DC Retroactive: Green Lantern – The ’70s 1 (September 2011)


Let me see if I can summarize the dumbest thing about this issue. DC hired Denny O’Neil to write a flashback to seventies Green Lantern—back when it was Green Lantern/Green Arrow, they let O’Neil turn in a script mostly about Green Arrow, then they hired Mike Grell to illustrate it—Grell being known as a Arrow, not Lantern, artist—and then they didn’t put Green Arrow in the title?

And I’m not just calling it dumb because the Green Arrow stuff is well-written—the Green Lantern stuff is so awful anything would be better (O’Neil doesn’t even maintain his points of view)—or because Grell’s art is better on the Green Arrow part (again, it’s unfair… Grell’s Green Lantern is hideous).

It’s a terrible comic book. I’ve never been a Grell fan, but his Lantern half is borderline incompetent. But… still… DC should have titled it appropriately.


Nightmare Planet; writer, Dennis O’Neil; artist, Mike Grell; colorist, Allen Passalaqua; letterer, Carlos M. Mangual; editor, Ben Abernathy; publisher, DC Comics.


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