Green Lantern, God, And One Heck Of A Cliffhanger In The Green Lantern #3

by Oliver MacNamee

DCU’s Earth is once again under threat in this week’s issue of The Green Lantern. This time its the threat of being sold off to the highest bidder in a room full of familiar, and unfamiliar, looking aliens that Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp are filling this book with. Of course, it’s part of the fun trying to spot them all, but it’s also a testament to the vast galaxies that are out there that DC have populated over decades and decades.

Hence, the more goofy looking Silver Age aliens mingle with the contemporary, and more menacing extra-terrestrials that are out there. All for their chance to own Earth. There’s no better line in the book to sum up the Earth’s seemingly continual bombardment from the stars than when Tom Kalmaku asks, “Is Earth facing another armageddon or just another Wednesday?” It must certainly feel like a weekly occurrence, doesn’t it? Leave it to Morrison to pass a humourous meta-commentary on the state of DC’s terra firma these days.

Of course, the biggest star of this issue has to be this month’s cover star, The Shepherd, a character designed to evoke a reaction, I imagine. On the surface he looks like your stereotypical, and outdated Anglicised creator of all things. Add in the cod Shakespearian language so loved by Thor back in the day. You do have to wonder whether Morrison is taking liberties, or taking the mickey. After all, he’s too clever to give us a God that looks and sounds like he does here. Reading the issue, and it is all made clearer. Sorry to have doubted you, Grant. But, boy oh boy, does Liam Sharp know how to draw click-bait cover. He’s as much an accomplice in this as Morrison. Nicely played, chaps.

All-in-all, this makes for quite the galactic gathering that the Green Lanterns are staking out, even before The Shepherd arrived. Oh, and those pesky Blackstars turn up briefly too. It all goes towards the creation of another epic-scale book that isn’t taking itself too seriously, but still manages to be reverent to DC’s past in its presentation of the cosmos the Lanterns patrol.

Liam Sharp, enjoying a Renaissance over the past few years, continues to be having a great time on this book and packs a punch visually on each and every page, creating yet another damn fine book injected with the most cosmic of backgrounds. that is only accentuated by the colours of Steve Oliff, who brings a brightness to even the darkest corners of space. Whether that’s in the bigger moments this book is become synonymous with or the smaller panels, which show how masterfully Sharp can compose such fineries without it looking too packed. And, while we’re all watching the interplay between Hal and The Shepherd, it’s another great bait-and-switch that delivers a shocking cliffhanger and one that no-one could have seen coming.

A book that is, on one hand, a love letter to sci-fi’s glorious past masters and, on the other hand, a glowing return to a regular DC comic for Morrison and a change of gear for Sharp that is bringing out the best of the whole team involved with the production of this book.

The Green Lantern #3 is out now from DC Comics.

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