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Green Lantern #1

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Liam Sharp Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 7, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 35 User Reviews: 45
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Superstar writer Grant Morrison (Batman, All-Star Superman) returns to DC alongside red-hot artist Liam Sharp (The Brave AND the Bold, Wonder Woman) to launch a new, ongoing series: THE GREEN LANTERN!
In this debut issue, when Earth's space cop, Hal Jordan, encounters an alien hiding in plain sight, it sets off a chain of events that rocks the Green Lantern Corps-and quite possibly the Multiverse at large-to its very core. There's an inter-galactic conspiracy afoot, as well as a traitor in the GL Corps' ranks, so strap in for more mind-bending adventures in this masterpiece in the making.

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Nov 7, 2018

    This is how you kick off a Green Lantern book! Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Nov 7, 2018

    If you've been waiting for a reason to give the ring-slinger another chance, this is the bright light you've been waiting for. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Jonathan Mullen Nov 7, 2018

    Look, if you knew this book was coming then you already have it. But for those who somehow still are wary then please take my advice and just go for it. Grant Morrison has returned with all of his masterful knowledge and skill in this particular medium, which combined with peerless art and colours from Liam Sharp and Steve Oliff make this an absolute must-read. Get it, read it and prepare for a Green Lantern run that well all be talking about for a long, long time to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - David Pepose Nov 7, 2018

    The Green Lantern is one of those rare superhero comics that arrives seemingly fully formed, already imbued with its own striking personality and point of view. Gorgeously rendered and hauntingly portrayed, this isn't like any Hal Jordan story you've read before " The Green Lantern aims to shed new light on the strange new corners of the DC Universe, and I for one can't wait to dive back into the breach to see what this creative team can deliver. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Nov 7, 2018

    The biggest question that most readers will have, is how accessible will this new series be. Despite this being a new series, Morrison isn't known for making things simple for the sake of new fans. In comparison to Morrison's other works, this is a great jumping on point for new or lapsed readers. It doesn't shift the paradigm to much for Hal (except for the new blonde in his life?), but instead gets rid of all the excess and boils down to what a Green Lantern is at the core. A space cop dealing with criminals on a galactic scale, there's enough silly silver age homages to make this feel different than what DC is currently publishing. You combine that with Sharp and Oliff on art duties, this is a book that will bring readers back to world of Green Lantern. An amazing debut issue, if you've never read Green Lantern before, now's a perfect time to start. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jonathan O'Neal Nov 8, 2018

    "The Green Lantern" #1 is not just a near perfect first issue, but it's also a near perfect superhero comic, and it should delight both fans of the character and the uninitiated alike. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Marcus Freeman Nov 8, 2018

    The next chapter of Hal Jordan's saga begins with Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp. The first issue is promising as Hal Jordan tries to reestablish his life on Earth while keeping his eyes to the sky. Morrison and Sharp seem like they are preparing to put Hal through the ringer and I am anxious to see if Hal is able to survive what they have planned. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Nov 7, 2018

    It's still too early to tell whether this run will add to Hal Jordan's legacy or detract from it, but the evidence available leads me to believe that greatness awaits.The Green Lantern (2018-) #1is an impressive first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Nov 8, 2018

    The Green Lantern is a must-buy for Green Lantern Fans. It's fun, its weird, and surprisingly hilarious. If Morrison and Sharp can keep this up we'll have a modern classic on our hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Nov 9, 2018

    From alien lifeforms and far-off planets to a quieter moment with Hal observing the sky, it is distinctive; a relic from a bygone era that feels fresh all the same. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 10, 2018

    And while I'm putting in requests, I'd like to see some Earthbound adventures - he shouldn't spend all his time on alien worlds. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Nov 6, 2018

    With good doses of intergalactic spectacle and bare knuckled grit this debut issue reintroduces readers to the Green Lantern universe without retreading the history that most comics readers are already familiar with. Long time Lantern fans and new readers will find this issue accessible. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Nov 7, 2018

    If this first issue is any indication, this new version of Green Lantern will be exactly the type of comic you’ll want to read to get that space-faring fix. And with Morrison in the lead and Sharp on art, you just know it’s going to get weird! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Impulse Gamer - Andrew Bistak Nov 7, 2018

    Although a little strange at times, this is classic Grant Morrison as he takes Hal Jordan back to basics with his unique Silver Age twist on this classic character, including his existentialist view on what makes this hero tick. Given that there's so much happening in this issue, it probably requires a second read, particularly with the extremely detailed art of Liam Sharp who incorporates a clever layer of 60's psychedelic which was when this character was created. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 7, 2018

    It's fast-paced, incredibly detailed, and in some places grotesque " a floating finger with a Lantern ring attached and a sentient virus with a particularly disgusting method of communication are just two elements going on in this very busy and cosmic story. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Manny Gomez Nov 7, 2018

    Morrisonfans are already going to grab this but if you are new to him this is actually a great introduction to the writer and to Green Lantern. It has enough of the Morrison weirdness to feed your jones, yet a surprising grounding in the structure that makes it accessible but unique too. It's also all beautifully illustrated. This book is a definite buy. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Nov 7, 2018

    The Green Lantern #1 is a solid start to the series. I don't think it will be as mind-blowing as people are expecting, but I also do not think that is what Morrison is going for, either. It fits his idea of "space cop drama." That has me really interested to continue this series to see what predicaments he puts Hal Jordan in. It also helps the art is marvelous in The Green Lantern #1. Sharp and Orzechowski bring a visual flair to The Green Lantern #1 that is a pure delight to look at. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Nov 7, 2018

    The introduction of the issue was a little clunky and scattered, but the overall concept of the issue was sound. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - JJ Travers Nov 7, 2018

    Admittedly, I had to read this comic twice before I felt like I had a solid understanding of things. But trust me, if you can relax your continuity filters a bit you will happily take in the majesty that is Liam Sharp and Grant Morrison's The Green Lantern. Sharp and Morrison delivered a fun, wacky, psychedelic space cop experience that's by all appearances going to take Hal Jordan back to the core of what being a Green Lantern is all about. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 7, 2018

    The Green Lantern #1 brings the franchise back to basics, but there's plenty of flavor to set the book apart. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Comic Watch - John Jack Nov 7, 2018

    I will definitely be reading this series going forward, it feels like a decent jumping on point for readers unfamiliar with concepts, as it may turn you onto some new facets of GL lore. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 8, 2018

    Is The Green Lantern #1 the game-changer we were promised? Not quite. Yet it is a solid introduction to the concept of The Green Lantern Corps and it has some of the best art you'll see in a comic book this year and that is no bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Nov 12, 2018

    The Green Lantern #1 is an exciting new direction from acclaimed writer Grant Morrison. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Jay Barrett Nov 7, 2018

    But regardless of where the story goes and if my prediction is right or wrong, this is a must-see new direction for Hal Jordan. Its a back-to-basics story for Hal Jordan and it will be refreshing to see him out of the angsty rut he was in during the end of New 52 era and away from the end of the universe style plots that Vendetti had him wrapped up in. The issue does lose points for the prologue style cadence of the opening but, overall, its an exciting emerald dawn for the Green Lantern Corps. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Nov 17, 2018

    If you're looking for a character-driven story that aims to hit you in the gut, The Green Lantern #1 probably isn't it. But if you're looking for a creatively fertile intergalactic epic that excites the part of your brain that dares to endlessly imagine, then welcome to the party. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 10, 2018

    Not surprisingly, the first issue of this hotly anticipated Grant Morrison comic reads exactly like a Grant Morrison comic. It feels a little stiff and impenetrable at first, but overall it's a solid start to a hopefully refreshing Green Lantern series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Antonio Pedro Nov 10, 2018

    The Green Lantern is, unsurprisingly, pretty damn cool. We still haven't gotten to the actual story of it, but the setup is all interesting, everything is weird and trippy and the art is spectacular. You've probably bought it already, but if you haven't, know that this is a fun book that promises an intergalactic adventure like nothing you've seen in the last few years. Buy this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Nov 8, 2018

    Morrison opens up strong with an inaugural issue that sets up a very different, more bizarre version of space than we've seen in previous runs. If you're looking for a book that picks up where the previous GL books left off, your miles may vary. Other than that, it's a mostly solid start. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Nov 9, 2018

    It's what modern superhero comics needs. Purity. An utter lack of pretension. Battles between what's right and wrong produced plain as brightest day. There's aDoomsday Clock reference in this issue. Ignore it. The big-time stuff in The Green Lantern, both in this issue and the ones yet to come, will be found in the nitty-gritty of cosmic DC, where heroes dare and villains beware. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Nov 9, 2018

    Overall: The Green Lantern #1 was an excellent read. Morrison delivers an issue that is wonderfully complex and dense with so many intricate plot lines. There is something for nearly any type of reader on this title. Readers who prefer complex reads will enjoy this issue just as much as readers who prefect action and adventure. The Green Lantern #1 absolutely offers a ton of content for your money. I have a good feeling that The Green Lantern is going to be a special DC comic book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 7, 2018

    A much needed reintroduction to the trappings of the Green Lantern Corps is welcome, if not altogether thrilling. We see space cops in action, and Hal Jordan whipping up constructs. It's too early to get overly jazzed for this series, but all signs look positive. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 6, 2018

    This book is meant to be the next big Lantern book. At this stage, I am not sue if there was a need. With the final story of Green Lanterns and inclusion of the Corps, it feels that DC kind of got bored with Simon and Jessica, which is a shame as at least these two had differences far from the hero stereotype. This book is difficult to score as Morrison writes for the long game, meaning that down the line, this book may turn into something fantastic. However, as it stands, this issue gives me so much that I have seen before at the expense of a Lantern book that was trying to be so different. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Eric Mitchell Nov 7, 2018

    I wanted this book to be good and to entertain me but other than the art it falls flat. Hopefully it gets better with the second issue but for now I won't hold my breath. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Nov 7, 2018

    This issue is a bit of a mixed bag. While there's certainly a lot of interesting new Lanterns introduced and a serious threat at hand, the characterization of Hal is a little contrived. At the end of Robert Venditti's run on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Hal and Carol seemed like they had come to an important moment in their relationship that would be ripe for exploration. Venditti's run was so strong on character, moving away from that moment without a mention is a bit jarring. Hal's characterization has reverted back to an iconic, yet unenlightened portrayal. This issue is probably more enjoyable read cold without the knowledge of what's come just before in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Nov 12, 2018

    These aren't the visuals I want to see on a Lantern book, so I'm one and done with this series. This is a shame because I love the Corps and I've loved Morrison's past works, but I can't get beyond the art. This is a title I would rather read than view. Catch you later, Hal. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    myconius Nov 7, 2018

    Grant Morrison comics always read better upon re-reads,
    you’ll definitely get your money’s worth!

    if you’re a fan of his writing you are in for a real treat.
    if you’re not a fan, best stay away. there’s a lot to keep up with.
    and you’d better read it slow and carefully.

    Grant’s stories always hit the ground running.
    any info you need to know, you find out along the way.

    one of the things i love about Grant’s writing is there is SO much going on in just one issue.
    he really knows how to tell as vast story and move a plot.

    NO DECOMPRESSION HERE!

    so creative and imaginative!
    this comic is just bursting with concepts and ideas.
    plenty of ac more

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  • 10
    mynameisraj Nov 8, 2018

    Absolutely the most satisfying #1 I have read in ages. Morrison and Sharp take GL away from typical superhero fare and place it closer to British sci-fi stuff. It's got far more in common with 2000 AD and Valerian than any other DC book out right now.

  • 9.0
    ohhaimark Nov 9, 2018

    THE GOOD:

    -This issue gets credit just for feeling like a modern classic. Seriously, I bet that when this run's over, assuming all the other issues are consistent with this one, it will not only have a huge following, it will go down in history as one of, if not the greatest Green Lantern run of all time.

    -That art was amazing. I've never really read anything illustrated by Liam Sharp before, but this issue really makes me want to. Truly amazing.

    -I think Floozle Flem is the new best member of the Green Lantern Corps. All joking aside, I am trying to make a point here, and it's that there is some excellent originality in this issue. Also, I know it's only mentioned, but I am totally excited by idea of a mi more

  • 3.5
    ShabaTG Nov 7, 2018

    I went in wanting to like this one. I kept looking for moments, but there were few I liked. Overall it was an uninteresting story, with muddled dialog, and was completely void of any emotional content or connection to any character. The art was good, but too detailed in places (especially the smaller panels) which distracted me from what was happening.

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  • 9.5
    RyanSmith28 Nov 7, 2018

    Morrison writes a really great space cop series with a lot of promising stuff to come and Liam Sharp’s art perfectly fits the weird but fun tone.

  • 10
    Samuel Almeida Nov 7, 2018

    Holy damn did i felt good reading this! Its better than what i was hoping for! I love Grant Morrison so much hes my favorite writer! But i think the artist deserves even more praise. Liam Sharp draws like a god creating the universe. Hes in another level! I have sincere love and admiration for his work on The Brave And The Bold and im glad hes drawing one of my favorite characters. If he doesnt get nominated for AT LEAST ONE Eisner Award next year i swear to god i will flip out!
    Anyways... I loved this book. Some people wont feel the same but i just really think its THAT good.

  • 10
    Synthozoid Nov 10, 2018

    Classic Morrison. His best work since All Star Superman. Similar in tone to Slott’s Silver Surfer, but much weirder.

  • 10
    Br'er Lapin Nov 10, 2018

    Grant Morrison shows he is well versed in Silver Age Green Lantern and as a fan who has been hoping for a return to that style, I am very pleased with this. Liam Sharp's art really surprised me, it perfectly fit Morrison's story.

  • 9.0
    MKW69 Nov 7, 2018

    Finally a good DC book! Beginning vas very good, like straight from 2000 AD. My only problem is the middle when Hal isn't a Green Lantern. He hooked up with Carol in Venditti Run. Who is this girl?

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  • 9.0
    Kurogane Nov 7, 2018

    As someone who hasn't read GL since Johns' run, this was pretty much perfect for me. Hal's character is distilled down to it's very basics, a fearless and free spirit. Added to that is Morrison's crazy stuff as usual, except this time it all fits really well. Overall I'm excited to see that this will be a serious story at it's core but I hope the fun continues. And damn man, Liam Sharp, he's awesome

  • 9.0
    Jeremy Cline Nov 8, 2018

    Approach this book in the following way: as if you have never heard of Green Lantern and you are reading a story about him and his kind for the first time. Just let it sweep you along.

  • 10
    Kitsilog Nov 10, 2018

    LOVE! IT!

  • 9.5
    YourGreenMuse Nov 10, 2018

    Really strong first issue. The stuff without Hal reminded me a lot of Dan Slott's Silver Surfer, which I'm overall a big fan of. The stuff with Hal was also really good. I actually didn't find Hal obnoxious in his ego this time, unlike in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, as well as the last Green Lanterns arc. I'm not sure what the ending was about though. One thing that doesn't really bother me, but it's worth noting, this ignores the end of Hal Jordan. At least in regards to Hal's love life. I don't really care because that felt shoehorned into that last issue anyway, but it makes the decision even weirder given that it was not picked up by Morrison.

  • 9.0
    Rogue_Thespian Nov 8, 2018

    I've always liked the concept of Green Lantern. But every comic I read was so painfully self-serious and unimaginative. Well...those are some things you never have to worry about with Grant Morrison. One of my favorite issues of the year.

  • 8.5
    losdutchmen Nov 8, 2018

    I've never read a Green Lantern book. I picked this up out of curiosity, and because Morrison was the writer. It was like jumping off the high dive for the first time; a huge splash, then some disorientation while I figured out which way was up. The art grabbed my attention at the beginning, the style is definitely a throwback and gave me a lot to look at. Then I started getting the hang of the "flow" of the writing and it got interesting by the end. My only question is, is GL a serious book, or does it have a tongue in cheek sense of humor. Either way, I'll grab #2 and see how this plays out.

  • 8.5

    To be perfectly honest I've never been a Green Lantern fan. It's not that I dislike the character, more so that I could never find a point during the characters run that was suitable to jump in. That changed this week when I picked up Grant Morrison and  Liam Sharp's Green Lantern #1. This comic is fantastic and although I'm still somewhat confused by some of the lore and how the Green Lantern Corps operate, it's a great jumping on point for the series and character of Hal Jordan. He's an experienced space cop with a power ring, nuff said. 


     The story leads with what appears to be a routine Lantern mission in space. Some criminals are captured and while being transported the ship crashes on earth. Hal Jordan happe more

  • 8.5
    TheAdventurer Nov 14, 2018

    Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp do what they do best and get WEIRD. Additionally Shout out to Tom Orzechowski's lettering, which is some of the best I've seen in a mainstream super-hero book in a while.

  • 7.5
    egon244 Nov 9, 2018

    "Beware my power"

    Grant Morrison's work is mostly a hit or miss for me. But this book seems promising. It has this innate weirdness that I associate with his work, but the story bits laid here are interesting and his portrayal of the first human lantern is spot on.

    Jordan is super confident, borderline on arrogant, and doesn't take it from anyone. And, as it should be, he is a very skilled ring-slinger, easily handling three dangerous space-criminals.

    As for Liam Sharp, he is great. His art is very detailed and just fills up every single panel. There is also something really old school about his art. I don't know exactly what it is, but I'm pretty sure not many today's modern artists draw this way. more

  • 7.0
    Simon DelMonte Nov 8, 2018

    If this were a new series with new characters continuing the legacy of the Green Lanterns, I would like this a lot more. It has a welcome and delightful 2000 AD vibe to it.

    But it utterly ignores everything that's been done in the GL books since, I don't know, 1984? No other humans GLs, almost no familiar GLs at all, an even more underdeveloped Hal than usual, and all the work that's been done with the Corps by Johns and Vendetti forgotten. I get that Grant does what he wants, but that doesn't have to come at the cost of losing what everyone else did.

  • 7.0
    SloboSOY Nov 9, 2018

    Hey once more Hal Jordan is a jerk I don't like at all ... Yeah !
    So in one hand I really love the starting point. Not starting with Hal is brillant and I really like lantern 2018.2 and his partner Flooze Flem. IF 2018.2 is dead I hope that not the case for Flooze. I start to see once again Spider-Pirates, with a fine team (love the size-shifter).
    I think both Chriselion & her partner is form the same sector but not shure.
    In the other hand I don't like Hal in this state of mind ... wandering like if he don't have anything to hang on.
    Until he beat the creep of the alien (Not my favorite part) and accept to borrow Chryselion lantern (Not is brightest moment even if this is for saving live, I was more in front of a addict more

  • 5.0
    waltgator93 Nov 6, 2018

    Story started out eh but by the end it was just ok. Because this is a number one issue, really wish it would give the reader some information on Hal Jordan. Especially from where he left off with him. Although I was not as lost as I was in the beginning of the issue. So the first Lantern we saw, his finger can still fly without it being attached to him? Unfortunately even wasn’t a fan of the artwork. Feel like everything is out of order

  • 5.0
    Talon1load Nov 7, 2018

    This was a typical Morrison comic. A lot of nonsense that lets you know he probably writes everything while high. The story and art were just kind of meh. If you’re not a Morrison fan then this book isn’t going to change your views.

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