Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #46



HalJordanGreenLanternCorps46VCConsidering that the arguable highlight of this twenty-page periodical is the distasteful threat of Guy Gardner giving “an old drunk the easy way out” by conferring upon the vulnerable old man “some final justice”, it’s probably something of a safe bet to believe that some within the comic’s 28,085 strong audience weren’t overly entertained by Robert Venditti’s narrative for Issue Forty Six of “Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps”. Admittedly, the newly recruited Darkstar has a substantial grudge against his target “for the crime of knocking me around when I was a kid”, but even for someone as violent as the former Baltimore Police officer, murdering his own aged father in cold blood is a rather unpalatable proposition; “Go on. Cry now. Think you’re some big man?”

Just as deadly, though debatably far less emotionally penned, is the American author’s bizarre scene featuring Hector Hammond and the titular character on a dead world in Space Sector 563. It makes perfect sense for the superhero to bring the supposed “evolution of mankind” to an uninhabited planet which is “out of the way and has breathable atmosphere” in order to fulfil the madman’s dream whilst the “God Brain” considers Hal’s proposal to aid the Corps against the “huge threat” of the Darkstars. But just how the former test pilot thought he could trust someone who spontaneously shows a mortified Jordan “how I’ll kill all the villains” with a mere thought is utter madness, and doubtless led to many of this book’s readers probably sympathising with the Justice Leaguer when in a moment of weakness he asks Superman “You ever think, if you just squashed a head now and then, there wouldn’t be so many ticking time bombs in the world?”

Regrettably, Hammond’s unsurprising assault and subsequent personality ‘mind-wipe’ of his guileless “friend” is probably as exciting as “Death Sentence” gets, with the Hollywood-raised writer’s story-line for the rest of the twenty-page periodical proving to be little more than endless conversations about betrayal and broken promises. Indeed, even John Stewart’s tense discussion with General Zod as to an effective way in which the Kryptonian can assist him countering “the new Darkstar mantles [which] have tactical teleportation capabilities” is rather plainly pencilled by Clayton Henry as nothing more than a series of word-heavy panels. Whilst Kyle Rayner’s incarceration inside New Genesis, the home of the New Gods, is no less statically sketched, despite the furious Green Lantern’s ferocious argument with the spineless ruler of “a realm beyond our universe” after saving the Highfather’s son, Prince Orion, by keeping “a construct heart beating in his chest when his real heart was cut out!”

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For the past forty or so years I have been collecting American comics… To begin with they were predominantly black and white British reprints of “Marvel Comics Group” titles such as “Spider-Man Comics Weekly”, “The Mighty World of Marvel” and “Star Wars Weekly”; all six to ten pence editions I could store away under my bed in a large cardboard box. As a result though I was introduced to the teenage angst of Peter Parker, the discovery of a frozen Captain America by Earth's Mightiest Heroes, witnessed the dreadful rage of Doctor Bruce Banner, and even travelled to a galaxy far far away... Later I would be able to afford actual America colour comic books and supplemented my collection of “Marvel” titles such as “Conan the Barbarian”, “Howard the Duck” and “Captain America” with some “DC Comics” issues of “Batman”, “Green Lantern” and “Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew”. There would even be time for Independent publications such as “Wildcats”, “Spawn” and “The Authority”. These days however I must admit to yearning back to the simpler times of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, back to when both artwork and storylines were straightforward, easy to follow and super-heroes were just starting out on their adventures. A time when no-one had yet to be resurrected from the dead for the fourth time. I've written over seven hundred comic book reviews on my blog over the past few years, with them usually following my latest purchases, all wrapped up in a large brown paper bag, as well as occasional ‘flashbacks’ to some of the classic "Golden Age" issues I already own…

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