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COMIC REVIEW: Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1

By Buddy Beaudoin

COMIC REVIEW: Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1

Writer: Tom King

Artists: Doc Shaner, Chris Sotomayor, Tom Napolitano

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Throughout the Darkseid War, in particularly Justice League #44, The forces of Darkseid took to the sky and set a course to ravage the Green Lantern home planet of OA. Justice League: The Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1 is the aftermath of that, and it’s intense.

Tom King’s scripting is elegant, weaving in Hal Jordan backstory elements and reminding us all that, though he’s a Lantern, he’s still just a human. These scenes with Hal as a child, talking to a faceless stranger about God and the death of his father at a church pew are powerful. This really digs into the lore of Hal Jordan, and enriches all those times we saw him wrestling with his humanity while maintaining the status of a Green Lantern and policing the universe.They are delicately stitched throughout the entire story, until they come back in a big revelation at the end, in a way that capstones this one-shot beautifully.

COMIC REVIEW: Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1

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Meanwhile, on OA, the forces of Darkseid have destroyed the lantern home world and turned all of its inhabitants into parademons after they refused the ultimate responsibility to become god to the mother box after Darkseid was slain. Ghostbusters comes to mind, as these scenes remind you that next time someone asks you if you’re a god, you say yes. Ultimately, OA pays the price for deciding to keep its will.

The art on all of these pages are very reminiscent of the 90’s, throwing in all that cross-hatching goodness that was so popular in comics of the time. The art team, Doc Shaner and Chris Sotomayor, certainly give a lot of nods to New Gods creator Jack Kirby, making all of these space scenes feel like a Kirby book.

These backstory scenes again come in to lend Hal a hand. We get to hear about Hal’s father and see how much of Hal’s personality and perseverance really is inherited. Poppa Jordan had a no fear attitude, and put all of his trust in his will. He nurtured it and let it take him wherever he needed to be, and that is exactly what it means to be a lantern. So, when faced with the choice of becoming a god, obviously Hal says yes, that’s his character. He becomes the God of Light, and finds himself everywhere all at once. With his divine power, Hal trusts in his own will, and reverses the destruction of OA and its people. After making things right with the war-torn planet, Hal remembers those lessons he learned as a kid, that the only thing separating God from man is that man has free will, while a god works a job.

COMIC REVIEW: Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1

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Hal gives his job up in favor of his will, but not before using his powers to see what Bruce has planned for Gotham. This scene is amazing, as one of these one-shot books finally connects with the overarching Justice League story that will be continued in Justice League 46. They don’t give us much, but we know things are going to be painful for Gotham. Hal sets his sights on Earth, and that’s likely where we’ll pick up in the next issue of Justice League.

COMIC REVIEW: Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1

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The “Best There Is”: This is the most compelling read to come out of the Darkseid War one-shot series. All of the story elements entwine themselves beautifully around one another, making the issue read like a dream. The art, though lacking in a ton of fine detail, pulls the script together and adds feeling to the narrative.

The “Not Very Nice:” Though I love 90’s comic art, in some of the more powerful scenes here, I felt there was room for a bit more attention to detail. The story was good enough to stand on its own two feet, but could have been so much more empowered with a little more line work. The style that was chosen worked well for the scenes where all the action is close-up, but left things feeling a bit washed out when viewed from a distance.

FBI Score: 9 out of 10. Justice League: The Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1 is rich and impactful from start to finish. What it lacks in depth of lines, it makes up for in the details of the story. The inclusion of the tie-in to the rest of the series is a gripping segue as we’ll be back into the main Justice League storyline in no time. The best read of the Darkseid War series by far.  

Buddy Beaudoin

Buddy Beaudoin is a writer and independent comic creator from Upstate, NY. He's a fan of tea, spacey music, and a nice pair of slacks. He LOVES comics. Batman, Swamp Thing, and Jonah Hex are some favorites, but he's also a pretty big fan of the indies. Should you ever need him, walk outside and yell his name loudly...

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