Title: The Green Lantern.
Story-Arc: The Day the Stars Fell.
Writer(s): Grant Morrison.
Penciller(s): Liam Sharp, Giuseppe Camuncoli & Trevor Scott.
Colourist(s): Steve Oliff & Liam Sharp.
Letterer(s): Tom Orzechowski.
Publisher: DC Comics.
Release Date: July 7th 2020.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
My Overall Rating: ★★☆☆☆.
Previously in The Green Lantern (2018-) Series:
The Green Lantern (Vol. 1): Intergalactic Lawman by Grant Morrison.
The Green Lantern lore allows for the perfect match made in heaven as it essentially fuses interstellar science-fiction with crime-fighting action and mystery. With a wide array of heroes donning the green suit and ring, the character has lived long enough to have countless writers and artists bring to life a colourful yet weird universe. It was only a matter of time before the legendary writer Grant Morrison gave us his own wild take of the character. With his never-before-seen imagination that continues to grow to this day, this series was a golden opportunity for him to make fans of the Emerald Crusader proud. Or was it? Teamed up once again with artist Liam Sharp, acclaimed writer Grant Morrison further explores the unknown universes of the intergalactic lawman as the danger grows bigger than ever.
What is The Green Lantern: The Day the Stars Fell about? Collecting The Green Lantern #7-12 and Annual #1, the story throws readers into a universe within Hal Jordan’s Power Ring as he faces strange creatures and learns to resolve his problems by himself. It then shifts to a space cop adventure where his alliance with Green Arrow and Carol Ferris are highlighted and put on the forefront while an intergalactic mess is stirred up among the United Planets. To wrap things up, the story then introduces the evil Blackstars as they attempt to create the Anti-Matter Lantern and bring forth the anti-matter universe where reality is bent in unimaginable ways. This is where all of the Green Lanterns need to work together in their final stand against the destruction of reality.
Writer Grant Morrison is well known for his psychedelic story-telling. His love to forgo any narrative structure that would make his stories accessible and linear always invites a fair amount of criticism but it isn’t always without a reward. He sometimes has an ability to craft complex plots while interweaving social commentary or subtle psychological or societal thematic that make for some ambitious yet fascinating reads but he is also capable of going overboard. This was the case. Although the first volume served as a truly authentic homage to the Green Lantern universe, a bit rough around the edges too, this second volume saw the writer take the hero to all kinds of edges of the universe and miserably fails to create a cohesive narrative as each issue continuously skips around from one insane story to another.
The story also seems to stretch itself thin as it tries to tie into ongoing developments across the DC Universe (e.g. Bendis’s United Planets subplot). It simply felt like writer Grant Morrison was letting himself loose and rushing himself into poorly executing a couple dozen of his kooky ideas before moving on to other projects. Artist Liam Sharp, however, continues to offer a retro visual style that remains fairly consistent but slightly altered to fully embrace writer Grant Morrison’s wackiness. Similar to his narrative, the artwork steers clear from any sense of order and makes full use of the entire page without resorting to traditional panels and dialogue bubbles. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that they wanted to make sure that the kaleidoscopic nature of the story was fully observed by the reader through both story and art.
Following the showdown in the final issue, it was clear that writer Grant Morrison’s shenanigans were to continue but not with a 13th issue within this series, that now comes to an end, but rather with a new three-issue series entitled The Green Lantern: Blackstars that will have significant repercussions on the DC Universe history. It’s safe to say that my interest in it is almost at rock bottom now. Maybe if I’m feeling like taking some hard drugs without taking the actual thing, I’ll go check it out…
The Green Lantern: The Day the Stars Fell is a cacophonic and catastrophic story-arc absorbed in a ludicrous story-telling black hole that leaves you in limbo.