The Green Lantern #3
What a ride this was! I love that this is such a compressed book, jumping from high-concept to high-concept at quite a pace, without it ever feeling overwhelming or unclear.
As provocative as that cover is, it’s really only a small part of the story, which goes through lots of different phases before it reaches its surprising conclusion.
A lot of people have commented that this book feels a bit 2000AD in tone, and I think that’s as much for the humour as the artwork. Morrison injects the story with irreverent and absurd touches that deliberately undercut the tension at times - which is very effective in a story that’s as ridiculously high-stakes as this one is. (I particularly love Hal’s exasperation with the reactions of people on Earth to their plight.)
Sharp’s artwork is great too - nicely detailed and textured without feeling overworked, and inventive in its use of layouts.
The only part that I find a bit baffling is the cliffhanger ending, but that’s probably because I’m unfamiliar with the current GL status quo. Is this behaviour in-character for Hal? I’m guessing not. Can GL rings kill? I thought there were safeguards that prevented them doing that. I wonder if we’re meant to suspect that this isn’t Hal at all, but is the doppelganger from the end of the first issue. I’m sure we’ll find out soon enough.