Hal Jordan arrives on Earth to find Goldface killed in Iron Heights by Tomar-Tu and his Darkstar mantle. Hal, John, Guy, and Kyle are finding recruits across the universe to help the in their fight against the Darkstars. John Stewart is soliciting General Zod. Guy Gardner has met up with Arkillo. Kyle Rayner is calling in Orion's debt.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #44 is a promising build-up issue for the oncoming war with the Darkstars. While this installment is slow and does feel like it could have been shortened with little effort, it's hard to deny that the issue excites with the guest stars it ropes in.
The killing of Goldface happens oddly with little fanfare. I'm honestly not sure the last time Goldface showed up in a Green Lantern title, and I wouldn't have been surprised if he were already dead. I am pleased by the reference to Crisis on Infinite Earths though.
Guy Gardner meeting up with Arkillo again is, by far, the highlight of the comic though. This bizarre friendship the two have struck up is awesome, and I hope to see more of it in the near future.
Brandon Peterson joins up for this issue, and he provides some great artwork. His is a 3-D rendered style with a lot of shading and light detailing. Admittedly, I am a sucker for this kind of art, and there are moments where it approaches the uncanny valley. That said, most will enjoy the aesthetic of this comic. Ivan Plascencia doesn't disappoint in the color art department, bringing a vibrant and popping palette to the world of Hal Jordan.
This was a slow issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, but it is an enjoyable one nonetheless. Robert Venditti is quite adept at writing these characters at this point, and the art team of Peterson and Plascencia make for a gorgeous comic. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.