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Review: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #31
By Philip Schweier

Oct 25, 2017 - 4:14

Publisher(s): DC Comics
Writer(s): Robert Venditti
Artist(s): Patrick Zircher
Colourist(s): Jason Wright
Letterer(s): Dave Sharpe
Cover Artist(s): Ethan Van Sciver, Jason Wright; Barry Kitson, Hi-Fi


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Rather than team Hal with his fellow Lanterns, this issue features guest-star Superman. Hal has returned to Earth to follow up reports of Sinestro’s return. But instead he has encountered a Parallax-possessed Superman, or so it seems. The truth is he is under the manipulation of Hector Hammond’s advanced mind, who, in turn, is under the influence of aliens.


It brings Hal Jordan back to Earth, though again, he remains estranged from Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, the other Green Lanterns of 2814. So Hal is unable to enjoy a little downtime for personal business. Cripes, even cops get a day off once in a while.


This is the second half of a two-part narrative, refreshing among all the 6-part-so-it-can-be-repackaged-for-the trade stories that litter the comic book landscape these days. It also defies the continuity-obsessed little minds that would fret too much over the goings-on in the Superman titles. Suffice it so say that these events happen in between those adventures.


Artist Patrick Zircher continues to channel Gil Kane, while maintaining his own style. Perhaps Jason Wright’s colors contribute to keeping Zircher’s work from being a copy – or homage, if you prefer. Regardless, Zircher’s work is perhaps more textured than Kane’s was, but much of the figure drawing is consistent. No sin there; there’s only so much any artist can do with the human body.


Rating 8/10


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