The Green Lantern #1 Comic Review
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Liam Sharp
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
Cover: Liam Sharp & Steve Oliff
Variant Cover: Frank Quietly
“I Am The Space Law”
What You Need to Know
The next chapter in the Green Lantern mythos begins with Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp taking the reins. The focus shifts solely towards Hal Jordan and his duty to bring space criminals to justice. After this first issue, it seems like Hal Jordan’s duty to bring order to the cosmos will be complicated by enemies who conspire against the Green Lantern Corps from the shadows and a traitor within the Corps midst.
What Just Happened
The issue begins with Green Lanterns Maxim Tox, Foozle Flem, and Trilla-Tru rounding up space pirates. After brining in the prisoners, Tox goes to follow up on any leads on what the pirates may have been trying to accomplish. Tox investigates a crashed ship on the planet Melmoor. Tox boards the ship and finds it ravaged by something. Injured crew members try to warn Maxim Tox, but it is too late, as he is murdered by some creature or machine.
It is revealed that the space pirates work for Controller Mu who possesses what is called a “Luck Dial”. It is confirmed that the pirates captured the thing that killed Maxim Tox, but it escaped. Meanwhile, Green Lantern Chriselon attempts to transport the captured space pirates, when his ship malfunctions.
On Earth, Hal Jordan spends most of his time gazing at the sky and spending time with Eve Doremus, and does not notice the space debris entering Earth’s atmosphere. The next day, Hal takes a walk down a solitary road, seemingly hitchhiking, when a man speaking gibberish approaches him. Hal correctly deduces that this man and his friend are aliens and they attack him. Hal manages to defeat them without even using his power ring. After defeating the aliens, he notices the wreckage from the transport ship crash in the distance. Hal investigates and finds an injured Chriselon. Chriselon informs Hal that the space pirates have escaped and pose a dangerous threat to society. Hal agrees to track down the pirates and Chriselon gives Hal his power battery to power up his ring.
The space pirates hold a local city hostage and threaten to destroy it, when Hal Jordan shows up to intervene. Hal Jordan stops the pirates and detains them, saving the city. The Guardians of the Universe then summon Hal to New Oa. Hal is informed of the deadly cargo the pirates were smuggling and the Lantern that was killed in the process. Hal is also informed that someone has been amending and revising the Book of Oa, making it unreliable to depend on as a source of knowledge and prophecy. The Guardians believe that there is a traitor amidst the Green Lantern Corps.
On Asteroid X, the fortress of Controller Mu’s Blackstars, it is revealed that Controller Mu is trying to build the “ultimate asset”. Controller Mu states that he already has two components to build this asset, the Luck Dial and a Anti-Matter Lantern. Controller Mu orders that the Lantern be vivisected, and the Lantern looks strangely like a cyborg version of Hal Jordan.
I can assuredly say that I am genuinely interested in what Grant Morrison has planned for Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. I understood but was disappointed when it was announced that this book would focus solely on Hal Jordan but was pleasantly surprised to see members of the Green Lantern Corps, no matter how obscure. Grant Morrison wastes no time rebuilding Hal Jordan’s life and the world around him.
Grant Morrison wastes no time getting weird with elements of the Green Lanterns mythos and the universe the corps inhabit. Spider-Pirates, size manipulating hamsters, and sentient viruses all make appearances in this issue. These characters all have an importance to the story and Morrison is not just throwing them at us for his own entertainment. Morrison has also slowed down Hal Jordan’s life considerably. Hal stargazes and hitchhikes throughout this issue, and spends time with a woman not named Carol Ferris. This was strange to me after reading the final issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. Maybe Morrison is saving Carol for future issues or will explain why she is not involved with Hal. After this first issue if feels like Hal is playing the role of the hard working, high achieving officer who struggles in other aspects of his life. I really appreciated Morrison’s nod to Hal’s origin in this issue.
I enjoyed how Morrison is planting the seeds for an intergalactic conspiracy that may be the focus of this book for the foreseeable future. Morrison also seems to be building off what Robert Venditti’s final arc of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps by keeping the Controllers involved as the villains that once again want to take over the universe and enforce their own brand of justice.
Liam Sharp’s art is awesome. Sharp is able to provide really fascinating designs for the space pirates. Hal has taken on a kind of nomadic state of being while on Earth, and Liam conveys this with detailed pages of Hal staring off into space and walking along lonely roads. Liam’s design of the Anti-Matter Lantern is very good but also very creepy. Sharp will be a tremendous asset to this book.