Top DC Comics of 2017 #1: Hal Jordan and the GL Corps #35 by Robert Venditti and Jack Herbert
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #35 by Robert Venditti and Jack Herbert is the most fun I’ve had with a comic all year.
With its emphasis on camaraderie, teamwork, and just generally getting along, this comic about four space cops with superpowered rings managed to remind me that sometimes… superheroes can get along. We can all get along. It’s possible.
I’m not going to argue that this is the most diverse cast of characters, but there is something just so simple and pure in the friendship between Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and Kyle Rayner. They’re united in their plight to rescue the Guardians of the Universe from the Controllers. These Green Lanterns have a repertoire reflective of the years they’ve fought and bled together. They make a better superhero team than the majority of the team books on the stands right now. It’s just so happy, and I think we could all use a little happy and friendship after the year we just had as a… well, a world, really.
That’s not to say that’s all there is to this comic. There is some kickass action with the four GL’s taking on armies of mercenaries working for the Controllers. Ganthet and Sayd get some pretty cool moments standing in defiance of the Controllers. The Controllers themselves are cool villains with an unnerving visual design and plans that are actually fairly reasonable and rational from their standpoint.
Then there is the phenomenal artwork of Jack Herbert and Jason Wright, which brings all of this to life in an incredible fashion. I’ve already mentioned how Hal Jordan and the GL Corps has managed to keep a steady rotation of immensely talented artists with the likes of Ethan van Sciver and Rafa Sandoval, and Jack Herbert keeps the streak going with some of the best artwork I’ve seen all year. He gives so much detail, expression, and texture to the world that I’m confident in saying that he is in the same ballpark as people like Alex Ross and Adi Granov. Meanwhile, Jason Wright gives it all exquisitely bright color work to give the comic that extra pop.
While I’ve mentioned that Green Lanterns is my favorite DC Comic, objectively, Hal Jordan and the GL Corps is the best DC Comic on the stands right now. With a talented writer and a stable of fantastic artists, Hal Jodan and the GL Corps #35 is the best single issue and series of DC’s 2017 output.
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