Mind Capsules – Detective Comics #938 and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #2

Detective Comics #938
Detective Comics #938

Writer – James Tynion IV
Artist – Alvaro Martinez, Al Barrionuevo
Inker – Raul Fernandez
Colours – Brad Anderson, Adriano Lucas
Letters – Marilyn Patrizio

The book opens with a little more on the history of the new Bat-army that captured Bruce and in addition, a bit of tragedy. The two things are not entirely separate and writer James Tynion IV gives the Colonel – Batwoman’s father, the motivation he needs to do what he is currently doing. That first portion of the book is drawn by Al Barrionuevo and looks truly phenomenal with its painted style, especially in contrast to the rest as drawn by Alvaro Martinez. The remainder of the story takes place in the present and finds our heroes, namely Batwoman, Red Robin, Spoiler, Clayface and Orphan rescuing Batman from a situation too impossible for him to handle alone. For a Batman book, it is a very interesting scenario for it is not often we see the man helpless. It is a given that he would try and escape and probably more than once, but he is simply overwhelmed at this point and though he might not say thank-you, he is glad of their company. Even better than anything having to do with Batman is the fact that Kathy Kane is by far and away the star of this book and it is truly wonderful to see it. Tynion IV understands her and he truly makes her stand out from the rest of the bunch, though that is not to say that the others do not have their moments as well. Clayface, for what little he does, is an invaluable member of the team as he provides some much needed strength, great visuals and the odd bit of comedy relief. What additionally makes this story more intriguing is the repeated mention of the League of Shadows, that mysterious organization that is said not to exist, one that Batman believes to be myth and the Colonel a reality and as to who is correct, still remains to be seen. The action and excitement is a big draw to be sure, but it is great to see a little more in this book other than Batman himself as previously stated. There is some good drama present between Kathy and her dad and you know that it will continue for some time to come as it is doubtful there will be an easy outcome to all of this. That becomes just another facet amongst the rest of the great story elements to look forward to in this fantastic collaboration between Tynion IV, Barrionuevo and Alvaro Martinez.

4 out of 5

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #2
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #2

Writer – Robert Venditti
Artist – Rafa Sandoval
Inker – Jordi Tarragona
Colours – Tomeu Morey
Letters – Dave Sharpe

As evidenced by the cover of this issue, the Green Lantern Corps is back – sort of. For the moment, they are still lost and their numbers are dwindling to a dangerous low. If they cannot manage to get themselves back to the regular universe soon, there is a good possibility that none of them will survive. While the Corps and their new leader John Stewart ponder their fate, Hal Jordan is currently facing off against a very surprised Yellow Lantern who thought him and the rest of the Green Lanterns dead or at the very least, gone for good. As they battle it out, Robert Venditti also gives us a bit of family drama between Soranik and her father, the rejuvenated Sinestro. Soranik is tired of Sinestro’s duplicities and with each occurrence; it brings them closer to a confrontation that has been a long time in the coming. When the two of them learn of Hal’s existence, they have quite the different reactions and Venditti adds fuel to the fire with that revelation which can and will make things quite a bit more interesting than they would have been otherwise. Bringing this story to life is Rafa Sandoval, a criminally underrated artist who deserves all the accolades one can praise. The book always looks gorgeous and keeps getting better with every subsequent issue. The Yellow Lanterns are fearsome under his pen as they should be and the Green Lanterns heroic and if readers are lucky, Sandoval will be on the book for some time to come. The only negative that really comes to mind is the pace of the overall story which seems to be dragging a little. The action keeps things going as do the sub-plots involving Sinestro and the Guardians, yet even so, the book feels like it is just spinning its wheels. It almost seems as if this were a case of writing for the trade and of which, this particular story might read better as. Still, it is a good one and with that last page featuring a lot of people’s favourite Lantern, it looks like there are big things in store.

3.5 out of 5

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