HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #47 BY ROBERT VENDITTI, FERNANDO PASARIN, OCLAIR ALBERT, EBER FERREIRA, AND JASON WRIGHT
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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #47 continues "Darkstar Rising" with a mostly solid issue. Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner get more to work with, but Kyle Rayner's story isn't as satisfying.
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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #47 continues “Darkstars Rising” with more of Guy Gardner’s family drama. Robert Venditti strikes a balance between the multiple Lantern stories, and gives some long-awaited answers as well.

Warning, potential spoilers are below!

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Memory Problems

The issue begins with Hal on an alien world, his memories stolen by Hector Hammond. Hector tries to convince Hal that he will help him, but a voice tells Hal not to trust his old foe. Meanwhile, Darkstar Guy Gardner is back on Earth, ready to fight Arkillo in order to kill his father Roland. Arkillo reminds his rival of their long relationship, even dropping his ring to fight Guy hand-to-hand once again. Guy is surprised by this move, but it doesn’t stop him from brutally attacking Arkillo.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #47 page 7. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

This scene highlights the talent of both writer and artist. The art team (Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Eber Ferreira, and Jason Wright) craft a brutal scene, with vivid colors and explosions of violence. Every panel feels like a punch, and the magnitude of the fight comes across perfectly. Vendetti’s writing is strong here too. Gardner had the best story of the previous issue, and that trend continues here. Arkillo is an unlikely conscience to Guy, and the emotion between them is real. Vendetti also answers the question of why Guy became a Darkstar, as beating Arkillo causes his ring to reactivate and blow the armor off.

Guy reveals the whole episode was a trick to learn how the Darkstars operate from the inside. The suits pushes anger to high levels, enhancing every thought Guy had about punishing his father. Guy and Arkillo fly off to deal with the Darkstars, and there’s a hint that things between Roland and his son may improve. Leaving their dynamic unresolved feels like a waste, but Vendetti shows he plays the long game in this issue. We should hopefully see that resolution down the road.

Familiar and Surprising

Elsewhere, the story also shows Kyle Rayner imprisoned on New Genesis. Kyle went there to recruit Orion, but Highfather wasn’t ready to release the Dog of War. However, this part of the story plays out rather predictably, as Orion frees Kyle and helps him escape. It’s not a bad segment, but it feels like old-hat after the drama of Gardener’s story.

Thankfully, Hal gets far more to do in his narrative with Hammond. The telepath continually tries to convince Hal he’s actually a superhero, but Hal doesn’t believe that Hammond’s plan of killing all the universe’s villains is the right thing. The voice Hal hears also refuses to go away. Despite Hammond’s efforts, it gets louder and louder, until it’s revealed why Hal really chose this world. This is where he forged a ring from his own willpower, infusing it into the planet itself. It’s the best place to break away from Hammond’s mind control. Hal does so in epic fashion, with another amazing art page.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #47 page 16. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Venditti takes another good turn here, as Hammond isn’t angry about Hal getting his memory back. The giant head reveals the entire event was his way of teaching his foe. All of Hal’s guilty thoughts about killing criminals are just thoughts. Even without his memories, he couldn’t do it himself nor could he allow Hammond to. Hal and Hammond leave the planet with new purpose, even as the final buildup seems to be happening over on Mogo…

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Final Thoughts On HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #47

Overall, HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #47 is another solid issue. Venditti shows his ability to play for the long game with his writing. Even acts that intially seemed unfocused come to a satisfying payoff here. The new art team is strong, with impressive control of detail and an ease with the Green Lantern brand. It might have been better to do more with John Stewart and Zod instead of Kyle Rayner but, hopefully, that will come soon. For now, we just have to wait for the epic installment next month!

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