Review: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #5

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

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


The countdown is on as the Green Lantern Corps are headed to Warworld for another ultimate showdown with Sinestro and the Sinestro Corps. Guy has been captured and is doing his best “name, rank, serial number” refusal as he is interrogated. He will not reveal the location of the Green Lantern Corps.


Meanwhile, Hal Jordan has been rescued by Soranik. After she reveals her motivations for helping Hal, he reveals the nature of his current Green Lantern ring and the differences in his power. Has really seems to be moving into another power level altogether.


Hal enlists Soranik into assisting him as he explains his plan to take the fight to her father, Sinestro on Warworld. The rest of the Green Lantern Corps finally makes contact with the universe that thought them gone for good as John Stewart is able to get information which will help the Corps in their assault on Warworld.


The book looks great under Van Sciver, and it feel so right to have him drawing Hal Jordan again. There are also some nice outer space shots that help to push the book further into science fiction and away from the superhero genre. There’s a nice building of tension throughout the issue as well.


The conflict between Sinestro and the Green Lantern Corps will likely be around as long as there are Green Lantern comics published. We aren’t so far away from the Sinestro Corps War that this seems like a new conflict. This makes subsequent conflicts between the two need an additional element or gravitas. It could be easy to be bored with this never-ending conflict.


Thankfully, Soranik’s role in this conflict makes this installment of GLC vs SC feel different and position of the Sinestro Corps as the Universe’s law enforcers makes this situation new for the Rebirth era of Green Lantern.  Additionally, this issue is very new reader friendly, the status quo may be surprising, but it is all very understandable and exciting.


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