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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #32 (Metal Tie-In)

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #32 (Metal Tie-In)

Hal Jordan and the Gren Lantern Corps #32

Pros

  • Kick ass battle scene
  • beautiful coloring truly shows off "Green Lantern"

Cons

  • We never get to see the Wonder Woman, Aquaman or Flash battles

"None More Black" (Bats out of Hell - Part Three)

Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Ethan Van Sciver & Liam Sharp Colors: Jason Wright Letters: Dave Sharpe Cover: Ethan Van Sciver & Jason Wright

     The Bats out of Hell storyline heads towards the finish line this week, as the Justice League continues to battle the “Evil” Batmen.

     When we last checked in, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash and Aquaman had each embarked on a quest to find Nth Metal, which is the only substance capable of harming the “Evil” Batmen. But, they were separated from their companions by the “Dark Knights” and trapped in “death trap” Batcaves, specific to each of them.

     This issue focuses on Hal Jordan and his fight against his “Dark Knight” adversary, the Dawnbreaker, in his Nightmare Batcave. The whole issue is pretty much a huge sprawling battle between the two.

     Throughout the battle, Hal asserts that he is not afraid of the Dawnbreaker and that his willpower gives him the strength to overcome his fears and adversities. Meanwhile, the Dawnbreaker tells Hal that he killed the Green Lantern Corps on his world and tries to distract Jordan with ghosts from his past.

     Hal, for his part, holds his own, quickly discovering how Dawnbreaker’s ring works, and devising a strategy to combat it’s ability. Hal uses his will and his ring to craft some truly extraordinary constructs, never backing down from Dawnbraker’s assault.

    In the end, though, Dawnbreaker is too much for Hal, and he is dragged, unconscious, from the Nightmare Batcave, which we learn is underneath Gotham City, by Dawnbreaker. We learn that the other League members have also been defeated by their respective “Dark Knights” and are all to be attached to the giant cosmic tuning fork from the Fortress of Solitude, which several other heroes are already attached to.

     We also learn the extent of their plans, and they involve the captive and partially disassembled Cyborg, more to the point, they involve gaining control of his Mother Box and an element inside him called Element X, which will allow them to destroy the entire Multiverse.

     Storywise, this is one of the best Green Lantern comics I have ever read. The story is pretty simplistic on the surface, but the real triumph of Robert Venditti’s writing is in his vivid description of the various manifestations of Hal’s willpower. You can feel every blow struck in this battle and you swear you can fell Hal’s sheer force of will to persevere. This comic perfectly expresses the idea of what it is to be a Green Lantern.

     Artwise, Ethan Van Sciver and Liam Sharp provide both pencils and inks for this issue. The art jumps off the page, with the battle raging for most of it. You are put in the middle of the battle and are witness to every blow. The green in Green Lantern is truly pronounced this issue, thanks to the superb coloring job by Jason Wright.

IN THE END: This is a great comic to read if you are interested in a short version of what makes Green Lantern “tick.” Although this book is part of the Metal saga, it is really just am excuse for talented writers and artists to present a kick ass battle scene, and that is never a bad thing

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