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Subj: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #10 - In a Bottle.
Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 at 06:25:43 am EST (Viewed 430 times)

There seems to be Is a clear mandate at work in Robert Venditti's overtitled Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps to cram in as much incident and surprise as is practically possible for the writer to do so, and despite the ever shifting artists assigned to his endeavour it must be said the initiative is succeeding - no one can dispute that DCs premier superhero Green Lantern title lacks in content and developments designed to awe.
As the remaining members of the reduced Green Lantern Corps adjust to their fate as specimens inside a Brainiac conjured bottle Brainiac itself is an impressively rendered automaton lifted straight from his most memorable phase in the early 1980s. Elsewhere another surprise return awaits the reader as White Lantern Kyle Rayner meets with his thought dead old mentors, Ganthet and Sayd. Tellingly the point is made that these are the two surviving members of the original Guardians of the Universe, and the tale of survivors is very much the backbone of this latest storyline as we go on to discover Hal Jordan tenuously clings to life inside some heavenly aspect of the Emotional Spectrum of Will. The similarities to Barry Allen's Speedforce or Captain Atom's Quantum Field are not at all subtle... though as we follow the afterlife of Hal Jordan memories of Geoff Johns' final Storyline with The First Lantern and Mad Guardians are also precedents to be had.

Caught by the remaining trace spirit of Abin Sur it might be easy to dismiss this place of fallen Green Lanterns as mere conjurations of the disembodied Hal Jordan's mind, but this is a point Robert Venditti's scripting pointedly calls into question as Abin's role as spirit guide comes with a fair degree of autonomy and independent awareness. Congratulating and Warning his successor in equal measure it is clear Abin's rimary concern is ensuring Hal's return to life, which suggests in turn he may well be aware of the approach of The White Lantern and the efforts of he and the Guardians as they use Hal's Power Ring as a focus to compel Hal's spirit back to corporeal reality. As a sequence this all might seem overly familiar given the above mentioned precedents, but thanks to impressive work from old Green Lantern hand Ed Benes the story never sags or lacks in excitement. And excitement is what Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is all about. Action takes precedence over character work, which is the one area criticism is earned here,for it ensures that this is not a deep book, merely an example of how Superhero comics at their most escapist and entertainingly plotted used to be done back in the superhero comics' heyday. And the results as Robert Venditti has hit his full stride as writer have delivered the most consistently entertaining Green Lantern book since the end days of Geoff Johns' reign... here is a marvellous tribute to the essence of superhero adventures of yesteryear. \(yes\)

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