The Green Lantern #9 Comic Review
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Liam Sharp
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
Cover: Liam Sharp
Variant Cover: Jeff Dekal
The Day The Stars Fell Down!
“The Guardians of The Multiverse”
What You Need to Know
After a brief trip to Earth and an adventure with a familiar friend, Hal is back to his interstellar patrols and finds himself in a Dungeons and Dragons-esque mission in his sector. Hal finds more than he bargained for when he meets a fellow Green Lantern and a powerful otherworldly threat that threatens the whole multiverse. Luckily the multiverse is also sending Hal help.
What Just Happened
The issue beings with heroes Marta and Strong Woman being the last ones standing amongst multiple heroes including Marvel Maid, Logi, Quisto, and Regor on the ruins of a planet. The being that caused this destruction has reality warping powers. Marta is urged to warn the United Planets and the Green Lantern Corps about the powerful being. The United Planets Superwatch observes the carnage from their headquarters and lament the loss of their fellow heroes and the planet under their protection.
On the planet Athmoora, Hal Jordan leads warriors into battle against a demonic like threat. Hal is leading the warriors on a quest to reach the citadel on the planet. Hal confronts Ah-Bar-Nazzur who is lurking at the top of the citadel. Hal’s ring is not effective on Athmoora but Hal’s is able to use some of its power to defend himself against Ah-Bar-Nazzur. Hal’s ring reveals to him that Ah-Bar-Nazzur is actually a fellow Green Lantern. With help from his ring, Hal deduces that Ah-Bar-Nazzur is really Abin Sur and the “demons” are actually constructs from his ring. After restraining Abin Sur, he reveals to Hal that he is from a parallel universe. Abin Sur warns Hal about the coming of the Mad Lantern, who is a threat to the multiverse. Abin Sur unwittingly leads the Mad Lantern to the planet and the being is drawn to Hal Jordan. Abin Sur makes a distress call to the Guardians of the Multiverse and they arrive to save Hal and Abin Sur. The guardians are multiple Green Lanterns from across the multiverse, and one in particular strongly resembles a fellow hero.
As I first started reading this issue, I thought “here we go again with another weird Grant Morrison issue”, but as I kept reading I became really captivated by the story Morrison tells in this issue. I was not a big fan of the random heroes seen at the beginning of the issue and the Lord of The Rings-esque setting that Hal finds himself in. The issue really picked up for me once it was revealed that the “villain” Hal is fighting is really Abin Sur from a parallel universe. The potential for intriguing stories with Hal and a parallel version of the Lantern that gave him his ring is very strong and Grant Morrison is just the writer for the job. The inclusion of the Guardians of The Multiverse is another fascinating storyline, and Hal going adventures with Green Lanterns from the multiverse sounds like a crazy ride that I am here for. I just wish Hal would team up with some of the other well-known Lanterns from Sector 2814 or from the wide array of corpsmen. Seeing whom these Guardians of the Multiverse are and especially one member in particular makes me think we got some fun issues coming down the pipeline.
Once again, Liam Sharp continues to amaze with his art. Whether Sharp is illustrating mass planetary destruction or fantasy inspired sword and sorcery, his art is expressive, vivid, and impressive. Sharp’s design for the Mad Lantern is particularly impressive and creepy at the same time. Steve Oliff’s colors compliment Sharp’s art perfectly, and the colors vivid sharpness to the artwork. Sharp and Oliff make an impressive team.