The title of this series has always placed Hal Jordan at the forefront, at least on our minds when reading it. That said, he hasn’t really been the main focus for a while with the Corps have taken center stage. Not so this issue, as Hal races — literally — to show how fast he can be.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
“FALL OF THE GODS” part three! Hal Jordan races through the cosmos hunting the speedster of the New Gods, Lightray! Hal must secure Highfather if the Green Lantern Corps’ plan to protect him and the universe has a chance of survival! Can the greatest pilot in the universe chase down a god who moves at the speed of light?
Why does this matter?
Robert Venditti has been writing some classic Green Lantern stories with this series that may be remembered forever. They’re big and blockbuster in style and with artists like Rafa Sandoval you can’t beat the scope!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Don’t lose your willpower!
This issue continues the trend of big storytelling as Hal must race to catch up to Highfather to basically show him the Green Lanterns can be trusted to protect him. Much of this issue focuses on Hal finding the will to push himself and the powers of the ring beyond what they are intended to do. A surprise character pops up — which actually links to Action Comics in a sense — and Venditti utilizes this to show how Hal can push himself beyond his means. It’s a touching moment and it’s nice to see there’s meaning behind that willpower.
Sandoval draws these touching moments well with Hal at times losing the willpower, but then gaining it again. The ability to push through and do great things feels earned due to this imagery. There’s some excellent use of blur to force the reader into thinking maybe Hal won’t get the job done too. On top of that, the jet construct looks rather cool.
It’s a ghost!
It can’t be perfect can it?
If you boil this issue down it’s basically one short scene stretched out over 22 pages. Did it need to be this long? Probably not. It’s nice to see a focus on a personal moment like this for an entire issue, but by the end I was wishing for a bit more.
Is It Good?
Hal Jordan digs deep in this issue all about racing and pushing yourself beyond what you think you can do. A heroic personal moment for the greatest Green Lantern.