Review: Green Lantern #23
Release Date:August 7, 2013
Robert Venditti continues his great Relic saga by showing us the man we've always known Hal Jordan is. The leader who leads by example, one who will not put other lives in danger before his own.
Hal becomes shocked at what the Green Lantern Corps is now in the first few days of this leadership, a dead Lantern on a slab before him -- no name, no point of origin.
He seeks answers and find solace in the presence of old friend Kilowog. But Hal being Hal, off he goes after the villain de jour, Nol-Anj, who happens to be the queen of a peoples ... without power rings! Something I've been wanting to see you for too long.
There is some great character building with Hal, other Lanterns, and especially with Nol-Anj as she finds love is a most potent weapon, using Hal's connection to Carol Ferris against him.
In the end, after another ring failure, Hal struggles for his life but eventually is off yet again, this time to find Carol and Kyle, who face a new alien threat.
Venditti spins a great tale of cosmic character as Hal tries to make himself into a better leader.
The art by Billy Tan, Rob Hunter and Alex Sinclair carries the tale well and once again remains one of the most beautiful books on the shelf.
I'm glad I'm along for the ride and cannot wait for "Lights Out" following Villains Month.
Robert Venditti is filling Geoff Johns' shoes well thus far.