The story so far
Fall of the Gods Part 3! In the last issue we left off with one of the Mighty Metal Golems chasing after Orion. The Golem was attuned to his heartbeat so in order to save the planet, Orion stabbed himself in the heart so that the Golem would leave. Recall that these Golem’s purpose is to kill all of Yuga Khan’s heirs, meaning Highfather and the rest of the New Gods. They have awakened for reasons unknown. Kyle Rayner used the alien doctor’s blueprint for a blood circulation engine to put in place of Orion’s heart in order to keep him alive. Now Kyle must keep the engine construct intact with his ring until they find a way to keep Orion alive without it.
In this run of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, several awesome things have gone down. You can read my last review here and get caught up if you are behind. Spoilers ahead.
What is this all about?
Just as we expected, the issue starts off with Hal Jordan attempting to chase after Lightray and Highfather. Omega beams are darting after them already so Hal has arrived just in the nick of time. Lightray is the speedster of the New Gods and Hal is having trouble catching up. He is flying in a jet that he constructed with his ring at speeds that are unstable. His ring gives him a warning that he must slow down because his “speed exceeds the limits of construct integrity.” Meaning he almost flew apart. Hal becomes frustrated that he can’t catch these Gods.
An interesting thing happens at this point. An ethereal construct of his father, who died suddenly in a jet crash when Hal was a child, appears in the back cockpit. This is happening because Hal is riding in the contrail of a cosmic God so “strange things can happen.” I thought this was a very heartwarming touch to the story. Imagine losing your father, your hero, as a child and then as an adult you get an opportunity to have a heart to heart with him one last time. It was a bit of a tear-jerker, a beautiful moment. Hal and his father have their moment with each other and it ends with his father providing some encouragement to help him in his mission.
Hal then cranks his speed back up again, this time ignoring the warning from his ring. He not only catches up to Lightray and Highfather, but he is flying upside down and above them like Maverick in Top Gun. To Lightrays dismay, Highfather gets in Hal’s jet to give Lightray a break. Where Hal takes Highfather now, we’ll have to find out next time in Back Against the Wall.
Robert Venditti knocks it out of the park again with this issue! He is easily becoming my favorite writer in DC right now. This story is so well put together with no holes and no “wtf” moments. The flow of the story is so on point. Nothing moves too slowly and nothing moves too fast. The artwork is killer! Once again, there is not one lazy panel in this issue. There is so much detail and you can really see the amount of work that has gone into this title. This is what blows me away: If you read this story with no art, just words, it would suck you right in. If you looked at this story through only the art, and no words, it would suck you right in. Put the art and the words together and it is mind blowing! I truly think it is that amazing. A gigantic thumbs up to Venditti, Sandoval, and their entire team for this whole run. Definitely, without a shadow of doubt include this in your pull for the week. Absolutely brilliant.
Reviewed by Justin Swenson
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #28
Written by Robert Venditti
Art by: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomeu Morey
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: September 13, 2017