Orion is on life support. The Highfather is in the cockpit of a fighter jet construct with Hal Jordan. Godkiller Robots are putting their final plan into action as it’s revealed they’ve set out to destroy the New Gods and free Yuga Khan from the Source Wall. Now it’s up to the Green Lantern Corps to stop these golems once and for all.
Although their numbers are down and they’ve recently been through some rough patches with the broken alliance with the Sinestro Corps, the Green Lanterns are a force to be reckoned with. When mobilized, there is little that can stand in their way, especially under the leadership of John Stewart. He’s a military man and he runs the Corps as such, thinking before acting and making measured, efficient commands that use the Green Lanterns to the best of their abilities. He could have lashed out at the first giant robot he saw, but that would have decimated his team. Instead, he waited until he got all the information and made the right call.
The fight itself is pretty epic and definitely worthy of the Green Lantern name, but as a conclusion to an arc with stakes as high as they were, it feels a little rushed. Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner threw everything they had at the Godkillers in an earlier issue and didn’t even make a dent. The weakness is revealed like a flashing body part in a video game boss battle and they’re quickly taken out. It’s a bit like the finale of Star Wars: Episode IV too.
The reveal of Yuga Khan’s potential release fell a little flat for me. I had to look up who he was as he was never once mentioned in this arc and I was not familiar with the character. His name is spoken with such terror that it’s implied he’s a pretty bad guy. If they had teased that out earlier in the storyline, it might have packed more of a punch.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #29 is worth checking out for Rafa Sandoval’s artwork alone. This is intergalactic action at its best. The ring constructs are well-detailed and varied. The Godkiller Robots are massive and terrifying. You can practically feel the raw energy of the golems as they relentlessly fire upon the Corps. The sight of such a creation would make even the bravest think twice, but not the Green Lanterns. They were chosen for the ability to overcome great fear and that’s exactly what they’re doing here.
It’s rather fitting that this arc dropped around the same time as Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday given the involvement of the New Gods and the designs for the Godkillers. This is a nice tribute to the King right down to the signature dots surrounding the energy thrown about by both sides.
Sandoval balances this cosmic battle royale with some nice emotional beats. These range from the humorous, like Guy Gardner’s trademark smirk, to the serious with Kyle’s stoic stance as he literally keeps Orion’s heart pumping with a ring construct. It’s these facial expressions that make the characters more personal.
Writer Robert Venditti encapsulates the camaraderie between the Earth Green Lanterns. These four men have been through Hell and back and they know they can rely on one another in times of need. They’re more than family and it shows.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps took a detour from dealing with the emotional spectrum to help out the New Gods. As someone that’s not all that hip on that set of characters, it was easy to dive right in and enjoy. The arc showcased each of the main Lanterns and showed how they work well as a team. It also created a new found and very much deserved respect for Kyler Rayner. He’s the real MVP of this whole event and it shows in how Orion interacts with him at the very end of the issue.