Title: Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #43
Words: Robert Venditti
Art: Rafa Sandoval
Publication Date: April 25, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “DARKEST BEFORE DAWN” part two! A mysterious object breaks into the Sciencells and abducts former Green Lantern, Tomar-Tu. Hal Jordan flies into action to save his friend, but what he’s confronted by may be too much for the greatest Green Lantern!
Every now and again, a comic book writer, with the combined effort of his/her team of artists, is able to produce an issue, or a set of issues, that entertains readers while also inspiring them to question their beliefs. In Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #43, writer Robert Venditti is able to do just that; Venditti poses the question: is it right to take a life in order to spare multiple lives? In asking this question, or, in asking questions that are similar to this one, Venditti is able to involve the reader, and thus, in doing so, create a more immersive reading experience that, oftentimes, is missing from series that fall in the superhero genre of comic books.
In Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #43, the stakes are raised, and it is made clear that Darkstars possess great power and pose an impressive threat to the Green Lantern Corps. Their style of policing differs from that of the GLC, and it is this difference, this confrontation of ideas, that makes this issue (this story arc, really) so incredibly interesting. And, at the issue’s end, it becomes obvious that the GLC is going to need more than just strength-of-will to combat this deadly force.
While this issue’s script is well-written, it’s artwork is, at times, breathtaking. Rafa Sandoval successfully takes a universe that teems with life and wonder and beauty and danger and presents it on the page with ease; Sandoval is able to take thoughts and ideas that are wonderfully intangible and mold them into tangible works of art that provide readers with good reason to stop and stare.
The Bottom Line:
Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #43 is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking; highly-detailed illustrations, kinetic color-work, and an engaging script all work in tangent to make this a near-perfect issue.