Sinestro, in all his Hitler looking beauty, is aiming to destroy Hal Jordan once and for all, but meanwhile the once thought lost Green Lantern Corps are making their return. We take a look at the fourth issue in this bombastic, action packed series–is it good?
Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #4 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? The DC summary reads:
“Sinestro’s Law” part 4! Sinestro’s grip on the universe tightens with Hal Jordan captured, as the two former partners edge closer to a final confrontation for control of the cosmos!
Why does this book matter?
Writer Robert Venditti has been killing it across publishers and understands how to write a character who has super powers at their fingertips. Meanwhile, Ethan Van Sciver is incredible at drawing highly detailed and heavily inked pages. Sciver is capable of drawing event-level comics, which makes this feel even more epic in nature.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
The cover of this issue is apt as Sinestro is in nearly every page of this comic. He’s telling minions what to do, showing off an impressive new machine, and generally filling the pages with enough villainous angst to make the whole damn thing entertaining. At the same time though, Venditti inserts a bit of humor, which makes Sinestro feel like a caricature and more a deeply flawed being with a superiority complex. Much of his interaction involves the recently captured Guy Gardner who has a fun dynamic in play between himself and Sinestro.
This issue also checks in with Hal and the Green Lantern Corps and it’s done in a well paced way that makes the story feel like it’s progressing well. This issue serves as that place right before the third act as things start to turn and the bad guy reveals their plan. And the plan is impressive, which is brought to life beautifully by Sciver. The issue continues to feel big and epic no matter the scene, from an extreme close up on Hal’s eye as he passes out, to the tearing in half an alien that screwed up on Sinestro’s watch.
Speaking of aliens, Sciver does a great job with the Yellow Lantern aliens who look gross, weird, or downright creepy. Sinestro himself is freaky in part due to the mustache, but also the tiny beady eyes as well as his mad looks. Gardner steals the show at one point with all his bravado and he’s good for a laugh as Sinestro looks at him and sees something he didn’t expect.
Sinestro would give one hell of a fist bump.
It can’t be perfect can it?
The only thing I was confused about was the purpose of a high priest who’s to do a baptism. I guess he’s a torturer, but why call it a baptism? I’d have liked to have understood what this character’s purpose was, but maybe that’s how we’ll open the next issue.
Is It Good?
Sciver and Venditti have one hell of an epic on their hands. The issue feels big, important, and most importantly awesome.