REVIEW: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #20

I’m not going to waste a lot of words on my review of this comic, because I don’t think that it’s necessary. If you like Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, power rings, space operas, space battles, non-stop action, thrill rides, or just good, fast paced comics’, this is your baby.

Venditti does what he does best, action baby! This comic reads like a great action film from start to finish. Hal and the corp are fighting some nasty hombres and its all hands on deck! You’ve got fighting and action galore. You’ve got to love it!

Rafa Sandoval is on point in this issue. His artwork is crisp and clean; a perfect match for the title. I couldn’t find a weakness is Sandoval’s work. Flawless.

The one complaint that I have is that there is this repeated storyline that writers of Green Lantern seem to fall into. The epic space war. It seems like every time I pick up an issue of GL the corp is fighting yet another universe ending foe and it takes the entire rank and file to stop the threat.

While action like that is great; once it becomes an all-the-time-thing… it loses its luster in the eyes of the reader. I’m not a huge fan so I don’t have the numbers memorized, but how many galaxy threatening / all Lanterns needed threats have Hal and company stopped together in the last five years. I understand that is kind of the purpose of the comic, but does DC ever allow for slower paced moments?

If they do then I must miss them and I’m not picking up the right issues. It’s possible; like I said, I’m not a huge GL fan so I’m not picking up EVERY issue. But I read often enough to see the pattern in the storylines.

Anyway, fans will love it and haters will hate it. I’ve got to place this one right in the middle of the road.

Final Score: 3 stars out of 5.

Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Jordi Tarragona

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