Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern #29

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Green Lantern #29

What is this you say? Yet another origin for Hal Jordan? Hasn't this all been done before? You know, red-skinned bald alien shows up, gives Hal a ring, and a legend is born. It's true, there have been quite a few origins of Hal before, but this is Geoff Johns, and I'm all for it. Not only is he picking up on some of the ideas that he used previously in Rebirth and such, he's fleshing things out with Hal's family, he's giving us peeks into Hal's own head, and by God, he even throws John Stewart into the mix. Not to mention that this makes for a nice jumping-on point for any number of NEW fans. I may know all the old stories, and YOU may know all the old stories, but perhaps this is a new book for a new fan.

Ivan Reis is back, and in tip-top form. Juvenile Hal and little Carol Ferris are just so darned adorable!

Hal Picures

Oh Hal. You've been a troublemaker and a heartbreaker right from the start.

Mr. Johns delves deftly into the family dynamic of the Jordans after the death of Martin. Hal's mother just can't understand his desire to fly, and he can't understand her fear. His older brother Jack is something of a jerk, but you can certainly understand his motivation, while Jim is just a little sweetie. Hal doesn't MEAN to hurt his mother, but he just can't help himself.

So off he goes on his eighteenth birthday.

Hal Pictures

Heh. Notice the address.

So Hal ends up as a hotshot pilot, albeit one who doesn't think that rules need apply to him. Does this sound familiar? There is an amusing bit with Hal at a bar, and a young Marine named John Stewart who just happens to be sitting at a different table. Needless to say, fists soon start flying.


Unfortunately, Hal's mother is near death, and she STILL refuses to see Hal. That seems to be taking a grudge to absurd lengths, but apparently his brother Jack is in agreement with her, and won't even let Hal into the hospital room. In typical bullheaded Hal fashion, he goes off, and picks a fight with his commanding officer, after taking a joyride in a jet, and somehow manages to get himself dishonorably discharged, all so that he can visit him mother. Too bad she dies before he can make it to the hospital. Jack yells at him a bit more, but Jim at least has a heart.

Hal Picturs

Finally, we have some more story about Abin Sur and the Empire of Tears, which is always nice. All these little hints will, I am sure have a major effect on the ensueing story line.

Ragnell in her review, has some very valid points about Hal's little caper with stealing the jet and punching his commander in the face. Odds are pretty good that Hal wouldn't have simply been discharged, he'd have been thrown in the brig, or the pokey or whatever they call it. It is apparently not as easy to steal a jet as you think. Furthermore, exactly WHY Hal thought that getting himself thrown out of the Air Force was a good idea, baffles me. But that's Hal all over, he may be handsome, brave and charismatic, but thinking things through, is NOT his forte. Why couldn't he simply have gone to his superiors and asked for some temporary leave, and then gone to see his mother? Hal lies to everybody all of the time, he could have told his mom he was out, and she'd have died happy.

So yes, Hal is an idiot. But a darned entertaining idiot.


At 1:34 PM, Blogger Nerites said...

This has been an amazing book.
For newcomers like me that have read about GL, there's nothing like a good book to show us what's behind a great GL.

Hal's an ass. Or was one, but this is one of the best books out there.

Loved Guy Gardner in Blue Beetle too.

Oh, by any chance do you recognize the GL at the end of Wonder Woman's last issue?

Keep up the awesome work!

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

I really missed Moose's colors on this issue, but, hey, still awesome art!

Believe it or not, I didn't even notice the address of the recruiting center. Well spotted, Sally!

At 8:57 PM, Blogger Stephen said...

This was such a terrific read. Hal's nerdy sensitive little brother is the best. "put on your seat belt!" (i was that kid growing up). I hope Johns uses Hals family more in the present. I wonder if we'll see when Hal tells them that he's a space cop with magic ring.

At 6:30 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

I don't really have a clue as to who the GL is, in Wonder Woman, but I'm looking forward to finding out. I'm also hoping that as an Honor Guard, either Guy or Kyle will show up. Wonder Woman and Guy have such an interesting relationship.

This was an excellent issue...as always. I do find it interesting that Hal is actually a middle child, when he exhibits so many characteristics of being the eldest. But Jim is a cutey-pie. Guy has always had brother problems, I guess that Hal does too.

I miss Moose's coloring terribly, not only in Green Lantern, but in Green Lantern Corps as well. It's just NOT the same.

At 8:01 PM, Blogger Volcano Todd said...

I really think Johns has become the definite GL writer, but there are a few minor elements I wish he hadn't adjusted. The whole "stealing a jet and punching my superior officer in the face so I can get a last visit in with my mom" bit is a bit absurd and I don't really see how it enhances Hal's character. Personally, I liked the explaination for why Hal got kicked out of the Air Force originally for back during the Emerald Knights storyline from back in GL Vol 2, #100-106 where Hal was linked to destroying a stealth jet, but there wasn't enough evidence to actually try him. Come to think of it, before that, I don't think there was ever a mention of Hal being in the Air Force altogether.

On another minor side note, this issue says that Jack (Hal's older bro) never went to college in order to take care of his mother. Does this mean he never pursued law as presented in all those old Silver Age stories?

And something I've been dying to know since Rebirth... did they just recon Helen Jordan (Jack's daughter) completely out of existence? She was so adorable! (See the Hal/Spectre series for her)

At 7:02 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

Todd, sometimes it's a bit difficult trying to make sense of the old Silver age stories, and make them modern. So yes, stealing a jet and punching out his superior officer would have probably resulted in Hal being thrown in jail as opposed to simply kicked out. But then we wouldn't have the story, so I'm able to make absolutely stupendous amounts of suspension of disbelief.

At least when it comes to Green Lanterns.


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