Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Green Lantern #12 Review and **SPOILERS**

Wish, With All Your Might!

Writer: Grant Morrison 
Artist: Liam Sharp 
Colorist: Steve Oliff 
Letters: Tom Orzechowski 
Cover: Liam Sharp & Romulo Fajardo Jr. 
Variant Cover: Riley Rossmo 
Associate Editor: Jessica Chen 
Editor: Brian Cunningham 
Cover Price: $3.99 
October 2, 2019


Hey, it’s the final issue of the “first season” of The Green Lantern! I kind of lost track of what was happening over the last couple of issues, but if this one is worth its salt, then things will be wrapped up nice and tidily. Let’s find out in my review of The Green Lantern #12, right here!

Explain It!

After a couple of months of set-up, Hal Jordan finally faces off against the. Anti-mattter version of himself…who looks like what you’d get if Cyborg Superman and Metallo had a baby.  He’s so Reverse-Hal, his words and sound effects are written backwards. While they duke it out on the now-barren planet Weirwimm, the vestiges of the Green Lantern squad that was eviscerated last issue by Mr. Qwa pull themselves together, mostly at the direction of beak-faced Tru. Elsewhere, the Guardians sense that this is all being manipulated by Controller Mu, and when classic flavor™ Sinestro shows up to lend a hand, even Hal figures out that not everything is what it seems. 
Some other hallucinated stuff happens, then Hal finally comes to, at Blackstar HQ, where Mu and the other creepy-ass Controllers are hanging around, tending to Hal. If you’ll remember, Hal Jordan joined the Blackstars in deep cover somewhere in the first three or four issues. Looks like that membership is non-refundable, as he’s welcomed back into the gross bosom of the Blackstars, where he’s informed that he’s the final component of their reality-warping machine…and we’ll find out more about that in Blackstars #1, coming this Fall! What about that detachment of Green Lantern Corps members who just pulled themselves out of the dirt? We’ll find out more about them and their Qwardian counterparts in “season two” of The Green Lantern, due in 2020! 
When a comic book concludes by directing your attention to two other comics due in the future, you can’t help but feel a little ripped off. I’m alright with the Patrick Duffy ending, showing Hal Jordan was hallucinating all along, but the cliffhanger isn’t so striking that it deserves a new series. Meanwhile, the art and storytelling are excellent as always. The way Liam Sharp draws the Controllers really freaks me out. So you have that.

Bits and Pieces:

A decent sci-fi story that fumbles a little at the end by advertising other comics. Not that I won’t be reading those comics, I’m just saying.  It seems cheap.


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