John Stewart, who is addressing the Guardians with a short speech about how bad they dun goofed.

Perhaps a bit therapeutic for me, but John’s arguments against the Guardians is an important reminder of perspective and responsibility. Being in charge, thinking one has the best plan for all, and taking advantage of that power without due respect can lead one to become a terrible villain. Of course, the statements in this book are referring to in-world events that have recently transpired, but a bit of it rings true when thinking of the daily struggles we face on both large and small scales.

And though I do appreciate the intellectual half of the book, the fun comes in when Hal bumps into Zod and they exchange blows as super characters are wont to do.

The art quality is to be expected. I mean, not to be dismissive, but it is par for the course. There is a lot of green and lanterns, and that’s alright by me. The action especially is easy to follow, which is a point I make sure to appreciate nowadays.

But, ultimately this issue is just another Green Lantern book. We don’t have much of an idea for what Zod is planning and we have a little bit of insight into John’s current mood, but I didn’t close this book with much excitement for what’s to come next.