HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #46 BY ROBERT VENDITTI, CLAYTON HENRY, PETE PANTAZIS, AND DAVID SHARPE
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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #46 moves "Darkstar Rising" into the personal arena, as new Darkstar Guy Gardner goes after his abusive father. Robert Venditti gives Gardner a strong story to work with, but doesn't do quite as well with the rest of the cast.
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Personal Demons

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #46 continues the “Darkstars Rising” storyline with a new twist. This issue moves away from the philosophical meanings behind the Corps and the Darkstars conflict and moves into a more personal story, where writer Robert Venditti shines. However, he struggles somewhat with the issue’s side stories.

Alliances Abound in HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #45

Grant Me Serenity

The book opens far from the usual Lantern environment, as we see an old man in front of a bar. He gazes at it while muttering the Serenity Prayer. He sees flashbacks of violence against a young red-haired boy. Any Lantern fan would recognize the child — a young Guy Gardner, making this his father Roland. The art team (Clayton Henry, Pete Pantazis, and David Sharpe) does a great job with the conflicting emotions here. Present Roland looks frightened by the world and ashamed of everything. The present is presented in washed out colors. His memories are shaded in red. It fits the Lantern motif, but also shows how different current Roland is from his past self.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #46 page 1. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Of course, that doesn’t matter as Roland is still attacked by Guy, who became a Darkstar in the previous issue. I thought his transformation was more than a little rushed, but Venditti is using it in an effective way here. However, there are some inconsistencies in Guy’s actions. While they make sense for Guy personally, the Darkstars have only gone after murderers. Roland did horrible, abusive things, but he never actually killed anyone. So why would the Darkstars allow Guy to punish him? Still, the storytelling potential of the transformed Roland offers enough to make up for this discrepancy.

Meanwhile, in Space

While this is going on, the other Lanterns are dealing with their own issues. Hal, John, and Kyle spent the last few issues recruiting help, but their success rate isn’t great. John has made an uneasy truce with Zod, but Kyle isn’t as lucky recruiting Orion. Meanwhile, Hal takes Hector Hammond to a dead planet to test his powers. Hammond however, just continues to seem like a mean-spirited, simple child. First, he’s fascinated with space, then he promises Hal he’ll get rid of his enemies, before finally showing him what he means. It’s nothing new or unexpected, though we do get a great splash panel out of it.

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #46 page 7. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

There’s not much more to say about these interludes because they feel like more of what we’ve gotten in the past few issues. They simply don’t have the fresh air that Gardner’s story does, and feel more like they just have to be here. Meanwhile, Roland explains how he’s been dry for six weeks, and is only outside the bar to fight his temptations and walk away. Guy doesn’t believe him, of course; he assumes his father will eventually fall right back to the bottle, like always.

Venditti adds something special here though. Roland admits he remembers everything clearly without the drinking, including what he did to Guy. He’s ashamed, and fully accepts his son’s hatred of him. It’s a great touch to have Roland admit his failings, but not beg for forgiveness. It makes him more sympathetic, which is pretty hard for a character who’s an abusive drunk. Guy still doesn’t buy it, but Roland manages to get a reprieve until the next issue.

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Final Thoughts on HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #46

HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #46 survives with Gardner’s story and strong art. Venditti does a fantastic job inserting real emotion into Guy’s story. He seems to have enjoyed the change in setting, hence why the other Lantern segments aren’t as interesting. The art is great in both subtle and in-your-face ways, showing the art team can handle the changes in pace with ease. Even so, the issue furthers the story and gets the reader excited for the future.

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