Comic Review: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #21

I'm going to be honest, I stopped following the exploits of Hal Jordan when he got all emo and wore a trench coat and stole from the Guardian's armory. I checked in every so often, but I mainly followed the exploits of Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz. Let's be honest, they are more interesting then Hal. Especially sense they got Guy Gardner and Kyle Raynor training them. But I guess the entire Corp is threatened... again... and it takes the likes of Rip Hunter (Time Master) to help set things right. So I figured I'd pop in on this finale to see how it all sorted out.

 If Hal is so great, why does he keep fucking up all the time.

If Hal is so great, why does he keep fucking up all the time.

Long story short. Hal buried Krona's Power Gauntlet on a derelict planet because he was turning into energy because of it's use. Sarko is from the future, who came back to the past to end the Green Lantern Corp to avenge Sinestro. Rip Hunter steps in to help Hal while all the other Lanterns are fighting for their lives on Mogo and they can't use their rings otherwise they make their attackers stronger. Fisticuffs ensue, Kyle and Sora get back together, Kyle figures out invaders aren't attacking her, uses Rip's Ring to find out a secret and flies off after Hal. Hal does a bunch of punchy punchy because that's all he really knows and...

 You gave that thing sentience and you rip it in half? You're a monster Hal Jordan.

You gave that thing sentience and you rip it in half? You're a monster Hal Jordan.

Kyle gets there too late and finds Sarko about to die. The Corp is saved and Hal locks the weapon he gave life to then ripped apart in the weapons vault (the same one it seems anyone can break into). Rip Hunter goes back to the future... or the past... or to vanishing point, and everybody goes back to normal except Kyle who knows now that...

 Kyle, you were always weepy, but pull it together man - he hasn't even been born yet.

Kyle, you were always weepy, but pull it together man - he hasn't even been born yet.

So there you have it. As good as it was to see the real greatest Green Lantern of all time, Kyle Raynor, back in action and back in a green ring, the ending wasn't really my favorite. It wouldn't be a Green Lantern book if Kyle wasn't somehow devastated, Guy Gardner wasn't complaining, John Stewart wasn't being all stoic, and Hal Jordan wasn't an arrogant ass whose actions effect everyone else.

What? You know I'm right.

Remember a long time ago when they brought Hal Jordan back to life? Geoff Johns was writing and GL was my favorite comic.

I know how to fix this. Have Hal Jordan die again. I sick of him fucking up so much. 

This series has a long way to go before making me a fan again, despite the rather impressive visuals by V. Kenneth Marion. The whole "the bad guy is the good guys future son" was supposed to be a shocker, but that's easily avoidable. Hell, Kyle gets any woman he wants and even some he really didn't. I didn't think enough time had passed sense he was done with Hal's old flame Carol Ferris (Star Sapphire), but like a player he's moved on to another bad decsion. Sora is Sinestro Corp after all, and he already was with her in the past... are we setting up another refrigerator incident? 

Okay, that was unfair.

I just want the space cops to be space cops for awhile before their existence is about to end. It's like this comic is being written by Marvel or something. 

Okay, that was really unfair.

If you collected the previous six comics, you're going to want to pick this up; but if you just wanted see a satisfying conclusion than you will be sorely disappointed. I'll let a few months go by before checking in on Hal again.

Rating: 6.5/10 Unborn Villains