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Review – The Green Lantern #6 (DC Comics)

The Green Lantern #6 (DC Comics) variant cover (detail) by Lucio Parillo
The Green Lantern #6
Overall
8.8/10
8.8/10
  • Writing - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Art - 9/10
    9/10
  • Overall - 8.8/10
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Summary

Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Liam Sharp
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Letterer: Steve Wands
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: April 03, 2019

Hal Jordan is on an undercover mission for the Green Lantern Corps. Infiltrating the Blackstars was never going to be easy, but that’s why they picked “The Green Lantern”.

“Black as Midnight on a Moonless Night” The Green Lantern #6

Grant Morrison has brought his “cop drama” The Green Lantern to new heights in The Green Lantern #6. Previously we learned that Hal had been tasked with infiltrating the nefarious Blackstars, which makes his actions throughout the series more reasonable. He must gain their trust to become one of them. After surviving the Vampire Planet last issue (you really need to check out that wackiness) and gathering his Blackstar gear, Hal Jordan—now known as Blackstar Parallax—must do one more thing to become a full member: kill his friend Adam Strange!

Writing

The Green Lantern #6 (DC Comics) main cover by Liam Sharp
The Green Lantern #6 (DC Comics) main cover by Liam Sharp

I haven’t reviewed an issue of this series since issues #1 and #2, but I have been keeping up with it. Grant Morrison has truly delivered on his “space-cop drama” pitch for The Green Lantern. We have gotten to the “meat and potatoes” part of the story. We have learned that Hal is on a secret mission from his superiors to infiltrate the Blackstars. It is a classic undercover cop story plot that Morrison does extremely well. Morrison does the whole basic drama of the situation perfectly, of Hal having to somehow get around convincing the Blackstars he is legit, but also how not to kill Adam Strange. Obviously, Morrison being Morrison, The Green Lantern #6 takes some odd twists and turns along the way.

It is an all-around excellent issue that will have you questioning what happened and definitely interested to see where Morrison is going with this story. Not that it does not have some head-scratching moments. Maybe it is because I am not too in-depth with Green Lantern lore, but the ending threw me for a loop!

Art

Liam Sharp continues to deliver some tremendous work in The Green Lantern #6. Anytime Sharp gets to draw big alien structures or landscapes—which is a lot in this series—it is a good thing. He adds such wonderful detail to these odd alien landscapes, vehicles, and structures. He nails that sci-fi feeling of the different world we continue to visit in this series.

His character work has grown a lot on me since the first issue as well. I am digging these thick textured ink lines he lays on the characters. It gives this odd visual sense of texture to the characters on the pages. They do still look a little “stiff” visually for my taste. But that is not a big deal in the overall sequential work of the issue. Sequentially, he tells a tremendous story with his art.

Steve Oliff‘s coloring work is top-notch as well in The Green Lantern #6. After the pure darkness that was the last issue, it is good to see him working with some brighter colors in this issue. He does a superb job of catching the mood and tone of the scenes while still adding a wonderful energetic dynamics to Sharp’s work.

Conclusion

I feel the same way after I read an issue of The Green Lantern as I do after watching an episode of Twin Peaks. I am not 100% sure what I saw or what it was about, but I liked it. We saw some crazy visuals and it had familiar story points, and then it went in an odd direction. And, much like a Twin Peaks episode, I immediately wanted to talk with somebody about it. The Green Lantern #6 is a great “episode” in this series; if you have been liking it so far, then you will adore this issue.


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