Written by Grant Morrison
Art by Liam Sharp
Published by DC Comics
“Green Lanterns of the Multiverse – and no one told me?“
That’s an entirely understandable reaction, Hal Jordan of Earth-0.
And yet, how surprising is it after all?
Indeed, I’m shocked we haven’t seen a version of the Guardians of the Multiverse before now.
Leave it to Grant Morrison to remedy that oversight.
Of course, to have a multiversal response, you need a multiversal threat. And it looks like we’ve got one or two. In fact, it’s getting hard to keep count.
Except that it all seems to have to have the same thing in common: the Blackstars.
That’s only alluded to in this first issue of a two-part story, in which the deadly threat of Controller Mu’s machinations seems to have spilled over finally into a crisis that threatens the whole Multiversal Orrery of Worlds – all 52 of them.
Why that has involved setting the positively horrific (and somewhat familiar-looking) Qwa-man on a collision course with the Green Lantern of Earth-0 remains yet to be seen.
But at least now Hal’s looped in with not one but two new pantheons of the DC…M. In addition to the Green Lanterns of the Multiverse, we also have the Superwatch of the New (and possibly first) United Planets.
Or we have what’s left of them. Because whatever has been unleashed from the Anti-matter universe in order to animate the Qwa-man, has been decimating their ranks. Good thing the Corp is on the scene to lend a hand. Of course, there’s still that little matter of a traitor somewhere in their midst…
That’s a lot of activity, yet storytellers Grant Morrison and Liam Sharpe manage to weave all these elements together into a narrative that just manages to keep from jumping the shark altogether… Because that’s what they do. And they do it well.
Along the way we get a glimpse into the multi-varied expressions, and internal logics, of what appears to be a multiversal constant: Green Lantern’s Light.
That allows for a lot of fun and Morrison and Sharpe take full advantage. Whether it’s Batman wearing the ring, or the more magical and mystical renditions of the Lantern’s chosen champions, it’s clear that different realities not only allow for different possibilities, but for different rules altogether. And that’s… a bit fascinating actually.
Because as much as the Guardians of Oa appear to be a definitive aspect of the Green Lantern legacy in our own reality, that clearly is not the case elsewhere. Suggesting a Higher Order altogether, one which I fully expect to see Morrison expound upon in time. Maybe even soon.
In the meantime, it’s a lot of fun.
Particularly enjoyable is the return of Magic Lantern of Earth-47, a world that never left the sixties. The conceit is pure comic silliness, but the opportunity it affords is an ultra-groovy scene man, as we get a rare glimpse of Magic Lantern at work in his own universe.
Liam Sharpe, clearly in his element, jumps right into the depiction with style, and then some – complete with a few retooled Blue Meanies for color. Can’t argue with that.
It’s a blast, and once again this book proves why Morrision and Sharp are the team supreme, and why this book is so damn good. It’s just fun.
But let’s not take our eyes off the ball – there’s a dire threat facing the Multiverse, one that it seems increasingly certain will end in a full-blown Crisis or two.
Whether all of this build-up will dovetail with what’s brewing in the DCUs of Scott Snyder and Brian Bendis remains to be seen.
For now, we have an Anti-Matter incursion to address.
And the mystery of Earth 15: once Perfect, now Forbidden – and very, very dead.
Oh, and the imminent introduction of a new Star Sapphire. Which means that Carol’s back, baby! And I couldn’t be happier.
Next Issue: All You Need is Love. (And Grim Determination).