THE GREEN LANTERN #1
Written by: Grant Morrison
Art by: Liam Sharp, Steve Oliff, and Tom Orzechowski
Edited by: Jessica Chen and Brian Cunningham
Published by: DC Comics
What it’s about…
Superstar writer Grant Morrison (Batman, All-Star Superman) returns to DC alongside red-hot artist Liam Sharp (The Brave and the Bold, Wonder Woman) to launch a new, ongoing series: THE GREEN LANTERN!
In this debut issue, when Earth’s space cop, Hal Jordan, encounters an alien hiding in plain sight, it sets off a chain of events that rocks the Green Lantern Corps—and quite possibly the Multiverse at large—to its very core. There’s an inter-galactic conspiracy afoot, as well as a traitor in the GL Corps’ ranks, so strap in for more mind-bending adventures in this masterpiece in the making.
What I thought about it…
Grant Morrison’s eagerly awaited The Green Lantern #1 is finally here. After having read the first issue, its clear someone at DC Comics told Morrison he could do anything he damn well pleased with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern mythos.
The Green Lantern #1 is both chaotic and exciting, basically Morrison doing what he does best. Thanks to Morrison’s writing, every character has a distinctive voice and motivation. He also balances the need for plot work and exposition with solid character moments and action.
In just a few pages Morrison deconstructs Hal Jordan, bringing him down to basics. I haven’t seen this type of Hal Jordan story since maybe the Emerald Dawn series and the beginning of the 1990 Green Lantern monthly book. Those were always my favorite Hal Jordan books, so I like Morrison’s approach.
Grant Morrison has the perfect partners in the art team of Liam Sharp and Steve Oliff. Together, they draw Morrison’s insane visions of space battles, alien worlds, and lonely earth moments. Sharp is brilliant at drawing the absurdities that this story calls for. This is a Green Lantern book that looks like a Jack Kirby story went through a Jefferson Airplane induced acid trip. It’s bizarre in every way possible, but I loved every moment of it.
And maybe it’s just me, but Lian Sharp’s work in this issue gave me Neal Adams vibes. Check out the drawing of Hal Jordan with Green Arrow at the end of the book and tell me that doesn’t look like some Adams drew back in the 1970’s.
My only complaint about The Green Lantern #1 is that I have no idea when this story takes place. Apparently, Hal Jordan has been placed on a long-term leave by the Guardians. I guess this happened between issues because everything seemed fine at the end of the Green Lanterns series. Then again, Morrison might fill in the gaps as we go along.
The Green Lantern #1 is basically the prologue to Morrison’s epic. But unlike most recent first issues, there’s actually a lot of story in this book. I have no idea here Grant Morrison’s story goes from here, and I don’t mind. The Green Lantern is as crazy and wacky as I expected, and the art by Liam sharp just makes me want to see more this quirky Green Lantern saga.
The Green Lantern #1 score: B+