Green Lantern Vol. 3: Wanted: Hal Jordan
Collection: Green Lantern issues #14-20 © 2006-2007
Publisher: DC Comics © 2007
Writer: Geoff Johns
Cover Art: Ethan Van Sciver
Cover Colors: Moose Baumann
Letters: Rob Leigh and Travis Lanham
Wanted: Hal Jordan
Pencils: Ivan Reis
Inks: Oclair Albert
Colors: Moose Baumann
Mystery of the Star Sapphire
Art and Colors: Daniel Acuna
The cover of Green Lantern Vol. 3: Wanted: Hal Jordan is perfect. Ethan Van Sciver and Moose Baumann are the perfect team. Sciver’s pencils and inks are superb. A really great picture. Awesome shading and detail on Sciver’s behalf are fully complemented by Moose Baumann’s coloring style. Baumann’s top-shelf coloring skill adds levels of shape and vividry to the picture. Both artists work together to make the image explode out at the viewer.
The pencils of Green Lantern: Wanted: Hal Jordan by Ivan Reis are great. Each panel is full of detail and depth due to Reis’ full use of back, middle and foreground details. Oclair Albert does a good job of inking these pages as well. Albert does great shading and dimension in a subtle but very effective manner. This is good because heavy shading would have taken away from the panels. Moose Baumann was, as always, spectacular. I liked his alternative, almost artsy take on some of the panels. Like making whole pages appear as if seen through a green lense.
The artwork of Green Lantern: Mystery of the Star Sapphire by Daniel Acuna is very artsy. Everything seems to be just a little off. No one quite looks like themselves. It’s as if it’s a dream, not reality. In a very unique way, each panel seems to rely heavily on the coloring to carry a majority of the workload. The coloring is the only real definition in many panels. I found this style distracting. But I’m sure that there are those who would like it.
The writing of Green Lantern: Wanted: Hal Jordan by the industry legend, Geoff Johns, was, as always, the best. He really explores the various characters in the stories. Flushing out their various idiosyncrasies and backgrounds through good dialogue and pacing. Geoff Johns also delves into the vastness of the Green Lantern universe, expanding it outward with virtually endless possibilities.
Following the events of Infinite Crisis things on Earth have gotten complicated. The Freedom of Power Treaty has been signed by ten nations. This makes unsolicited entry or activity into Chinese, Russian or other participating nations’ borders punishable by international law. Hal Jordan and John Stewart (the Green Lanterns of space sector 2814) pursue Evil Star into Chinese airspace in violation of the treaty. In response, China’s, Great Ten, and Russia’s, Rocket Red Brigade, intercepted them. The U.S. Air Force sends Jordan and his team on a bombing run through terrorist camps in Russia. But things went south pretty quick and Jordan’s teammates are captured and held in a POW camp for three months. They were eventually rescued but the damage was already done.
Jordan soon finds himself in violation of the treaty again. But this time in Russian airspace. By the end of it Jordan is framed for murder and is now a wanted criminal. As if that isn’t enough, both old enemies and new ones gather with the goal of taking Jordan down permanently. Can Jordan clear his name and fend off the forces rising against him?
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