Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artwork: Liam Sharp
Colours: Steve Oliff
Release Date: 9th January 2019
Grand Theft Planet! Earth has been stolen and put up for auction to the worst scum of the universe. Now it’s up to Hal Jordan and a small team of Green Lanterns to get Earth back, but with Apokolips, The Dominators and all manner of other high-level threats in the mix, can they pull off this mission? And while we’re at it, who is the mysterious Shepard and is he perhaps the most dangerous threat of them all?
It’s time for another issue of Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp and Steve Oliff’s space police procedural. And, somewhat unsurprisingly considering the level of talent involved, this is spectacular. We get true ‘80s insanity here with Hal Jordan first breaking up an intergalactic black market deal before heading straight into a battle with what is basically God and putting a whole planet under arrest. IN theory, the insanity at work in this book simply should. not. Work, but because it’s Grant Morrison it is executed with an unmatched level of skill and class. No one else by Morrison can glide between outright absurd comedy and really dark character moments – which Hal Jordan has in spades here. With an ending that’s really shocking this book makes it clear that it’s willing to take Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps into new and daring places.
And now, as is customary in my Green Lantern reviews, it’s time to praise both Liam Sharp and Steve Oliff to high heaven. We get some truly inspired panels from Liam here as he takes us from Lovecraftian monsters from the darkest pits of your nightmares to Hal Jordan putting police tape around the planet Earth. It’s amazing to see Sharp handle there wildly different tones in a way that feels consistent, and with his usual splash pages filled with insane ships and Steve Oliff’s phenomenal use of colour, this book is nothing less than a visual masterpiece. Speaking of Oliff, his use of colour is without peer here, from the increased shadows during the book’s darker moments to the bright battles in space between Green Lanterns and Blackstars. Oliff’s work further emphasises all the strengths of Morrison and Sharp’s work and while elevating the book’s quality even higher than it already was.
Look, just read this whole series. Right now. Every issue so far has earned a perfect score from me, and for good reason. It’s just that damn good. Read this because you’re not going to be disappointed. This is a creative team working at their absolute best to bring you something that is without peer at DC right now. It’s easily the best ongoing series of 2018/19 and, quite frankly, if you love good comics, good science fiction or just good storytelling then you owe it to yourself to read this. It’s an ‘80s 2000AD-filtered masterpiece and an absolute triumph for all involved.
The writer of this piece was: Jonathan Mullen
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