Hal Jordan and the GL Corps #42 Advance Review: The Darkstars Return at Last

The Controllers have finished building their army of Darkstar Mantles and only need to activate the suits to search for recruits which will be entirely at the command of the Controllers. In Sector Zero, the Green Lantern Corps is running like a well-oiled machine. Somar-Le is talking with Tomar-Tu when Hal Jordan arrives at the Sciencells to speak with Tomar. Hal soon discovers how far gone Tomar-Tu is.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 cover by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 cover by Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, and Tomeu Morey

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 kicks off the new arc with a new generation of Darkstars to battle the Green Lantern Corps. This iteration is intended to be akin to space-faring Punishers intended to mete out lethal justice.

The odd thing about bringing them back is that they seem to have been superseded in recent years by the Sinestro Corps and the Red Lantern Corps. All three have a harsh sense of justice; the only difference is that the Yellow Lanterns are authoritarians and the Red Lanterns only deliver vengeance with no plans of control. The Darkstars seem to be somewhere between the two.

In any case, their new designs do look good, and there are plot elements here that could set them apart from the Sinestro Corps and the Red Lanterns. Plus, Tomar-Tu's turn and the Darkstars may prove to challenge Hal Jordan's view of the Green Lanterns and justice. The end of the previous issue has him questioning if the methods of the GL's really work, even if that just seems like a one-way trip to Parallax's return. That said, it is an exterior conflict directly relevant to an interior conflict, and that often proves interesting.

Ethan van Sciver returns in this issue, and his artwork looks great. His highly detailed work fleshes out the world quite well, and his figures always look imposing. He has a way of making the Controllers look even more unnerving, and the new Darkstar design is, as I said, quite good. The expansive line work can make some panels look a little messy, but this is rarely a noticeable problem. Jason Wright's color work supports the line work quite well and is fitting for a Green Lantern comic.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 is a promising beginning for a new story arc that may shake this book and its leads to their very core. Van Sciver and Wright provide some stellar artwork as always. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

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Joshua DavisonAbout Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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