Comic Review – The Green Lantern #1 (DC Comics)

Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.

“So I’m back in the saddle?” Hal Jordan

Cover by Sharp and Oliff (DC Comics)

This week DC started a new run on The Green Lantern. While his series have never been ones I’ve closely followed, I’m familiar enough with the Lantern lore to know how impressive they can be and how good the stories are by reputation (I can’t say I know him from the movies as I did my best to steer clear of the Green Lantern one…). This new series is written by Grant Morrison of all people, so there is a huge name in comic book history leading on this. With both of these in mind I felt I had to give it a look this week. The cover is very eye catching as well. Hal Jordan plastered in his trademark green is stood front and centre, proudly drawing the eye and setting a powerful tone for this new series. This comic is bought to us by:

  • Writer – Grant Morrison
  • Artist – Liam Sharp
  • Colorist – Steve Oliff
  • Letterer – Tom Orzechowski

The opening of the story brings us to the Green Lanterns, in their wonderful multiform and colourful variety battling it out with bunch of alien pirates. This forms the backstory and set up to the series and brings to any totally new readers an understanding of who the Lantern Corp are and the scale of the problems they deal with. We then get to see Hal Jordan, and in a scene very reminiscent of the very first time he picked up a power ring, how he gets back in the game. We get to know the type of person Hal is, how he very much knows how to handle himself around hostile aliens, and his status within the Corp. Naturally, towards the end of the issue we get the set up for the on-going plot this series will cover and the real challenge Hal will face, with the entire Corp under threat from a foreboding prophecy of betrayal.

Art by Sharp, Oliff and Orzechowski (DC Comics)

Sharp covers the art throughout this issue. His resume within the comic industry is hugely impressive and he is more than up to the task to deliver to the standard required by one of DC’s top tier characters and working beside the likes of Morrison. Sharp’s line work is incredibly detailed and adds a sense of gravity to the issue, with Oliff adding a colour pallet true to the Green Lantern’s classic shade of green. There is also a very interesting page where Hal while being heroic within the context has a noticeably sinister design to him. I have a sense reading this that Hal may have a dark streak that could come into play in this series. The creative alien designs also bring a sense of weird and wonder to the issue.

Final Verdict

This is a very interesting start. Morrison and Sharpe make an excellent team and I’ll be reading further issues as they come out. I certainly hadn’t realised though quite how many different Corps there now seems to be! Seems there a lot more than the visible rainbow spectrum now!

Comic Review – Nameless #1

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. Every week he is going to attempt a mini review of one of them, with potential minor spoilers.

There were a lot of great comics out this week, but I decided to go with Nameless #1 from Image Comics. Nameless is a new sci-fi series written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Chris Burnham, with colours by Nathan Fairbairn and letters from Simon Bowland.

Nameless stars a man called, oddly, ‘Nameless’. He has been hired to steal a dream key from The Veiled Lady, delving through multiple dreamscapes and fleeing her goons (who have anglerfish heads). Back in the real world, Nameless is rescued by his employers, who turn out to be a cabal of Billionauts hiding on the dark side of the moon, trying to figure out a way to stop an asteroid heading for Earth. This asteroid, named Xibalba after the Mayan underworld, is large enough for it’s collision to cause an extinction level impact in just over one month. Nameless isn’t given a choice, and the retrieval of the dream key was the proof of his usefulness, so he is packed onto a spaceship with no prior training and shipped off to the moon. All the while Xibalba looms ever closer to the Earth. Got it? Good.

People often state that Morrison is on drugs, or a crazy person, but really he is just a fantastic story teller. I’m a big fan of his DC work, in particular his run on Batman and the Final Crisis event. His mind is clearly bursting with ideas, more often than not extremely high-concept sci-fi ideas. Nameless is no exception, jammed full of crazy cult killings, dream heists, a door to the anti-universe and compelling characters. Teaming up again with Batman Incorporated artist Chris Burnham shows how well these two work together, if anything Burnham’s art is even better here. Grim faces and looming angles make the dream sequences look chilling, while the colours from Fairbairn create nice parallels between the different environments of the dream. The freakiest panel of this issue was seeing another man in the dream suddenly change into one of the anglerfish headed men, in a manner that really reminded me of The Matrix when an agent takes over a bystander.

This was solid, high-concept sci-fi from a team who excel at the genre. I can’t wait to see how Nameless develops and what other characters will be part of the team trying to save the planet on the dark side of the moon, find out what the crazy cult killings mean and how the door to the anti-universe figures into it all. Pick this up at your LCS or digital comics platform.

Score: 8.5 Anglerfish men out of 10