Review – The Green Lantern #12: Antimatter Invasion

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The Green Lantern #12 variant cover, via DC Comics.

The Green Lantern #12 – Grant Morrison, Writer; Liam Sharp, Artist; Steve Oliff, Colorist

Ratings:

Ray – 9/10

Ray: Reading a Grant Morrison comic, such as The Green Lantern #12, is like taking an unexpected bus ride – you know what it’s like to ride a bus, but you have no idea where you’re going and it can be more than a little disorienting. But when it goes in the right direction, you get an experience unlike anything else.

DC editorial has been a little coy about what’s coming after The Green Lantern‘s final issue- we know a three-issue miniseries with Xermanico on art is continuing the story, but this is the first time we’ve gotten confirmation that a second season is coming with the same creative team – and I’m very happy to hear that, as this “final” issue drops more than enough plot points to justify a return trip. This is easily the most ambitious Green Lantern run since the Johns days, and the battle sequences in this issue are designed to let Liam Sharp show off one more time before he takes a break until the next year – but the story’s no slouch either, with constant twists and turns in this bonus-sized issue.

Flying towards destiny. Via DC Comics.

The last issue introduced the deadliest weapon of the mysterious Controller Mu, the Anti-Matter Hal Jordan. This horrific cyborg tore his way through a troop of Green Lanterns and gives Hal the fight of his life this issue.

The scene reminds me a lot of Doomsday vs. Superman, with Hal being slowly broken down over the issue until he’s at the brink of death. The addition of an antimatter Sinestro is interesting, but we don’t really get to learn much about him before his scheming catches up to him.

In case you forgot this was a Morrison comic, he brings back one of his most iconic creations from Final Crisis in the ending, setting up a game-changing twist that will play out in season two. A short epilogue involving antimatter villains didn’t do much for me – did we really need more Bizarro-like counterparts? – but the combination of spectacular visuals and fascinating twists and turns are more than enough to keep me anxiously awaiting season two.

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