HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 BY ROBERT VENDETTI, JACK HERBERT, JASON WRIGHT
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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 continues "Twilight of the Guardians." The Controllers have a plan in mind for the kidnapped Guardians, as the Lanterns search across the cosmos. Robert Venditti weaves a tale of a dark rebirth, which Jack Herbert and Jason Wright expertly support.
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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 continues the “Twilight of the Guardians” story with some unique new elements. The issue reveals aspects of the Guardians and their counterparts the Controllers, while also letting the Lantern Honor Guard do some interrogating. It’s a piece of a bigger puzzle, but the creative team makes sure it’s a memorable one.

Witness

The issue begins with the Honor Guard questioning their only witness to the Guardians’ kidnapping. However, the child Lantern Somar-Le is too overwhelmed to help. Kyle Raynor reaches her through a simple drawing exercise. Writer Robert Vendetti works to keep the human touch Green Lantern comics needs, even with an alien child. Artists Jack Herbert and Jason Wright follow his lead, making Kyle’s ‘session’ with Somar-Le a ‘good cop’ interacting with a kid. However, when Somar-Le uses the ring to visualize the kidnappers, the artists create some intense imagery.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 page 4. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

The Controllers have returned, and have imprisoned the Guardians. Ganthet and the Controllers argue back and forth. Vendetti excels with the dialogue here. He echoes the endless feud between the Guardians and Controllers, making it clear how long these two sides have been opposed. Ganthet argues how the Controllers broke away from Oa. Consequently, the Controllers throw it right back at him, saying the Guardians gave up. Vendetti knows not to focus on established arguments. He makes it clear the Controllers have a new plan in mind for the Guardians.

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Outer Space Interrogation

The issue’s main focus becomes the three Honor Guard members traveling around the galaxy to get information. Vendetti shows three unique approaches to interrogation here. Hal Jordan uses his reputation to intimidate, Kyle goes incognito, and Guy Gardner…. does what Guy Gardner always does.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 page 9. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

This approach allows Venditti to show the three unique styles the Lanterns bring to the table. It also makes their teamwork seem that much more impressive. However, the art team stands out tremendously in these panels. Herbert and Wright create unique looks for the intergalactic bars that the Lanterns investigate. Hal and Kyle’s feel like dirtier versions of the Mos Eisley cantina, with a variety of aliens species. The colors explode here as well, though Hal’s feels more vibrant than Kyle’s (highlighting the different approaches they take). Guy’s location feels like the basement of those same bars; a dark, cramped place where no one can hear a thing. It’s impressive how well the art team captures each Lantern’s approach, making them feel perfectly suited to the assigned character. The issue stands out all the more for it.

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The Lanterns report back their info and decide a small, coordinated approach is best. It’s a good thing too, as the Controllers finally reveal their plans to the Guardians. Both species suffer from near extinction. The Controllers discovered a way around it, but there’s a deadly catch for the Guardians. You’ll have to pick up HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 to find out what it is though.

Final Thoughts on HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34

In conclusion, HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #34 works as an effective piece of the “Twilight” puzzle. It reveals enough of the Controllers’ plan to give real urgency to the bigger story. It also adds unique elements for later issues. It’s great to see how the four Lanterns operate as a team and as individuals. It showcases both their strengths and the respect that lets them function as a group. The art excels as well, both for its intense disturbing images or splashes of color and unique alien details. This is a solid issue that builds up the conflict while preparing us for the massive moment when the Lanterns and Controllers meet. A solid issue overall, hinting at great things to come.

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