by Michael DeLaney
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
If you couldn’t tell from the title Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, the series places a lot of emphasis on one Harold “Hal” Jordan. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps 49 continues that trend, underlining the importance and inevitability that is Hal Jordan.
While the Green Lanterns are going head to head with the Darkstars in space, the most important part of this battle is happening at Darkstar HQ on the planet below. John has sent Hal and Hector Hammond to cut off the Darkstars’ telepathic link. John is betting it all with his “Hal Mary” plan. As the man says “like so many of my plans it begins with Hal Jordan.”
When former Green Lantern and current murderous Darkstar Tomar-Tu confronts him, he also comments on the inescapable Hal Jordan.
Robert Venditti and Rafa Sandoval portray Hal as a mix of the unyielding Batman with the God/savior qualities of Superman. There’s not a single panel in this issue where Hal isn’t in motion; in fact, there’s not a single moment where his feet are firmly planted on the ground.
Instead Sandoval draws Hal always at the ready: catching falling debris, preparing to throw a punch or landing that punch with a patented oversized glove. Instead of the boxing glove of yore, Sandoval goes for a patterned – perhaps leather – glove that even comes with its own sound effect stitched in.
Seeing as how Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps 49 is the penultimate issue of the series, it’s no surprise that Sandoval ends the issue the way he does. The final pages consist of an epic double-page spread of Hal and Tomar coming at each other with intense ferocity.
The last page advances that sequence slightly, bringing the two closer together and juxtaposing their profiles against the larger battle. It’s like a title match with two brawlers going head to head for the championship belt. Two men enter, one man leaves.
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