Review: ‘Justice League: The Darkseid War: Green Lantern’ #1
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Don Shaner
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Nick Palitano
Cover: Frank Manapul
Publisher: DC Comics
If you had a conversation with God, what would you ask him? Better yet, if God had a conversation with you, what would He tell you? That’s what Hal Jordan is face with in his side story of “The Darkseid War.” This story had not one but two plot twists towards the end. it’s also a story that has a ton of action but it’s secondary to the emotional aspect of the story.
For those that haven’t kept up with “The Darkseid War,” major spoiler warning: Darkseid is dead. This may sound like a good thing, but certain Justice League members have replaced the New Gods, which may or may not have sacrificed their humanity. In “Justice League #45” Batman, who is now the all knowing God of Knowledge, tells Hal Jordan that since the Para-demons no longer have Darkseid commanding them, they have all traveled to Oa for their central battery core. We pick up the story where every member of the Green Lantern Corp and Guardians have already been killed and transformed into Para-Demons. Hal arrives to Oa alone to fight 1,102,437 (the ring counted) Para-Demons with nothing but his ring and his will…but is will enough?
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It doesn’t stop there. The Oa fight is every other two pages. To fill in those pages is a story of young Hal Jordan in a Church asking God why did his father have to die in the plane crash. As far apart as these stories sound, they actually come together in a way that was kind of mind blowing. Both stories give us more insight on why Hal Jordan is the best Green Lantern ever (I prefer John Stewart myself but that’s another topic for another time).
There is one problem I have with the story. Beware my slight spoiler: everything is returned to status quo by the end of the story. Therefore you could actually skip this story altogether, just go from Justice League #45 to #46 and not miss a beat. For a second I was having flashback of 90’s Parallax, but the story didn’t go that direction. It’s filler, but still a good read. If you just have to complete the entire “The Darkseid War” story them by all means go for it, but if you have to choose between which story to get because of budgetary reasons you’ll have a clear conscious if you pass.