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Review Brew: ‘The Green Lantern #1’

After a leave of absence from the Green Lantern Corps and also being fired from Ferris Air, Hal Jordan is back as a Green Lantern. His mission: track down a group of intergalactic pirates who have stolen very powerful objects for nefarious gains. Jordan must also solve the murder of a fellow corpsman who was killed by the mysterious anti-monitor lantern. 

The Green Lantern #1
Written By: Grant Morrison
Art By: Liam Sharp
Published By: DC Comics
Price: $4.99
Release Date: 11/07/2018

After a leave of absence from the Green Lantern Corps and also being fired from Ferris Air, Hal Jordan is back as a Green Lantern. His mission: track down a group of intergalactic pirates who have stolen very powerful objects for nefarious gains. Jordan must also solve the murder of a fellow corpsmen who was killed by the mysterious anti-monitor lantern.

There is a lot going on in this story by Grant Morrison. It feels like a police procedural while also feeling like a space opera. It feels very different from other Green Lantern stories. Morrison shines in his writing of the support characters as well as the villains in this book. Another highlight is the “luck dial” which is used by an intergalactic casino to fix games. That was a very interesting subplot and I look forward to seeing more from that subplot. There are other things about the writing but I am going to save that for later on in the review.

I really liked the art by Liam Sharp and it is the strongest aspect of this book. Every panel is breathtaking and detailed so well. All of the different members of the Lantern corps look unique and bring some fun to the book. There is even a Green Lantern that is essentially a virus and the effects it brings are pretty interesting. All of the action set pieces in this book are well drawn and they are so much fun to read. As I stated above, the art by Sharp is very strong.

The weakest aspect of this book is the writing by Morrison. The story does not feel like a Green Lantern story and it also feels as if Hal Jordan has regressed as a character. This isn’t the Hal Jordan that people have come to know in recent years. Yes he has been through a lot in his career especially towards the end of Green Lanterns but it seems he hasn’t learned from the past. He is a very shoot first and ask questions later person and part of that feels wrong. The main story of this book was very confusing, I had to reread the book multiple times to understand what was going on. I expect more from Grant Morrison and I hope the writing improves.

I wanted this book to be good and to entertain me but other than the art it falls flat. Hopefully it gets better with the second issue but for now I won’t hold my breath.

2.5 Book of OA’s out of 5

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