Review: Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern

Justice League Darkseid War Green Lantern CoverWith the Green Lantern Corps threatened by a strange extinction-level event on Oa, only Hal Jordan and John Stewart remain to save the Corps-—and themselves—from joining Darkseid’s army forever!

I’ve been somewhat hard of these series of one-shots that tie into the Justice League event “Darkseid War.” Most haven’t been too original, taking on a This is Your Life/A Christmas Carol vibe, or just outright using their basic plots. Writer Tom King, with Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern, shows why he’s one of the best writers out there right now giving us a nice change of pace.

Tying directly into Justice League #44, Oa is under attack and Hal must head out to stop the attack of Parademons who are leaderless now that Darkseid is dead.

What King has done is really interesting in that he mixes in a young Jordan dealing with his father’s death and the lack of intervention by God to save him. The concept of a higher being is debated throughout the issue, with Jordan debating his wanting to be one. That comes to an interesting point towards the end which really ups the philosophical debate that is the center of the story.

Evan Shaner provides art which I really enjoyed. I’m not quite sure how to describe it, but it feels like it has a bit of an animation vibe to it. I like it a lot, and Shaner does a great job mixing in more emotional moments with action ones.

By the end of this issue, I want to see King and Shaner on a Green Lantern series. They’ve shown they can do heart, action, and make it all look good. This is not just the best “Darkseid War” tie-in so far, but this is just a great comic period. It’s full of heart in many ways, and also gets you to think and debate the role of a god. One of the best I’ve read this week, and one of the best I’ve read in a while.

Story: Tom King Art: Evan “Doc” Shaner
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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