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Review – The Green Lantern #2 (DC Comics)

The Green Lantern #2
Overall
7.2/10
7.2/10
  • Writing - 7/10
    7/10
  • Art - 7.5/10
    7.5/10
  • Overall - 7/10
    7/10
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User Review
4 (1 vote)

Summary

Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Liam Sharp
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski 
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: December 5, 2018

Hal Jordan starts his interrogation of “Spider-Space Pirate” what he learns and where it leads him only heightens the mystery surrounding this case.

 

Saving the Day: The Green Lantern #2

Grant Morrison once again takes the reader deep into Hal Jordan’s space-cop life in The Green Lantern #2. Hal is back on duty and on a new case. He starts to interrogate one of the Spider Guild members that has been arrested. Playing a little good cop/bad cop, Hal Jordan starts to get what he wants. But with him off of Earth someone/something decides to attack. Plus something is happening in the Great Void that spells trouble for the Green Lanterns!

Writing

The Green Lantern #2 (DC Comics) main cover by Liam Sharp
Main cover by Liam Sharp

Look, I am not going to sit here and act like I completely understand what-all is happening in The Green Lantern #2. Grant Morrison has lost me with some of the plots. I understand bits and pieces and I think after this issue I have a little better grip of some plot points. But how we got from the 1st issue to this issue is a little lost on me.

That is not saying The Green Lantern #2 story is bad. I actually enjoyed it pretty well. I like the little more “focused” tale on Hal Jordan. We are not dealing with other heroes in the DC universe; it is just Hal Jordan doing space-cop things. This also just feels like an excuse for Morrison to do a deep dive into Green Lantern character history and just deliver some of the strangest characters out there (readers of Morrison’s works won’t be surprised).

I just wish The Green Lantern #2 had a little more explanation. It feels like we had a little jump from the first issue to this issue and that something was missed in between the two. A little more clarity with that and the story at hand and how they connect would go a long way.

Art

Liam Sharp gets to draw a ton of strange alien creatures in The Green Lantern #2. I don’t know if volcano-head Green Lantern has always been around, but Sharp draws it incredibly well! Sharp has a wonderfully detailed style and his bold ink lines help bring all these odd characters and locations to life. There is a giant one-page spread of the Planet OA in The Green Lantern #2 that is mesmerizing. It reminds me a lot of James Stokoe’s work, as there are tons of little details and shapes in the structure that you can stare at for hours. Liam Sharp put tons of work into this issue and it shows.

The only complaint art-wise would be at times Hal Jordan’s body seems a little out of proportion. The odd proportions for the alien creatures look fine because for most we don’t know what they are supposed to look like. Hal Jordan being human, we have an idea of body structure, and since Sharp’s style is more realistic it makes it more noticeable when his proportions are off.

The coloring work from Steve Oliff looks great. The darker coloration helps bring that “void of space” feel to The Green Lantern #2. It also helps bring out the brighter colors tremendously well.

Conclusion

The Green Lantern #2 is a hard book for me to judge. I like most of it. The story is intriguing and after this issue, I have somewhat of a better grasp on it. I enjoy the art as well; Sharp has a wonderfully detailed style and I love seeing all of these crazy aliens brought to life. On the other hand, I was very confused about a lot of things storywise in this issue and mainly my faith in Grant Morrison bringing this all together in later issues kept me. The art also is not very dynamic. It looks beautiful but I wish it had a little more “flow” or a sense of motion to it. The Green Lantern #2 is a solid issue with some flaws. For now, it has enough good going for it to keep me on board.


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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