Hal Pictures Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!: Green Lantern #32

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Green Lantern #32

Hal's origin story just keeps getting better and better. Now we have Hector Hammond getting into the mix, and I must say, that I am enjoying Geoff John's take on the character. It has been made pretty well evident that Hector has something of a compulsive personality...not to mention stalkerish tendancies. All of that is beautifully portrayed in the opening pages of this issue, with Hector calling up Carol...AGAIN...and getting quite pissy that she's not at his beck and call. Meanwhile, his flunkies are examining the remains of Abin Sur's ship, and are a bit hesitant about opening up the fuel chamber.

Hector blows them off, and insults them all into the bargain, and breezily opens the chamber...which promptly blows up in his face. Oh Abin Sur, you mad scamp! Did you forget to put a "Danger, Meteor" sign on the handle? Osha wouldn't like that! And right then and there, we have the origin of Hector Hammond along with Hal! Hector begins to freak out, understandably enough, when he can suddenly start to hear everyone's thoughts. They aren't particularly very nice thoughts either, it turns out that just about everyone thinks he's a jerk.

What IS interesting, is the use of the coloring. In the various explosions, and reflected in his eyes, is...orange. Heh heh.

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Back at the new acquisition of Ferris Air, Tom Kalmaku just can't stop gushing over Hal and his fabulous new jewelry and accessories. Hal's been training on Oa, so he's a little befuddled over what has been going on. Apparently just about everyone has walked out. Carol is brooding in her new office, trying to cover for her father's absence, and feeling a little sorry for herself. In his usual loveable fashion, Hal barges in and starts laying down the law. He's ticked that her old man isn't there, and when Carol gets miffed, he finally lets out what has been bugging him all this time, the fact that Ferris put Hal's father in a faulty plane, and that he's the one responsible for his death. I guess that Hal needs SOMEone to blame, and old Man Ferris is as good a choice as any.

Carol actually takes Hal's tantrum pretty well, and then even offers him a chance to fly again. She may be suffering from a little guilt as well, plus she's getting a tad on the desperate side, since all of the other pilots have quit.

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Meanwhile, Atrocitus is laying low at some poor guy's campsite in the woods. Atrocitus recites a VERY cool version of his oath, while eating the poor camper. That camper just happens to be named William Hand. Oh boy.

Hal is back in the air again, and loving it. He's still pissed at Carol's father, but is finding it more than pleasant to think about Carol herself. Oh Hal. You just can't help yourself, can you? So, he's up there flying around without a care in the world, when he spots a figure, and there is a big BOOOM!

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Goodbye plane...hellooooo Sinestro!

Sinestro introduces himself, and seems a bit irritated that he even has to do so. He doesn't think too much of Hal, that's for sure, OR his second-rate little planet. Hal isn't too thrilled either, it never ends well when you put two Alpha Males together. They each do a little posturing, and Sinestro gives Hal some advice. Good advice as it turns out. Hal's constructs are weak, because he's angry. "...and although the Guardians believe Fear creates cracks in our Willpower...Anger will distort it."

And then Sinestro does something absolutely amazing.

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Hal's happy to have his plane back, but still can't keep himself from mouthing off to Sinestro, who does eventually share with him the reason that he's there, to investigate the death of Abin Sur.

I have to say, that this one feat of Sinestro's in reassembling Hal's plane, just made me pleased as punch. For YEARS, I have worried about this, whatever would Hal say to Carol, if the first time that he flew, he managed to blow up a multi-million dollar plane? It BOTHERED me! And now, that weight is off of my shoulders, because it turns out that Sinestro put the friggin' plane back together, none the worse for wear! Heck, he probably improved it!

Now, Hal only has to explain why he disappeared!

Turns out that he doesn't even have to do that! Who should show up but good old, newly whacked-out Hector Hammond! He's having a lovely time messing with everybody, and reading their minds. At first, he goes for Carol, but his manlove for Hal cannot be denied...and he discovers a few things that Hal would REALLY prefer he didn't know.

The writing is exceptional, and the art is gorgeous. The inking is gorgeous. The coloring is gorgeous. This is one of the best series that DC is putting out, and I am enthralled.


At 10:16 AM, Blogger Frank said...

I completely missed the fact that Hammond's eyes were orange! Good catch.

At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Pete said...

Man...now I'm gonna be all impatient waiting for it to hit trades.

At 10:34 AM, Blogger nicodemus88 said...

I must admit I was not thrilled by another take on Hal's origin but I must say that it's very brilliant indeed.
Beautifull to see all the elements being knitted together.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

... waiting ... for ... trades?!?

Gawd, that IS going to be hard, isn't it? But I'm not willing to give up on GL comics just yet. ;-)

Anyhoo, YES, fabulous issue! I absolutely loved it when Carol was on the phone with Larry (Negative Man) Trainor, betting him to be her pilot(!). And ... awwwwwww, Hal is so cute when he's pouty. :-)

My only complaint so far about Johns' retelling of Hal's origin is that it seems excessively hyperkinetic. I mean, at this point, Hal's been a Green Lantern for, what, a week? And he's already been through basic training, met many of the other GLs, encountered Sinestro, had to deal with Tom figuring out his identity, been given the chance to fly planes again, and had to deal with the mutated Hector Hammond -- AND Black Hand is right around the corner. The man (and the average reader) hasn't had time to breathe let alone figure out his brand-new super-hero gig! (Of course, Geoff Johns would probably argue [rightly] that Hal prefers his life to be that hyperkinetic, but that's beside the point ...) Sheesh!

At 1:50 PM, Blogger CalvinPitt said...

So is the Atrocitus stuff happening in the now, or is it occurring simultaneously with Hal's meeting Sinestro and fighting Hector Hammond, and so on?

I'm guessing it's what is happening right now, as opposed to this flashback of Hal's origin, but I'm not sure of that. Maybe Atrocitus used his ring to time travel?

At 3:45 PM, Blogger Gyuss Baaltar said...

This is turning out to be so much more awesome than any re-hashed origin story ought to get to be.

At 4:13 PM, Blogger ticknart said...

One of my favorite things about this arc, and maybe it's just because it's a retelling of the origin and from this you'll be able to tell what influenced me the most, is how there are a few panels each issue, like the fourth one on the second posted page, that remind me of M.D. Brights art.

Does anyone know what he's been up to? Have I just missed his work on the shelves?

At 4:44 PM, Blogger Sea_of_Green said...

M.D.Bright is now working as a storyboard artist. :-)

At 4:50 PM, Blogger ticknart said...

Thanks, Sea_of_Green, I guess that means I haven't just overlooked his work every Wednesday.

At 7:21 AM, Blogger SallyP said...

I rather miss M.D. Bright's work too. He was an excellent Green Lantern artist.

Things DO seem to be just moving right along, don't they? On the other hand, it could be Bendis who is writing this, in which case, it would take another year just for Hal to charge his ring!

Sorry, sorry...that was a low blow.

But gosh, Hal is just so pretty when he's pouty. So...so pretty.

I love that they are tying Hector Hammond's origin in with Hal's. It seems so appropriate considering his obsession with Hal Jordan.

At 10:56 PM, Blogger MetFanMac said...

If William Hand is dead, then... uh... I'm confused.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Riddering said...

Thank you for another fun recap, Sally!

I know I shouldn't be, but I'm still surprised each issue with how well Geoff is handling Carol. Because she has to be hard and antagonistic but he is going out of his way to make us feel for her just as much as the titular character during his origin retelling. And, well, Geoff's such a shipper, isn't he?

The rest of the origin action is great too, of course. I about choked when I read the thoughts people were having about poor, doomed Hammond. And you're not the only one who was so impressed with Sinestro putting the plane back together. It was one of the many moments throughout this arc that totally justifies the retelling--because there was the never-before-seen drama (What would Hal do when he had to go back? What about Carol? Would their love never blossom over such a, er, little thing? OH NO!) and then the satisfying resolution to the exploding plane dilemma that also served the purpose of showing how talented and orderly Sinestro is.

I just love everything about this title right now, from the covers that stand out so much to Hector Hammond's taste in apparel being criticized. *g*

At 5:22 AM, Blogger Siskoid said...

I don't know what to add except that I agree across the board. I love this series.


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