HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #13 by Robert Venditti, V. Ken Marion, Paul Neary, Dexter Vines, and Alex Sollazzo
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In HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #13, a Xudarian grandmother recounts her experience with the Green Lantern Corps to her grandchildren. She reminisces about being saved by the Green Lanterns through an intriguing story with great artwork.
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Witness of Heroism

After a strong story arc and adventure, Robert Venditti and the creative team take a step back in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #13 to tell a different kind of story. Instead of more adventures from the wielders of willpower, this issue feels like a filler that takes a leap into the future as a Xudarian grandmother tells a story about the Green Lantern Corps to her grandchildren.

Previously in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #12, the “Bottled Light” storyline came to a chaotic end. The Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro Corps escaped Larfleeze’s entrapment, which resulted in Larfleeze frantically trying to recapture them. Luckily, Hal Jordan, Kyle Rayner, Sayd, and Ganthet arrived to assist the Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro Corps. By the end, Soranik agreed to join her Sinestro Corps with the Green Lantern Corps.

READ: Relive HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORP # 12 right here with our review!

Venditti begins the issue with a couple of Xudarian children begging their grandmother, Somar, for a bedtime story. She decides to share with them a tale that she had refrained from telling them due to their young age. She tells them of her own childhood and the memorable moment in which the Green Lantern Corps came to save their planet Xudar. Essentially, her tale is the retelling of the “Bottled Light’ storyline that just wrapped up in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #12. (The attack on Xudar was featured in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #8-10). Somar was a victim of the attack, which makes her retelling personal and thus more interesting. History sees them as heroes and it serves as a reminder as to why we are rooting for them.

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #13

Somar’s bedtime story does more than just recap Starro’s attack on Xudar. Her story hints at the events that transpire between the attack and the current time of Somar speaking to her grandchildren. This is where the narrative of the issue is told through the fantastic art by V. Ken Marion, Paul Neary, Dexter Vines, and Alex Sollazzo. Somar only vaguely refers to the events that readers have yet to witness and the art gives a glimpse into the future. We see unknown characters and different green power rings that catch our interest due to the intensity of the artwork. The assortment of images tells a story on their own, but not enough to give anything away. As a fan of the series, the brief look at things to come is enjoyable since the possibilities for incredible future story arcs are already in the works. It will be interesting to see which storyline will come out next and how it will take form.

I also commend the artwork for its realistic portrayal of the “Bottled Light” story arc. As a retelling of a memory, the artists could have exaggerated the look and design of the characters involved since memories can be cloudy. Instead, they keep it realistic, which I love because it shows the Green Lanterns as heroes without the need of any grandeur. They’re beings to look up to and do not need to be a hundred feet tall in order to be seen as idols.

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Since much of the issue is told through Somar’s perspective, the characterization lacks depth. The Green Lanterns are just explained as heroes who once saved her from Starro, but not much else is added. However, Somar as a character is interesting as she tells of her fear of Starro and her admiration for the Green Lantern Corps. She appreciates the years she was given by the Lanterns’ heroics and passes her tales on to her grandchildren.

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #13

Though HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #13 is a filler issue, there is much to enjoy. I like how filler issues allow for a breather for readers between story arcs. It is great to see how the Green Lantern Corps is perceived in the future and how much more their involvement as a police force impacts the universe. I’m interested in what is coming next for the series. I’m not sure if Venditti will build towards a storyline that is hinted in this issue or if he will take a different direction that involves the Xudarians more. Either way, there seems to be a lot more in store for Hal Jordan and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps!

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