Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Fernando Pasarin
Inks by: Oclair Albert and Eber Ferreira
Colors by: Jason Wright
Letters by: Dave Sharpe
Hal Jordan broke Hector Hammond out of lockup in order to secure his help against the rising threat of the DarkStars. Unfortunately, Hammond doesn’t want to help in the way Hal needs it and instead decides to wipe Hal’s memory as a means of “helping” him instead. As Hector tells Hal how he is going to help the world, a voice in Hal’s mind tells him to fight back.
At the same time, Guy is getting ready to have a reckoning with his estranged father and is stopped by Arkillo. In a rare moment, Arkillo decides to appeal to Guy’s better nature and give him the same speech he gave before the two of them became unlikely friends. It’s an interesting moment that should have some emotional resonance to a character that is usually portrayed as a caricature rather than someone with layers or substance. A pretty intense sequence happens after that is bolstered by some great art by Pasarin.
On New Genesis, Kyle and Space Cabbie get an unexpected assist as they attempt to escape from the cell Highfather put them in and Hal does everything he can to fight Hammond’s influence on him as he starts to remember why he brought him to the place he did. I like that moment in this issue. It showed that Hal is more than just a fly-boy who goes with his gut. It shows he has the ability to think strategically and plan. Need to see more of that. There is some great writing in this issue and the ending is exactly what I was expecting given the trajectory of this arc, but it will be interesting to see how it is resolved when everything converges.