Review: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #12

[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]

Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Colorist: Jason Wright

One of the hallmarks of the Green Lantern books over the past 20 years has been the constant progression into new territory. While bringing Hal Jordan back may have seemed like a step backward, it was the start of the introduction of all the other ring colors, as well as the Black Lantern and the White Lantern. This issue follows a similar formula and we see something truly amazing at the resolution of this story arc…..

The GLC and Sinestro Corps are locked in battle with Larfleeze and his minions. Tomar-Tu has to make sure that the miniaturized Xudar remains safe and in out of the fight. The Orange Lanterns are quite vicious and giving the Corps all they can handle. Soranik realizes that the Yellow Lanterns are doing better than the Green Lanterns against the Orange Lanterns. Remembering that the Yellow Lanterns can feed off of localized fear, John has an idea to provide that fear. The Green Lanterns start freeing Larfleeze’s things and this sends Larfleeze into not only a rage, but a pit of fear. He’s losing all his stuff! This allows the Sinestro Corps to gain the upper hand on the Orange Lanterns. As the Green Lanterns continue to release Larfleeze’s things, Larfleeze call off his Lanterns and sends them out to recover his lost stuff instead.

Hal, Kyle, Sayd and Ganthet arrive just as John is putting his plan in place. Once Xudar is returned. John and Soranik make a pact. 2 colors, one corps, Yellow and Green together. And boy, is Hal surprised.

The surprise at the end is definitely one of the most interesting propositions I’ve seen in comics. Would Batman offer Joker the Robin mantle? Would Flash become leader of the Rogues? Soranik is looking for redemption and sees this as an opportunity. John finally gets Soranik and sees how the two can work together.

Not a lot of that here….

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps continues to surprise and in this case inspire. If the Sinestro Corps can work along side the GLC, shouldn’t nearly anything be possible? A little understanding, some common goals etc…? This is an even bigger status quo change than if Hal had stayed dead. The future is very bright for this title.

Matthew Lloyd

Matthew Lloyd

Master's Degree in Art History from the University of Louisville. Doctorate in Progressive Rock from Genesis and Rush. Father of 2 awesome daughters, husband to 1 amazing and understanding wife. Post-Doctorate in Comics from Heroes Aren't Hard to Find (Charlotte, NC) and Parts Unknown (Greensboro, NC). Managing a restaurant pays the bills.
  • Kal

    “While bringing Hal Jordan back may have seemed like a step backward” How? After what they did to him in the 90s, would it have been fair to leave his name and reputation tarnished the way it was?

  • Michael Fantus

    Not a huge fan of the Muppet Show with Larfleeze. The Orange Light should not turn people into cold cuts and make a copy, it should make them your slaves, with the satisfaction of their desires being none other than those of the primary ring holder. They collar around the neck of a slave to the orange light should be an orange power ring, and the more avarice they indulge with decreasing restraint, the more powerful the corps should become- it should be an ever enlarging, impossibly decadent and perverted crew, not a giant pack rat.

    I think a bunch of Wishmasters running about causing mayhem with one lead Djinn of some sort controlling the Orange Light could be a huge improvement.