Hal Jordan has seen some amazing things in his adventures as a Green Lantern. He was first brought to comics back in 1959 by John Broome and Gil Kane during the Silver Age as Julius Schwartz was helping to revive Golden Age concepts from DC Comics. Ever since Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp took over as Green Lantern’s creative team, I’ve felt they are tapping into that wildness from the Silver Age and applying their undomesticated imaginations to the modern day adventures of Hal Jordan.
Before we get into the meat of The Green Lantern Season Two #9, I have to start with the dynamic cover by Liam Sharp that just screams “Silver Age love story” as we witness Hal proposing to Carol Ferris just to be interrupted by his famous alter ego. Brilliantly done, framed perfectly, and just the right color pop assist by Steve Oliff to bring back that era of comics to today.
After you open that cover, get ready to dive into the world that Morrison and Sharp have finely crafted in Season Two. We are smack in the middle of the trial of Hyperman and his shenanigans from the previous issues of this series. I do like the back and forth between Hal and the defense attorney, which does a good job working as a “mini recap” just in case you aren’t reading this whole series. I fully admit, as a Hal Jordan fan I do feel bad that I’ve slipped with this run of Season Two, but luckily I could pick up this issue and enjoy it as a comic book on its own merit. Plus, this trial does just enough to entice me to pick up those previous issues just to see why Hal would recommend this Hyperman be put down. I enjoyed the dialogue shared by Hal and Trilla-Tru as it is always a treat to see what new hyperbole and jargon Grant Morrison can create.
With that conversation we do discover that Hal still has feelings for Carol Ferris which is a nice treat because the two ended very emotionally strong at the end of Geoff Johns run just to quickly be separated when Robert Venditti took over; honestly I was beginning to wonder who Grant would bring back into Hal’s life as this has been quite the who’s who series of exes. This is where the story takes that fun Silver Age twist as we see Hal go to Earth to visit with Carol just to have subtle hints that Hal has been mentioned before and then the big moment occurs true to the cover as Star Sapphire stops Hal from interfering and that’s when all the fun begins. We go to another Earth and see that the Golden Destroyer is looking to take it down and just when it is about to get exciting…well to be continued.
Of course, one of the strongest aspects of this series is the art by Liam Sharp. Sharp does some wild stuff, which is great for a character like Green Lantern who is about will, imagination, and science fiction — it’s great to have an artist who challenges our visual sense with each issue. Really, Sharp showcases at least four different art styles in this book — we can see two of them with the otherworld Hal and our Carol during their sequence. I also enjoy what Liam sneaks in when we see otherworld Hal getting mad and putting his ring on — since this comic is so meta, you have to wonder, was that Liam “saluting” us or just for kicks? Either way, it was funny. I also enjoyed getting to see Liam envision the DC Universe using Rule 63 as it made for some awesome designs.
The Green Lantern Season Two #9 is, once again, a great comic. You don’t even have to have read the whole series to enjoy the fun, cover, but be prepared as it’ll hook you into continuing the wild ride Sharp and Morrison are creating. This is great escapism and entertainment with a dash of the uncultivated chaos that comics can bring.