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Posted by: Byron Brewer

Review: Green Lantern #26 (Venditti and Tan)

Writer: 
Robert Venditti
Pencils: 
Billy Tan
Inks: 
Rob Hunter
Inks: 
Don Ho
Inks: 
Billy Tan
Colors: 
Alex Sinclair
Letterer: 
Dave Sharpe
Cover: 
Billy Tan, Alex Sinclair
Publisher: 
DC Comics
Price: 
$2.99
Release Date: 
December 4, 2013

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The star of Green Lantern #26 is not Hal Jordan but Billy Tan. His art is off the charts this month, and he really backs up a rather luke-warm tale by Robert Venditti with a rollickingly rough ride through space.

Tan has the ability to crowd a panel with aliens and yet make it not look crowded, each character looking like a self-contained and unique being and not an army of computer duplicates. I mean, look at Iath and Gorin-Sunn, for Oa’s sake! Detail!

Among these rich and visually delightful panel arrangements of Tan is Venditti’s continuing saga of light use by the GLC and others. Hal ironically is both the strongest voice on preserving light and the foremost user of same. As he preaches preservation, he goes on a tangent with its use in those great action scenes.

Kinda reminds me of the Green Movement back in the 1970s, with the crying Native American. What if he were crying while watching littering on the highway but also throwing away Styrofoam cups and Kleenex as he weeped? That is today’s Hal, leader of the GLC.

Most of my interest these days is in these dedicated Lanterns who believe they can police their sectors without the light. Some have innate powers, granted, but others are just humanoids chosen by the ring because they do not know fear. That is who I would like to focus on more a tad.

Overall, I enjoyed the issue. Some of Hal’s humor falls flat, but at least he is trying, and that is his greatest strength. And he is once again the star of his own book, and you cannot knock that.

A fun cosmic read!

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