Review: HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #6

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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #6
Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomeu Morey
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: October 12, 2016

Hal Jordan takes on the entire Sinestro Corps on Warworld!

Hal charges head-first at Warworld with a squadron of construct fighter jets at his back. Sinestro relates his struggles with Hal to his counsellor, Lyssa, then charges up for battle. Guy stubbornly resists torture, then gets thrown into the fear engine to power the Sinestro Corps’ rings for the confrontation with Hal, and the Green Lantern Corps grows ever nearer to being part of the plot again.

In this issue, a whole lot of things happen and also nothing happens. The four different plot threads that Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps has followed since the first issue, Hal’s, Guy’s, Sinestro’s, and the Corps’, grow tantalizingly close to intersecting, only for the issue to end with the promise of the long-awaited collision in two weeks. But who knows if we’ll get that collision. Every issue of this comic feels like running in place; there’s a sense of motion but almost no forward progress in evidence.

This issue also gives us a dubious import from the world of television: sexposition. Sinestro tells Lyssa his history with Hal while getting dressed post-coitus. At the same time, where sexposition usually indulges the straight male gaze, the focus of attention here is on Sinestro’s naked musculature rather than Lyssa’s sheet-swaddled curves, befitting the homoerotic subtext of the Sinestro-Hal, dominant-submissive relationship being described. If one thing can be said for Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, in general, it’s that it presents the reader with ample quantities of unclothed male muscle.

Where this book shines is the art. Sandoval and Tarragona’s work explodes off of the page. It somehow manages the difficult trick of being extraordinarily detailed, down to the finest line of background machinery or the panels on each construct jet, yet full of life and energy and motion. Dynamic panelling keeps the action constantly flowing, particularly in the over-the-top battle between Hal and the Sinestro Corps. And all of it is illuminated by Morey’s ethereal colors. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is consistently one of the best-looking comics on the stands.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #6 looks great, but ultimately feels like treading water as it builds to a climax, to be seen in some later issue.

The Verdict: 6.0/10

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