Title: Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #44
Words: Robert Venditti
Art: Brandon Peterson
Publication Date: May 9, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “DARKSTARS RISING” part three! The Darkstars draw a line in the sand and tell the Green Lantern Corps not to cross it—but Hal Jordan never toes the line!
Review: We last left off with the various members of the Green Lantern Corps splitting up in order to recruit allies to aid them in their upcoming battle with the Darkstars; it was made obvious that the GLC would have to team-up with some of the universe’s more unsavory characters in order to stand a chance in taking down the Darkstars, so, going into this issue, I was eager to learn who exactly the GLC had decided to recruit for the cause.
While this issue progresses the story forward and is necessary to the arc’s success and really, accomplishes what it needed to accomplish, Issue #44 fell flat, and in doing so, sacrificed a good deal of momentum in order to further set the stage for what’s to come. In doing this, Venditti allowed for the excitement levels to dip into the red, but, I am confident that the story will pick back up and the energy levels will return to where they were prior to this issue.
Also. the artwork in this issue, while working well enough, didn’t captivate me and really didn’t do much to compliment Venditti’s script. The final full-page spread in this issue was amazing, but most of the book lacked the energy and overall appeal that I have come to expect from Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps.
With a dip in excitement and a change in appearance, Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #44 failed to stun, but managed to keep the story afloat while laying more groundwork for what promises to be an epic battle between the GLC and the Darkstars.
The Bottom Line: Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #44 isn’t the best or most exciting issue in this arc, but it does what it has to in order to progress the plot forward; overall, the books is well written and illustrated, but I’m hoping that level of excitement returns to where it was in Issue #45.