We are nearing the ending of Green Lantern Season Two, and issue #11 is quite a feast for the eyes. There are some great moments that will have you go back and check out some back issues, plus the revisiting of the medieval planet of Athmoora. As always, Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp, and the rest of the creative team come together to deliver a tale that tickles the imagination, treats the eyes, and sets up for a major conclusion in the next issue.
SPOILERS AHEAD for The Green Lantern Season Two #11!
Liam Sharp really gets to let loose here, and it shows in his amazing landscapes and character designs. You’ll start off with tribes setting up for battle as they show their swords and rage, then be surprised when they bring out the modern weaponry which should be cause for concern in their cultures. Then you’ll head over to rich reds of Xudar to witness Hal say goodbye to his nephew ornitho-babies which plants the seed that maybe Hal isn’t needed.
I really enjoyed the greens of Oa which also gives us a glimpse at some of the newer, younger Green Lanterns and a very solemn Hal deciding to use his leave. It was a real treat to enjoy the colors by Sharp, who also breaks out of the confines of traditional panels by letting the pages flow. I found myself really looking at the space between panels and how they were connected to make sure I gleaned everything I could.
Grant also plays up the story by presenting some ideas of Hal becoming redundant and unruly. There is a discussion that Hal has with the New Guardians that I found very interesting, especially with what is happening in Future State and what could be coming for the future of the Green Lantern franchise. The story seems to really plant the seed that maybe Hal isn’t the Lantern we need. It can come off as kicking a man while he is down, but I will say it heightens the role Hal Jordan plays in Green Lantern. He is the wild card who finds a way to escape being down and out and even plays a quick switch-up on the New Guardians themselves.
The ending of the issue returns to Sir Hal and the banter between Hal and his ring brings up to a livelier situation after wondering about Hal’s future. Then we really see that things are not working well for Hal and his ring while they are on leave, before circling back to the tribal war at the beginning. This is going to be some major all-out war and Sharp draws some sights straight out of nightmares, including warriors on spiders crawling across a sea of flame. Yeah, you read that right.
Stack that sight on top of him along with past villains arriving on the planet, and we’re really setting up for Hal’s downfall. But as I mentioned earlier, Hal has a way of escaping, and in the last couple of panels we get that famous smirk which has me eagerly awaiting next issue.
The Green Lantern Season Two #11 is a great issue that revisits the wonderful travels that Grant and Liam have put Hal on, all the while setting up the pieces to continue Ultrawar. There are doubts presented to Hal being a Green Lantern, but the last pages show us a man with no ring and his back against the wall, still willing to face it all. I can’t wait to see what the next issue brings.
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