Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #49 BY ROBERT VENDITTI, RAFA SANDOVAL, SERGIO DAVILA, JORDI TARRAGONA, AND TOMEU MOREY Art Characterization Plot Summary HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #49 continues the fight between Lanterns and Darkstars. Everything is ready to come to a head! 88 %Prelude To FinaleHAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #49 continues “Last Charge” with a chapter full of action and setup. Writer Robert Venditti amps up the battles taking place, while still moving the story and its ideas forward.Warning, potential spoilers are below!HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #37: The Campaign BeginsHigh Action and High ThoughtThe issue rockets off from the start, with a full page showing the Lanterns and Guardians battling against the Darkstars. The art team of Rafa Sandoval, Tomeu Morey, Sergio Davila, and Jordi Tarragona deliver a page of crisp lines and bright colors that manages to still portray the chaotic fight in a way that the reader can easily follow.HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #49 page 1. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.Even with four artists involved, this dynamic and clear style is consistent throughout the issue. It’s essential for this kind of epic battle to be present with equal parts dynamic action and clarity, which this team excels at. The story follows suit. The action moves from the central Lantern battle to outer space, as John Stewart narrates. It’s an excellent framing device as John watches the main fight and the space battle with Kyle Rayner, Guy Gardner, and their allies (Zod, Arkillo, and Orion). John comments on not being able to join in the battle, but knows he’s needed to coordinate their two-part plan. His narration is a nice touch that shows John’s strategic mind, but also keeps him human. Despite his concerns, he knows the real blow against the Darkstars will come from (unsurprisingly) Hal Jordan.Hal is trying to execute said strike with Hector Hammond. The duo has found the Darkstar’s main means of communication (the comatose Controllers). Hal instructs Hammond to disrupt their mental link to the Darkstars. Hammond, again, comments on how easy it would be to kill them, and even starts levitating some machinery. Surgical StrikeHal stops Hammond, in yet another showing of Hammond’s “violent child” tendencies that I’m sick of. However, Hammond easily overrides the Controllers’ link, so he certainly proves his use here. The Darkstars are left without their telepathic link, and most of them retreat. However, that too was part of the Lanterns’ plan. Tomar-Tu, the Darkstars’ leader and former GL, finds Hal and attempts to engage him. However, John activates phase two of the plan, and engages a disruption field that knocks out the Darkstars’ teleporting powers, nullifying their last real advantage. This also allows the other Lanterns to rally in another gorgeous panel.HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #49 page 13. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.The Lanterns engage in another space battle, but the real fight is between Jordan and Tomar. It’s the perfect image for the entire story Venditti has been telling. Jordan, defending Lantern justice, and Tomar-Tu, Darkstar vengeance. It was the only way this war could, and should, conclude. The two warriors state their sides one last time, and then launch themselves at each other at the end of the issue.Old is Not New Again in GREEN LANTERNS #50Final Thoughts On HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #49HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #49 is a thrilling prelude to the final battle. Venditti may have had his ups and downs with this series in the past, but he’s got a firm handle on what he wants for it now. The characters are perfectly captured with a strong story to motivate them, and the art team is showing their strength with each issue (the inverse of its sister comic GREEN LANTERNS right now).The Darkstars have become unique and memorable foes for the Lanterns, building on their own long comics history. The Lanterns have had to make tough decisions, but haven’t lost sight of their purpose either. While I still wish there wasn’t as much Hector Hammond, the quality of the book makes up for any problems he causes me. All of this should lead to a powerful conclusion next month, so be sure to pick up the finale of the Darkstars saga in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #50!