Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #33 Review: Phenomenal Art and Uplifting Story

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #33
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Writer: Robert Venditti, Artist: Jack Herbert, Breakdowns: Tom Derenick, Color Artist: Jason Wright, Cover by: Francis Manapul, Variant Cover by: Barry Kitson and Hi-Fi, Editor: Mike Cotton, Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $2.99

A new Xudaran Green Lantern rises in Somar-Re, and she is trained by the Guardians of the Universe Ganthet and Sayd. John Stewart soon joins to seek counsel from the Guardians as well. Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner work to stop the lava flow of an inhabited planet. All seems to be running smoothly for the Corps.

This can only last for so long, right?

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #33 cover by Francis Manapul
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #33 cover by Francis Manapul

Immediately striking is the phenomenal artwork of Jack Herbert, who joins this comic with some of the best artwork I’ve seen in recent comics. Between Rafa Sandoval and Ethan van Sciver (whatever you or I may think of the latter as a person), Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps has managed to keep some amazing artists in rotation on the title.

The story itself is quite endearing. Somar-Re is a charming and energetic new character to the GL cast. John Stewart watching her and talking to the Guardians gives a human moment to the Corps Leader. Hal and Kyle connect over recent events while helping the planet Molta (lava, Molta, get it?). Ganthet and Sayd have plenty of good moments. This comic is slower, but it fills out its time with nice character moments for our heroes.

The Controllers have a lot of potential to add an interesting new element into the Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps mix with their history with the Guardians. There aren’t many Guardians left, so I’m curious if they’ve found more we don’t know about. The Guardians have faced extinction and exile a lot in the past, so it wouldn’t surprise me too much if Robert Venditti has decided to bring more into the mix.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #33 art by Jack Herbert and Jason Wright
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #33 art by Jack Herbert and Jason Wright

Alongside Herbert’s incredible artwork is the color art of Jason Wright, who knows how to create the balance of bright neon green and black of space which gives a good GL title its cosmic aesthetic.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #33 provides another great entry to the series. Between Jack Herbert’s incredible artwork and Venditti’s endearing presentation of the characters, #33 really knocks it out the park this time. I highly recommend it; pick this one up.

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(Last Updated November 30, 2017 8:43 pm )

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