The Green Lantern #11 Comic Review
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Liam Sharp
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
Cover: Liam Sharp
Variant Cover: Paul Pope with Bruno Seelig
Quest for the Cosmic Grail
“Batman’s a D*^$ in Every Universe”
What You Need to Know
Stranded on an unknown Earth within the multiverse, Hal Jordan must band together with fellow Green Lanterns from alternate Earths to rescue their comrades and escape with their lives. A strange being residing on this Earth warns the Lanterns about the dangers of their quest. Is this being friend or foe?
What Just Happened
The issue begins with members of The Green Lantern Corps investigating the planet Weirwimm only to find it devoured by Sun Eaters and its resources stripped clean by another entity. While investigating the ruins of the planet, The Green Lanterns are surprised by Sinestro who gives them a dire warning.
On Earth-15, Hal Jordan and the Emerald Knight create a stasis chamber to keep their fellow Lantern from aging to death. The Giant being who threatened them last issue identifies himself as Zundernell, Golden Lantern and guardian of the Cosmic Grail. Zundernell explains that he is trapped on this Earth and the rest of the Lanterns are trapped too. Hal explains they are looking for missing Lanterns, and Zundernell offers to help find them. Zundernell explains he was presumed dead by his people and abandoned. Zundernell can’t tell how long he has been marooned but explains that time works differently on this Earth. Zundernell states that he did find some remaining relics left behind the monitors. It seems like Zundernell has access to the multiverse. Zundernell then hits the Lanterns with a surge of energy after they request to be reunited with their fellow Lanterns. Hal is awoken by Star Sapphire and reveals that Zundernell has been sending fake distress signals to lure the Green Lanterns
Members of the Green Lantern Corps meet with members of the United Planets Superwatch to investigate the antimatter being. As the heroes begin to engage the giant, it states that it means no harm and wants to preserve life. The being is looking for the Antimatter Lantern and Sinestro and reveals that it is a form of “border patrol”.
In Universe-Zero, the Green Lanterns of the multiverse are trying to contact Hal and his fellow Green Lanterns but they receive no response. The Lanterns also sense the Antimatter Lantern crawling out of the darkness Hal sent it to. Star Sapphire reveals that Zundernell has been lying about everything he told the Lanterns but she has a plan to stop him and help the Green Lanterns complete their mission. Star Sapphire resurrects Glyptus, who Zundernell loved as a distraction while Hal contacts his fellow Green Lanterns of the multiverse. The cavalry arrives and they subdue Zundernell.
As the Green Lanterns unite to celebrate their victory, Hal Jordan is still concerned. Hal’s feelings are justified as the Antimatter Lantern; the “Qwa-Man” has escaped and has massacred the Green Lanterns that were sent to investigate while Sinestro looks on in horror.
Another strange issue in a Grant Morrison’s strange relaunch of The Green Lantern. It is getting to the point that unless you are a diehard fan of Grant Morrison or Hal Jordan you may not be able to follow or even want to follow this book. To go even further, we are one issue away from the relaunch of the relaunch, which feels like things are going to get even more confusing from here.
This is not to say that Hal Jordan’s latest adventure is all bad. What saves this issue is the humor Grant Morrison utilizes in this book. Particularly how he plays the various Green Lanterns off each other. Hal’s interactions with the “Bat Lantern” were laugh inducing and my favorite part of this issue. It turns out Batman is gonna Batman no matter what Earth he’s from or what power ring he wields. I also loved all the Lanterns saying their oaths at the same time. The Magic Lantern’s oath was a highlight for me.
My issues with this book being with this Zundernell fellow. I feel like he was a vehicle for Morrison’s existential dialogue. I also felt he was completely unnecessary for this issue. I know Grant Morrison has a grand plan for Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. I just wish he had made the ride to the endgame a little more enjoyable. Hal and the Lanterns of the multiverse’s run-in with Zundernell does lead to another of my favorite interactions of this issue. Hal Jordan meeting the Carol Ferris of an alternate Earth, and both wondering if their alternate selves will be a better match than the versions they know from their respective Earths.
I am also confused but intrigued by what is happening with these Antimatter beings. At first I thought they were one and the same, but now it seems that we have the “Qwa-Man”, and we have another being tracking it. What confuses me is this being ran through a group of heroes like they were Swiss cheese, but now it is saying it comes in peace? I guess maybe it felt threatened and it felt it had to defend itself. Where does Sinestro fit in with all of this? Sinestro seemed to be mocking the Green Lanterns regarding the Qwa-Man’s arrival, but when it came, he looked terrified. I’m looking forward to see how this all plays out and how Hal Jordan and Sinestro are connected.
Liam Sharp’s art continues to arguably be the best thing about this book. For 11 issues, Sharp has consistently created beautiful art that encompasses the odyssey that Grant Morrison is trying to create. Steve Oliff’s art has complimented Sharp’s pencils during every issue as well. The art is bright and sharp, which heightens the Sci-Fi/Fantasy approach to this book.