A Clash For the Universe In Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #49
The Last Charge story arc continues in Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #49. Throughout the story, we have seen brutal fight scenes, beautiful constructs, and eye-widening art. All of this continues in this issue.
The team of Robert Vendetti, Rafa Sandoval, and Sergio Davila work together to bring us yet another action-packed thriller. Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #49 is filled fun dialogue that is meshed perfectly with the art, and of course, a battle with everything at stake.
Battle Among The Stars
The story starts over Mogo, where Kilowog is leading The Green Lantern Corps against the Darkstars. While elsewhere, Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner are leading an assault of their own above the Darkstars command planet. The art team does a great job giving us intense fight scenes where you can almost feel the brutality in each punch drawn.
While the battle is taking place there is a narration from John Stewart going on throughout. He talks about his “two-pronged battle plan” that will give the universe the slightest bit of hope for a Green Lantern Victory. As most of John Stewarts plans do, they start with Hal Jordan.
We find Hal Jordan and Hector Hammond at the heart of the Darkstars base where they have found the Controllers. The Controllers are the main source of the Darkstars psionic abilities. Robert Vendetti has used Hector Hammond as a slight comedy relief throughout the story. This continues here as Hal attempts to get Hector to override the Controllers.
Hal explains the dangers and challenges of taking on 1 Controller, never mind 7. Hector asks if that is all he needs and then follows on the very next panel with “Done. What now?” Despite Hal explaining the difficulty of the task, Hector handles it with ease.
Now that Hector has control of the Controllers, the Darkstars who are led by Tomar Tu, begin to panic as they lose connection to each other. Tomar Tu demands the Darkstars to return to their home base. He arrives to find Hal and begins to explain how any attack Hal makes, his Darkstar mantle will teleport him away. Though Hal Jordan and John Stewart planned for this.
Operation Turkey Shoot
In the issues leading up, we saw John Stewart working with Zod to create a way to disrupt the Darkstars teleporting ability. As Hal and John execute the plan “turkey shoot”, we get a beautiful splash of Hal Jordan giving Tomar Tu a huge right cross.
Once the realization hits that they can not teleport, Tomar Tu and the Darkstars begin to retreat. They are met with strong resistance from the Corps. As the story ends Hal Jordan and Tomar Tu are face-to-face. Each one of them explains why they will win, and why their view of justice is the right one. The story ends with yet another splash of the two leaping at each other.
The art team has continuously done a great job on this book. Each panel is filled with crisp lines, detailed emotion, and color that makes the page pop. It is a lot of fun to see the team create a bunch of new constructs for each issue. There are also a bunch of astonishing splash pages throughout the issue with each one feeling better than the last.
Final Thoughts On Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #49
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #49 is just another great issue that Robert Vendetti and the crew can add to their collection. With one issue remaining it seems we are set up for an absolutely epic finish.
With the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con that Grant Morrison will be starting a new Green Lantern book centered around Hal Jordan, it will be interesting to see how issue #50 ends. I am curious to see whether or not the end of this run leads into that.
As this run comes to an end, it is exciting, yet also sad. This has been such an enjoyable series. With the finish line is in sight, it is definitely exciting to see how things will shake up after the conclusion of this story. After Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #49, it’s hard to imagine issue #50 will disappoint.