Hal Jordan and the GL Corps #41 Review: All-Out War Between Hal and Zod

Posted by March 29, 2018 Comment

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #41
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Writer: Robert Venditti, Artist: Brandon Peterson, Color Artist: Tomeu Morey, Letters: Dave Sharpe, Cover by: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey, Variant Cover by: Tyler Kirkham and Tomeu Morey, Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino, Editor: Brian Cunningham, Publisher: DC Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $2.99

Hal Jordan has his Ring back, and that means it’s time for him to go one-on-one with General Zod himself. This is it: the fight to save the Green Lantern Corps from the murderous Kryptonian.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #41 cover by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #41 cover by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey

Occasionally, these plots manage to be succinct, don’t they? Of course, there is a little more to it than that, but that would be spoiler territory.

In any case, the largest portion of this comic is an epic battle between Green Lantern Hal Jordan and General Zod, and it is indeed epic. Hal throws all of his willpower and creativity into battling Zod, and he is barely able to stay ahead of the immense power of the Kryptonian warlord. It’s a fun ride and greatly satisfying.

That ending twist—if that’s the right word for it—does take some of the catharsis out of it. However, it does have some interesting implications for future issues of both this comic and possibly some Superman books. The final note which concludes the comic is surprisingly ominous and has its own concerning implications.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #41 art by Brandon Peterson and Tomeu Morey
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #41 art by Brandon Peterson and Tomeu Morey

Brandon Peterson takes over for this issue, and he brings the battle to brilliant life. Every blow, every construct, and every energy blast are given weight and power. The style coincides well with Rafa Sandoval’s work of the previous installments. The faces can look oddly blocky and geometrical at times, and some expressions come off as a bit goofy. Those moments are relatively few, but they do stand out. However, the action looks great enough that the drawbacks are mostly forgivable.

Tomeu Morey’s color art continues to be brilliant, giving the book plenty bright greens contrasted by harsh red and deep black.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #41 is a high-octane and interesting finale to “Zod’s Will.” The fight is cathartic, and the ending is ponderous. Robert Venditti does it again with this one. Give this one a read, it’s highly recommended.

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(Last Updated March 29, 2018 9:43 pm )

About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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