Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #14 is a highly-entertaining read that shouldn’t be missed.
The short of the plot is this: Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner team-up to seek out and restore power to the Blue Lantern Corps.
In addition to Hal and Kyle, we also get John Stewart and Guy Gardner, and the best part about having all of these strong lanterns in one issue is that they all work very well together. Their respective parts – dialogue and importance to the plot – are all relatively equal, and writer Robert Venditti does a fantastic job in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #14 incorporating all of the unique personalities involved. The interactions are real, and the dialogue feels genuine.
Venditti also places John Stewart at the helm of the new, strangely satisfying, team which combines both Green and Yellow Lanterns. Various Lantern Corps have teamed up in the past, the idea isn’t new, but seeing so much green and yellow in one room without any fighting is impressive to witness.
If Yellow and Green Lanterns working together isn’t already cool enough, Venditti also places Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner (the White Lantern) together and sends them on a dangerous and loosely defined mission. Seeing Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner fighting alongside one another is great…although I did prefer when Rayner was possessed by Parallax…
Artist Robert Sandoval also needs to be applauded for his work on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #14, because aside from his already amazing style, the layout work in this book is brimming with cinematic energy. There is some serious movement.
When reading a Green Lantern comic (any series) I look forward to seeing how various species are depicted by the artist in charge. I look for originality as well as believability, and Sandoval, here, gave me exactly what I wanted.
Last, and certainly not least, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #14 opens with a space taxi cab driver being pulled over (essentially) by Guy Gardner. Who doesn’t love space taxis?
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #14 is the first part of a brand new arc, so if you’ve been toying with the idea of jumping into the series, now is your chance. I highly recommend picking this one up.