The Darkstars have begun dealing out their own form of hard-nosed justice to the galaxy. Their rules are simple. If you kill, you get killed. Its an eye for an eye. This is something the Green Lantern Corps cannot let stand. They’re supposed to be the space cops, enforcing the law across all the planets and the stars. If you break a law, you do your time in a sciencell. Unfortunately, the Green Lanterns are vastly outnumbered and outgunned so they’re forced to turn to unlikely allies in an effort to shore up their defenses.
The first half of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #44 follows Hal as he goes back to Earth looking for help. On the way, he stops by Central City, not to pay a visit to his buddy Barry Allen, but to look into the murder of the villain known as Goldface. Of course, since he’s in town, he has a heart-to-heart with his speedy friend. They’re both cops, albeit in different roles and very different beats.
Hal is beating himself up about what has happened with his friend and former colleague Tomar-Tu. He feels responsible for what has happened, like he let down both Tomar-Tu, and his father and Hal’s mentor, Tomar-Re. Any blood that the leader of the Darkstars sheds is on Hal’s hands.
Plus, he can’t help but think that Tomar-Tu is right. We’ve heard this kind of argument in the past. If Batman just killed the Joker, then wouldn’t the world be a better place? Barry points out that everyone has had these kind of thoughts. He’s in a unique position that he could literally travel back in time to prevent every crime before it happened, but he can’t do that. He has to have faith in people. He can think about killing, but holding back on that and recognizing it’s wrong and completely over the line is what makes them heroes.
It’s a great discussion to open up the issue with some powerful dialogue. Writer Robert Venditti confronts this topic head on, pointing out the pros and cons for both sides. Meanwhile, artist Brandon Peterson showcases the range of emotions and deep thoughts Hal is going through. You can see how recent events are weighing him down, even when his mask hides his eyes.
The other half of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #44 has John, Guy, and Kyle in search of allies. This leads them to places they didn’t think they’d ever see again. We had an idea of where they were going from the end of the last issue, but to see it come to fruition is pretty awesome. Venditti is pulling from elements of his entire run here so if you’ve been reading this series from the beginning, you are in for a treat.
All three of these journeys are pretty awesome. Guy meets up with Arkillo of the Sinestro Corps. These two are the toughest fighters in their respective corps and they have a respect for one another after going toe-to-toe. It’s great to see these two talk things out over a beer. The fact that Guy shows up in his street clothes, complete with a Warrior t-shirt is a nice touch.
John returns to the planet Jekuul (aka New Krypton), to speak to General Zod. In case you needed another explanation for why John was leading the Green Lantern Corps, just look at these pages. He walks into Zod’s throne room with confidence. These are two military men having a war of words, but John is prepared to escalate this if necessary. He has a trick up his sleeve and it’s a doozy.
Peterson puts Zod and John on equal footing. Although he’s up against a family of Kryptonians as well as a small army of guards, John stands tall. He gets his point across with a single move, instantly winning the respect of his opponent and saving his own life in the process.
With the events of this issue, it’s clear the Green Lantern Corps is pulling out all the stops and calling in every favor they have to face the Darkstars. This is a massive threat that will force them to put aside long-standing rivalries and recent battles to stop this threat. After all, if the Darkstars are targeting murderers, who would be more incentivized to fight alongside the Green Lanterns than those killers? It’s like they’re forming an intergalactic Suicide Squad.