I was looking forward to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1 quite a bit before getting my hands on it. Sure, we may all have our favorite Lantern. Sure, it may NOT be Hal Jordan. But we all have a spot in our heart for that brash pilot who paved the way for the lantern corps to be what it is today.
Right away, Venditti catches readers up on a little origin for new readers as well as where we have last seen the mighty Hal Jordan in his most recent book. As a reader who hasn’t read many lantern comics since the New 52 happened, this was greatly appreciated. Venditti quickly brings readers up to speed while still asking questions that would keep any reader turning the pages. All the while, Hal Jordan still holds on to that messiah complex that makes him so accessible to the every-man.
Venditti gives his readers a preview of what is to come without letting too much slip in terms of spoilers. All we know as readers is that Hal is back in action, and he is connected to the rest of the corps in ways that will excited us as we dive further into the series. This issue promises us that yes, Hal will be at the forefront of the book, but we as readers also get to explore our favorite lanterns and their connections to each other.
With Ethan Van Sciver delivering brilliant art as always, connecting the dots between Hal and the rest of the lanterns is going to be an epic ride if the series is going to be anything like this rebirthing issue.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1, written by Robert Venditti, art by Ethan Van Sciver, and colors by Jason Wright. Published July 13, 2016.
Review by Alex Mitts