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Green Lantern: Willworld

(Green Lantern Willworld)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  228 ratings  ·  22 reviews
In GREEN LANTERN: WILLWORLD, an inexperienced Hal Jordan must undergo a surreal right of passage in order to fully understand and master his power ring. Waking up on a strange hallucinatory world with no recollection of making a journey, Green Lantern attempts to decipher the insanity around him while instilling justice in a mad existence. Dealing with a senseless reality, ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by DC Comics (first published 2001)
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I know there has to be something to Green Lantern I'm missing; reviewers I like and respect are too fond of the character for all those convoluted Geoff Johns epics and events to be complete shit. So I was pondering this, thinking about how much I hate jewelry-based super-powers and green blobs of 'imagination', when I remembered 'Green Lantern: Willworld'.

Look at that line-work! Geof Darrow would approve... Seth Fisher drew the hell out of this thing. Rest in peace, Seth <:-( :

It seems like
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Man! What a lovely after-dinner mint of Weird this book is. Aside from a couple of points of 90's datedness (an unabashed Matrix rip, etc), this is a timeless and mostly continuity-free Green Lantern tangent from the late, tragically great Seth Fisher, whose technicolor vomit of style graced far too few superhero books before he passed away. It's a freight train of What-the-Fuck for 100 straight pages and despite its defining irrelevance, it's a highly aesthetic example of hardcore comicbookery ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it

I'm reading this in preparation of Grant Morrison's "The Green Lantern #1" tomorrow. This book is written by "ahead of his time but now dated" JM DeMatteis and the late Seth Fisher.

It's reminds me a bit like "Mosaic" exploring the weirdness and diversity of the Green Lantern Corp and the Cosmic Universe. It's a bit like the Valerian. There's a lot of weird out there. This makes it slightly hard to read at times. This is a surreal comic about the pivotal moment that Hal le
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
lsd on paper !!! what a great ride !!!!
Sam Denney
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: comic book fans, esp. lovers of intricate art
It's difficult to put into words what's so great about this book. Almost everything I love about it is rendered indescribably on the page with some of the most beautiful, original art I have ever seen. Every page, every panel, is a riot of insane imagery. In the same way that Guillermo Del Toro seems able to pack more ideas into a single film than most artists manage in a lifetime, so artist Seth Fisher crams a multitude of dense symbols, signs and visual quirks into a 3-issue mini-series. Willw ...more
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
May 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The easiest description one can give this book is "Green Lantern on acid." A lot of people would say that, and not mean it to be derisive. Accurate as that may be, I'm not fond of the phraseology. With "Willworld," DeMatteis does with Green Lantern the very thing that all writers should do when writing for a pre-existing property: he takes a character that has become myth and tells a wonderful story with that mythical character that one can enjoy without necessarily having to know decades of pub ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The story here--about a will-power exercise in the early stages of Hal Jordan's role as Green Lantern--is no great shakes. The real draw is the obsessively detailed art of Seth Fisher, whose work looks like a cross between Moebius and Geof Darrow on acid. Inventive, colorful, and freakish, Fisher's imagery is trippy in all the right ways. This is a comic in the grand tradition of Jack Kirby, in which the words are largely superfluous to the visual narrative. What's even more impressive is this b ...more
Devin Bruce
Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was just an amazing read. I like Hal Jordan, although he’s not my favourite GL, and J.M. DeMatteis has written some really great comics. But that's not why I would recommend this book. It's because the art here is a revelation. The way Seth Fisher draws Willworld, it’s like he’s the only person who could have done it: such great attention to detail, amazing little humourous touches, and stellar panel composition. I sometimes had problems with the dialogue, which can get a little clumsy, but ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Really interesting artwork. You see something new every time you look at a page.

As for the storyline, I ultimately enjoyed it - on balance. The story meandered far too much for my liking. Whilst I fully appreciate that is as a literary device to reflect GL's confusion, that doesn't stop it making the story drag a bit.

I a fan of DeMatteis. Loved Moonshadow, and really enjoyed his run on Justice League. This book isn't in the same class, and was a really a 2.5 star for me.

Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
J.M. Dematteis channels his influences (Lewis Carrol, Eastern Mysticism, The Beatles, and many more!) into a unique Green Lantern adventure. It takes awhile for the story to gel, but the artwork is brilliant, and there's some great moments of characterization, as well.

This isn't going to be everybody's "cup of tea," but if you don't mind something out of the ordinary, you'll probably get a kick out of this.
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone awesome
Shelves: mines, comics, fantasy, sci-fi
amazing. beautiful. spectacular. one of my favorite comic tomes of all time. weird & surreal & brilliant. most certainly not what you expect from a more or less mainstream superhero comic, this book is loving crafted with characteristic whimsy by writer JM DeMatteis & features stunning, heady visuals gorgeously rendered by the late Seth Fisher. this is a brief, perfect psychedelic bubble.
Robert Marsh
Aug 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Another title with fantastic, ground-breaking artwork from Seth Fisher. But oh, man. The story. I've read this several times and still have no idea what it's about. That's not genius. That's just bad story telling. I wanted to throw this across the room when I was done with it. But I value Seth Fisher's artwork too much. Book got saved and recommended. But only for the artwork.
Julian Munds
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comcs, fantasy
This was not my favourite. Aside from the fact I figured out what was up shortly into the read, the rendering of the character was kind of off. The outside art was detailed, although I wasn't always sure where I should be looking. This story felt slow and I was just not into it.
Valentine Boyev
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Art is really odd, but so fascinating. You can easy spend an hours for viewing all details and characters. Storyline here in the background.
So it's more like an artbook, but comics)
Picture: 5/5
Story: 3/5
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seth Fisher was an awesome artist.
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
More like 2.5...Other than the art, there wasn't much to like. It wasn't very entertaining and seemed quite predictable
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and brilliant. Weird and wonderful.
Gunnar Tipton
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-book
A topsy-tervy, oz like world of wonderment. AND THE GREEN MOTHA F***IN LANTERN IS THERE!
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Really interesting art and visually entertaining, but the story was just too out-there for me to get in to.
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
One of the weirdest stories of hal
May 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic, super-hero
Hmmmm odd.
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Also Credited As:
DeMatteis, John Marc
Ellis, Michael
Lombego, Wally

J.M. DeMatteis was a professional musician/singer and rock music journalist before entering comics in the late 70's.

Credits include Spider-Man, Moonshadow, Brooklyn Dreams, Justice League, Abadazad, Hero Squared, the Life and Times of Savior 28.

Created I, Vampire , Creature Commandos, Moonshadow, Hero Squared (co-creator), Abadaz

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