Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #49 gives us the beginning of the end for the DarkStars. The issue focuses on John Stewart’s tactical plan on defeating the Darkstars and awesome space action.
What’s the Plan, Johnny?
Stewart’s plan is quite simple, yet daring. He uses the Corps, Orion, and General Zod as a distraction against the Darkstars. In the meantime, he assigns Hal Jordan and Hector Hammond to serve as a transportation and telepathic link between the DarkStars themselves. Having the link destroyed leaves the Darkstars vulnerable and easy to take on with the full might of the Corps and its new allies.
Tell me About the Space Action!
Rafa Sandoval does an incredible job at drawing out this grand space battle. The issue is almost full of action panels. His artwork is clean and shiny, which is just what you need for a comic set in space. I personally loved his artwork for the awesome punching of Tomar-Tu by Hal Jordan! It was building up for a while and the wait was worth it.
Alright, Get to the Critical Stuff
The “no kill” order issued by Stewart to the Corps and its allies shows where his head is. Steward wants the Corps to be a symbol of hope and justice. If the Green Lantern Corps start killing, then there is no difference between them and the DarkStars. Violence against the DarkStars is permitted due to their violent behavior. Stewart is, of course, trying to find a middle ground in all of this. He firmly believes in law and order, which only the Lanterns can provide for the universe. Taking a life is unacceptable and no person has that right, no matter the crime(s) committed.
Who appointed the Lanterns as self-claimed space cops of the universe? Not every planet and sector voted to have a Lantern. Operating with no universally accepted supervision and guidelines, except those they self-imposed, the Lanterns add to the complication of governance in the universe.
Given universal threats like the DarkStars, the Lanterns are needed (sometimes with help) to hold the line. The Lanterns proved multiple times their capability and usefulness, despite their complications, to be a force worth having in the universe. This issue helps illustrate the point of the Lanterns (and their allies) being the only ones capable of defeating a universal threat.
Hector Hammond’s role in this issue is quick and easy. He is one of the strongest minds in the DC universe and succeeds in his mission with Hal with ease. I was expecting more of pushback and action in his role given who is facing. I wanted to see more of his powers and their threshold. Could he explode the DarkStars and the universe with his mind?!