The Green Lantern #8 Comic Review
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Liam Sharp
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
Cover: Liam Sharp
Variant Cover: Toni Infante
“This is Your Brain on Space Drugs”
What You Need to Know
After being trapped in his power ring, Hal Jordan returns to Earth for a little R&R. Hal after reconnects with one of his best friends, Oliver Queen aka Green Arrow. What was supposed to be a getaway from his space adventures turns into a drug bust with intergalactic implications. Green Lantern and Green Arrow hit the streets once more.
What Just Happened
The issue begins on the planet Hadea-Maxima where intergalactic drug dealer Brotorr puts a hit out on the planet Earth because a rival drug dealer named Glorigold has traveled to Earth to set up shop. Brotorr wants to make an example out of Glorigold by destroying the whole planet he is residing on. Brotorr hires a being named Azmomza to destroy the Earth with Glorigold on it.
On Earth, Green Arrow and Green Lantern stop a drug deal from occurring but realize there is something wrong with the man trying to buy the drugs. After studying the drugs they recovered, Hal and Ollie learn that drugs are made of human souls. When Hal and Ollie investigate where the drugs are being imported from, they find a huge arrow lodged in the building. They also find a huge hat that looks strangely like the hat Ollie used to wear for his old costume. As Hal and Ollie investigate more they stumble upon Xeen Arrow who appears to be badly hurt. Xeen Arrow is from dimension zero, and his dimension-belt has been damaged, making it impossible for his large body to adjust to Earth’s gravity. Before Hal and Ollie can help, Glorigold appears and explains that he uses people as his drug. The people try the drug and become so addicted that they sell their own souls for another hit. Glorigold then uses his Super-Sirens to attack Hal and Ollie. The super-sirens brainwash Hal and Ollie into fighting each other.
As Hal and Ollie continue to fight, Hal’s ring notifies him of a threat to the planet. Azmomza has set himself up on the moon to carry out his plan to destroy the planet. Hal realizes that the planet is in danger and makes a plan with Ollie to shoot Xeen Arrow’s arrow at the moon to stop Azmomza. Hal and Ollie are able to fight off the influence of the super-sirens to shot the arrow and hit Azmomza, stopping him from destroying the Earth. Hal then makes a call to dimension zero in an attempt to save Xeen Arrow. Xeen Lantern answers the call and has Glorigold in custody.
Back on Hadea-Maxima, Azmomza reports back to Brotorr. Brotorr promptly kills Azmomza for his failure. Brotorr also has a guest in his presence that has a very long history with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.
Grant Morrison continues his high concept, borderline absurd, space opera starring Hal Jordan. Morrison returns to a more traditional approach to this issue and rekindles the bromance between Hal Jordan and Oliver Queen. I definitely enjoyed the homage to the classic Green Lantern/Green Arrow series from the 70s. Morrison honors Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ run but having a real world and street level issue: drug dealing/drug abuse as the theme of this issue. The dynamic between Hal and Ollie is very strong and you would think that both characters have been sharing a book for multiple issues. Morrison has a strong grasp of both characters.
The art in this issue is impressive, and at this point, this is to be expected from Liam Sharp. Steve Oliff’s colors are very impressive as well. Oliff’s colors especially stand out when Hal and Ollie are under the influence of Glorigold’s super-sirens. The colors become more vivid and sharp as they try to shake the influence of Glorigold’s forces.
Morrison continues to use his encyclopedia-like knowledge of the DC Universe to dig into the history of Green Arrow and reintroduce characters such as Xeen Arrow. I had never heard of this character and had to look him up to make sure Morrison was not making a strange character up. The villains used in this issue seem to be solely used to unite Hal and Ollie and give them someone to fight, but the most memorable thing about the villains are the drugs they peddle. These drugs cause extreme hallucinations and come at an extreme cost. The ending of this issue left me feeling excited about what is to come, as a familiar face emerges to no doubt complicate Hal Jordan’s life even more.