Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #38 (DC Comics)
Runners Up: Bloodshot Salvation #6 (Valiant Comics), The Flash #40 (DC Comics)
This was another tough week to choose from, as a few books excelled in one or two areas. I decided the best course of action was to find the three books that I felt were the most balanced entries. That said, I’ll make a quick note that Kenneth Rocafort’s work on Sideways #1 was nothing short of masterful and is worth the buy for that alone. If there were four, that’d be in there.
The top book of the week for me was Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. Forgive me for repeating myself, but Robert Venditti simply has these characters down. In this arc, he places the team in an intriguing conflict with Zod and The Eradicator, adding them to the list of Superman villains who have effectively joined the enemies of the Guardians. Venditti almost never writes an issue without a pivotal moment, and this one is no different. Ethan Van Sciver provides the pencils here and continues his legacy as one of the definitive artists for Hal and company. He also does a nice new design for someone, but I’ll let you see that for yourself. If you want to jump in, I’d recommend starting at least a few issues back. Like many of the current DCU titles, they’re really building something interesting here.
I don’t know if it’s supposed to be, but Bloodshot Salvation definitely feels like Valiant’s flagship title. Ninjak easily slipped into the supporting cast and another of the company’s more prominent heroes drops in as well. Renato Guedes joins Jeff Lemire for another chapter in the ever growing Bloodshot saga. If you haven’t been reading these books, start with The Valiant and keep going. Heck, go back to the Bloodshot run before that, you won’t be disappointed. Lemire’s already impressive catalogue keeps growing, with The Terrifics launching soon, he might become even more of a fixture within this feature. Also check the sweet Rocafort cover, that guy can’t be stopped!
Joshua Williamson and Carmine di Giandomenico bring us The Flash this week, and though I’ve seen some mixed reviews, I really enjoyed it. Willamson does as much building the book as he does looking to its past. With Flash War on the horizon, there have been a couple of big moments for the character in recent issues. Here, something big happens. I’m incredibly happy with that last page.