The Green Lantern Annual #1 Comic Review
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
Cover: Guillem March w/ Alex Sinclair
The Wireless Ones
What You Need to Know
Hal Jordan takes a trip back to Earth to visit some family. Unfortunately, when you are a Green Lantern, even a family visit can turn into an intergalactic incident. Luckily, the ability to overcome great fear runs in the family.
What Just Happened
The issue begins with Hal Jordan waking up in his uncle’s bathtub and finding his family unconscious in the living room. Hal’s nephews and his younger cousin are the only people still conscious in the home. Hal and his family try to investigate outside of the home but realize they are held back by some kind of force field. The outside world is unaffected by what’s happening inside of the house. Hal is shown by his family that a room in the house leads to an alien planet and Hal realizes whatever is happening might be his fault. Hal’s family leads him upstairs where more conscious family reveal that there is an alien in the home named Zzyptzz that needs Hal’s help.
Zzyptzz reveals to Hal that he was being hunted by the Wireless Ones that are trying to kill him. It begs for Hal’s help. Hal’s cousin wants to help him with Zzyptzz and states that he has his own powers, but Hal is hesitant to let him get involved. The Wireless Ones arrive to the home and demand Zzyptzz. Hal intervenes and uses his ring to conjure a radio transmitter, but the Wireless Ones use Hal’s ring to disrupt his brain and ring, causing a seizure.
Hal’s cousin intervenes as the hero Air Wave and uses his radio frequency powers to banish the Wireless Ones. Air Wave then tries to help Hal but feels interference with his powers and Hal states he tried to warn Air Wave against using his powers as Zzyptzz was using him to get rid of Wireless Ones and use Air Wave as a power source. Air Wave confronts Zzyptzz, but the alien uses Air Wave and his powers to spread to different machines that use radio frequencies. Zzyptzz also spreads to people by controlling the radio frequencies within them
Hal is able to shake off the radio interference and help his family escape the frequency by reminding them of them of how dysfunctional and imperfect they are. Air Wave is able to fight of Zzyptzz’s influence and uses his power to restore Hal’s control of his ring. Hal uses the ring to isolate Zzyptzz and he and Air Wave both banish Zzyptzz to a satellite in deep space.
A Green Lantern from Zzyptzz’s planet arrives in response to ensure that Zzyptzz is in custody. Hal learns from the kids in the home that one of their uncles spiked the punch the family drank and that is why everyone passed out. Hal confronts the uncle and arrests him.
Grant Morrison takes a break from his main Green Lantern story to tell a single self-contained story about Hal Jordan and his family. While this story differs from the story Morrison has been telling for his Green Lantern run, the books trademark quirkiness is still present. The use of a threat that can manipulate radio frequencies is an inspired idea that is very terrifying when you give it some thought. The way the threat in this book uses radio frequency manipulation reminds me of the book “Cell” by Stephen King. I also believe Morrison used this type of villain in order to dust off Hal’s cousin Air Wave whose powers are uniquely suited for this situation. Finally, I found it hilarious that Hal was able to save his family by reminding them of how dysfunctional they are.
While Giuseppe Camuncoli is no Liam Sharp, this artist is strong in their own right. Camuncoli art is solid for this issue. Steve Oliff’s colors compliment Camuncoli’s art well in this issue. My only complaint is that Camuncoli’s design for the Wireless Ones reminds me of a cross between Sonic the Hedgehog and Gremlins. I would have liked to see something more inspired. This book also gets an excellent cover from Guillem March and Alex Sinclair.