Guy Gardner Threatens His Own Father In Hal Jordan And The GLC #46

by James Ferguson

Guy Gardner has turned to the dark side. More specifically, he’s joined the Darkstars, the renegade force of sentient super powered robot suits aimed to eliminate all criminals from the galaxy. The man has his sights set on his own father, an abusive alcoholic who made Guy’s life Hell growing up. Meanwhile, the weirdest recruitment drive the Corps has ever done continues with highs and lows including the New Gods, General Zod, and Hector Hammond. (Just for rhyming purposes alone, I know want to see a story called “General Zod and the New Gods.)

Let’s start with Guy. While his shaky relationship with his father is integral to his character, it hasn’t played much of a role in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. It definitely makes sense and it makes for an incredible story, but it does feel like it came out of the blue. Guy has been a ring-slinger for years, always fighting on the side of good. Despite his gruff personality, he wouldn’t murder someone…right?
This creates a tense scene as Guy basically holds a gun to his father’s head. The old man is on his hands and knees, explaining how he’s been trying to get clean. It’s a somber sequence with Guy standing there with an energy blast ready to go. He could destroy his father in a blink of an eye and move on to the next criminal, but he holds off for just a bit.

Rain pours down around the two men as they stare at each other. It’s interesting to see how tears start to fall on both sides. Is this what their lives have come to? Is there no other way to come to terms with the abuse Guy has taken at this man’s hands over the years? His father’s actions are heinous and there’s no excuse for them, but does he deserve to die? That’s the question at the root of all this, and it is one super nerve-wracking scene.
Elsewhere in the galaxy, Hal Jordan may have bitten off more than he can chew. I’m sure this isn’t the first time he’s done that, but this on a whole other level. He broke Hector Hammond out of prison to help in the upcoming battle with the Darkstars, and I don’t think he realizes the full extent of what that means or the danger this man poses. Hammond acts impulsively and has the power to do almost anything with his mind. This makes for a deadly combination, as Hal quickly learns.

This also ties the recent events in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps to Dark Nights: Metal. I didn’t realize how the two were connected at first, but Hammond spells it out pretty clearly. It also plays into the whole concept that we’re seeing in Justice League: No Justice.
I’ve mentioned before that the design for Hammond looks a bit silly. He’s basically a floating infant with a gigantic head. Artist Clayton Henry makes him look a little less freakish and diseased than other artists have treated him. It’s eerie to see his cold, emotionless face that never changes.

John Stewart is faring a bit better with Zod, working with the General to find a way to stop the Darkstars from teleporting away during battle. This scene reinforces how great it is to have Zod out in the galaxy as a major force that could come back at any time. He’s prepared for almost anything with a vast amount of resources at his disposal. Sooner or later we’re going to see a big war between New Krypton and probably countless others and it’s going to be a bloody affair.
My one complaint with this issue comes from a single panel depicting a conversation between Zod and John. The Green Lantern’s head is elongated, making him look like the top of a pencil. I know this is nit-picky, but it’s something that I couldn’t ignore when I read it, even flipping back to the page to look at it again because it was way off. This isn’t a forehead or even a “five-head.” It’s like an eight head.

Aside from that, John shows why he was the leader of the Corps when it needed one the most. He creates one of the most elaborate constructs I’ve ever seen, and Henry brings this to life in gorgeous detail. It puts all of John’s intelligence and skills to the test.
Then there’s Kyle. The New Gods would make for some excellent allies, but the poor guy is getting nowhere fast. I’m sure they’re going to come through in a pinch, probably when the Corps needs them the most. I don’t think writer Robert Venditti would dedicate valuable pages to this plot thread if it was ultimately leading nowhere.

This arc in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is starting to drag a bit. I think this is because I’m so anxious to get to the fight with the Darkstars. We know it’s coming, looming on the horizon like the Death Star. It’s just a matter of how prepared the Corps is to tackle this threat. Their efforts to strengthen their forces have had mixed results, and have possibly hurt their chances even more.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #46 from DC Comics is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.

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