HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #38 BY ROBERT VENDITTI, ETHAN VAN SCIVER, AND JASON WRIGHT
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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #39 continues the "Zod's Will" storyline by pulling back on the brutality of the last issue. Robert Venditti highlights the strategy of both Hal and Zod, all the while hinting towards a bigger plot.
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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #38 continues the “Zod’s Will” storyline with a closer look at both sides of the conflict. The story features less fighting but offers more character than the last chapter.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #37: The Campaign Begins

Sizing Up

The issue begins with Hal and Kyle trapped in a crystal prison. They both feel the effects of last issue’s beating from Zod and his family, but Kyle is worse off. Zod invites a ringless Hal to dinner. Writer Robert Venditti crafts a unique scene as Zod and Hal spar over the role of the Lanterns back when Krypton was alive. Zod explains to his son that Krypton was under the protection of Lantern Tomar-Re, but it was still destroyed. However, Zod admits that without Krypton’s destruction, he and his family would never have ventured to Earth and absorbed the yellow sunlight.

This is a fascinating look at a relationship that hasn’t been considered before. Krypton would have had a Lantern, and making it someone Jordan knew personally adds some depth. Venditti makes Zod seem more introspective and adds conflict from Ursa, who clearly hates the Lanterns for not saving Krypton. It’s a welcome change from the brutal beatings of the past issue. It also allows Hal his usual flippancy in the face of danger.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #38 page 6. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Hal ends up back in his cell. He summons his ring (which he created from his own will) to break himself and Kyle out. This scene plays out wonderfully thanks to the art of Ethan Van Sciver and Jason Wright. These two often remind me of Ivan Reis’ work with Geoff Johns, and this is just a further example of that comparison. The scene builds flawlessly and ends with a badass shot that feels perfectly Jordan, reminding us just what he’s capable of.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #38 page 10. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Revelation

Hal and Kyle escape to the slave pits, where they meet the local aliens. They are ready to try and unite them, but they turn on the Lanterns. Hal is confused until Kyle makes a discovery from the wall art. Zod isn’t the aliens’ jailer — he’s their God.

I love this move by Venditti. It adds all sorts of questions for the story to answer in further issues — how Zod became deified, what these people think they’re doing for him, and much more. It reminds me of a great line from Darkseid in SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES as well.

“I am many things Superman.  Here, I am God.”

Venditti adds a great element with the twisted religion, and the art crew follows right behind him as the aliens attack. Kyle is too injured to do anything, so Hal does the only thing he can. He puts the ring on Kyle, using its power to hold him together. The whole scene is an amazing explosion of green energy. It’s both awe-inspiring and terrifying at the same time.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #38 page 16. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Kyle rockets off-planet, leaving Hal at the mercy of Zod’s aliens. However, help will be on its way soon.

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Final Thoughts On HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #38

In conclusion, HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #38 works as a strong progression and deepening of the “Zod’s Will” storyline. The issue recovers from the overuse of brutality the first issue suffered from and adds more depth to the game between Hal and Zod. The revelation of Krypton’s Green Lantern gives a much-needed connection to what seemed like a random pairing at first. There’s real beef between both sides now, and it’s fascinating to imagine where it can go from here. Whatever happens, watching the Lanterns deal with Zod and his new followers should continue to be a treat.

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