Title: Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #45
Script: Robert Venditti
Art: Ethan Van Sciver
Colors: Jason Wright
Publication Date: May 23, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “DARKSTARS RISING” part four! The Green Lantern Corps must fight to hold on to a universe that is quickly being seized by the Darkstars’ rule-but does the universe still want the Corps’ protection?!
As the Darkstars’ unforgiving reach extends and their twisted influence continues to further envelop the universe, the Green Lantern Corps, knowing that they alone don’t possess the might needed to take down this fierce group of law-enforcers, scrambles to recruit help. In their search for assistance, focusing only on the future and disregarding what’s happened in the past, members of the GLC contact friends and foes and form questionable alliances. And it is these questionable alliances that not only reinforce what’s at stake and how far the GLC will go to win, but they also make this arc incredibly exciting.
With an exciting yet elusive script, Robert Venditti expertly teases readers by revealing just enough information to temporarily satiate their hunger for more; doing this also works to instill a yearning for resolution. And Venditti’s well-paced scripts create delightful reading experience. Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #45 moves at an impressive speed, considering everything that is happening at the same time, and, despite this speed, it’s still easy for readers to keep up with the pace and enjoy the ride.
Ethan Van Sciver’s highly-detailed illustrations and finely-tuned layouts, in conjunction with Jason Wright’s vivid and intense color work, create a visually impressive reading experience that fully immerses readers in the beautifully complex universe that Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps takes place in.
The Bottom Line:
In what is shaping up to be one of Robert Venditti’s best story-lies, Darkstars Rising excites relentlessly and leaves readers eager to continue reading. Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #45 somehow manages to raise the stakes and increase this story’s momentum.