Get Out Your Popcorn Because Hal Jordan And The GLC #40 Is Epic

by James Ferguson

A bunch of Green Lanterns have arrived on planet Jekuul (aka New Krypton) to beat the ever-loving crap out of General Zod and save Hal Jordan. Prepare for an all-out war between a family of Kryptonians and the best and brightest of the Green Lantern Corps. Leading the charge is an amped up Kyle Rayner, struggling to control Hal’s ring which is pulsing with a crazy amount of power.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #40 is 99% fight scenes and it’s awesome. Artist Rafa Sandoval makes a dynamic, exciting battle where every Lantern gets time to shine. All of them get at least one awesome moment as they’re fighting off Zod, Ursa, Lor, and the brain-washed Jekuul people.
You know those times in an action movie where something super awesome happens and you get some goosebumps? That’s every other page in this comic. Space Ape (who is quickly becoming a favorite) leaps into a group of soldiers to knock them out. C.H.A.D. unleashes a massive volley against the Jekuul people. Raynunn literally stomps Ursa into the ground. It’s non-stop.

Perhaps the best moment is a confrontation between young Lor and Guy Gardner. Guy, cocky as always, has issues about fighting a child. It’s no wonder since he had an abusive father growing up. Lor punches Guy so hard that the Lantern might have whiplash. Sandoval captures the second right after impact as Guy’s face is in motion, almost like he’s moving at super speed. Colorist Tomeu Morey covers that panel in blood splatter, decreasing the comic factor of the shot and heightening the danger considerably.
The Kryptonians are outnumbered and for a time, they appear outgunned. While the Lanterns hold their own and appear to be on top, you can never underestimate Zod. The man is a General and he’s an expert in combat. While the Lanterns’ offensive looks larger-than-life and epic, the Kryptonians’ is brutal and ugly. Each punch hits with a hard, bloody impact. These are serious warriors that are done playing around.

The battle builds to a climactic crescendo when Kyle pulls out his Hail Mary play. It’s a desperate move that can put his life in danger, but that’s the kind of hero he is. Sandoval really outdoes himself in the final pages of his issue.
The only problem I have with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #40 is the opening page where John Stewart is chastised by the Guardians. They expressly forbid any confrontation with Zod and the Lanterns did it anyway. John smugly explains what happens with a perfect cover, but he shouldn’t have to do that anyway. The guy ran the Corps when it was at its darkest point in recent memory and the Guardians are back to their stuffy, antiquated ways.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #40 is bursting at the seams with energy and action.  Writer Robert Venditti delivers some incredible action movie-level moments that are worthy of any blockbuster tearing up the big screen. These are the kind of epic battles the Corps is capable of and one of the reasons they’re here. Zod represents an evil force in the galaxy and the Green Lanterns are here to put a stop to it. They just have to survive long enough to do that.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #40 is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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