As one of the (if not the) biggest Green Lantern/Hal Jordan fan there is, I’ve been patiently waiting for the EARTH ONE spin on the “Greatest Lantern of them All”. We’ve seen the Trinity — Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman — each get their respective incarnation, as “the Caped Crusader” and “Man of Steel” have received more than just one volume to their story. So, I was ecstatic when DC Comics announced GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1 back in July (2017) and that the emerald light was now just over the horizon.
I’ve always felt that Hal would present to be one of the more interesting characters in the EARTH ONE “setting”. The Green Lantern aspect alone has potential to be explored in a very “grounded” and realistic method since the Power Ring is a weapon of science, and not magic. I think that is why the Lantern mythos in general have blossomed unlike 90% of the characters in the DCU.
Corinna Bechko (writer) made clear that going into this book,
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.
With Hal having a reach as wide-spread as the infinite vastness of space, there’s literally an unimaginable number of stories that can be told around him. Seeing him explore the unexplored, and doing so with the “Most Powerful Weapon in the Universe” upon his finger will definitely go a different route than usual, as we’re used to Lantern stories being full of characters while Bechko insinuated a limited number (of characters) within this story. This could be a good thing, especially with a story that is against the grain in a way. It’s a way to play it a little close to the vest and make sure that story is what counts, and not just trying to get enough bang for your buck.
And in this massive portion of the DCU, you have room to reimagine the greatness that’s been laid before the writers from those who came before them, and use it as a launch pad to create something different, yet familiar.
Gabriel Hardman (writer/artist) echoed that when he said (in reference to GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE),
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.
As a reader, and a huge fan of the character, this is what makes me love Hal, and the world he lives in; the sci-fi, but yet reality of his “space saga”. You get this feeling reading a Hal Jordan/Green Lantern story that you could be one of the 7,200 Green Lanterns whom protect the 3,200 sectors of space. It’s a reason of why we fans read comics, they’re an escape for us from the troubles of our reality and allow us to release stress through enjoying great stories.
An even more grounded approach seems like it could be a great thing, but I do feel skeptical knowing that the “more grounded approach” in the end ended up hurting Christopher Nolan’s (director) DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY.
But on the other hand, we’ve been seeing success in Zack Snyder’s (director) DCEU by grounding the comic book characters in reality through a different lens. Unlike Nolan who forged his Bruce Wayne/Batman out of reality, Zack plucked the comic characters out of the comics and dropped them in our world. It allows for them to be their “super” selves while facing our real world consequences, which grounds them. That’s what I hope Hardman and Bechko succeed at with this book, and I can’t wait to read it.
Make sure to mark you calendar so you can pick up GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1 when it hits shelves March 20th, 2018.