The Green Lantern #7 Comic Review
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Liam Sharp
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
Cover: Liam Sharp & Steve Oliff
Variant Cover: Emanuela Lupacchino & Rex Lokus
“Put A Ring On It”
What You Need to Know
Hal Jordan saved the day on Rann but paid a heavy cost. Hal now finds himself on a strange world with no memory of who he is and how he got there. To make matters worse, forces are gathering on this world to keep Hal from escaping. Can Hal and a newfound ally escape before it’s too late?
What Just Happened
The issue begins with a strange woman on a strange world. This woman is fleeing and hiding from forces on this planet that answer to a dark wizard. The woman, named Pengowirr, comes across Hal Jordan passed out in what is called the Emerald Sands. The wizard, Myrwhydden’s, forces attack Hal and Pengowirr, and they are able to fight them off. Hal admits to the woman that Myrwhydden sent him and Pengowirr does not know if he is friend or foe.
Pengowirr and Hal venture deeper into the Emerald Sands and Hal stumbles upon a fountain with the Green Lantern insignia. Seeing the insignia brings Hal’s memories back and he realizes that he is inside his own power ring. Hal also realizes that Pengowirr is actually his power ring’s AI. Hal now knows that his power ring his aimlessly floating through space, and the ring will die along with the world within it if it is not charged. Hal calls upon Pengowirr and the wizard trapped within the ring, Myrwhydden, to team up with him to re energize his ring. Pengowirr is able to activate the ring’s homing protocol, while Myrwhydden absorbs the world that has been created within the ring. The ring finds its way to OA where it is discovered by some other Green Lanterns.
Hal is freed from the ring. The world inside the ring continues to die due to depleted power ring. Hal is able to charge his power ring before it can fully die.
This was a very weird issue. The Green Lantern has not been your typical Green Lantern comic, but this issue was even stranger than the series has been as a whole so far. The issue seems to be narrated in a prose-type style, but does have some dialogue between Hal and other characters. The narration in this book is kind of distracting to me, but I appreciate the creativity. The concept of Hal being trapped in his own power ring with the ring’s sentient AI is a zany concept that only Grant Morrison can pull off.
Luckily, Liam Sharp continues to be on his A-Game with strong art that strengthens the peculiar story that Morrison has created. The Emerald Sands is depicted as a green wasteland inhabited by strange beings such as creatures that look like shark gnomes. Hal is depicted as a wandering hero, complete with a trench coat over his Green Lantern uniform. Hal reminds me of a wandering loner you see in westerns who comes into a town anonymously, but ends up saving the day. Pengowirr looks more like a character from Avatar than a sophisticated AI. All in all, Sharp’s art tells a better story than Morrison’s dialogue and narration in this issue.