Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The Green Lantern Annual #1 Review

What's Your Bandwidth?

Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 31, 2019

I haven't been the biggest fan of Morrison's run on Green Lantern, but sometimes all it takes is a solid one-shot Annual to do the trick.  Is this one of those times?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with Hal waking up in the bathtub like he was just in an Irish Rovers song.  You know the one!  As he tries to get his bearings, we find out the Jordan's had a big reunion party the night before and it wasn't the booze that caused all the issues.

I love family issues and this one was an unexpected surprise.  While all the relatives are not wide-eyed and bushy-tailed at the moment, the kids are fine and give Hal the rundown...they are trapped in their house and aliens have invaded!

His name is Zzyptzz and him and his kind are kind of the wifi alien race and they are made at humans for using the wifi for stupid things.  It may sound corny, but that's because I am a dummy when it comes to explaining things because this issue is actually pretty cool.

Of course, this stuff is right up Hal's alley until his ring fritzes out, but don't worry...Air Wave is here to save the day.  Air Wave?  LOL!  I haven't met an Air Wave fan yet, but he serves this story well and while Hal can smell a trick a mile away, Air Wave eventually saves everyone.

Along the way, we get a funny bit where Hal uses his families many issues to break the grip the bad guys have on them, but the issue is about Air Wave and Hal and I liked their interaction. By the end, the day is saved, we get a new Green Lantern and a little lesson about maybe, just possibly leaving your phones and tablets off for a bit now and again.

This was what I like from Annuals.  A fun little issue with some cool guest stars and some bad guys that are goofy but a little menacing as well.  I could do with some of this fun leaking over to the regular run of this book.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue had an old school vibe from the family aspect of the story to the cool art throughout.  All in all, I can recommend this issue easily to fans of Morrison's regular run, but also to those who may have bailed or never jumped on as well.


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