HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27 By Robert Vendetti, Rafa Sandoval, and Tomei Moray
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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27 sees Hal Jordan and Kyler Rayner rescue The New God, Orion. A large golem created by The Old Gods has come to annihilate Orion and only Hal and Kyle stand in its way. This issue has wonderful art, fights, and characters which create an awesome comic experience.
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Gods and Lanterns

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27 is the newest chapter in this series focusing on the titular intergalactic policemen. This arc, “Fall of the Gods,” is especially interesting due to the fact that it reintroduces The New Gods like Orion into DC Rebirth. Seeing the Green Lanterns team up with Orion is one of the reasons this issue is so exciting.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27 pg. 3 Image Courtesy of DC Comics

Robert Vendetti, Rafa Sandoval, and Tomeu Morey craft a fascinating cosmic tale in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27 that highlights the series’ best characters. The art by Sandoval and Morey is spectacular with intense visuals throughout. The one slight weakness of this particular issue is that the story is quite straightforward. However, seeing Lanterns fight a giant robot is never a bad thing. I hope that later issues in this arc can be more plot-heavy, especially after this one was so action-focused.

Return of Orion

Last issue saw the return of Orion, the prince of New Gods. While we have recently seen Orion appear in MISTER MIRACLE #1, he hasn’t appeared in main DC comics continuity since the end of the New 52 early last year. His return marks a move by DC to include the creator of the New Gods, Jack Kirby’s creations into the main DC universe. DC did this to coincide with Kirby’s 100th birthday on August 28th.

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In this storyline, we see Orion running from a new threat to the universe. Here we see that robotic golems programmed by Orion’s grandfather, Yuga Khan, have been sent to hunt down all the New Gods. The New Gods sent Orion to contact the Green Lanterns and ask the Corps for assistance in stopping this threat. However, as soon as Orion finds Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner, one of the mysterious golems attacks Orion nearly killing him. Now Hal must find a way of stopping this golem before it finishes its job and executes Orion.

We don’t get a lot of background on these golems or The New Gods in this issue. I do hope that Vendetti will expand on this in later issues when the Green Lanterns don’t have giant robots they have to kill. The biggest clue to what the golems are is when the Green Lanterns find that Yuga Khan made the golems with the Nth metal. The Nth metal is an ancient metal from the Dark Multiverse. The appearance of the metal in this issue hints at a greater connection with Scott Snyder’s DARK NIGHTS: METAL which centers on the Dark Multiverse.

Characters in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27

This comic does a great job of capturing the personalities of all the iconic characters amidst all of the action. One of the best things about this series is that you get four Green Lanterns for the price of one. Luckily this issue does a good job of balancing all four of these Lanterns alongside the introduction of Orion.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27 pg. 15. Image Courtesy of DC Comics

The primary character in this story is Hal Jordan. Hal continues his streak as the reckless, macho, yet selfless hero without fear. We see him personally face off with a foe far stronger than him in the golem. But Hal, always ready for a good fight, is up for the challenge so that they can protect Orion.

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The second Lantern here is Kyle Rayner. Kyle has had a long and hard road through DC Rebirth. The woman he loves, Soranik, the daughter of Sinestro, leads the Sinestro Corps in direct opposition of his own Corps. Kyle, throughout this arc, seems to be struggling with his own emotions and feelings during his mission.

The last of the human Corps members are John Stewart and Guy Gardener. These two continue to be the best buddy-cops in the DC universe. John Stewart is a calm, collected, and level-headed leader of the Corps. Meanwhile, Guy is a brash and cocky hothead. That the two have such a lovely friendship despite their differences make them great characters and members of the Green Lanterns.

Finally, there is Orion, the son of New Genesis. Vendetti writes Orion in a way that feels accurate to his character. The writer plays up the God’s temper and impulsive nature. In fact, there are many ways that Orion is similar to Hal and Guy. They are all equally as brave as they foolhardy. The comic shows that all three sometimes run into situations before thinking them through.

Cosmic Art

As is to be expected with most Green Lantern comic books, this issue does a great job at depicting light, specifically the light of the energy that Lanterns, the golem, and Orion are casting throughout the issue. Pencilist Rafa Sandoval and colorist Tomeu Morey draw a glowing green outline around Hal whenever he casts his ring and flies to fight. This is a great reminder that Hal’s powers are connected to the cosmic energy from his ring. Then Sandoval and Morey make sure to have every action beat seem exciting. When depicting an explosion they don’t just draw a mushroom cloud then some debris. Instead, they draw large white lines showing light emanating out while large words scroll across the page. This makes the action feel much more exciting to the reader.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27 pg. 10. Image Courtesy of DC Comics

I also really enjoy how Sandoval draws his figures in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27. When Hal is in action we can always make out his green costume and his defined physical features. However, we also get to see Hal in motion and pushing himself to his limits against the golem. This gives the reader a feeling that Hal’s battle against the golem is truly a battle of powerful cosmic forces.

Final Thoughts

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #27 is a captivating new comic combining The New Gods with the Green Lantern Corps. It’s thrilling to see these two worlds collide once again. I look forward to future stories between the Corps and the Gods. Hopefully “Fall of the Gods” will continue with a more complicated story in later issues. This issue’s gripping, gorgeous-looking action alongside its wonderful character portrayals make it a terrific addition to Vendetti’s run on this series.

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