The line of Earth One books from DC Comics have proven to be successful with their more modern retelling about the origins of some of the most recognizable superheroes DC has given us.
It has been announced that DC will publish Green Lantern: Earth One on March 20, 2018. The book will be written by Star Wars: Legacy collaborators Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, who will also provide the art for the book, and colors by Jordan Boyd.
The Lantern for this story is not so surprisingly, Hal Jordan, which is fine. He is the most recognizable Green Lantern and has become a mainstay in terms of being a top hero in the DC Universe. Now there has been a change in the origins of not just Hal, but the Green Lantern Corps itself.
Working as an astronaut for Ferris Galactic, Hal has a stable job in prospecting asteroids, but does find it very fulfilling. Things change however when one day he comes across a Green Lantern ring and learns of the Corps and that they were all murdered by the Manhunters. Hal is then tasked with reinstating the Corps.
I think that’s actually a nice little change, it keeps flight as part of Hal’s character and it really emphasizes the grand scale of the Green Lantern concept and even weaves in the Manhunters, a key part of the Green Lantern mythology. Plus Hal being the one to bring the Corps back, could make for an interesting tale. Hopefully if the Guardians are brought back, they’ll finally be good at their jobs.
Hardman himself is excited about getting to play around with the concept and look at it in a new light. In a press release about the book he said, “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. 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.”
Bechko herself explained as to why Hal would be the character headlining the book saying, “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. 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.”
I for one find DC’s Earth One imprint very good and highly entertaining so here’s hoping Green Lantern will continue the good work.
What do you think of the book? Will you read it? Who is your favorite Green Lantern? Which Earth One book do you love most? Let us know in the comments below!