We have reached the end of Robert Vendetti and Rafa Sandoval’s run on The Green Lantern Corps. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #50 gives us all the epic ending we were all hoping for. Hal Jordan and Tomar-Tu clash to prove whose form of justice will prevail.
The creative team once again teams up to give us a perfect balance of beautiful art, partnered with intense dialogue. This has been one of the best books DC has been putting on the shelves. As much as it is sad to see it end, it is just as satisfying seeing it finish in such a great way.
Is Death Justice?
The story opens where we left off, with Hal and Tomar-Tu in a brutal battle. Rafa Sandoval does a great job drawing an intense and bloody fight. Hal and Tomar-Tu go back and forth telling the other how their form of justice is the only way. Should someone who has killed and caused others pain deserve multiple chances is a scary topic to think about. Most heroes believe they do which is probably why they are the heroes.
The fight gets personal between the two. Each questioning the other and how they handled their fathers’ death. Throughout the story, Tomar-Tu has tried to convince Hal that the people behind his fathers’ death should pay. Whereas Hal describes how his fathers’ death made him who he is today.
Zodd Goes Rogue
Meanwhile, the rest of The Green Lantern Corps continue their battle in the stars against The Darkstar army. As the Darkstars clearly outnumber the Corps, Zodd, and a few other members suggest breaking the no kill rule. John Stewart firmly denies the request claiming they must show the universe it can have justice without killing.
Zodd grows tired of this rule and attempts to end it. John Stewart, Guy Garnder, and Kyle Rayner are quick to stop him before he goes too far. Though, Zodd still may not be trustworthy after this brief moment.
Robert Vendetti and Rafa Sandoval continue their great work in Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #50, with Hal Jordan showing Tomar-Tu the light once again. Hal demands Hector Hammond to loosen his grip on the controllers’ telepathic link. For those who do not know, the controllers are the key for the Darkstars communicating with each other.
Hal Takes his ring and blasts the Controllers system spreading his willpower to all of the Darkstars. This creates the Darkstars mantle suits to fall from Tomar-Tu and the rest. With the mantle removed, Tomar-Tu immediately realizes the mistakes he has made.
Death As A Better Man…
While Tomar-Tu is asking Hal for advice Zodd arrives to confront Tomar-Tu and take his life. With Hal standing in the way threatening Zodd to back away, Tomar-Tu protests. Not wanting anyone else to die because of him, Tomar-Tu takes the glove of his Darkstar Mantle and shoots himself.
Robert Vendetti gives us a wonderful scene where Hal attempts to get Tomar-Tu safe and the medical help he needs. Tomar-Tu asks Hal to stop and to let him die. All Tomar-Tu asks is for Hal to tell everyone that when he died, he was good. Letting Tomar-Tu die well was a great move by Vendetti.
After everything he went through, it is understandable why he went to the Darkstars. Losing a loved one is one of the worst pains anyone can endure. It can cause you to do things you normally would not. Tomar-Tu was once a great Green Lantern. It serves him right to see the green light one last time.
Rafa Sandoval’s art seems to improve with every issue. Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #50 is no different. He does an amazing job giving us beautiful splash pages with some amazing lantern constructs.
Sandoval’s art is complimented greatly by the coloring of Tomeu Morey. The two make almost every page pop out with amazing details and bright colors. I have said it before in the previous issues, the contrast of the Lanterns Green and Darkstars red is beautifully done.
Final Thoughts On Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #50
Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #50 ends with a beautiful scene of hundreds of new power rings taking off in search of new recruits. Followed by Hal Jordan back on Earth confronting Carol Ferris for the first time in a while.
The creative team once again gives us a thrilling issue to end their run. Even with the series ending, there is no doubt the future is bright for The Green Lantern Corps. With new members clearly on the way, it will be fun to see some new faces dawning the Green rings.
It will also be fun to see where things go from here with Hal Jordan. With a new title due to release this fall by Grant Morrison, we will see where things with Hal and Carol stand.
This issue much like the whole series was a blast to read. Following the footsteps of Geoff Johns run on Green Lantern was not an easy task. I believe Robert Vendetti proved he was up for the task and gave us a fun book that showed what superhero comics are meant to be.