HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORP #41 BY ROBERT VENDITTI, BRANDON PETERSON, AND TOMEU MOREY
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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORP #41 ends "Zod's Will" with a thud. Writer Robert Venditti once again loses the story in a huge fight, before undoing all the character work of previous issues.
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Crash and Burn

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #41 brings the “Zod’s Will” storyline to its conclusion. Unfortunately, said conclusions destroys any of the good work this story has done overall. Warning, there are potential spoilers for HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #41 below!

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Lost in the Battle Fury

This issue begins with an epic fight between Hal Jordan and Zod. The art team (Brandon Peters and Tomeu Morey) demonstrate their skill at crafting Green Lantern battles. Viridescent energy flows everywhere, as Hal and Zod go at each other with their unique abilities. Hal molds the constructs into a variety of airplanes to throw at Zod (which fits perfectly with his character). Zod responds with shows of strength and the crackling red of his heat vision. Visually, the whole epic encounter is amazing to behold.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #41 page 4. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

However, the writing isn’t nearly as impressive as the art. I’ve said in previous reviews that writer Robert Venditti struggles at balancing story and action. His previous issues have either been dragged out fights or narrative advancements. This issue falls into the former, as the fight between Hal and Zod goes on and on for most of the issue. It’s still epic, but there have already been two previous issues that functioned like this. It lessens the impact of the fight and just feels repetitive.

Worse, it abandons some of the more interesting character moments. There’s no sense of the restraint Zod showed before, nor any mention of he and Hal sharing their pain over losing their homes. These scenes made the relationship between the two seem much deeper. HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORP #41 is only about displays of brutal power, which just seems like a complete waste after what we got before.

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Out the Window

Hal does end up victorious but, just as he arrests Zod, the Guardians arrive with John Stewart. This is confusing to say the least since Stewart and the Guardians were at odds in the previous issue. The Guardians demand Hal release Zod. They don’t explain why though. Zod pontificates on how the Lanterns failed to protect Krypton and are now attacking him in his new home. He does allow them to leave, saying that he rejects their protection. The Lanterns depart, but inform Zod they will protect the universe from him if they have to.

There are so many problems with this scene. The Guardians are becoming just as annoying as their past iterations. These new blue overseers previously seemed too obsessed with debate to take any action. Now it seems they don’t want to force anything. John Stewart changing his mind happens off camera. We’re left wondering why he suddenly sides with the Guardians. John says later that since the Guardians aren’t manipulative anymore, they deserve a chance. It would’ve been nice to see some scenes showing him make that decision, yet it seems the pages they could’ve used had to be sacrificed for more action.

Final Thoughts on HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #41

Stewart’s declaration against Zod is also full of problems. He’s clearly aware Zod is a threat to the universe. However, he had a chance to lock up that threat and didn’t. Zod’s past crimes are still there, and he allowed a group of aliens to believe he was a god. Yet the Corps ignores these charges. It gets worse when Zod reveals his plan (hinting at another takeover plot) and Hal ends the issue talking about taking down threat permanently. It all just feels dull and ugly, without any of the growth of the previous installments.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #41 page 20. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #41 kills any good work the previous issues of “Zod’s Will” created. Venditti’s stories get overwhelmed by drawn out fights. His character work is good, but it just feels inconsistent when the battles begin. The art team is the highlight, as they continue to use the color and imagination of the Green Lantern ring to their advantage. However, Venditti should take a look at the sister title GREEN LANTERNS to see how he can mix character and action together in the future.

One Comment

  1. francoisfeuvrier

    April 1, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Or that time when he gave no shit about people”s safety while fighting Zod in Metropolis and let people die to look cool, meaning while they were fighting in Metropolis, Zod pushed an oil truck at him and he just jumped over it and let it slam into a building so he could look cool with an explosion in the background when there were people in that building that just got killed because of it. Another example of him giving no shit about people”s safety was when he slammed Zod”s head into a bunch of people that had people in them and all the buildings collapsed and people died. Other times when he was being a dick include when he actually tried to murder Lois, when he called me Bruce right in front of Joker, he tweeted the whole world my secret identity(super dick move there), broke wonder woman”s hands and strangled her with her own lasso, just punched her in the back of the head knocking her out, and probably most importantly, he brought up Martha. best custom essay

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