Title: Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #30
Words: Robert Venditti
Art: Patrick Zircher
Colors: Jason Wright
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Publication Date: October 11, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “‘MIND GAMES’ part one! After reports of Sinestro’s return begin to spread, Hal Jordan travels to Earth looking to bring in his one-time Green Lantern partner. But a manhunt turns into a fight for his life as Hal must face the unmatchable power of the Man of Steel.”
Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #30 gets off to a solid start, and the energy remains high throughout the book, but the issue ends with what is, as far as I am concerned, a sour note. Explaining why the last few beats of this story are unpleasant would lead to me spoiling the story, so just know this, I feel duped but am willing to forgive Mr. Venditti if the arc turns around.
Aside from ending, which I mentioned that I am not fond of, Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #30 is a very well-written comic. I especially like the way Venditti writes the interactions between members of the Green Lantern Corps. Getting into the mind and behind the heart of one Green Lantern is difficult enough, but writing believable dialogue for several is a feat worthy of praise. Thus, excellent dialogue work sir.
Patrick Zircher does a fantastic job in both transforming the Man of Steel into the Man of Fear and illustrating the ensuing fight between him and Hal Jordan. Once the fight kicks off, the issue gets incredibly more intense and picks up some serious momentum. Their brief clash is epic and, as one would guess, quite emotional.
The Bottom Line:
While I wouldn’t say that Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #30 falsely advertises what’s found on its pages, I will say that the issue may leave some readers feeling swindled. Despite this, Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #30 is a well-written, well-illustrated book worth reading.