Title: The Green Lantern (2018-) #3
Words: Grant Morrison
Art: Liam Sharp
Colors: Steve Oliff
Published: January 9, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: When the Earth goes up for sale on the alien black market, it’s up to the Green Lantern Corps to bust up “The Slave Lords of the Stars” in the latest space saga from Grant Morrison (MULTIVERSITY) and Liam Sharp (WONDER WOMAN)! With the Justice League frozen by Gamma Gong tech, Earth ends up on the auction block, and Volgar Zo hosts a menagerie of the universe’s deadliest despots and criminals: Steppenwolf, Queen Bee, the Dominators and much, much worse. Hal Jordan leads a squad of Lanterns into the fray—and someone’s going to pay the ultimate price before this case gets closed.
“With its sparkling waters, its divers and abundant biome, this world could be your personal hunting reserve! The possibilities are limitless. Slay them for sport! Or be a god! Torment and reward them to suit your inexplicable whims and caprices! Stage your very own apocalypse and devastate creation!”
Earth is up for auction, and, after a short but interesting bidding war, ends up in the hands of The Shepherd (as seen above). This series has thus far gotten a great deal of attention for its weirdness and complexity, but now, three issues in, it is becoming more and more apparent that there is a darkness lurking just beneath the surface of this story; it’s only a matter of time before The Green Lantern becomes exponentially more intense.
Morrison’s story continues to impress as does his page-to-page writing. Liam Sharp has somehow managed to raise the bar even higher than he had in the previous two issues, producing jaw-dropping artwork.
The issue ends on a stark note that will leave long-time Hal Jordan fans shaking their heads, questioning everything, and eager to keep reading.
The Bottom Line
The weird-factor continues to increase in The Green Lantern (2018-) #3, but as this story grows weirder, it also grows more intense. There’s a darkness that’s lurking just beneath the surface of this tale, and we’re only pages away from it showing itself; in fact, a taste of what’s to come is offered in the issue’s final scene.