once more the planet Earth has been taken, shrunken and offered up for auction,
like real estate on the courthouse steps. And the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes
are staggering around trying to figure out what to do and where to do it. All
except Hal Jordan and his Green Lantern Corps, who are on the trail of the
auctioneers: interstellar slime balls from the planet Dhor. (Remember Kanjar
Ro? HIS people.)
here’s the thing: The title of the book is THE
Green Lantern, implying there can be only one. Yet Hal’s out and about with
an entire Corps at his side. Meanwhile, the Almighty appear to appear in time
for the auction, winning the Earth that he may enjoy its eventual destruction.
Needless to say, it is not the Almighty but another alien being with god-like
abilities (and Hal should know this since they met before when he died).
Morrison has a reputation for taking his characters into some dark corners, but
in this title, it’s as if he doesn’t know Hal Jordan at all. With other
characters, he could get away with a lot, but this is one of the pillars of the
DC Universe we’re talking about. Twisting him in ways he was never meant to go
will only last so long.
am enjoying Liam Sharp’s artwork, in which he gives the heroes the over-muscled
physiques we used to see back in the 1970s and ‘80s. But as a big a fan as I am
of that era, seeing it presented now makes me grateful comic book artists of
today have moved on from that.
in all it’s a flawed book. But I can’t say I’m really surprised. DC had a good
thing going with Hal Jordan and the Green
Lantern Corps and Green Lanterns.
But they chose to “fix” them, when they really didn’t need fixing at all.