THE GREEN LANTERN #5 / Writer: Grant Morrison / Artist: Liam Sharp / Letterer: Tom Orzechowski / Colorist: Steve Oliff / Publisher: DC Comics / Release date: March 6, 2019
Trials and Tribulations
Spoiler alert: this article mentions significant plot details. Hal Jordan is a rogue space cop in Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman,Joe the Barbarian) and Liam Sharp’s (The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman) Green Lantern run, a story which has been equal parts sci-fi insanity and down-to-earth drama. After falling out with the Corp he goes to join the Black Stars through a vampire empress.
Is this Dark Souls?
Liam Sharp’s detailed art along with Steve Oliff’s dark-toned colors results in an issue that looks like Green Lantern going through a level in Dark Souls. It’s a gorgeous nightmare of Hal versus hell with a morbid gothic motif that still fits the sci-fi aesthetic of the series. The combination of styles shows that anything is possible in fiction.
We are reminded this issue is still a cop drama when it is revealed that Hal’s behavior throughout the story to become an undercover member of the Black Stars is all a ploy. The Green Lantern always seems to be at the most pure sci-fi moments when it reminds us this is also about a space cop, and vice versa. Now, to prove the Black Stars can trust him, Hal merely has to kill Adam Strange. How’s that for a cliffhanger?
Something New in the Old
These stories are similar to classic Green Lantern tales from the silver age of comics that have long since been forgotten in the rut of different colors of power rings and the repetitive structure that has plagued Green Lantern books in recent years. Morrison and Sharp are really going back to the roots of the character and pulling off this odd story where Hal can start off journeying through some odd Nightmare Before Christmas land before having Adam Strange pop up and still make complete sense. It’s a fun ride for all involved.
Verdict: 4 out of 5