Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #42

Writer: Robert Venditti Artist: Jordi Tarragona, Rafael Sandoval Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 11, 2018 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19 User Reviews: 13
8.2Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

"DARKSTARS RISING" part one! Hal Jordan is the paragon of a Green Lantern: Courageous and unrelenting. But even a hero can sometimes doubt the methods they're known to use. And in those moments, something dark creeps in and it can create an evil the universe isn't ready to face!

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Apr 12, 2018

    Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps has embraced the history of the Green Lantern Corps with no fear of expanding any and all possibilities. It's always a great read and this issue epitomizes his run. Expect that unexpected and be prepared to be challenged! Read Full Review

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    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Apr 11, 2018

    It shouldn't look this easy. Making new Green Lantern Corps stories should be hard for any team, even if they are some of the best in the business. But Venditti and Sciver don't just make it look easy, they make it look fun and entertaining. The stories perfectly fit the characters and settings; villains perfectly mirror the heroes they challenge. It's the kind of dance that has made Hal Jordan's space adventures some of the most exciting stories in comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Apr 11, 2018

    Overall this was a amazing opening issue. It sets the tone for the inevitable emotional conflict between Tomar-Tu and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps, and it brings their newest foes to the forefront with no time wasted. Can't wait to read the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Apr 14, 2018

    Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 builds perfectly on both Green Lantern's recent past as well as its storied history. Not only is the book beautiful thanks to Ethan Van Sciver and Jason Wright's fantastic visuals, Robert Venditti is really on his A game as well. This one is a fun and exciting read that is a real page turner and highly entertaining from cover to cover. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 27, 2018

    Old foes return to wreck havoc for the Green Lantern Corps. The dialogue is amazing in this issue as an argument is made to what constitutes a hero and justice. It's a great conversation and it's one that leaves Hal questioning himself. The visuals are incredible, with heroes looking amazing and villains fierce. This is a terrific comic, let alone an excellent issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. This is a comic that everyone should pick up. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 11, 2018

    Ive got very high hopes for this Darkstars Rising arc as it looks to be another killer storyline for a series that's becoming synonymous with very enjoyable stories. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Justin Swenson Apr 12, 2018

    There are a couple things that really get me excited about this new run. First, Venditti is easily my favorite writer for DC, and he has done nothing but amaze me on his entire Hal Jordan run. Second, my man Ethan Van Sciver is now on art. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Apr 20, 2018

    Might be a bad issue to jump on for a new reader, as 99% of this issue hinges on prior knowledge of characters involved, but if you're a fan of Green Lantern and aren't reading this book, you're wrong. READ IT!! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Apr 15, 2018

    Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 does an excellent job presenting the Darkstars as one of the biggest threats the GLC are going to being going against. Robert Venditti's spending time giving Tomar-Tu some quality character development went a long way in giving more weight to the direction the Darkstars will be going in. Having Ethan Van Sciver on art duties made Venditti's story even stronger as the sense of importance in the Darkstars rise was elevated even more. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Apr 9, 2018

    Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42 is a promising beginning for a new story arc that may shake this book and its leads to their very core. Van Sciver and Wright provide some stellar artwork as always. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Deron Generally Apr 10, 2018

    A tight, well-written story that asks some tough questions of Hal Jordan while setting up a dangerous arc for a former Green Lantern. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Comicsverse - Eric Nierstedt Apr 11, 2018

    HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #42 brings the Corp up against a new threat -- the returning Darkstars. Writer Robert Venditti falters slightly, but still improves from the previous issue as he gives the Lanterns a new threat with a personal edge. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Cat Wyatt Apr 11, 2018

    This issue was mostly spent setting up the Darkstars and Tomar-Tu's transition into their corps. There wasn't any fighting really, but it was still incredibly interesting. I love the time spent setting up Tomar-Tu's perspective on justice and the lack of permanency Green Lantern justice has. This made his choice to join the Darkstars wholly believable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 11, 2018

    Venditti continues to send our Lanterns on a tailspin adventure worth exploring. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Jeremy Carr Apr 11, 2018

    My final thoughts for this issue is though the story may have moved slowed, I think Venditti brilliantly set up a story that will put our heroes at odds with an old friend. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Apr 11, 2018

    Those Darkstars we saw seven issues ago are back, and now they're actually doing stuff. The stuff they're doing picks up a loose story thread from even further back. I'd applaud this, but there are so many other dropped lines in this series, it's a little too late to play "continuity-minded" now. On the plus side, Ethan Van Sciver pulls out all artistic stops for this issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Apr 14, 2018

    Venditti presents a great opening to the new and final arc of his run, albeit undercut by the art at times. With bi-weekly schedule and the rotating artists on board, the story still has hopes of finding it's artist stride. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Christian Hoffer Apr 11, 2018

    Unfortunately, the issue is bogged down by Ethan Van Sciver's lifeless, emotionless, and static art. At some point, Van Sciver needs to learn that rotating a panel a few degrees doesn't make it more exciting. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Apr 11, 2018

    Ethan Van Sciver returns to the drawing board for this issue. I would expect no less,given the raise in stakes for this particular storyline. But again, experience has taught me not to expect him to hang around for the entire arc. I hate itwhen that happens: A comic book company puts its a-list talent on a story,only for him to step away (for whatever reason) before the end. Imagine going to a concert, and part way through the show, one of the band members is replaced by a sessions musician. Rather disappointing, no? Read Full Review

  • 10
    GL Fan 2814 Apr 12, 2018

    Great issue!

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  • 8.5
    Dispatchdcu Apr 12, 2018

    Welcome to the Oblivion Bar where the first round is on me and the pretzels are free! Be warned: like the pickled eggs at the bar, this issue is going to get SPOILED rotten.

    I think I’m going to love this arc. R-ditti is connecting tons of stuff throughout his long run while throwing back to some old stuff. We get the Controllers and the Darkstars! I think this is going to be great.

    The Controllers recreate a better version of the Darkstars that is more powerful than ever. A Darkstar appears to be a robotic suit that takes a host giving it abilities... like iron man armor but faster, stronger, and now with what appears to be MIND CONTROL!!!

    That’s right; Darkstar 1 comes fully ready to fly through space more

  • 10

    I can't help but give this a 10. I have been waiting for ages to see the Darkstars return and this did not disappoint, they even made some interesting changes to the Darkstars that open up a lot of possibilities for stories in the future.

  • 9.0
    Herushalaim Apr 12, 2018

    I really liked this issue. This is what I've come to expect from Hal Jordan and I think it's something that's been lacking the past few issues. I'm hoping the trend continues in what I believe is the final arc on Venditti's run.

  • 8.5
    Gizmo Nov 12, 2018

    Nice character piece and great artwork.

  • 7.0
    Simon DelMonte Apr 12, 2018

    Really not sold on Hal's sudden doubts about due process. But liking the rest of it, especially the art.

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    Jon Comics May 26, 2018

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    sebastianorellana95 Apr 24, 2018

  • 9.0
    YourGreenMuse Jul 19, 2019

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    Nicetrylaoche Feb 12, 2020

  • 8.5
    GL Mike May 12, 2018

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    Tizze Apr 15, 2018

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