HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #12 By Robert Venditti and Ethan Van Sciver
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #12 concludes the battle between Larfleeze and the captured lanterns as Hal finally reunites with the Green Lantern Corps. With fantastic characterization and artwork, HAL JORDAN GREEN LANTERN CORPS #12 is a great end to the "Bottled Light" storyline.
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"Mine!" - Larfleeze

The “Bottled Light” story arc comes to an end in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #12. Writer Robert Venditti and artist Ethan Van Sciver collaborate to finish off the Green Lantern Corps’ conflict with Larfleeze. Can willpower triumph over avarice? And will Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner arrive in time to help the team?


Previously in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #11, John Stewart’s plan to escape Larfleeze’s containment bottle proved successful. The Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro Corps staged a fight and Larfleeze, fearing the destruction of his property, released the lanterns. Meanwhile, Hal Jordan reunited with White Lantern Kyle Rayner and the Guardians of the Universe, Sayd and Ganthet. The four of them, hell bent on finding the Green Lantern Corps, began to scour the universe to locate them.

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Now that the Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps are no longer confined in one of Larfleeze’s bottles, Venditti gives readers the battle they have been waiting for. HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #12 begins with Larfleeze deploying his orange constructs to recapture the lanterns. The constructs are beings that Larfleeze once killed, which then become his possessions. As it turns out, the Green Lantern’s willpower is not too effective against the orange constructs. However, the yellow light of fear is a match for the orange light of avarice, so Stewart schemes to amplify the power of the Sinestro Corps by increasing the fear in the room.

The strategy gets even better when Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, Ganthet, and Sayd show up to help. This reunion is very satisfying and fitting for the story since Jordan has been away from the group for so long. It is even more satisfying when, prior to the bottled light storyline, the Green Lantern Corps was not able to reach Jordan in time to reunite. It was a tease that gets paid off in this issue. Jordan has been searching for the Green Lantern Corps, which was once believed to be gone, so finally getting everyone together and having the corps at full force is exciting. They can now returns to their former glory and police the universe.


The fact that the plan to defeat Larfleeze comes from Stewart is a testament to Venditti’s ability to keep his character intact. He came up with the scheme to get out of the bottle in the previous issue, so it makes sense that Stewart has the leadership, critical thinking and tactical skills to organize the fight against Larfleeze and his minions. His leadership skills have shined throughout DC Comics’ Rebirth ever since he had to take over for Jordan and this continues in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #12.

In addition, Venditti characterization of Larfleeze makes him a compelling villain. Larfleeze hasn’t been featured much in Green Lantern series recently, but Venditti is able to portray Larfleeze’s childlike greed perfectly. During the fight, Larfleeze throws a fit like a child having his toys being taken away and wanting them back. This is a great way to present Larfleeze, since he is all about avarice and seeing him as a child is the essence of the character. He’s a possessive and desperate being with a power ring, and that makes him dangerous.

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Van Sciver continues his fantastic work on the HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS series. His art wonderfully depicts the chaos of the battle. Showing the Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps taking on the orange constructs is no small feat; they are all composed of completely different species with unique features. Also, the art does a great job at depicting the various amounts of fighting going on at once. For example, the panels go from Guy Gardner fighting and orange construct to Soranik fighting another orange construct. This shows the magnitude of the battle through the larger space drawn, which intensifies the pressure the lanterns are in along with the force they are up against.


HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #12 is a strong conclusion to the “Bottled Light” story arc. Witnessing Larfleeze unleash his constructs upon the Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps for a chaotic battle is nothing short of fun. Also, the long-awaited reunion between Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is so very satisfying. Now that they are all together, it will be interesting to see where Venditti take the group from here. The Green Lanterns’ leader Hal Jordan is back, but Stewart has been holding the team together for a while now. Will there be some internal group conflict? We’ll have to wait until HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #13 to find out!

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