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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 1: Sinestro's Law (Rebirth) Paperback – February 14, 2017
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About the Author
Robert Venditti is the New York Times best-selling author of THE HOMELAND DIRECTIVE and the sci-fi graphic novel series THE SURROGATES, the first installment of which was adapted into a feature film starring Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames. He also writes the graphic novel adaptations of Rick Riordan's bestselling PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS novels. His most recent projects include X-O MANOWAR, GREEN LANTERN and THE FLASH.
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Thanks to REBIRTH, Hal Jordan is back to his former glory while sharing some page time with the Green Lantern Corps and this is a great return to at that.
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS collects HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS: REBIRTH and issues #1-7. The whole Green Lantern Corps disappeared from the universe and it appears Sinestro and his Yellow Lanterns, The Sinestro Corp, have taken control of the whole universe in the former’s place. With the Sinestro Corp now in charge of the universe, it means spreading order through fear across the solar system and that means dark times. After spending time in self-exile, Hal Jordan has returned to save the universe by becoming a Green Lantern again to fight against Sinestro. Even if Hal is the only Green Lantern left to fight Sinestro and look for the missing GL Corps, he will push his limits to the max to take on his greatest nemesis from universal tyranny through fear.
The surprising thing about all this is returning writer Robert Venditti who’s been writing GREEN LANTERN since THE NEW 52 issue #20 from the former 10-year run from Geoff Johns. His NEW 52 work on Hal Jordan as Green Lantern is considered unfavorable by many who adored Geoff Johns former work on the series. There are things I really did like what Venditti did, yet there are plenty of things that bothered me as well. The surprise about this is you would never have guessed he would write this because it is so different from what he wrote during THE NEW 52 and far more in-line with Geoff Johns tenure. It’s big on cosmic-level action, pushing GL lore, and every character get their time to shine. If you’re one who dropped GL once Johns left, I strongly suggest you give this a try.
The REBIRTH line is about getting back to basics and seeing as Geoff Johns run on GL is one of the most herald within the character’s background, I can see why Venditti is going back to that template. Hal is back kicking ass and taking names as he is trying to find the Green Lantern Corp and figure out how/why Sinestro took control of the Universe. Vendittit spends a solid amount of time also giving Sinestro his page time as we see his evil nature being for the greater good to show the duality between Hal and Sinestro as reason why they two of DC’s best heroes and villain. It is simply good cosmic comics that feel as if Geoff Johns was writing this all over again and Venditti captures it beautifully.
Of course, seeing as Green Lantern Corps is part of the title, they do play a large part in the story. The GLC have John Stewart in charge, with Guy Gardner and Kilowag as second-in-commands. Venditti changes between the two plots of Hal taking on the Sinestro Corp and GL Corp trying to recoup their forces. Both stories shift between page time reasonably well, yet most of the better material hands down goes toward Hal taking back the universe from Sinestro.
The two-changing artist for this series include industry legend Ethan Van Sciver and Rafa Sandoval. Van Sciver’s already gave Hal the Rebirth treatment in 2004 with Geoff John both on Green Lantern: Rebirth and The Flash: Rebirth, so it feels natural to have him here again doing the HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS: REBIRTH and issues #4-5. It’s highly detailed and cosmic that never hurts to have. The other rotating artist Sandoval interesting because him and Van Sciver’s artwork do not gel well at all because both styles are different, yet somehow, they both work. Sandoval’s art is hugely cinematic in the action scenes and still gives off proper amount of emotions when need be.
You know, I am tempted to give this a 5-star rating because I really loved everything about this book and feel truly like Geoff Johns run on Green Lantern, yet I am giving this a 4-star rating. While the love the return to form for the title, it isn’t doing anything new. Nothing wrong with that, as that is not the problem I have with it. The reason for the 4-star is because of the rough starting point for new (and even old) readers. You see, this series beckons back to much of the NEW 52 and if you’re not familiar with those old plots, this book is rough to start. Hal Jordan being some rogue throughout the universe? You need to read Green Lantern Vol. 7: Renegade and Green Lantern Vol. 8: Reflections to understand why. Where did the Green Lantern Corps disappear to and come back from? Read Green Lantern Corps: Lost Army Vol. 1 and Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion Vol. 1. How and why did Sinestro Corps become the leading authority in the universe? And why is Sinestro on the threshold of dying? Read Sinestro Vol. 4: The Fall of Sinestro. Venditti doesn’t really catch readers up to speed regarding how these things happened, so it makes this series one of the roughest starting points in the REBIRTH line.
Aside from making a bad starting point for new readers, I really loved HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS VOL.1: SINESTRO’S LAW on most fronts. It may be Robert Venditti still at the helm, yet it feels like Geoff Johns spiritual hand is all over this and it is all for the better. It has big space action, great art from Van Sciver and Sandoval, and feels like the GL we are love. So it’s a 4 ½ star review, yet again since Amazon does not allow half stars, I’m rounding to 4-stars because of the difficult starting point to new readers. If you are new and can get the gist of the plot, you’ll enjoy this. For fans who left ship after Johns left, I highly suggest giving this a go again. Another REBIRTH title that shines for long time DC readers.