Green Lantern #5

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Liam Sharp Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 6, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 47
8.6Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

"Blackstar at Zenith!" Hal Jordan has abandoned the Green Lantern Corps to join the Blackstars! But to do so, he'll need to convince their leader, Countess Belzebeth, and pass an initiation test. Which means he must survive a series of trials on the vampire planet Vorr, whose entire population wants to feast upon him! It's cosmic goth at its bloodiest...with a cliffhanger that's even bloodier!

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 6, 2019

    The Green Lantern hasnt disappointed yet. Its been an incredible journey so far and it seems like Morrison and Sharp are only scratching the surface of their creativity with their collaboration. With any luck, this creative team will be on Green Lantern for many years. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Green Lantern Corps - iggy Mar 6, 2019

    If you're not reading The Green Lantern by now, then you need to hop on this crazy train. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 6, 2019

    There's only so many plots out there and the undercover cop one has certainly been used a lot " but rarely this well. Grant Morrison is a weird writer whose writing style often goes off the deep end, but he's found a title that brings out the absolute best in his style. This could be his best work since All-Star Superman. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu Mar 6, 2019

    Sharp, Oliff, Morrison and Orzechowski's versatility is breathtaking. From psychedelic imagery to Gothic storytelling, they nail it all and make it look easy. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Matthew Mueller Mar 6, 2019

    If you're not reading Green Lantern, you're missing out on a renaissance. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Mar 9, 2019

    As the halfway point to year, one rears its head, Morrison and Sharp continue to deliver this uniquely beautiful entry into the Lantern mythos and leave their marks all throughout the title. With much still yet to come, this series proves once again to stand head and shoulders above its predecessors in not only artwork from Sharp, but the outlandish and grandiose scripts of Morrison truly delivers something unique to this universe and readers everywhere. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Mar 7, 2019

    The Green Lantern #5 is Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp, and DC Comics in general operating at peak performance. Everything works, and no ideas are explained too much or too little. The character work is as stunning as the art and serves to remind you why we love comics in the first place. If you're not reading this book, read it. Then read it again. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - John Jack Mar 9, 2019

    I did want to note the lettering by Comic Watch letterer of the year Tom Orzechowski, I adore when alternate fonts are used for emphasis which is employed several times here, as are the ubiquitous bell tones. Also worth noting Tom hand letters, so all of those BOMG effects are hand drawn. Phenomenal. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Blog Of Oa - Myron Rumsey Mar 6, 2019

    The Green Lantern has been showing us the best from Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp. Evocative of some of the great gothic horror comics from the past, issue five blends equal parts classic sci-fi, horror and character study into yet another fantastic installment of this must read series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 9, 2019

    The Green Lantern delivers a very strong character-focused issue with some really clever and exciting storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Olivier Roth Mar 6, 2019

    This issue, and series, is a great example of how modern comics can pay homage to classic sci-fi while still being new and fresh. It’s a series that I slept on at first, but might have to become a fixture in my reading rotation sooner rather than later. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Oz Longworth Mar 16, 2019

    Bottom Line: Morrison's story continues to raise the stakes, making way for Liam Sharp to deliver a lovely book composed of plot-driven tension and action. Definitely worth your time and money. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    On Comics Ground - Marcus Freeman Mar 6, 2019

    Hal Jordan has taken a deadly assignment from the Guardians. Abandon the Green Lantern Corps to infiltrate Controller Mu's Blackstars. Hal has also been given permission to use any means necessary to maintain his cover and neutralize Controller Mu. I have a feeling things are going to get very violent for Hal Jordan. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Mar 11, 2019

    Grant Morrison used all of the building blocks he has placed throughout the early parts of his run to make The Green Lantern #5 a satisfying reading experience. Morrison did a fantastic job building up the tension around what Hal Jordan's latest mission is. Now that he has become directly involved with the Blackstars and adopted the name of Parallax what happens next is anyone's guess. Knowing Morrison's past work, the future for The Green Lantern will be an exciting one. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 14, 2020

    The Green Lantern continues to delight overall even if Morrison wants to have things the easy way with the flashback here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Mar 12, 2019

    Narrative-wise, it's a solid GL tale with revealing insights on where Jordan resides at this stage of his career, mind, and soul. But the character study doesn't hinder the developing plot, serving to accentuate it as events march onward. The change of setting from galactic patrol zones to a subterranean, labyrinthine world of undeath is refreshing. That's also where the art and color elevate the issue and make it truly satisfying. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Mar 7, 2019

    Teaming with adventure and beautiful imagery, this is the Green Lantern book that fans have been hoping to see! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Mar 6, 2019

    While I have not always found Hal Jordan to be the unique, or exciting character in DC's stable, he is often a very interesting one. When taken out of his comfort zone and forced to question the things around him, he is great. In this respect I find myself applauding Morrison for finding something interesting to do with Green Lantern, that doesn't involve him simply battering things with constructs from his ring. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Mar 7, 2019

    There's a lot to unpack, as with much of Morrison's writing, but the shift in genre really makes this issue stand out and it is echoed in Sharp's artwork. While it fits in with the run so far, the horror element adds something different to this classically sci-fi oriented concept. Sharp and Morrison both do a fine job despite the awkward reveal by the Guardians regarding Hal's secret mission. Despite this, the issue finally addresses some significant character elements as Hal faces Adam Strange on the final page, with a clear payoff next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Corey Patterson Mar 6, 2019

    Morrison dives deep into Hal's psyche, using the Blackstar leader Belzebeth as the tool by which it's unraveled. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 14, 2019

    I haven't been the biggest fan of the Darkstars (who have basically assumed the role of the Sinestro Corps as the evil army to be defeated), but writer Grant Morrison provides an interesting way to use them here. Given that rogue Hal Jordan stories are far from new, there's plenty of history to help support the idea of Hal Jordan breaking from the Corps. That said, I don't really want to see Jordan in the role of a Darkstar, nor go far enough to keep his cover intact (which apparently will begin with killing an old friend?). For fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Mar 6, 2019

    Hal goes through the application process to be a Blackstar, and after retaking the test with an sharpened #2 pencil. Some nice scenery in this issue, but it's really a place holder for that sixth issue huzzah. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Bin - Philip Schweier Mar 6, 2019

    DC Comics keeps rebranding its franchises, from Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, to Green Lanterns (note the plural), and now THE Green Lantern, as if there is only one. But unless the Corps is completely defunct, its not really applicable, is it? But seemingly DC Comicswould have you believe there is something new and different about this series,when in fact, there is not. Its just business as usual. Read Full Review

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