The Darkstars Rise In Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #42

by James Ferguson

Spinning out of the events of Dark Nights: Metal (sort of), the Controllers have created their own army to bring order to the galaxy. The Guardians have the Green Lanterns. The Controllers have the Darkstars, strange armors with near limitless power and a frightening artificial intelligence. They’re about to be activated and seek out their first hosts. Meanwhile, over on Mogo, Hal Jordan has a philosophical chat with imprisoned Lantern Tomar-Tu that leads to some unexpected areas.

The Darkstars are like the Controllers’ answer to the Manhunters, the precursor to the Green Lanterns. They appear emotionless, logical, and brutal, like a man-sized computer powered by YouTube comments. There are some twists thrown in about their sentience that looks like it will lead to some interesting places.
The lack of emotion is represented in the assembly line nature of their creation. Hundreds of them are lined up, ready to be turned on. Blank visors are shown for as far as the eye can see. These are weapons capable of mass destruction and they’re about to break free of the control of their masters.

Artist Ethan Van Sciver fills these pages with tons of detail and some larger-than-life images. The Darkstars appear in their intimidating nature, like rows of Stormtroopers ready for deployment. The lack of a face is unsettling as it removes any humanity from the creations. This quality is even felt by the Controllers when they find that not all is right in their creation. You can see the fear in their eyes as things begin to go off the rails.
The other half of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 consists of an interesting debate between Hal and Tomar-Tu. If you recall, the Xudarian Lantern is now held in a sciencell after murdering Yellow Lantern Romat-Ru. This action contributed to the destruction of the uneasy alliance between the Green and Yellow Corps. This chat is made all the more intriguing after a comment made by Hal in the previous issue. He wondered why they don’t just put down the worst of the worst, like General Zod. That’s a line the Green Lanterns cannot cross, but Tomar-Tu did and he’s proud of it.

The lack of remorse from Tomar-Tu is unwavering. If given the opportunity, he’d kill Romat-Ru again. That guy was a monster and would have killed countless more people, so his death was justified in Tomar-Tu’s eyes. Although he’s stuck in a cell, he stands tall, confident that he did the right thing. The scary thing about all this is that he’s got a point. The Green Lantern Corps is dealing with some huge threats that could do so much damage and kill so many people. Would the galaxy be a better place if those people were no longer in it?
This confident look of defiance is shared by the Controllers. Both they and Tomar-Tu have performed horrible atrocities and yet they feel they are completely justified. The former Lantern’s only regret seems to be that the extended Corps did not see things the same way. Although Tomar-Tu can look a little silly on his own, with his beak and fin, he appears more sinister here than ever.

You can kind of see where this issue is going by the end, but that doesn’t make it any less cool. Writer Robert Venditti is setting up an awesome arc that is reminiscent of the rise of the different Corps and the Alpha Lanterns. The Darkstars represent a new, terrifying force in the galaxy that the Green Lanterns will have to contend with. More importantly, it’s one they have a personal stake in which is sure to lead them to some tough decisions.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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