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Saturday Morning Review: Green Lantern #43

Series: Green Lantern
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Publisher: DC Comics
Page Count: 26

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Summary from Comixology: “Renegade” continues! Hal Jordan’s at the very edge of space confronting an old adversary who may be key in helping the former Green Lantern save the universe!

Overview:
I have been absolutely loving Venditti’s Green Lantern run, since issue #21 started. I think I can speak for 4LN as a whole, and say that we all love Venditti’s work. I, of course, am reading Green Lantern, and I know that Cameron and Stephen are reading his Valiant books, X-O Manowar, Book of Death, and I’m sure they will read his next book, Wrath of Eternal Warrior. Green Lantern has been a great ride, and we have seen a few changes to the corps as a whole. With all the changes we are definitely seeing Venditti leaving his own mark on the Lantern Universe, and there is nothing wrong with that.

 

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The Green Lantern Corps is no more. Hal has gone Renegade and it trying to figure out was has happened to the rest of the corps, but he has run into a problem, Relic has returned and is looking into the Source Wall which falls at the very end of the known universe, what lies beyond the wall, is the essence of all life, and in the hands of Relic would leave the universe trembling. Besides Relic, my favorite Lantern enemy is seeing in the first few pages, Black Hand. I personally think Robert Venditti does a fantastic job at capturing the tone and feel of Black Hand. Since he has the personality of a child, if he’s not written correctly, the character can just come of as awkward. But, Venditti captures Black Hand perfectly, and I look forward to seeing more of him in later issues. Personally, I’m excited that the Green Lantern Corps is no more, because I can enjoy a break from GL crossover events, and since Renegade started in issue #41, there have been no hints to any upcoming crossovers.

This issue features artwork done by none other then Ethan Van Sciver, and I have been a fan of his work for a while now. I absolutely loved his work on Green Lantern: Rebirth, and New X-Men. I think of my absolute favorite moments in this issue, was because of his artwork. Traveling through the “farthest reaches of existence,” there was a beautiful two-page splash of Hal just staring out the window into the great emptiness of space. And, as a person who loves the idea of space exploration, I found myself just being captured by the greatness, colors, and patterns on this splash. The fight scenes between Hal and Relic were equally beautiful and well organized. There wasn’t a single panel where anything felt messy, rushed or unplanned. Also, can I just say that I love Hal with long hair. This might be my favorite version of Hal in recent years. And, it’ll be interesting to see how Hal handles all the problems that are falling into his lap. Black Hand, Relic, and a new group called the Gray Agents, looks like things are getting worse and worse for the Renegade Lantern.

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Be sure to pick up this issue of Green Lantern and let us know what you thought of it in the comments below!

Music Pairing:
I thought really hard about who you should listen to while reading this. I was jamming Gregory Alan Isakov, but his music didn’t “fit” the feel of the book. Instead, I would recommend the post-rock band, Do Make Say Think, and specifically the track “The Universe!” of the album You, You’re A History In Rust. The build up for that entire song fits the vibe of the book perfectly, and you won’t be distracted by lyrics when you read.

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