Strange beings are hunting the New Gods and Orion is the next in their crosshairs. He flees to our dimension to seek the help of the Green Lantern Corps. Has he brought death and destruction to the sectors of this universe? Most definitely.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #26 from DC Comics finally moves past the Sinestro Corps (although I easily could have read about that conflict for another twenty five issues) with a whole new set of problems. I will be honest up front that I don’t really dig the New Gods. Outside of their appearances on Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited, I haven’t liked much I’ve read about them. That being said, I went into this with an open mind and plus, I have faith in writer Robert Venditti as he’s steered this ship since the beginning and has been doing phenomenally well.
I’m happy to say that this issue seamlessly introduces Orion and this otherworldly threat that instantly pulls you into the story. It sets the stakes high. This isn’t some generic villain popping around wreaking havoc. This is something that can obliterate worlds. We’re talking Death Star level powers.
There’s not a ton of information about this whole situation yet. The issue basically goes from peaceful times on Mogo to crazed destruction elsewhere in just a few pages. We understand that Orion is on the run and something is chasing him. I’m sure we’ll get a bit more exposition in the next chapter, but for now, it’s more than enough to hook you.
This is made doubly so with Rafa Sandoval’s artwork. Orion’s first appearance is in an absolutely gorgeous double-page spread with the majority of it taken up with the word BOOM, signaling his arrival. This is one of my favorite effects in comics and I’m not sure if there’s a word for it. The panel is carved up into the word itself, adding an extra emphasis to the sound effect. It’s more powerful and so very visually appealing.
Sandoval’s designs for Orion are a little thinner than what I’ve seen in the past, however, you can see the power he holds. This is a warrior. He also looks like a world-weary traveler, which makes sense as he’s fleeing for his life.
Colorist Tomeu Morey gives Orion’s adversary and the Green Lanterns a nice glow. This sets them apart from most of their surroundings and focuses the eye on them. It gives them an aura of power.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #26 kicks off the Fall of the Gods storyline in spectacular fashion. This is not the first time the Green Lanterns and New Gods have met. This time it’s under different circumstances and hopefully won’t lead to war. The two groups have an odd kinship that taps into the DC Universe’s cosmic line in a big way. They can work together well so I’m curious how this plays out.