Here we are deep into Season 2 of Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s take on Hal Jordan and his wild adventures. Issue #10 picks up where we last left off on a gender-swapped Earth-11 in the Multiverse. What I do appreciate here is the wild imagination that Grant Morrison brings to the world(s) that he plays in. If you’re a Silver Age aficionado, you’ll enjoy the massive scope of what is at stake for the heroes if they lose, but also the relationship drama that entails itself to our heroes which puts the trope of “even if I win…I lose!” to work.
From the start, you can see right on the cover that Green Lantern and Star Sapphire need to work together here, but sadly their love interests are not going to go along with the plan. So the Eart- 11 is for sure working well with our Hal and we can see that Earth 11-Hal is just taking up space. Meanwhile, sadly, our Carol/Star Sapphire has been reduced to the “clouded by power” stage instead of the wielder of love. The swapping of characteristics is great — here we get Multiverse Hal as a whiny mess and a Carol who has a cool demeanor about her, even to the point of making a play for our Hal. Hal has shown some growth when it comes to this situation, and he chooses loyalty.
It does seem funny to call it “loyalty” since we have seen Hal sleep around in this opus, but while he could get what he truly wants with Carol, after dying and being reunited with his Carol he seems to have matured. I like that even though we are in the middle of a “Crisis on Two Earths” at the end of this issue, it really comes down to being a love story with a wider scope. I loved the fun tease that Morrison drops by having the Golden Destroyer, who can destroy these worlds and hurt the Multiverse, get shrunken down and blowing up to more of a comical explosion because the action is there to support the love story. Some classic Grant Morrison meta fun.
Liam Sharp as always crafts a wonderful visual of Morrison’s words and brings them to another dimension, and this issue is no different. Sharp manages to bring in a wide variety of styles along with so many page layouts that you will find yourself looking it over again and again. I love the way Sharp uses the Silver Age style when it comes to the romance portions and then have a very alarming drastic turn for the action parts, which give the eye so much to feast on.
The Green Lantern Season Two #10 is a great issue that takes a love story and brings it to the wild upper limits that comics are all about. There is some maturity from Hal, even after all the things he been through
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