I'm going to come out and say it right now. I don't care for Hal Jordan. I'm not a fan of The Green Lantern. And I only picked this issue up because of the hype surrounding it. The reason for the hype is simple. Fans view Hal Jordan as the greatest Green Lantern there's ever been. Much how I view Wally (comic God rest his soul) as the greatest Flash to ever wield the Speed Force. Another reason for the hype is writer Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp. This book has it's moments of "hmmmm". A great deal of "WOW". However, it also carries with it an overall tone of "WTF!?"
Lets start with what everyone was talking about before release. DAT ART! And it's freaking beautiful. The
two pages after the very first looks like an acid trip through Vegas Oz. Detailed artwork. Bright vibrant colors. Unique locales and creatures drawn to near perfection. I believe I said it before in my Brave and the Bold reviews, but where Sharp excels, if nowhere else, is he takes a lot and makes it look like a little. Which is to say that panels are busy to the edge of being chaotic, yet never falls over and keeps your eye looking for the next small detail you might have missed.
However, this is where Beauty meets beast. Grant...what is this story? What you talking bout Morrison, because I don't know what's happening. There's a Lantern, he dies, another with a ship full of pirates with a luck dial. Hal Jordan is having sex in a dessert then he's jumped by some hobos, that's really only one hobo. WHAT THE EF! I'm not a stupid person, at least I don't believe I am. I've read this issue 3 times now and I still don't really get what's going on except Hal is back. The Book of OA is a lie. And that's about it.
And don't get me wrong. Morrison is the man. He is legendary at stripping characters to their core and giving not only you a different point of view of that character; but that character a different point of view to their life. His works on All-Star Superman, Doom Patrol, and Batman are all testaments to this. However, this issue is just a mess of a prologue that one can only hope gets cleaned up in issue 2.
If you're looking for a visual masterpiece. You'll find none greater this week than what sharp has done in this issue. Expert paneling, stunning and detailed artwork, accompanied by Oliff's bright and powerful color work. It's definitely worth flipping through the pages at the very least! However, the story is lack luster and confusing, and if not for the "okay, you have my attention" ending on the last page. I probably wouldn't be coming back for a second issue.
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