Deep Dive: The Green Lantern Issue 7 (2018)

The seventh issue in Liam Sharp and Grant Morrison’s dissection of the Hal Jordan mythos finds Earth’s original Green Lantern inside his own power ring.

The Green Lantern #7
Cover: The Green Lantern #7

This is an intimate issue of The Green Lantern with nearly all of the action taking place within the ring.

Previous Deep Dives

The Lanterns

It’s been a couple of issues since we’ve come across any other members of the Green Lantern Corps. This issue we get a single panel with two Corps members from Space Sector 2234.

Green Lanterns El’qa Squa Zreenah & Perdoo

Space Sector: 2234
First Appearance: Green Lantern Vol. 3 Annual #5
Creators: Len Wein & Bill Willingham

El’qa and Perdoo first met in the pages of Green Lantern Vol. 3 Annual #5. El’qa, the sole Lantern of Space Sector 2234, was nearly defeated by the Statejians. Close to death, he crashes on the fourth planet in the space system Qualar where he comes across Perdoos race. He scans the planet’s inhabitants for one without fear but one-by-one they faint.

The ring found Perdoo in an asylum. The reason he doesn’t have any fear is because he’s a few eggs short of a full dozen. He manages to defeat the Statejians because he thinks they’re overly aggressive space flitterbys.

At the end of the story, Perdoo chooses to go back to the asylum instead of staying on as a Lantern. At some point, Perdoo must decide to be a Corps member because he will occasionally show up in splash pages that call for several Lanterns.

He’s also listed in the essential Green Lantern/Sinestro Corps: Secret Files and Origins. The book says “other Lanterns shy away from him in battle, though, as his constructs are often wildly unpredictable and have been said to turn against his fellow Corpsmen.”

Villains

Myrwhydden

Myrwhydden is a powerful wizard who’s trapped inside Hal’s ring. I went into great detail about the mightiest mage in the previous deep dive. In this issue, we learn the Guardians had put Myrwhydden to sleep inside the ring. All of the constructs we see are part of Emerald Sands, a sort of imaginary wizard retirement community. Jordan needs to wake Myrwhydden up to survive the death of the ring. It isn’t completely clear if the wizard goes back to sleep at the end of the issue. It’ll be interesting to see if he comes into play again before the Sharp/Morrison run on this series comes to an end.

Other Characters

Pengowirr

Pengowirr is, essentially, the AI of the power ring. The best comparison I can come up with is the episode of Doctor Who “The Doctor’s Wife” when the matrix of the TARDIS is placed inside a woman played by Suranne Jones. In that episode, Matt Smith’s Doctor can talk to his TARDIS for the first time – just like Jordan and his ring in this issue.

While Jordan has been inside his power ring on prior occasions I believe this is the first time he’s run into the AI.

Next Issue

The Green Lantern #8 Solicitation

Green Lantern teams up with Green Arrow to stop a cosmic drug cartel that’s using Earth as its main distribution base! It’s a brilliant homage to the team-ups of old, as Morrison and Sharp do the 2019 version in a story we can only call “Space Junkies!”

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