Review: Green Lantern Mosaic #9

Green Lantern Mosaic #9

When it comes to holiday specials, comics can be a bit of a minefield. Every child has their perfect holidays special in mind and it mostly involves cartoons. Peanuts were something that many generations including mine enjoyed. Then every Saturday morning cartoon had a special Holiday episode, one of the most memorable ones being He-Man & The Masters Of The Universe.

Comics were even a bit different than what the cartoons gave viewers. I remember seeing comics books with Batman and Robin wearing Santa hats and smiling It was an odd look for the Dark Knight. Also, most of the stories worked around the Scrooge archetype. Though entertaining, readers became wary of this reiteration. In the ninth issue of Green Lantern: Mosaic, we’re taken to the holiday season in Mosaic and just like here on Earth, dealing with different cultures and rituals.

We find Jon, as he reminisces about his family back home on Earth and how during this time of the year, Xmas, how much he misses them. As his time on Mosaic has taught him adaptability is what key to surviving in this world, as he reflects on how being a Black man on Earth has given him empathy on how to deal with the different races of aliens. As finds a way for all the different alien races living on Mosaic to get along for just one night. By issue’s end, John is one of the best Christmases he had in a place where he never imagined himself being.

Overall, a blissful issue that celebrates the reason for the season. The story by Gerard Jones is enjoyable. The art by the creative team is stunning. Altogether, an issue which shows the world that sometimes comics can tell better stories about the holiday season than any other medium.

Story: Gerard Jones Art: Cully Hamner and Danny Panosian
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy