SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps” #7, on sale now.
Robert Venditti, Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona and Tomeu Morey’s “Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps” #7 brings the highly-anticipated conclusion to the “Sinestro’s Law” story arc, which began way back in the “Rebirth” one-shot released in July. Centering around the remaining Green Lanterns’ attempt to infiltrate the Sinestro Corps base — referred to as “Warworld” — the issue delivers with intense (space) operatic action and a couple unexpected twists that shake up the series in a big way going forward.
Hal Jordan Becomes Something Greater
When “Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps” started months ago, it established that Hal Jordan is undergoing a strange transformation, as a result of his possession of Krona’s gauntlet, pre-Rebirth, that is turning him into pure green willpower energy — the exact kind that powers the Green Lantern Power Rings.
The extent of Hal’s transformation hadn’t really been explored until this issue — and boy, do we get a taste of its power. Seemingly becoming willpower itself, Hal unleashes a full blast of the energy in a one-on-one fight with Sinestro, successfully shutting down the villain’s efforts and taking down Warworld with him. The willpower attack not only destroys Warworld, but causes the disappearance of Hal and Sinestro with its blast. The issue leaves it ambiguous as to what happened to Hal and Sinestro, hinting vaguely at their death — but we don’t expect them to be gone for too long.
The Green Lantern Corps Get Unlikely Allies
In the fallout of Hal’s willpower explosion, the Sinestro Corps emerge, seemingly transformed into good guys, as declared by Guy Gardner on the last page of the issue. We’re not exactly sure how that happened — whether Hal’s willpower blast had the capacity to convert the Sinestro Corps into beings of good, or if they were simply freed of their malice with the destruction of Warworld, and possibly even Parallax — but we’re left to assume Soranik Natu, Sinestro’s daughter, is now left in charge of the (formerly?) fear-driven Corps in the wake of his absence.
How, exactly, the two Corps will co-operate going forward is up in the air, but considering there’s no longer a base for the Green Lantern Corps, or a full-sized Corps for that matter, they could probably use all the help they can get protecting the universe. Could we see a meting of forces? Or is this merely a happy moment before the SLC reverts to the modus operandi DC readers have become accustomed to?
“Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps” #8, by Venditti and Ethan Van Sciver, hits stands November 9.
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