The Guardians have been captured by the Controllers and the Honor Guard Green Lanterns are on the case. Time is running out though so John Stewart, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, and Kyle Rayner need to move fast if they want to save the Guardians.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #34 puts a major emphasis on these four Lanterns from Earth. Writer Robert Venditti showcases their individual personalities, how they go about solving a problem, and how they work together as a team. There’s a great sequence that’s broken up into three sections, each focusing on a different ring-slinger and how they look for answers. Hal uses intimidation. Kyle is quiet and reserved. Guy is an exposed nerve, throwing punches until he gets what he wants. These scenes perfectly sum up the characters.
Jack Herbert nails this in his artwork. You can practically see the confidence oozing off of Hal as he stands arms crossed in an alien bar. He is so cocky that all he says to start is “I’m Hal Jordan” like everyone in the room should know who he is and what he’s doing there. Herbert’s pencils accentuate the characteristics of each Lantern. For example, you might not notice Kyle at first because he blends in with the background. The glow of his ring gives him away.
There’s a mix of these close, well-detailed shots and wide angle action scenes. These show the breadth and scope of the Green Lantern Corps as they fly into action on a wave of green energy. They’re determined to find the Guardians at any cost and nothing will stand in their way.
The details of the Controllers’ plan for the Guardians is revealed by the end of this issue and it’s some pretty creepy and unsettling stuff. On the surface, they look a little funny with their long, skinny limbs and swirling robes. When they get angry, they show the full extent of their powers and how deadly they can be. There’s a bit of a history lesson outlining their connection to the Guardians and how far back this rivalry goes. Their actions now could spell the end of this conflict once and for all.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #34 moves like a fast-paced police procedural…in space. While some of the leads are gathered a little too quickly and conveniently, the book keeps the stakes high and never loses your interest. It’s setting up for a showdown for the ages with the fate of the Guardians hanging in the balance.