Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #47



HalJordanGreenLanternCorps47VCAbsolutely action-packed with its depictions of Hal Jordan’s draining mental battle with Hector Hammond, Guy Gardner’s savage fisticuffs session with Arkillo and Kyle Rayner’s desperate escape from New Genesis, Robert Venditti’s script for Issue Forty Seven of “Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps” demonstrates just why the imminent departure of the title’s longtime writer made such headlines when he first announced he was “about to exit his five-year run on the franchise”. Indeed, having penned a staggering ninety-seven editions focusing upon “the adventures of [the] outer space super-cop” it was probably hard for this comic’s 27,825 readers in June 2018 to imagine anyone else helming the “cosmic crusade”, especially when the Hollywood-raised writer’s “Corps Values” contains such a powerful message as to just why the former fighter pilot gained his power ring from the dying alien Abin Sur in the first place; “You just proved that you’d never do these things. You wouldn’t even let me do them. Your actions are what make you a Hero.”

Despite containing no actual physical altercation between the two combatants, this battle of wills between the titular character and “the God Brain” is arguably the publication’s highlight, focusing far more upon the Justice Leaguer’s inspirational ability to overpower his opponent’s truly formidable mind through sheer perseverance and an intuition as to what is just or wrong, rather than simply utilising a plethora of innovative light constructs. Devoid of his past knowledge, or even a basic understanding as to his personal identity, Jordan still heroically battles against Hammond’s tempting offer “to kill every villain in the universe” just because “that doesn’t sound right.”

Naturally however, any publication featuring the ever-aggressive Gardner is almost certainly going to contain an element of violence, and on this occasion Venditti manages his audience’s expectations ‘in spades’ by having the former Baltimore Police Officer batter a ringless Arkillo to within an inch of the Yellow Lantern’s life in a last-ditch effort for Gil Kane’s co-creation to free himself from the machinations of his recently donned Darkstar mantle. As with Hal’s aforementioned triumph over adversity, this pulse-pounding passage provides something of an emotional journey for both the participants and any perusing bibliophiles, courtesy of a truly emotional Guy tapping into the rage he felt towards his alcoholic “pop” for regularly beating him as a child, and artist Fernando Pasarin pencilling a series of awesome-looking, sense-shattering fight scenes.

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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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