Title: Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #48
Words: Robert Venditti
Art: Rafa Sandoval
Inks: Jordi Tarragona
Publication Date: July 11, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: The Green Lanterns fight alongside the Guardians of the Universe! The murderous Darkstars arrive en masse at Mogo to wipe out the Corps for good, so it’s all hands on deck to save the GL headquarters. Meanwhile, Green Lanterns Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner & Kyle Rayner make their respective battle plans, but time’s running out for a miracle. Can we move Daylight Savings to July to get that extra hour? Our boys and girls in green are gonna need it.
Finally, the moment that we readers have been waiting for has arrived: in one corner there are the murderous space-vigilantes, the Darkstars, and in the other, there is the universe’s police force, the Green Lantern Corps, teamed with Zod, Akrillo, and Orion; when the bell rings, all hell is bound to break loose as these two groups battle for interstellar supremacy.
Writer Robert Venditti has thus far done a stunning job in creating tension and excitement leading up to this battle; he’s continued to retain and gain momentum over the course of the last several issues, and now that the moment has come for the two space-forces to battle it out, Venditti keeps the energy levels high with an well-crafted script that is nothing short of exciting.
Rafa Sandoval’s energetic and highly-detailed illustrations are intense and yet, even amidst the chaos of the space battle royale that we readers have been eagerly awaiting, provide a sort of visual clarity that makes reading this book a pleasure. In previous reviews I’ve spoken about my preferences when it comes to comic book art, and here, in Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #48, Sandoval produces a visually stunning work that meets my ideals and exceeds my expectations; Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #48 looks exactly the way I think that modern (superhero) comics should look.
Overall, Issue #48 is one of my favorite Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps to date and I am looking forward to what’s still to come. Surely, issues 49 & 50 are going to be fantastic…
The Bottom Line:
Robert Venditti and Rafa Sandoval come out swinging and, in terms of excitement and readability, end up producing a comic, Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps (2016-) #48, that stands out as one of the best chapters in the Darkstars saga.