Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 5/9/20
Would you like at that, we’ve got a normal comic book today! The news in the world is that comic books are going to come back towards the end of the month. Marvel and DC are making plans, releasing schedules and putting some comics digital-first. So we will have new comics again!
The return starts this week with a new issue of Grant Morrison’s The Green Lantern! Too bad it’s probably the weakest issue yet! Man, if this is what comics are going to be like coming back, we should be worried…
Meanwhile, life goes on in quarantine. I’ve started walking, finally. I splurged on some LEGO, finally. I watched The Midnight Gospel, which was good. I didn’t realize when HBO’s free streaming would end, so I didn’t get to finish the first season of Succession. And I’ve been playing XCom 2, which is really fun! So at least I’m keeping busy.
Comic Review: The Green Lantern: Season 2 #3
The Green Lantern: Season 2 #3
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Liam Sharp
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski
This is a weird one. I’m usually able to understand what the point is when it comes to these comics, but this issue, I think, really tries to be its own standalone thing.
A mysterious, seemingly-sentient storm cloud arrives over a small town in California, with the inhabitants getting caught up in a type of euphoria during a thunderstorm. Hal Jordan is called back to his airfield because of some problems with a new teleporting plane. Two pilots have gone missing, including his ex, Jillian Pearlman, a.k.a. Cowgirl. Hal suits up into one of the jets and teleports, and finds Cowgirl in some weird void dimension, which seems to have its own giant angry storm cloud. She has an intact jet and they escape, and Hal reunites with his ring. He learns that the giant, angry storm cloud is an alien from another dimension, and the mysterious, seemingly-sentient storm cloud is its pet, which fell through one of the holes in space/time ripped by the teleporting plane trials. Hal stops some soldiers from destroying the pet storm cloud and prevents a war between humanity and the storm clouds.
Comic Rating: 6/10 — Pretty Good.
The most confusing part of this comic is the art. Liam Sharp has drawn every issue of the series so far, but for some reason, he’s gone with a very different, very painted style for this issue. It’s not very comic booky. And while that can be fine, it throws off what seems like a normal, comic book plot. The new art style doesn’t seem to enhance or compliment the story in any way that stands out. So it’s a clash. The art is fine. I’m not saying it’s bad. I’m just saying the weird and sudden change in art style clashes with the comic and doesn’t justify itself.
The story is nice, though I don’t think it’s anything too special. The base idea is good. It’s solid Grant Morrison. An experimental teleporting jet plane has ripped a hole in space/time and a monster has fallen through — but surprise, the monster is somebody’s pet, and that somebody comes looking for it. And Hal has to put his foot down against some military types because Hal is the expert here. That’s all solid. I even like Morrison bringing back Cowgirl, a character introduced by Geoff Johns on his legendary run, and then dropped and forgotten just as quickly. There is a whole universe out there of supporting characters created by a new writer and then dropped by any subsequent writers.
Though I was a little annoyed with Hal when he stuck to his ‘no ring while flying’ rule, considering he was going on an actual rescue mission to another dimension.
TL;DR: The story is creative, but a bit unmemorable. It’s the new artwork that seems to throw everything for a loop. It clashes with the nature of the script and creates an unnecessary distance for the reader.