Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 4: Fracture - Review

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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 4: Fracture - Review

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 22:25
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This covers the events in issues #22-29

Creative Team
Robert Venditti
Ethan Van Sciver
Rafa Sandoval
Jordi Tarragona
Jason Wright
Tomeu Morey
Dave Sharpe
Mike Cotton
DC Comics
Trade Paperback
Release Date

A lot is tackled in this volume. Robert Venditti picks up where he left off, with the united Green Lantern and Sinestro Corps working with each other to help police the universe and re-establish trust in the Corps. Not everything that is as contentious as these two factions can last together in a long peace. While I won’t detail what breaks them apart, I will say that I was a little sad to see it go. The notion of both Corps working together, each partnered up with an opposite Corp member, was a fantastic idea and I thought more could have been explored in how this relationship could work if allowed to continue a bit longer. The second half of the trade involves a run-in with Orion and Highfather of the New Gods. Beings that have the ability to shoot out Omega Beams have targeted both to eliminate, and it is up the Green Lantern Corps to make sure that they stay alive. The end of this particular arc feels like it is setting up something bigger to happen with the New Gods ( anything that has to deal with the Source Wall always feels like bigger setup ). I will just have to see how this plays out.

This particular volume is fairly evenly split on the art duties. The first half is handled by Ethan Van Sciver on pencils and Jason Wright on colors. The back half is handled by Rafa Sandoval on pencils with Tomeu Morey on colors.

Both teams excel at bringing to life the demanding worlds of space and the Green Lantern Corps. Being an artist on a GL book is no easy task and these teams make it look effortless.
I do appreciate that the handoff to the new art team of Sandoval and Morey feels very natural coming off Sciver’s run. Sandoval’s style utilizes fewer pencil lines in general, bringing a bit cleaner look to the book without sacrificing detail.



While a lot is covered in this thick trade, both story arcs read smoothly. This is due to the deft writing hand of Venditti in knowing how to pace out the story beats just right along with both experienced art teams. Additionally, this trade is written in such a manner that you don’t necessarily need to have read the prior ones to understand what is going on. Admittedly, I picked this volume up after a long hiatus from the last trade and I was able to get on with it just swimmingly. A good read for any Green Lantern fans.


Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 4: Fracture

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