Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #16

It’s awkward for me to sympathize with Guy Gardner because to be honest, I never really liked him all that much.

{This Review May Contain Spoilers}

Despite Guy Gardner being far from my favorite Green Lantern, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #15 left me eager to see what happened between him and the Yellow Lantern Arkillo. I had a feeling that Guy would pull through but was skeptical because he left his power ring behind, and clearly, Arkillo is the bigger, stronger fighter of the two. Or so I had thought…

So, what’s Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #16 about?

“’QUEST FOR THE BLUE LANTERNS’ part three! Guy Gardner sets out on a one-man mission to take out the one Sinestro Corps ring slinger everyone’s afraid of: Arkillo! Can this Green Lantern with a grudge take down this monstrous alien and prove he’s still the toughest guy in the cosmos to carry a power battery? As Guy’s hope for a fair fight wanes, Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner streak across the galaxy in a last-ditch effort to find Saint Walker of the Blue Lanterns and ensure that the blue light of hope isn’t extinguished.”

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #16 is a fantastic issue because aside from the Guy and Arkillo kicking the snot out of each other, this issue has some serious heart. And for me, this heart—this added depth—came as a complete surprise when I first read the issue. Sure, I expected Guy and Arkillo to trade punches until they were both bloodied and broken, but I did not expect Guy to think about his abusive father while taking Arkillo’s hits. And then, there’s the way that the fight ends…INTENSE!

It’s awkward for me to sympathize with Guy Gardner, because to be honest, I never really liked him all that much. For me, Guy was always just the hot-headed tough guy—nothing more, nothing less. Watching his father abuse him as a child changes things for me, and although I am unsure of exactly how I feel about Guy Gardner now, I was most certainly rooting for him (as a little boy at least) to get up and fight back.

Writer Robert Venditti did an excellent job with this issue, because even me, a guy who can’t stand Guy Gardner, was rooting for him. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #16 was an emotional ride, and I loved it.

In terms of art, Rafa Sandoval also did a great job filling an action-packed issue with dynamic panels. Sandoval’s hits were hard, and he used just enough blood to raise the level of intensity. The fight was brutal—especially the end—but it worked.

This issue is nearly perfect, I’m only detracting points from its overall score because I feel as though the ‘main’ storyline took away from what was happening with Guy and Arkillo. I much would have preferred if this issue focused solely on Guy and his relationship with his father.

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8.5
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