By Marcus Freeman
With Robert Venditti’s epic run on the Green Lantern series coming to an end soon, DC Comics is relaunching Green Lantern. The focus of this series will be the first human Green Lantern, Hal Jordan. The series will be written by the legend, Grant Morrison, with art by Liam Sharpe.
Grant Morrison has informed IGN of his plans for the series, and it will be a departure from current Green Lantern adventures: “Instead of the big, epic, 12-part stories, we’re focusing down on the everyday life of a space cop. Basically, it’s no more apocalypse-ending storylines. The basic concept is that [Hal Jordan] is like a space cop that patrols a sector of the universe where anything can happen. We’ve made it more like a police procedural.”
Preview pages for first issue of “The Green Lantern”, show a scene similar to the origin of Green Lantern when he met Abin Sur and gained his power ring: “Hal comes across the crashed ship of a fellow Corpsmen who is dying from his wounds — not unlike Hal’s origin where he met the dying Abin Sur and was gifted the powerful Green Lantern ring. This scenario is a bit different, though. The unlucky crystalline Green Lantern crashed landed his transport on Earth, which turns out was a prison transport taking three of the universe’s greatest criminals to trial. With those criminals now loose on Earth, the first arc sees Hal hunting them down before they wreak too much havoc.”
Artist, Liam Sharpe, is excited to illustrate Hal Jordan and how he manifests his willpower: “I love this idea that he’s an idiot savant. In a way, he’s a genius. He can just turn up and kind of assess the situation really quickly, and then just smack it with a giant fist, and it’s all fixed.”
Morrison and Sharpe informed IGN on how they loved Jordan’s early adventures as a Green Lantern. Fans might be disappointed or overjoyed to find out that there won’t be many guest appearances from the other Earth-based Green Lanterns, or even the more popular alien Green Lanterns. Morrison and Sharpe have a plan and “They’re opting to feature weird alien Green Lanterns who have been long forgotten or are completely new.” You can expect a slight reimagining of the Guardians of the Universe too, “The Guardians of the Universe will be around as, essentially, police chiefs who run the Corps from the station.”
Over the years the emotional spectrum has expanded with many different corps representing many different emotions. Most recently in the current run of Justice League. Morrison and Sharpe informed IGN that they are shying away from the emotional spectrum mythos and are once again emphasized that they are focusing solely on Hal Jordan.
Morrison and Sharpe ended their interview with IGN by stating they want to continue to explore Hal Jordan the man, and not just Hal Jordan the Green Lantern: “We’re doing Hal Jordan where, you know he’s a good cop, but is he really a good guy? And we’re looking into his relationships and how he deals with people. And also the fact that, if you’ve got a job as a space cop, it’s hard to be stuck on the planet Earth. He has other lives on other planets. We’re gonna be looking into a lot of things that I don’t think we’ve seen a lot with Hal Jordan before.”
The relaunch of Green Lantern begins in November. I personally have been a big fan of the current direction of the Green Lantern Corps, with stories centering on intergalactic mysteries or large, explosive space wars. This new direction seems to slow down the pace considerably to tell self-contained stories. I trust Grant Morrison however, and I am incredibly excited to see what he does with Hal Jordan. What does this mean for Green Lanterns though? I know we will see Jessica Cruz in Justice League Odyssey, but what’s going to happen to Simon Baz? Continue to check out Shoot The Breeze Comics for more news as hopefully San Diego Comic-Con will provide more information on the new direction for Green Lantern.