Friday, 17 February 2017

Hal Jordan & the Green Lantern Corps, Volume 1: Sinestro's Law Review (Robert Venditti, Rafa Sandoval)

The Green Lantern Corps have disappeared somewhere, Oa has been blowed up and the Sinestro Corps rule the universe – prepare to lose IQ points, it’s Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps!

Robert Venditti used to be a great writer – really. I highly recommend the first four volumes of his XO Manowar series for Valiant which is a damn sight better than any of his Green Lantern run for DC. But since he took over from Geoff Johns, Green Lantern has never even been mediocre, let alone good! I thought maybe with Rebirth it’d somehow be an improvement but it’s actually just as bad as his New 52 run.

I gave up on his pre-Rebirth Green Lantern after a couple books so I don’t know what happened to the GLC or why Oa is “gone” (for now), etc. You’d think with a title like “Rebirth”, DC would try to make each title accessible to new readers, but nope! The line instead seems to basically be The New 52: Part 2 and, more often than not, if you haven’t been reading the previous books, you’re gonna be lost with these Rebirth Volume 1s.

The piss-awful “story” is a crap Star Wars knockoff with Sinestro as the Emperor in his Death Star (called “Warworld” here) ruling the universe, with the underdog Green Lantern Corps as the Rebel Alliance and Hal Jordan as Luke Skywalker. There’s also an element of Game of Thrones with Sinestro having his own Melisandre in the form of Lyssa, whose purpose is… sex object?

It’s the same old recycled garbage readers have seen before: one-dimensionally “good” Green Lanterns vs tediously and cartoonishly “evil” Yellow Lanterns, culminating in blandly heroic Hal v blandly villainous Sinestro for the bazillionth time. The book is page after page of green and yellow morons slinging light at each other – I don’t know who would find this compelling. These are comics for idiots! The subtitle should be, “Let’s Get Stupid!”.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is unimaginative, boring and the farthest thing from a must-read – another Rebirth (s)hit!

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