Much like Marvel’s now defunct Ultimate Universe line, DC’s Earth One graphic novels have attempted to modernize their most popular characters without worrying about continuity. Beginning with Superman: Earth One – which was a heavy inspiration for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel story – in 2010, the line has shone a new light on Batman, the Teen Titans, and Wonder Woman by creating unique new stories from great creative teams like J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, Jeff Lemire and Terry Dodson, and Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette.
The newest addition to the line will be Green Lantern: Earth One, by Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, and Jordan Boyd. Most people already know the classic tale of Hal Jordan, a test pilot for Ferris Air who is chosen by the dying alien Abin Sur to take his place in the Green Lantern Corps as a galactic space cop armed with one of the most powerful weapons in the universe.
The creative team of Bechko and Hardman – who have previously worked together on Savage Hulk, Star Wars Legacy and Invisible Republic – with colors by Jordan Boyd, are taking Hal Jordan in a new direction that imagines Jordan not as a cocky test pilot but as an astronaut yearning for adventure while prospecting asteroids for Ferris Galactic. When Hal finds a ring that teaches him about the Green Lantern Corps and their destruction by the killing machines known as the Manhunters, he sets out on a new adventure to reinstate the Corps while introducing readers to a brand new DC Universe, and an updated Jordan.
“Hal Jordan is a smart, capable person with a space and science background who has a lot of untapped potential even before he finds the ring,” Bechko stated in the press release. “That means he’s going to approach everything the ring does from the perspective of a scientist, but he’s going to employ it for action and adventure. The result for us as writers is the opportunity to fully embrace the science fiction aspects of the story in a way that would be impossible with a lot of other characters.”
“Approaching this as an Earth One story gives us the opportunity to go back to the core concept of Green Lantern and interpret it through the lens of a modern, grounded sci-fi story while still being true to the Silver Age roots of Hal Jordan,” Hardman continued. “Having storyboarded Interstellar, this is an approach I’m comfortable with and have wanted to explore in comics. Realistic sci-fi is only the beginning of this story; we have something much more epic in store.”
It’s safe to say this take on Green Lantern opens up a world of possibilities in the sci-fi genre that we can’t wait to explore with Hal Jordan. Considering the background of these creators and some of their other depictions of realistic science-fiction, the Green Lantern sandbox might just be the best DC property the team could have chosen to play in.
With the Green Lantern Corps film developing in the DCEU and the arguable success we’ve already seen from Man of Steel by adapting some of these newer ideas presented in these modern day reimaginings, Green Lantern: Earth One might not be one to miss next year.
Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1 hits shelves on March 20, 2018.
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