Thursday, November 24, 2016

Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps #9 - SPOILER Review

Writer: Robert Vendetti

Art Team: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey

Release Date: November 23, 2016
Price: $2.99

It’s a whole new world, don’t you dare close your eyes ..

The Green Lantern corps are being forced to work as a team with The Yellow Lanterns as they try to get out of the trap that Brainiac set for them. Guy Garner is flying off the handle and going all ‘Han Solo’ on this weird energy shield that’s keeping them trapped on Xudar. Hal Jordan is hanging out in The Emerald Space with Abin Sur (talk about a throwback!). Ganthet and Sayd are talking about how the color spectrum is being disrupted by vibrations. So it’s time for Ganthet and Sayd to call in the big guns to save the day: Kyle Rayner!

Heeeeee’s baaaaaaack!!

Yea that’s right, the big reveal in this issue is that Kyle Rayner is back and ready to spring into action! The drama between the Green and Yellow Lanterns is almost cannon fodder for this final, masturbatory splash page of Mr. Rayner floating above The Guardians. And that’s fine by me, because everyone who’s been reading DC Rebirth has been wondering in the back of their minds where Kyle Rayner has been while the DC Universe is being torn apart by a big naked blue dude that lives on Mars. Well wonder no more comic book fans, the answer is here! Kyle Rayner has been …. where exactly??? We don’t know yet, but I’m sure that answer is soon to come.

So what now?

Well, I’m going to go ahead and assume that Hal Jordan is NOT going to stay dead for long. And I know, that’s a pretty big conclusion to jump to. And I didn’t even have to use my ‘jump to conclusions’ mat to get there. Mostly I just make this assumption because Hal’s name is IN THE TITLE OF THE BOOK. So I’m assuming next week we’re going to get lots of Kyle saving Hal from The Emerald Space. We will probably also get some of Green and Yellow Lanterns teaming up to get off this damn rock and beat up Brainiac.

The confessional:

The book is worth reading. The narrative is good, but can get a little choppy at time jumping back and forth between several groups of different characters. I’m just waiting for Vendetti to bring it all together into one cohesive storyline where everyone is in the same place. Seriously, it happened for a second in issue 7, but then everyone was split up again. It’s really tough to write a story with so many moving parts, but I think that Vendetti is doing a good job at it. I’m just wondering if there will be a point in this story where everyone is in the same place for more than a page or so.

Otherwise I have really enjoyed learning about John Stewart, Guy Garner, and Soranik. Vendetti is doing a good job of showing us who these people are through their interactions with each other. I’m really excited for Kyle Ranyer to get that same treatment in the coming issues. Overall, I would recommend this story if you’re into Green Lanterns books. It’s a lot of fun for me and it’s definitely worth the $3.99 you pay for it.


HIGH Blessing: ★★★★★★★✩✩✩

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