[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Patrick Zircher
Colorist: Jason Wright
John has received a priority one alert for a mission on Earth and selects Hal to go despite much protesting from Kyle and Guy. The recent events in Superman #29 and Superman #30 have finally reared it’s yellow head in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. Hal has been tasked with verifying Sinestro’s apparent return from the dead.
Hal meets up with Superman and get’s a recap from the Man of Steel of his encounter with Sinestro and Parallax. Superman claims to have Parallax in Sinestro’s ring, but Hal says Parallax is not there. Hal begins to hear a voice – Parallax? Parallax has apparently buried himself deep in Superman’s subconscious and is now taking over.
Parallax and Hal duke it out for a few pages before Parallax lays a heavy Kryptonian blow on Hal. When Hal opens his eyes Superman appears normal and describes what happened from his point of view. Hal hears that voice again, and when he figures out that Superman can’t, he realizes what it is and realizes where he has to go – Hector Hammond!
Patrick Zircher’s work evokes a classic look that makes the story not only accessible, but feels familiar even though it’s new. It’s nice to see Hal and Clark catch up after Hal’s been off planet for so long. Their conversation feels real and it covers the territory of family above all else. It also serves to explore how the DC Universe fits together. It makes only sense that Sinestro’s battle with Superman would eventually bring a Green Lantern calling. The twist at the end was also nice touch.
No real negatives, although some readers may not be as excited about the book taking Hal back to adventures on Earth as opposed to the more cosmic adventures of the Corps.
There’s never a dull moment in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. Just when you think you’ve got it figured out, there’s a twist in the tale. Bring on Hector Hammond!