Hal Jordan returns to Earth (if you ignore whatever’s going in in Metal where he’s already there) to deal with a priority one threat. Parallax has been spotted back home and since Hal has the most experience with the fear entity, he’s dispatched to investigate. As we know from recent issues of Superman, the Man of Steel had a run-in with the creature and he thinks he’s captured it in Sinestro’s ring…or has he? Get ready for the showdown of the century as Green Lantern goes head-to-head with Superman with Parallax pulling strings in the middle.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #30 opens up with Hal, John, Guy, and Kyle chatting about a possible return to Earth. Writer Robert Venditti perfectly encapsulates the essence of each of the characters and why they work together so well. They all go way back. They’ve been to war together. There is no one else they would rather have watching their backs. That comes through in every piece of dialogue. You get an immediate sense of camaraderie.
Artist Patrick Zircher jumps into this title and he’s a perfect fit. The dialogue is amplified by Zircher’s pencils as he captures the heart of each Lantern. Kyle is young and naïve. John is stoic and strong. Guy is cocky and full of bravado. Hal is confident and like everyone’s big brother.
Green planet constructs float around the four Lanterns as they talk, symbolizing the never-ending responsibility of the Corps. They have to keep everyone safe in every space sector and that’s a full time job. They’re almost claustrophobic as they’re an ever present force surrounding them.
OK. I realize I just spent three paragraphs talking about the first handful of pages when the main event is Superman. Zircher is no stranger to the character it shows in how strong and responsible the man looks in the sky. Then it changes to something else entirely as Parallax comes to the surface again. Superman’s teeth become jagged razors. His hair has a shock of white. The Sinestro Corps symbol replaces the signature sign of hope as his costume changes to that of a Yellow Lantern.
The battle that follows is massive. Two titans are throwing everything they have at one another. Zircher’s images give the action its massive scale, making the two characters look larger than life. The background fades away behind them, leaving nothing but sheer energy, representing the force of each blow thrown.
The real reason for this battle is slowly revealed, causing both characters to question what they’re seeing. This is shown in the layout of the pages too as the panel borders get less defined. They’re full of curves instead of right angles.
As with every super hero team up, once the fight is over, they realize who the real enemy is. This presents some interesting possibilities that I’m looking forward to seeing explored further. Plus, a buddy cop story starring Hal Jordan and Superman sounds like a dream come true. Parallax is such a major threat to Hal and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps, especially with Soranik Natu out there leading the Sinestro Corps in their old ways. It’s building towards a payoff for plot threads that began in the very first issue. It’s a solid read and I couldn’t be more excited about it.