Covers the event in issues #30-31, #33-36
This trade is a nice quick read compared to the prior volume, in page length alone. Robert Venditti continues a solid run, showing a strong understanding of the Green Lantern universe and the principal Green Lantern characters. In what seems to be a recurring theme in modern Green Lantern lore, Guardians of the Universe are murdered, further reducing their numbers. As a result, we get an adventure of Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and Kyle Rayner all working together to solve who is killing the Guardians and stop any more from dying.
Give it up for colorist Jason Wright on this trade. This run had six different artists working on it. That is a lot, even by comic book standards, for fill-in artists. This can easily make a book feel disjointed. However, having Wright on colors, acting as the consistent component throughout, ties it all together and helps highlight the importance of colorists. Oftentimes, it feels as if the colorist doesn’t get their proper credit. While it’s something that is so outwardly facing in the book, it blends into the subconscious since our eyes are often focused on the linework.
This trade continues a nice trend by Venditti in crafting story arcs that can stand alone. Anyone can come in and read this trade without having to know much of what has happened before. We get what we need to know as the story unfolds. Along the way, Venditti advances the overall Green Lantern story by building in small and important incremental changes that will come into play in the future. Definitely worth checking out.
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Vol. 5: Twilight of the Guardians
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