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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #24

by Hussein Wasiti on July 12, 2017

Writer: Robert Venditti

Artist: Ethan Van Sciver

Colourist: Jason Wright

Letterer: Dave Sharpe

 

This storyline has been interesting to say the least, and the penultimate issue to the Fracture story ramps things up in very unexpected ways.

 

The revelation that Tomar-Tu killed Romat-Ru in cold blood was something that Robert Venditti has been teasing since the last arc, and we get the full picture of it here. Whether or not he was right in the matter is up to the reader, but this does indeed cause a rift in the truce between the Green and Yellow Lanterns.

 

Venditti provides one of the most well-crafted issues in the series, perhaps the most well-crafted bar none. The pacing was great and having things happen in the issue was a sight to behold, since I've had a problem with the pacing of the entire series.

 

Soranik's discovery that Sarko was her son has changed her, and she acts very out-of-character here. I don’t know if Venditti is going to explain it in next issue's over-sized finale, but I was left confused by her actions. She is a more rational person and I need a good reason to justify this. In addition to Soranik's odd moments, the final few pages felt a bit rushed, as Venditti clearly wanted to reach a certain end point and sacrificed a bit of build-up in order to get to it.

 

It's incredibly gratifying to have three issues in a row of Ethan Van Sciver art. He is the definitive Lantern artist as I've always said and his brief absence on the book was worth it. I can only hope he does the entire over-sized ending next issue.

 

Aside from a rushed ending and a confusing heel turn, Robert Venditti dials up the tension and adds some much-needed adrenaline to the series.

Our Score:

8/10

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