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Hypo 09-25-2018 05:01 PM

The Green Lantern #1 *Preview/Spoilers*
The Green Lantern #1 Preview & Interview
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Liam Sharp

Green Lantern may have been the star of DC’s most maligned big-screen movie, but these days the character’s comic future looks bright. This fall, DC Comics will launch The Green Lantern by writer Grant Morrison and artist Liam Sharp, a new series set to explore Hal Jordan’s day-to-day life as a superhero space cop.

Ever since The Green Lantern was first announced at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, those bylines have had fans buzzing. On comics like Wonder Woman and The Brave and the Bold, Sharp established his talent for epic fantasy world-building; what would it look like for him to apply his skills to alien planets and science-fiction cityscapes? Morrison, meanwhile, is one of the most acclaimed comic writers of his generation, having brought whole new dimensions to the superhero concept in modern classics like All-Star Superman and Seven Soldiers of Victory. It’s actually been a few years since Morrison wrote a monthly superhero comic; lately he’s joined the writer’s room of the SyFy series Happy (which is based on a graphic novel he originally did with artist Darick Robertson). Because of this commitment, Morrison tells EW that he was initially reluctant to take on writing duties for The Green Lantern. But he says that once he was inspired to brainstorm some new superhero ideas, he couldn’t stop, and now has a game plan for several arcs of the comic.

First things first, Morrison tells EW that he and Sharp wanted to distinguish their take on Green Lantern from that of previous creators. Their most notable recent predecessor is DC superstar Geoff Johns, who brought Hal Jordan back from an extended hiatus in 2004 and proceeded to write Green Lantern comics for the next six years, crafting an epic space opera that included other colored Lanterns, an army of the dead, and more epic space battles than you could shake a power ring at. Morrison and Sharp want to go in a different direction.

“Geoff was always raising the stakes, the universe was kind of ending every week, the dead were rising and falling and dying. One of the things we thought was, we can never compete with that,” Morrison tells EW. “So we wanted to dial it back a little and look at, what’s day-to-day life like for a space cop when he’s not dealing with the end of the universe, when he’s not dealing with the First Army or these other universe-altering threats? What’s it like when he’s called into a domestic dispute, but the domestic dispute is between two intelligent clouds? What’s a police interrogation like when the person you’re interrogating is a giant intellectual spider? It was taking a lot of things that in normal cop shows would be seen as kind of mundane, and then elevating it to these cosmic proportions and gigantic scale. Things naturally become funny and surreal and weird when you take them up to that level. So yeah, the basic thing was let’s get back to the cosmic cop aspect rather than the army aspect, where the Green Lanterns are constantly on the defensive, constantly fighting to preserve their values. Let’s go down to the day-to-day business of policing the universe.”

The first issue of The Green Lantern establishes this dynamic. Hal’s enemy isn’t an interstellar army of galactic proportions, but rather just some small-time space criminals who have managed to escape the grasp of his fellow Lanterns. In the exclusive preview below, we see Hal find his groove reciting the classic Green Lantern oath (“In brightest day, in blackest night…”) and saving innocent civilians from aliens.

When we first meet Hal in this comic, though, he seems a little detached from earthly life. He’s laying on his back in the desert, waiting for an unnamed girlfriend to show up with groceries. Morrison describes his take on Hal as behaving like a free-wheeling bum from a Jack Kerouac novel. And who wouldn’t, if they’d seen the majesty of space?

“He has no possessions. He carries a rucksack with his lantern, his old beat-up old airman’s jacket, and that’s it. He just wanders around sleeping on couches,” Morrison says. “He has a lot of women, Hal’s had a lot of girlfriends and female characters he’s connected with over the years, and we’re bringing them all back. Carol Ferris is his one true love with sparks and fire, but we wanted to bring back all these different women from his past. They all have different relationships with him, and they’re not all sexual relationships. Some have a problem with him, some really like him and their husbands hate him; we’re playing a lot more with this guy who appears in your life suddenly and now Green Lantern’s sleeping on your couch for the next week. What are you going to do with him?”

Morrison continues, “This is a guy who’s gone into space and seen perfect societies, he’s seen planets in ruins. When he goes back to Earth it’s like coming back to the old village. It’s all small-scale and there’s nothing really for him here. Why does he even need a job? We’re playing with that sense of him feeling alienated on his own planet, and we’re also playing with him having other lives. Like, wouldn’t you? Spend six months down there, and then six months up there in space being Hal the Emerald Knight on a Game of Thrones planet?”

In addition to Morrison’s typically high-concept takes on superhero material, Sharp’s art will also help ‘The Green Lantern’ stand out from other comics on shelves. Morrison says he and Sharp consciously focused on bringing a more European style of cartooning into the art to accomplish a unique aura.

“Obviously Liam is a fantastic artist, he can draw pretty much anything. Some of the upcoming issues he just gets more and more into it. The alien worlds and creatures he’s creating are amazing. It is a level above the usual monthly comic,” Morrison says. “To make it feel very different than what had come before, we had this idea of bringing in a French graphic novel feel to it. A little bit of Luc Besson and 2000 AD as well. If you look at Liam’s stuff, you can very much see that European influence. There’s a bit of Moebius in there, the classic sci-fi comics of the French graphic novels. That was one of the things we wanted to bring in, and he’s an artist who can really do that stuff and give it that different feel, not quite the look of the usual American comic but has a different vibe that feels slightly unusual and alien.”

Mister Ed 09-25-2018 05:11 PM

Somehow Hal saying "Chill" seems a bit odd. Seems more like something Kyle would say. Looks good, though.

W.West 09-25-2018 05:47 PM

Remember this moment. Savor this time in history

Big Daddy Dave Skywalker 09-25-2018 09:31 PM

This is actually getting me interested in comics again. This feels like a real Green Lantern title.

Hypo 09-25-2018 10:24 PM

Seems a bit early for a preview given we're still more than a month away but anyways looks good.

Ωmega Man 09-26-2018 01:37 AM


Originally Posted by Hypo (Post 956597)

"...and now has a game plan for several arcs of the comic."

Oh yes.

"Chosen" 09-26-2018 01:48 AM

I was really hoping this was about the issues with the source wall. That would've gotten my attention. Morrison is too hard for me to follow sometimes

BLACK HAND 09-28-2018 02:41 PM

This is going to be good. I'm so glad they are going this route this is exactly what the character and mythos needed.

Michael Heide 09-28-2018 05:18 PM

Liam Sharp is certainly channeling Neal Adams a bit.

Hypo 10-01-2018 10:58 PM

GRANT MORRISON's GREEN LANTERN Relaunch Gets Cake (and a Midnight Release)

Hypo 10-06-2018 03:41 AM

The Green Lantern #1 Variant by Frank Quietly

Hypo 10-15-2018 09:38 PM

The Green Lantern #1 Epic Comics Retailer Exclusive Variant by Jim Cheung

The Green Lantern #1 Frankie's Comics Retailer Exclusive Variant by Francesco Mattina

Michael Heide 10-22-2018 05:23 PM

First review

Big Blue Lantern 10-23-2018 06:42 AM


Originally Posted by Hypo (Post 956974)
The Green Lantern #1 Epic Comics Retailer Exclusive Variant by Jim Cheung

The Green Lantern #1 Frankie's Comics Retailer Exclusive Variant by Francesco Mattina

I'll have to pick up these variants. This is where GL is at it's strongest, particularly in the visual department. There are times when a simple laser or bubble is needed, but when ring-slingers start to create varied, complex constructs, GL becomes very unique.

Space Cop 10-23-2018 11:13 AM


Originally Posted by Big Blue Lantern (Post 957094)
...There are times when a simple laser or bubble is needed, but when ring-slingers start to create varied, complex constructs, GL becomes very unique.

Agreed. That's what brought me in as a child (first from Superfriends). I'm sure if I were a GL a lot of the time it would just be air bubbles and simple beam shots, but I'd want to open a bad guy's ship with a can opener or construct a stethoscope to crack a safe sometimes too.

Michael Heide 10-23-2018 07:46 PM

I liked it when that was the difference between the various Earth Lanterns. Hal had bubbles and beams, Kyle had supercomplicated Anime Mechs...

Space Cop 10-23-2018 08:26 PM


Originally Posted by Michael Heide (Post 957102)
I liked it when that was the difference between the various Earth Lanterns. Hal had bubbles and beams, Kyle had supercomplicated Anime Mechs...

Yeah, there definitely should be style differences and it's logical that the imaginations of a test pilot, marine/architect, and artist would manifest differently even on the spur of the moment.

Hypo 10-25-2018 03:53 PM

The Green Lantern #1 Retailer Exclusive Variant by Rodolfo Migliari

Michael Heide 10-25-2018 05:24 PM

Amazing how none of these variants hit the tone of the issue.

Big Daddy Dave Skywalker 10-27-2018 03:17 AM

How do you even get all these variants? The official solicits only offered 2 covers. Where do you get all the others? Or know how many tdifferent ones there are in total?

Space Cop 10-27-2018 04:00 AM

^I will go out on a limb that the exclusive will be sold at

Hypo 11-07-2018 03:12 AM

The Green Lantern #1 Preview #2
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Liam Sharp

Hypo 11-07-2018 12:19 PM

Excellent debut issue.

Big Daddy Dave Skywalker 11-07-2018 02:59 PM

I am off from work today. Just passing some time for them to get this week's books before heading to the local comic shop to pick it up.

Big Daddy Dave Skywalker 11-07-2018 09:48 PM

I read GL #1 and enjoyed it very much. I like the direction. Love the art style. Hal doesn't feel quite like Hal but I understand the idea behind that and how it will be important to the series. I'm willing to reserve judgement on Hal's characterization for a bit and let this play out.

What I think I enjoyed the most was the sense of how out there everything is and at the same time the characters act like this is all just normal. Bizzare for us as the reader yet totally another day at work for intergalactoc cops.

I am back, at least for now.

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