The Green Lantern #12 Comic Review
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Liam Sharp
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
Cover: Liam Sharp w/ Romulo Fajardo Jr
Variant Cover: Riley Rossmo
Return of The Qwa-Man
“Hal Jordan has Fifteen Minutes to Live…”
What You Need to Know
Hal Jordan is dying. If Hal dies, the universe may die with him. The Anti-Matter Lantern is running amok in the positive universe and leaving destruction in its wake. Can Hal Jordan save the day before his time runs out?
What Just Happened
The issue begins with Hal Jordan dying, with fifteen minutes to live. Meanwhile, members of the Green Lantern Corps are still reeling from the Qwa-Man’s attack. Hal Jordan arrives just in time to make the save before more Lanterns are hurt or killed.
Qwa-Man gets the upper hand on Hal, but Sinestro intervenes to make the save. It is revealed that this is not the Sinestro Hal is familiar with; it is the Sinestro from the Anti-Matter Universe, who is more heroic than his counterpart. Sinestro reveals that he lured Qwa-Man to their current planet on orders from Controller Mu and he is working for the Blackstars.
Qwa-Man sneaks up on Sinestro and blasts him. Members of the Green Lantern Corps join Hal in taking the fight to Qwa-Man. Hal beats Qwa-Man within an inch of its anti-life. The Corpsmen try to stop Hal from continuing his assault and a Lantern is blasted by the Qwa-Man revealing that it was a different being in disguise. Superwatch arrives to finish off Qwa-Man. The being is a Durlan who was an informant against the Blackstars that was sent to observe and protect Hal.
The Borderman from the Anti-Matter Universe arrives and the Superwatch explains that it is there to collect Qwa-Man. Hal suspects something is wrong, and the Borderman is the Qwa-Master. Sinestro is blasted by the Qwa-Master and Hal vanishes.
Hal was teleported to the Blackstar headquarters and informed that Controller Mu was behind the release of the Qwa-Man and Qwa-Master. Controller Mu is alive and has multiple bodies to house his consciousness. Controller Mu informs Hal that he has compiled 4 components to make the ultimate weapon, and Hal is the 5th component. Controller Mu informs Hal that he has created a “miracle machine” controlled by willpower with the power to change the universe with a single thought. Mu wants Hal to use the machine to remake the universe.
In the Anti-Matter Universe, the Qwa-Man is remade as the Anti-Matter Weaponeer. The Anti-Matter Weaponeer is preparing to invade again. This time the Weaponeer has the Anti-Matter Corps with him.
The first “season” of The Green Lantern has come to an end. Grant Morrison ends the first part of his run with an explosive finale that pushes Hal Jordan to his limits. The Qwa-Man of the Anti-Matter universe has brutalized the Green Lantern Corps and the Superwatch and Morrison does not pull any punches in dealing the Corps an agonizing defeat. The Lanterns give a valiant effort in battling the Qwa-Man but they are beaten within an inch of their lives. Hal Jordan, of course, makes the timely save but even he is gravely injured by the Qwa-Man. This is where Grant Morrison introduces the swashbuckling Anti-Matter Sinestro who provides some much-needed backup and background information but is also playing both sides. I enjoyed the way Morrison characterizes this character as a dashing soldier of fortune, very different from the Sinestro we know and love. This all leads to my favorite part of the issue, where Hal eventually beats the Qwa-Man to within an inch of its life. Hal’s willpower does not just begin and end with his power ring. Hal willed himself to survive and defeat the Qwa-Man. The Qwa-Man, however, is out for revenge and looks to be bringing some reinforcements.
Morrison finally unveils some revelations regarding the Blackstars and their master plan. It turns out that Hal Jordan is the center of this book in more ways than one. Hal is not only the star of the book but also the final piece of the Blackstars scheme towards remaking the world in their image. It seems this will be the jumping on point for the Blackstars miniseries releasing in November. Morrison is supposed to resume The Green Lantern in 2020. Let’s hope that more fan-favorite Lanterns make appearances in the book in the future. Hal Jordan can carry his book, but a Green Lantern book is always more fun when multiple Lanterns are involved.
Liam Sharp continues to strengthen this book with his amazing art. Sharp excels at showing the brutality of the battle between the Green Lantern Corps and the Qwa-Man. Multiple Green Lanterns are mutilated and Hal Jordan himself is severely injured. Sharp illustrates the brutality of the battle with the Qwa-Man in vivid detail, especially with Hal using his fists to finish the job. I’m glad Sharp will continue to work with Morrison in the Blackstars miniseries.