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Review: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #49
By Philip Schweier
Jul 25, 2018 - 5:52

DC Comics
Writer(s): Robert Venditti
Penciller(s): Rafa Sandoval, Sergio Davila
Inker(s): Jordi Tarragona
Colourist(s): Tomeu Morey
Letterer(s): Dave Sharpe
Cover Artist(s): Fernando Pasarin, Eber Ferreira, Jason Wright; Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto



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The Darkstars have attacked Mogo, the sentient planet which is the Green Lantern Corps headquarters. Killowog and the Corps are defending it, but they can only hold out for so long against insurmountable odds. Meanwhile, four of the six Terran Lanterns – Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner – are challenging the Darkstars own base, along with allies Zod, Orion, Hector Hammond and Arkillo.


Rather than fight harder, Corps leader John Stewart has chosen to fight smarter. So far, his strategy against the Darkstars has proven effective, but as much by luck as by design. But in a situation such as this, luck can carry them only so far. What they need is a decisive victory that will tip the battle in their favor.


This has been an epic story so far, thought it has dragged in a few places. I would have expected the shear scale of it to have a greater effect on the DCU as a whole, given the space-bound nature of some of its properties – Hawkman, Martian Manhunter, Starfire, et al. But perhaps that’s like pondering the effect World War II had on the ants in my grandparents’ front yard. Is Earth too small a concern to feel the effects of a cosmic conflict?


It is my hope this current story arc has only another issue or two left in it. As I said, it’s dragged in a few places, and Other than a great deal of punching and being punched, I don’t know that it has much steam left. I would hate for its conclusion to be too long coming.


Rating: 8/10

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