When I first heard that Grant Morrison was writing a Green Lantern series, I must admit that I was a little bit skeptical. Green Lantern has been one of my top three favorite DC comic book characters of all time since I was young, occasionally taking the top spot from The Flash depending on who was writing him at the moment. Green Lantern’s adventures were so colorful and epic, full of adventure and danger and excitement. Coming off of the Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps series that was written by Robert Venditti, which felt like the GL stories I read as a kid, Grant Morrison’s work seemed like an abrupt change of tone into something I wasn’t really accustomed to.
The Green Lantern series thus far has pleasantly proven my skepticism groundless. Is The Green Lantern a darker-themed series than what has come previously in the past years or so? With the exception of Scott Snyder‘s work with Dark Nights Metal (my favorite storyarc of 2018, and I highly recommend picking up the graphic novel collecting the issues), yes it is. But in the case of The Green Lantern, it serves the overall story immensely.
In issue #1 Ganthet, one of the Guardians of the Universe and Hal Jordan’s superior, has given him a mission that only he can accomplish. With that, Morrison’s talent for writing non-linear but engaging stories comes into full force, with each issue reading like an episode from a season of a police procedural TV show. Each issue could be read individually, but there is enough threads left to show that there is an overarching story that is unfolding. Issue #5 goes takes an interesting yet creepy turn as Hal is taken by Countess Belzebeth (yes….that is her name) to Vorr, a planet that looks like it would be right at home in the video game Bloodborne. Dark, Gothic, and filled with gory scenes of decay and the macabre, Hal has to find three components of the Blackstar mantle so he may be inducted into their ranks. With each component, a metaphorical sacrifice must be made so he may take and wield them. He succeeds in these challenges and stands ready to become a Blackstar, with the final test in simply choosing his new name…and the one he chooses is one that harkens back to one of the darkest chapters in Hal Jordan’s life.
The artwork by Liam Sharp is clean, crisp, and vibrant throughout the entire series, highlighting the artist’s ability to showcase the vastness of space as well as the bustling nature of some of the planets Hal and the rest of the Corps patrol. Sharp, dynamic, and in some instances very reminiscent of Brian Bolland, Sharp’s attention to detail and ability to make each issue eye-catching, along with Morrison’s superb writing style and narration, makes The Green Lantern a truly stand-out series of 2019 and I can hardly wait to see where it goes next.