Hal Jordan

Green Lantern fans have gotten a taste of the green light in the DC’s Rebirth launch with GREEN LANTERNS (featuring Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz), but HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS: REBIRTH #1 is the title fans have been waiting for. Hal Jordan is on the path to a return to the Green Lantern Corps, while Sinestro is getting into the mix!

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Hal Jordan, probably the most well-known Green Lantern thanks to Geoff Johns, is quickly fading away into oblivion due to Krona’s Gauntlet. As a result, in this issue, Hal tries to forge his own Power Ring with the force of willpower. Meanwhile, in space, Sinestro is in control of War World. With the Green Lantern Corps nowhere to be found, the Sinestro Corps has taken their place as the police force of the universe.

Hal JordanHAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS: REBIRTH #1 accomplishes what it sets out to do by giving new life to Hal Jordan as a Green Lantern. In the GREEN LANTERN series, Hal left the Green Lantern Corps (before they disappeared) as a martyr, trying to take the blame for all of the Corps’ more regretful endeavors. It’s great to bring him back, since it is a Rebirth title after all, but it would have been better to see the Green Lantern Corps return as well. The Corps’ disappearance has been dragging on a bit too long and the Rebirth event would have been a fitting way to bring them back immediately.

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The best plot point may be Robert Venditti’s addition of the Sinestro Corps. The SINESTRO series has been fantastic and finally merging the series into a GREEN LANTERN title is long awaited. Once the Green Lantern Corps returns, the Sinestro Corps offers an immediate threat the wielders of green light.

Hal JordanWith Hal Jordan as the focus, he could have been developed a bit better than he is in the issue. His life and events leading up to the moment he tries to forge a Green Power Ring are just quickly summarized in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS: REBIRTH #1. It feels like a lazy recap to fit everything into the issue, even though not everything is necessary. It may have been better to just show Jordan’s desperation in getting the Green Lantern Corps back and saving his own life.

Also, the issue shows Sinestro as an old man. Granted, in SINESTRO, it is established that his recent efforts in building the Sinestro Corps have taken their toll on him and his power, but it doesn’t make sense to why he is now elderly. There could probably be a better way to show his weakening power, rather than making him old when there is no explanation or consistency of time passing.

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The art by Ethan Van Sciver is impressive in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS: REBIRTH #1. The detail on the character is incredibly well done. Even though the decision to make Sinestro old is up for debate, the signs of his aging in the art are perfect. Also, Sciver generates a great feel for the vastness of the settings. There is a panel of only War World that then leads to panels with Sinestro looking out onto the landscape and they create a wondrous visual.

Hal Jordan
More could have been done from a story standpoint, but HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS: REBIRTH #1 is a well-structured start to the series. It sets the stage for the return of the Green Lantern Corps as well as a showdown with the Sinestro Corps. And who doesn’t love a Sinestro vs Hal Jordan conflict?!

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