Hal Jordan’s been sent to Earth by the Guardians of the Universe, where’s he ‘waiting for a bad guy to break cover’. Looking for something to do in the meantime he answers a call from old Air Force associate Herc Stone.
Hal wants to rescue his friends so agrees to take the X-300 for a ride himself. What he won’t be taking along, though, are his fluffy wee pals.
And there’s one other thing he’s leaving behind.
Yeah, Hal Jordan is nuts. He’s flying an inter-dimensional jet into the unknown when he should be giving himself – and the friends he hopes to find alive – every advantage. But abandoning the ring has been his thing since his earliest years as a hero, it’s a matter of manly pride.
And it certainly makes things more fun for the reader, as we wonder how the heck he’s going to get out of whatever dire straits he flies into without the power of the Green Lantern. As for the nature of the threat, it’s not exactly something you can punch…
Once again writer Grant Morrison gives us a far-out fantasy starring DC’s number one ringslinger. Hal’s cockiness comes across as charming, his courage merited and, boy, can he take charge of a situation. Once he’s worked out the nature of the problem, he has no qualms about asserting his authority as ‘Earth’s policeman’.
The trippiness of the script is matched by the full-colour art of Liam Sharp, who tries something different this issue, a painterly, photo-realistic style that reminds me of work by the likes of Earl Norem and Bob Larkin. There may be computer modelling involved, given the lack of variation in shots of Hal and Herc, but the overall effect is pretty wonderful. I love that Sharp, a master craftsman and stylist who apprenticed with British legend Don (Trigan Empire) Lawrence, is constantly trying new things.
What’s more, we have lettering legend Tom Orzechowski on hand to add an extra layer of class.
And how cute are the ornitho-babies? I don’t think Hal’s had any weird travelling companions since Itty Bitty in the Seventies. Okay, I could count Green Arrow…
You never know what’s coming up with this comic but an epilogue does tease an appearance by one of DC’s lesser-known heroines – and she seems to have grown her hair out.
Sharp provides another deeply handsome cover, while Morrison – it has to be him – again contributes wonderfully corny copy inspired, I assume, by the sci-fi pulps of yore.
If you need a break from the everyday world, as well you might right now, the Green Lantern #3 fits the bill.