“Twinkle, twinkle, Evil Star” (The Green Lantern #2 Comic Review)

The Green Lantern #2 Comic Review

Writer: Grant Morrison

Artist: Liam Sharp

Colorist: Steve Oliff

Letterer: Tom Orzechowski

Cover: Liam Sharp & Steve Oliff

Variant Cover: Francesco Mattina

Darkness Visible

“Twinkle, twinkle, Evil Star”

What You Need to Know

Hal Jordan continues to patrol his space beat while investigating the heist on the casino planet and the mutilation of a fellow Lantern. This issue sees Hal practice his interrogation skills and interact with more unique and bizarre members of the Green Lantern Corps. This issue also features the return of a villain that possesses extinction threat level power. What role does he play in the schemes of Controller Mu and his Blackstars? The end of this issue shows us the next stage of Mu’s plan, which leaves Hal in disbelief.

*Minor spoilers ahead*

What Just Happened

The issue begins in the pitch-blackness of the Southern Supervoid where Green Lantern Rot Lop Fan holds Evil Star captive to prevent him from using his star-band to cause more destruction. Suddenly, the Lantern is attacked by Controller Mu’s Blackstars. Rot Lop Fan is able to hold them at bay, but not before they escape with Evil Star.

Back on Oa, Green Lantern Volk informs Hal Jordan of Evil Star’s escape while Hal Jordan goes to interrogate the Spider-Pirate regarding the casino planet heist and the attack on Lantern Maxim Tox. Volk also informs Hal of reports of planets vanishing in thin air. Green Lantern Trilla-Tru joins Hal in his interrogation of the Spider-Pirate. The two Lanterns use the “good cop/bad cop” routine (or should I say “good Lantern/bad Lantern routine? Rimshot) on the Spider-Pirate, with Hal surprisingly playing the role of good cop.

On the Blackstar flagship, Evil Star basks in being exposed to starlight once again. Evil Star plans on getting revenge on the Green Lantern Corps, but a Controller interrupts him. This Controller shows disgust with Evil Star and reveals that he was only rescued so they could take his star-band. The Controller then attacks Evil Star and drains the essence from his body like a vampire.

Back on Oa, the Spider-Pirate finally cooperates with the Lanterns. The Spider-Pirate confirms that the casino planet heist was a diversion for the pirates to be able to smuggle out “component one”, which escaped and killed part of the crew and severely injured Lantern Tox. The Spider-Pirate also reveals that Controller Mu and the Blackstars paid her. Lantern Volk next informs Hal that Evil Star has been found. The Lanterns visit planet Hippocrates to visit the orbital medical facility where Evil Star is held. Hal discovers that Evil Star has been drained of his essence and now resembles and elderly man due to being separated from the star-band. Hal notices the punctures in Evil Star’s neck and Evil Star states “she drained the stars from my veins”.

With the star-band in tow, the Controllers demonstrate to a group of Dhorians the powers of the star-band that they retro-engineered. The Controllers offer the power of the star-band and elite trained soldiers for a resource that is not named. As Hal realizes that Dhorians are connected to the attack on Evil Star and the missing planets, he returns to Earth to find it vanished without a trace.

My Thoughts

Grant Morrison continues his unique take on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps in this second issue. Intrigue deepens regarding the Controller Mu, his Blackstars, and their plans for the Green Lanterns Corps. Harnessing Evil Star’s star-band provides another deadly “component” for Controller Mu’s plot to deliver order to the universe. Two things really stood out to me in this issue, the humor, and the introduction of more really creatively designed members of the Green Lantern Corps. I was not expecting this issue to be as funny as it was. Banter between Lantern Rot Lop Fan and his people and the debate over whether “Evil Star” is a cool name were hilarious to me. The new Lanterns we are introduced to in this issue: Rot Lop Fan, Xax, and Volk were all bizarrely awesome. Credit to Liam Sharp for his character design, he really let his imagination run wild. The volcano-man design of Volk is my personal favorite. I also really enjoyed the fun interrogation that Hal and Trilla-Tru used on the Spider-Pirate. It was a nice touch that the Spider-Pirate was just as disgusted with Hal’s appearance and he was with hers. Trilla-Tru is also a dope name.

A few questions remain for me, what is Controller Mu building with these “components”? What’s up with the vampire-like Controller? What does Mu need from the Dhorians? What is Earth’s place in all of this? Hopefully we get more answers soon.

Liam Sharp’s art in this issue remains strong and Steve Oliff’s colors help with this books retro style. Sharp’s character designs remain great as said before. Oa looks like a futuristic urban metropolis in this issue. Morrison and Sharp make a great team on this book.

 

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Marcus Freeman

Marcus Freeman

Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.
Summary
Hal Jordan continues his investigation into Controller Mu and the Blackstars, while Mu continues to gather items needed to complete his grand scheme. In this issue we meet new and unusual Green Lanterns who assist Hal in his investigation. Evil Star makes a short and untimely cameo in this book and his weapon of choice seems like it will mean a lot to the story going forward. Hal’s investigation just took a drastic turn and a whole planet is now at stake.
Good
  • Weird but cool Green Lantern designs
  • Strong art
  • Witty banter
  • Intriguing story
Bad
  • Would like to see the rest of the Green Lantern Corps actively assist Hal
9
Amazing
Story - 9
Art - 9.5
Character Development - 8.5
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Bay Area bred, LA livin Blerd. Avid fan of comics, video games, music, wrestling, the Lakers, and the 49ers. Constantly catching up on DVR’d TV shows. Spends a little too much money at movie theaters. Also passionate about serving my community and providing the youth with tools for success.

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  1. Good review and I agree greet book! But Rot Lop Fan and Volk were both created for the GL comic in the 1980s, and Xax is a descendant of a GL character from the original 1960s run. Yes I’m old.

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