In Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #47, Robert Venditti joins with Arttist Fernando Pasarin to finally get down to the climax of the ‘Darkstars Rising’ arc. Spoilers ahead!
The strongest part of the issue was Hal’s story. Under Venditti Hal’s character has become more streamlined and I’ve found him a lot easier to root for. The idea that Hal has suddenly had DEEP THOUGHTS about murder as a solution felt a little tacked on this run; Venditti’s story has mentioned it in passing really and Hal is so often singled-minded it hasn’t really clicked for me. At the same time, it reminds us that (though the canon is a bit ambiguous) Hal has had these thoughts before and acting on them – becoming Parallax – has fueled pretty much every Hal story for the last few decades. So it’s odd that it hasn’t come up all that much (or at all). But perhaps that’s wise. Venditti comes up with a pretty quick way for Hal to confront those feelings and seemingly move on for good, all within the confines of the story he’s told over his last nearly hundred issues. It seems a little offhanded how quickly it’s resolved but that’s been fitting with Venditti’s Hal. He’s sorta confronted all sorts of “big issues” in this run. Like legacy, morality, even his own death. But mostly he’s literally just flown through them. But with the energy and fun Venditti’s brought to the character it’s been a feature not a bug. The clever twist – taking a potentially disastrous (and sorta hackneyed) supervillain mind control story and making it a sort of twisted therapy actually helps. Venditti’s greatest strength as a writer of these space epics has been his ability to come up with just the right details or switcharoo to make something potentially stale really sing. It’s the stuff we love packaged in just the right way to make us remember why we love it in the first place.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #47 earns a 3.5/5