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Hypo
09-25-2018, 05:01 PM
The Green Lantern #1 Preview & Interview (https://ew.com/books/2018/09/25/grant-morrison-green-lantern-preview/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=social-share-article)
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Liam Sharp

https://i.imgur.com/JjpUflo.jpg?1
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
"...and now has a game plan for several arcs of the comic."




Oh yes.

https://i.imgur.com/JdMEEVc.png

"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) (https://www.newsarama.com/42025-grant-morrison-s-green-lantern-relaunch-gets-cake-and-a-midnight-release.html)

Hypo
10-06-2018, 03:41 AM
The Green Lantern #1 Variant by Frank Quietly

https://i.imgur.com/l6sGETs.jpg?1

Hypo
10-15-2018, 09:38 PM
The Green Lantern #1 Epic Comics Retailer Exclusive Variant by Jim Cheung

https://i.imgur.com/IdobXIz.jpg

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

https://i.imgur.com/clfieA0.jpg?1

Michael Heide
10-22-2018, 05:23 PM
https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/10/22/review-the-green-lantern-1-grant-morrison-liam-sharp/

First review

Big Blue Lantern
10-23-2018, 06:42 AM
The Green Lantern #1 Epic Comics Retailer Exclusive Variant by Jim Cheung

https://i.imgur.com/IdobXIz.jpg

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

https://i.imgur.com/clfieA0.jpg?1

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
...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
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 BuyMeToys.com Retailer Exclusive Variant by Rodolfo Migliari

https://i.imgur.com/QHWeto9.jpg

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 buymetoys.com exclusive will be sold at buymetoys.com.

Hypo
11-07-2018, 03:12 AM
The Green Lantern #1 Preview #2 (https://comicsverse.com/exclusive-preview-green-lantern-1/)
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Liam Sharp

https://i.imgur.com/JjpUflo.jpg?1

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.

W.West
11-08-2018, 12:29 AM
Is it possible to knock it out the park but not be perfect? That's my feeling with issue one. There's a whole lot to enjoy but not quite enough to love. Definitely 4 stars though.

Space Cop
11-08-2018, 02:48 AM
It had that Morrison feeling at the start where I felt like I wasn't getting the whole picture, but it wasn't as cryptic as his big event books.

I liked the little touches of alienness in the way different species talked and such.

Big Daddy Dave Skywalker
11-08-2018, 06:02 AM
There is definitely a Top 10 feel to what they are doing here. I mean that as a compliment.

Michael Heide
11-08-2018, 12:01 PM
Is it possible to knock it out the park but not be perfect? That's my feeling with issue one. There's a whole lot to enjoy but not quite enough to love. Definitely 4 stars though.

I completely agree. The thing is that to showcase the mundane everyday work of a space cop, you can't be too exciting off the bat. Which is why the alien idiots Hal and the other Lanterns fight this issue are just boring randos.

Space Cop
11-08-2018, 12:18 PM
... Which is why the alien idiots Hal and the other Lanterns fight this issue are just boring randos.

Yeah, but it allowed for that fun bit with the passing motorists.

Michael Heide
11-08-2018, 02:07 PM
Spoiler-filled review by the Beat:
http://www.comicsbeat.com/dc-round-up-the-green-lantern-1-proves-grant-morrison-came-back-to-party/

As we’ve seen through the Batman: Damned kerfuffle, characters like Hal Jordan, Diana Troy, and Bruce Wayne need to be– to a greater or lesser extent– broad. If you make them too specific or do things that are too polarizing with them, you risk alienating a part of your audience, thus reducing your potential for lunchbox sales. However, when you’re telling a story, not being able to grow or change is basically the worst restriction you can impose on a creative team. So what do you do if you’re relaunching Green Lantern? Well– why not make Hal as broad a character as possible and then just build A LOT of weird specific crazy stuff around him?

BLACK HAND
11-08-2018, 04:53 PM
Man I loved it, I'll be back for more.

W.West
11-08-2018, 08:54 PM
The Green Lantern #1 Review (http://bit.ly/2qytSan)

Space Cop
11-09-2018, 02:08 AM
The Green Lantern #1 Review (http://bit.ly/2qytSan)

Thanks for highlighting the art, Iggy. With Morrison writing, Sharp's work is going to be lost in the shuffle, but he really impressed me. To pull off this take on GL, it requires subtleties and detail work and we got that.

Hypo
11-09-2018, 02:22 AM
Some of the references to the older stuff in the issue:

https://i.imgur.com/UWUlPoq.png?1

https://i.imgur.com/1RAnyLF.png?1

https://i.imgur.com/yQXy1NO.png?1

https://i.imgur.com/7dtV4Sf.png?1

Michael Heide
11-09-2018, 11:31 AM
Wow, those are deep cuts indeed.

Big Daddy Dave Skywalker
11-09-2018, 02:49 PM
I had no idea that was supposed to be Eve Doremus. Super cool.

Hypo
11-09-2018, 10:28 PM
https://i.imgur.com/Xbb40Oe.jpg?2

Green Lantern's of the multiverse, from left to right, back to front:


John Stewart (Earth-50, Justice Lords)
Kyle Rayner (Earth-16)
Flashlight (Earth-36)
John Stewart (Earth-23)
Bruce Wayne (Earth-32)
Abin Sur (Earth-20)
Kai-Ro (Earth-12, Batman Beyond)
Magic Lantern (Earth-47)
Lew Lewis? (Earth-6, Stan Lee)
Green Lantern (Earth-29, Bizzaroverse)

W.West
11-12-2018, 01:44 AM
No one researches like Grant.

Hypo
11-12-2018, 02:06 PM
Lol he created like five of those Earth's.

Ωmega Man
11-12-2018, 02:14 PM
It should be Len Lewis, short for Leonard.

I thought the Bizzaro GL was the Yellow Lantern getting dissected by the Controllers in the end?

And didn't Morrison create or recreate half of these characters during his expansion of the Multiverse in Multiversity? He's not researching shit, just going through some of his old notes... LOL

https://i.imgur.com/JdMEEVc.png

Big Daddy Dave Skywalker
11-12-2018, 03:11 PM
That's still more research than any GL writer has done since Steve Englehart. We know the editors don't bother with research, so I'm thankful whenever a writer does.

BLACK HAND
11-13-2018, 01:49 PM
Yes I love those deep references, part of the reason why taking on a legacy character can be so much fun.