The Green Lantern Corps is given a moment of reflection after the recent chaotic events that have shaken things up considerably. It’s not a quiet time though as there are still people in need of help. The Corps’ newest recruit, the child Somar-Le raises some questions about recruitment as former Guardians Ganthet and Sayd work to train her. Meanwhile, a deadly force is working in the shadows to kidnap the remaining Guardians. It’s not much of a spoiler to say it’s the Controllers as it’s literally written on the cover of the issue.
Although the reveal of the mysterious foe is ruined before you even open the comic, it does have a nice, creepy build up. The Controllers are clearly a powerful enemy for the Green Lantern Corps and we don’t know the full extent of their plan just yet. If it involves kidnapping the Guardians, who hold a sizable amount of power themselves, it’s set to be a big deal. Writer Robert Venditti has been steering this ship well from the beginning so I am definitely excited to see where this goes.
What really captured my interest in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #33 was Somar-Le. It’s refreshing to see a character that is so excited about being a Green Lantern. She is filled with childlike wonder at the entire experience and she has not yet been broken by the horrors the universe holds. She’s been through some troubles after Starro attacked the residents of her home planet Xudar, including her parents. She uses those hardships to fuel her ring constructs, creating bigger and stronger ones in her training. I expect great things from her.
Artist Jack Herbert immediately gets to the core essence of Somar-Le. Her face is nothing but glee and excitement as she flies around in loops and swirls above her trainers. As Ganthet and Sayd talk about their new charge, we see Somar-Le’s green trail flying every which way above them. It shows where she’s been as she tests her newfound abilities. It’s ended by the vomit she spews off panel from all these twists and turns.
Herbert’s pencils are tight and well-detailed. There’s a page towards the end with some close-ups of John Stewart that look almost like a photograph. You can see every hair on Hal Jordan’s head. Each character’s personality really shines through, even with someone like Hal who has a mask that shields his eyes.
This comes through in the ring constructs as well. Hal creates some airplanes to fly Molta residents away to safety. Kyle is working with Hal on this mission and we’re reminded that he still has some emotional baggage he’s working through. The fallout with Soranik and the Sinestro Corps is still top of mind. I like that this plot thread has not been forgotten, so I’m looking forward to it returning as it will certainly be a big deal.
Although the big reveal of the Controllers was spoiled from the jump, this was a pretty good starting point for this new arc, “Twilight of the Guardians.” I’m not familiar with the Controllers, but I’m betting they’re another skeleton in the Guardians’ closet. Venditti has a lock on the Green Lantern Corps, efficiently juggling multiple characters and storylines while keeping things fresh and exciting. Herbert’s artwork is a welcome sight and shows a real mastery of the sci-fi adventure this book has come to stand for.