Hal Jordan has been on a journey through the multiverse for the past few issues, searching for the missing Green Lanterns and desperately devising a plan to defeat the Anti-Man; the galactic menace has been terrorizing the universes via his anti-matter abilities. But before confronting him, Hal and his assembled team of Lanterns must escape the grasp of Zundernell, the self-proclaimed guardian of Earth-15.
In THE GREEN LANTERN #10, Hal and team found themselves face to face with the gold-plated Zundernell, who proceeded to break the lamp of Tangent leaving her vulnerable to a rapid aging process. The giant claims to have struck out in fear, but Bat-Lantern will have none of it.
Hal’s response to Bat-Lantern’s anger is reminiscent of his interactions with the Dark Knight in most stories: a witty retort in the face of someone deemed too much of a “dick in every universe.” But this moment is short-lived when they soon discover Zundernell has in fact captured the missing Lanterns and plans to use them for his own purposes. And soon enough, the golden overlord uses his powers to control the members of Hal’s team, setting them against the hero.
Grant Morrison’s writing raises readers’ anticipation to new levels in this issue. Watching Hal maneuver his way through an army of his fellow officers, while knowing an unimaginable threat grows closer, allows us to share in the Lantern’s desperation.
Liam Sharp’s penciling, Steve Oliff’s coloring, and Tom Orzechowski’s lettering are just as astounding as they’ve routinely been in this series. Sharp gives the Zundernell exaggerated features to highlight both his eccentricity and gigantic features. Oliff adds brilliant colors to this character as well, but also uses darker shades when detailing the ominous features of the multiverse that has been wrecked by the Anti-Man. Additionally, Orzechowski’s lettering shifts styles seamlessly between each Lantern character to emphasize their unique manner of speech.
Sharp’s main cover artwork for the book depicts Hal and Star Sapphire from Earth-11 in fighting poses, showing the dimensional barriers that have been crossed in order to bring these Lantern characters together. Paul Pope and Bruno Seelig put together the variant cover, showing Hal craft a mysterious symbol with his ring, suggesting it may be involved in the hero’s exploits within the story.
The story told in THE GREEN LANTERN #11 is the perfect prelude to the coming battle with the nefarious Anti-Man. We’re anxiously waiting for Hal and his band of emerald heroes to take on this villain who threatens the entire multiverse.
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