Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The Green Lantern #3 Review and **SPOILERS**

I’d Gladly Pay You Tuesday

Writer: Grant Morrison 
Artist: Liam Sharp 
Colorist: Steve Oliff 
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski 
Cover: Liam Sharp & Steve Oliff 
Variant Cover: Jae Lee & June Chung 
Associate Editor: Jessica Chen 
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: January 9, 2019


This is the galaxy. I work here. I carry a ring. The Green Lantern #3. Read my review. You might learn something that could save your skin.

Explain It!

It turns out that planet Earth didn’t vanish last issue, it was merely shrunken to a more portable size, at the expense of planetary integrity and billions of lives. The bulk of the thing is still intact, however, and so it’s fine to be auctioned by that Dhorian slaver, who takes bids from several Dominators and Steppenwolf himself, before handing Earth over to the Shepherd, a gigantic Galactus-sized being that looks exactly like Moses from The Ten Commandments. Once the payoff is made, the Green Lanterns, led by Hal Jordan, strike! 
They swarm in and start taking down Blackstars, which are Darkstars with Evil Star’s Star Band technology added, so that they cast bolts that sap one’s will. I don’t really get it, either. They have a brief cool down period after blasting, so the Green Lanterns just have to be patient before taking them down easily. Meanwhile, Hal takes off after the Shepherd and attempts to put him under arrest, but the old coot swears he’s a completely benevolent collector of planets. He puts them in a paradise where everyone has super powers and gets fattened up and oh yeah then he consumes the planet. And he looks like the cockroach alien from Men in Black, in his true form. 
And the people of Earth…are pretty okay with it. Seems they’ll have a thousand years of super-powered paradise, so they trade the lives of their great-great-grandchildren in favor of being able to curl steel girders around their biceps. Hal is incredulous, and tapes off the Earth as a crime scene before knocking the Shepherd for a loop. Pissed off, he returns to the auction to knock out the remaining Blackstars and face this Dhorian slaver, who thinks he’s protected under Intergalactic Law—but not from a furious Hal Jordan, who skewers him with several construct spikes! And then expects his colleagues to cover his butt! 
There was a lot that I enjoyed in this issue. For one thing, the idea of a planet of people choosing a thousand years of super-powered luxury over keeping their terra firma is really interesting. Like, with those powers, they could do incredible things, and ostensibly leave that orb entirely within the time allotted. I also liked the Shepherd and the whole concept of auctioning planets as slave worlds. It really showed me that while Hal Jordan is the star of this series, his homeworld is not—at least, not necessarily. This was a pretty simple story, with some brief character moments among other members of the GL Corps that were cool, if incidental. I also found the artwork a little more intelligible in this issue, which made for an easier read. I don’t know if this comic book is quite worth the cover price, but it is close to the Green Lantern comic book I’ve wished we had for a while now.

Bits and Pieces:

The fate of the Earth is sealed! And most of its inhabitants seem cool with it. Hal Jordan's by-the-books police technique might not jibe with every sleep-n-eat and ne'er-do-well, but by gum there's going to be law and order in this galaxy, if he has to arrest bug-eyed slacker to do it!


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