Review: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #19

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

Writer: Robert Venditti
Penciller: V. Ken Marion
Inker: Dexter Vines
Colorist: Dinei Ribeiro

Summary
Rip Hunter wakes up on the table and tells a tale of the future. A man named Sarko is out to eliminate the Green Lantern Corps, and in the year 2047, he’s succeeded.  There is no more GLC in that time. Rip has followed Sarko to our time in hopes of stopping him. John, Hal and Kyle don’t believe Rip at first, but Rip’s knowledge of John and the ring Rip was wearing help him make his case.

In space sector 563, we catch up with Space Ape and Gorin-Sunn. It seems they’ve survived the attack by the prismatic creatures. They also discover that these creatures aren’t the whole story, and meet none other than Sarko himself.  In classic villain form, Sarko explains to Gorin-Sunn and Space Ape why he’s come to the past and tells of the Sinestro Coprs giving up the power of Fear and becoming Green Lanterns one and all. Sarko sees himself as carrying on in Sinestro’s stead as he also wears a uniform much like Sinestro’s original blue and black outfit. On Mogo, Hal and John put two and two together after hearing Rip’s tracking of Sarko and realize they may be in danger of invasion. Oh, and that’s exactly what happens next!

Positives
Recent issues have addressed the return of hope the universe in the rescue of Saint Walker. This issue dives in deeper as the notion of hope is exhibited in Rip Hunter’s future tale of two Corps united under one color. While this is said to play out in what’s to come, it certainly seems to echo that sense of hope that Saint Walker’s ring embodies. Seeing Sarko wearing something similar to Sinestro’s original blue and black uniform is a real throwback moment! Despite the continued onward push of the Green Lantern mythos toward new ideas, it’s nice to see the return of something first seen in Hal Jordan’s first few years of existence.

A large cast can sometimes be difficult to handle, but this issue is clear in its presentation of Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner. They each have their moment where they embody their personality. Rip Hunter’s commentary doesn’t exactly make it subtle, but it is a defining moment for the series as it becomes clear that these three Green Lanterns have a different roles to play in the Green Lantern Corps. This certainly gives readers the opportunity to identify with different members of the Corps.

Negatives
If you can give yourself up to the basic premise of this book, there’s very little to dislike. Even if you aren’t a Hal Jordan fan, the cast is diverse enough that there’s someone with whom you’ll identify.

Verdict
This issue continues to prove that Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is an exciting space romp that relies heavily on the characterization of its cast.  The current themes of hope, cooperation and redemption are entrancing and connect on a deep level.

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.
  • Billy Bob

    Sarko is Kylo Ren and Sinestro is Darth Vader. Sarko’s parents are most likely Soranik Natu and Kyle Rayner which is why Kyle was acting extra horny this issue trying to get Soranik to Netflix and chill with a fake bouquet of roses…