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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – The Strange Greatness of Willworld

Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Today we look at a bizarre, yet awesome tale of Hal Jordan going through a strange test early in his Green Lantern career. The late, great Seth Fisher showed off his stunningly offbeat artwork beautifully in this graphic novel, which was written by J.M. DeMatteis and which was recently reprinted as two issues of DC’s $8 reprint comics, so they should be easy to track down!

The book opens up with an intriguing beginning…

Soon Hal ends up in the Land of Odd, a strange city of extreme poverty right next to extreme wealth. He finds his way to a strange inn filled with strange people…

After a rest, he is consumed by questions – just check out how Fisher shows this…

As things began to become more clear, we get this brilliant sequence as Hal discovers that he is a Green Lantern (note that he does not yet know what a Green Lantern IS)…

Of course, we eventually find out that this world is created by Hal’s mind, but that’s only the BEGINNING of the story! Like I said, this is available in two issues of DC’s $8 reprint comics (I think they came out in 2011), so they should be pretty easy to find. The original graphic novel should not be too hard to find used, either. Go pick it up! I did not even share any of Fisher’s double-page spreads! They’re awesome! I love this comic. I’ve featured it here on the blog in the past, but it is just that good!

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I agree. The art’s gorgeous. I remember being somewhat being taken aback by the story when it first came out. So unlike a GL story – but it’s a slow burn. Have to read it a few times to really get immersed in the story. Seth Fisher, a genius.

Actually, it was all reprinted in one part.

Not sure about the story, but Fisher’s art is so great, it makes up for everything. What a sad loss. Unfortunately, I only came to know him when I heard about his tragic death.

This is either going to be very clever or very pretentious or both. But I’ll probably gamble and pick it up.
How about the Starlin Warlock story where he gets trapped by clowns and pelted with custard pies?

Even if you think the story is pretentious, it’s SOOOO amazingly good looking, it’s worth it. I’m going to have to take this out from the library again.

Seth Fisher was so awesome. If he wasn’t a direct influence on Chris Burnham, Burnham is at least carrying the torch of that awesome, detailed, cartoony brilliance.

No question the art is lovely.

Actually, it was all reprinted in one part.

Thanks, Tomer, I thought it was one of the ones they split into two books. Even MORE reason to pick this one up!

Oh man, I picked this up cheap a few years ago, and kinda forgot about it. I need to dig it out and give it a read.

This story was also reprinted as an extra-sized single issue comic in 2012. Thanks for not spoiling the entire story; I haven’t read it yet! I need to dig it out of my backissues. Seth Fisher was a genius; he left us far too soon.

Love the GL on the llama-thing’s flank. So many beautiful details, like JMDM recycling the name Mayavale from my favorite era of LSH.

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