I haven’t dipped into Green Lantern proper since Blackest Night, but with Hal Jordan returning why the hell not? He’s got himself a gauntlet instead of a ring – that guy just can’t have a simple ring can he? – and has decided to take a visit to Earth.
This won’t end well, will it?
Green Lantern #47 (DC Comics)
This issue opens with some Yellow Lanterns running for their life somewhere far from Earth. A green glow engulfs them and their chances don’t look good. Cut to Earth and Hal is cruising in with a shiny spaceship and a motley crew. He’s here to visit his brother. What’s the worst that can happen?
Why does this book matter?
Hal Jordan is back to being our main Green Lantern, which is exciting — even if the spaceship faring version is a bit of a twist on the original. It might seem similar to Guardians of the Galaxy at first glance, but if this issue is any indication Hal is own his own for a bit.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This is one of those issues that sets up a variety of things, but really the focus is on the stakes. Writer Robert Venditti spends quite a bit of time setting up Hal’s family (most notably his brother). A hero with nobody to love is a loner and one with nothing to lose, but this issue establishes that may not the case for Hal, which builds up the impending threat looming over this issue and also makes a tragic moment feel all the more resonant.
While this issue is light on action save for the tragic moment I mentioned it isn’t without some good old fashioned doom. It’s bookended with some violence that’ll get people talking. The cliffhanger leaves no doubt what we’re in store for, but it does make one wonder how the powerset is working these days for the famous villain.
Artist Martin Coccolo gets the brunt of the art duties serving up pages 3 through 20. The pages are good on faces and pacing, although it leaves a bit to be desired as far as excitement. That said there’s a lot of dialogue to read without much going on and Coccolo keeps things moving along. The tragic moment is just brutal and almost all too real considering what’s going on in the world these days. It’s certainly not gory by any means, and Hal gets a brief moment to use the powers which look good too. Billy Tan draws the opening and closing pages and these are highly dramatic. They give the art a bit of oomph that’s felt throughout the issue.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Since this comic is light on action it’s reading that feels like you’re waiting for the other shoe to drop. There is a surprise or two and some good humor, but ultimately reading about chunks of Hal and his family gets a bit boring. As a whole though the issue does a good job at what it’s attempting to do.
I’m not one to complain about solicits but it promises a villain that isn’t apparent in this issue. There’s violence for sure, but by who isn’t clear at all.
Is It Good?
This is a solid issue due to strong bookends and good character development. Don’t expect an action packed issue, but some good storytelling overall.