A major threat has arisen on Earth, and it requires the Green Lantern Corps’ best: Hal Jordan. Superman has had a run-in with Sinestro and Parallax on the Antimatter Planet Qward (which actually took place in Superman #30, which I reviewed!), and he thinks Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps should investigate.
Things may not be as they seem though, and Superman may still be infected with the fear-demon Parallax.
Robert Venditti once again shows how to write a straightforward plot that can be interesting and fun. Yes, this tied in to a Superman comic from a month back, but it succinctly explained what happened and why its relevant to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.
Then the fighting starts, and it’s awesome. Superman is overtaken by Parallax (or is he?), and Hal goes all out to put down Superman and Parallax. It’s a very action-heavy issue, and said action is exciting and cathartic.
This issue does bring about yet another artist change, but it’s Patrick Zircher. As such, I struggle to be too upset about it. Zircher is a great artist whose work I became very familiar with in collecting Red Hulk (I’m aware he’s done other things, but that’s where I saw a lot of his work personally for the first time). His work is great and has some old-comic sensibilities in the details which I greatly enjoy. He’s on par with Sciver and Sandoval, who have been rocking Hal Jordan’s artwork up until now.
The only complaint I can come up with is that the mouths do look a bit weird from time-to-time.
Color artist Jason Wright does some great work here too, and his color art jives with Zircher easily.
While I do feel for those who may be reading this book more for John Stewart, Guy Gardner, or Kyle Rayner, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #30 brings another issue of exactly what I hoped for from this book. It has action, humor, and excitement in the classic Green Lantern fashion. I highly recommend this issue, and once again plead with you, if you haven’t already, pick this book up.
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