HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 BY ROBERT VENDITTI, RAFA SANDOVAL, TOMEU MOREY, AND JORDI TARRAGONA
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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 finally begins the Zod & Green Lantern feud proper, as the Corp arrives to rescue Jordan. There are intriguing side plots with Zod and the Guardians, as we move to an epic battle between Lanterns and Kryptonians.
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Start of War

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 continues the “Zod’s Will” storyline with the Lantern Corps gearing up for battle. However, Zod proves himself to be more than the villain we’ve known him as.

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Orphans

The story begins with Hal back in prison after last issue’s escape attempt. Zod attempts to talk with him, but Hal’s not interested in hearing him out. Zod seems strangely calm about the situation though, despite the displays of power he’s shown before. Hal calls him a tyrant and another villain enslaving innocent people. However, Zod counters with a simple, and heartfelt question — does Hal know what it feels like to lose his home?

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 page 3. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Writer Robert Venditti creates a great moment with that simple question. Just as this storyline has connected the seemingly distant Krypton & Lantern stories, this unexpectedly connects Hal and Zod. Zod’s desire to recreate Krypton to the best of his ability mirrors Hal’s desires after Coast City was destroyed. It’s clear Zod’s motivations have changed now that he has become a father. He wants to show his son the heritage of a world that no longer exists, and it’s not hard to understand that motivation. Zod adds more to his argument, that since the native aliens are “willingly” helping him, is what he’s doing wrong? Hal realizes the connection but insists Zod is wrong, and that the Lanterns will come for him.

Ring-Slinging

The Lanterns are planning to go after Hal, but there are a few problems in their way. First is Kyle Raynor, who is still wearing Hal’s self-made power ring. Kyle struggles with the immense power it contains, but the Lanterns find a solution. The Corps redirect Kyle’s willpower into a containment tank. That doesn’t stop him from emulating parts of Hal’s personality. This whole scene is rendered beautifully by the artistic team of Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey. They manage to capture the immensity of Kyle’s new power in this one shot. Even with no words, the art tells you everything you need to know.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 page 4. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Kyle relates the story of Zod, which of course gets all the Lanterns ready to fight for Hal’s safe return. John Stewart decides to check with the Guardians first, wanting to give the new council a chance. They’re concerned as well, but Ganthet and the others are more concerned about being reckless. They choose to further deliberate instead. This decision continues to build new angles for this council to be explored down the line.

Kyle’s diagnosis offers more information about the ring, as Guy (shockingly) wants to free Hal at all costs. He’s not alone either, as the art team presents another amazing page that says everything without words.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 page 11. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

The Lanterns speed off Mogo towards Hal, even as Zod and the Eradicator keeping examining Kyle’s ring. It’s clear they have some sort of plan for it, but it’s not obvious what yet. Then the Lanterns arrive, promising an epic fight as Zod’s family readies for battle.

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Final Thoughts On HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 continues to build and improve on “Zod’s Will” as it goes. Venditti moved past the brutal opening and has instead transformed Zod into a much deeper character. This is no longer the megalomaniac villain we remember; this is a man that has much more fatherly goals.

The unexpected connections from the Lanterns and Krypton to Hal and Zod makes the story feel deeper. In some cases, we even find ourselves questioning loyalties and sympathies. The art follows along, creating small portraits of epicness that managed to tell their own stories all by themselves. The next part of this story is going to be a hell of a time, and I’m already looking forward to next month.

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