Title: The Green Lantern.
Story-Arc: Intergalactic Lawman.
Writer(s): Grant Morrison.
Penciller(s): Liam Sharp.
Colourist(s): Steve Oliff.
Letterer(s): Tom Orzechowski & Steve Wands.
Publisher: DC Comics.
Release Date: July 16th 2019.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆.
What would you do if your imagination was allowed to take over and write a story with nothing restricting you from exploring the darkest corners of the universe? Within the Green Lantern Corps, the heroes go up against all kinds of ill-intentioned beings but remain bound by rules that assure the safety of the galaxy and their own sanity. At the heart of it are Green Lanterns with various backgrounds and unique personalities who face countless dilemmas, often very complex and difficult to solve. After so many years, legendary writer Grant Morrison, with the help of artist Liam Sharp, explore the Green Lantern’s universe to present fans with an authentic new series that draws upon the character’s rich history while focusing on the Corps’ space investigative duties.
What is The Green Lantern: Intergalactic Lawman about? Collecting The Green Lantern #1-6, writer Grant Morrison revisits the Emerald Crusader’s lore by focusing on his role as a space cop within the DC universe. Upon learning the existence of a traitor within the Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern Hal Jordan channels his inner spy skills to identify the culprit and put an end to the evolving conspiracy before the Corps crumbles at its foundation. While his plate is full with a new villain afoot, parallel problems of epic scale surge into his sector, including the disappearance of Earth. It is only by breaking the law that the space cop can find a way to save the world from its demise and it is a decision that no Lantern has ever had to make before.
There’s nothing simple with writer Grant Morrison. His ideas are larger than life and often metaphysical in nature. He doesn’t content himself with anything that has already been done and always does his research before giving his heroes a new mission to take on. In this case, he looks back at the older Green Lantern stories to incorporate and rejuvenate the hero today. Where the story took a big hit is in its verbosity and the lack of cohesion between each sub-plot and each issue. While the artwork helps visualize the spectacular universe in which unfolds writer Grant Morrison’s story, it often feels like the reader is tossed in a melting pot and left to fight their way out of it on their own. The purpose of some of his ideas, while intriguing, are sometimes also dissolved in the grand scheme of things, making it seem like there was too much that wanted to be said in too little space.
To capture the insanity of Grant Morrison’s mind, artist Liam Sharp tailors an impressive and stunning visual style that couldn’t have been done better. His character designs also do justice to all the disturbing creatures in the galaxy, including some of the most original Green Lantern members that have rarely been seen before—including one who has a continuously erupting volcano as a head. There’s also a strange alien body design that is utilized for any humanoid that works wonderfully with the world in which the Green Lanterns patrol. The panel structure used throughout the story arc is also sporadic, extravagant and unique, allowing the story to take on the signature psychedelic tone that comes with projects with writer Grant Morrison.
The Green Lantern: Intergalactic Lawman is a hallucinogenic and intergalactic police procedural, slightly too convoluted to allow the plot to seduce the reader as much as the exquisite artwork does.
Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy for review!