HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #37 BY ROBERT VENDITTI, RAFA SANDOVAL, JORDI TARRAGONA, AND TOMELI MOREY
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GREEN LANTERNS #37 finds the Guardians reforming with John Stewart as their conscience. It's a good thing too, as Hal and Kyle have discovered a new threat. Robert Venditti brings General Zod into the fray with a brutal introduction.
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New Foes Rising

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #37 begins a new arc and new threat for the Lantern Corps. Said arc holds promise but starts off a little weak thanks to a slightly more interesting side plot.

Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide

The issue starts Kyle and Hal’s investigation of a new threat, but it also continues the story from the last issue. John Stewart is about to quit the Corps. His reasoning is that the new Guardians have decided to restart their original council. Since the original Guardians had copious amounts of secrets, lies, threats, and attempts at remaking the universe, John’s got a pretty fair gripe.

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #37
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #37 page 5. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Writer Robert Venditti brings a smart twist to the proceedings, however. The Guardians want Stewart precisely because he opposes them. Ganthet admits the Guardians’ previous failings and wants John to help keep them in check. It’s a smart move by Venditti that shows the evolution of the Guardians as characters. It’s also a nice move to see powerful figures admit their own failings in the modern era. Venditti creates a unique moment here that should allow for interesting and complex stories in the future. It’s already off to a good start as the other Lanterns seem very uneasy about the Guardians being around again.

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Kneel!

The secondary story features Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner traveling to a new planet (beginning the story arc “Zod’s Will”). They expect to find a planet at the level of the Stone Age but instead meet something, and someone, they didn’t expect.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #37 page 10. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Superman’s old foe General Zod has set up shop on this planet, and he and his family (Mara, their son, and the Eradicator) aren’t ready to abandon their plans. The two Lanterns spring into action but are woefully outmatched by the Kryptonian trio. The artistic team of Jordi Targonna and Tomei Moery emphasize the brutality with every blow. Bright red blood flows, Kyle’s mask shatters, and the Lanterns are beaten to a pulp. It shows just how powerful the Zod clan is (especially when a child can dislocate someone’s jaw), and makes them seem like the perfect villains for the Lanterns to take on next.

Punch-Drunk

However, the brutality of the battle also emphasizes a weakness in the story. The Zod-centric story, for all its potential and brutality, isn’t as gripping as the Guardians’ side. The Guardians show real signs of growth and a desire for change. That opens the door for new ideas and possibilities in the future, especially with an uneasy Lantern Corps. The Zod story has Hal Jordan rushing in without having a plan, just like so many stories before.

Given all of Hal’s experiences, it’s something of a regression and feels way too old hat. Hal has worked with Superman and knows he needs strategy to take down a powered Kryptonian. The brutality that follows emphasizes just how a poor a decision it was not to have a plan.  It’s also rather repetitive seeing the Lanterns be beaten over and over again. The lack of real strain from the Zod clan makes it even worse.  All in all, it just seems like a bad (and boring) rookie mistake from someone that’s all but the leader of the Corps.

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Final Thoughts on HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #37

In conclusion, HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #37 is an uneven start to a new story arc. There’s a lot of potential with Zod and especially with the Guardians. However, Hal needs to show more of a plan than ‘ring blast’ at this point in his career. The Lanterns need to build up some defense too; Zod and his family can’t have this much ease beating them for the whole arc. Hopefully, the rest of the story will adapt and show this as the months go on.

One Comment

  1. César Barroso

    César Barroso

    February 10, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    That shit was neat. I hope we get a crossover with Action Comics soon.

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