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Old 10-06-2018, 07:39 PM   #126
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Why does Controller Mu look like Ferrin Colos rather than what the Controllers have looked like for the last few decades?!

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Old 10-07-2018, 02:23 AM   #127
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Here's the cover in black and white, guess they got rid of the moon, which is a shame, like how it turns the entire thing into a giant lantern:

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Old 10-09-2018, 01:18 PM   #128
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The Green Lantern #1 Epic Comics Retailer Exclusive Variant by Jim Cheung

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Old 10-09-2018, 08:41 PM   #129
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Wow, that misses the tone of the book by a lightyear.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:35 PM   #130
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^Reminds me of Total Justice Kyle.

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Old 10-09-2018, 09:38 PM   #131
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Yeah my first reaction upon seeing the cover was that's a Kyle construct.
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:25 AM   #132
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I legit LOL'd when I saw that variant cover just now!

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Old 10-15-2018, 10:25 PM   #133
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:22 AM   #134
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I'm getting a real Star Trek V vibe from that cover. What DOES God need with a starship?
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:49 AM   #135
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Ugh, last thing I want to get from a new GL title is a "Star Trek V vibe".
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:03 AM   #136
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^But I want to see Hal free climb El Capitan,
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:35 AM   #137
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Look at that cane. This isn't the Judeo-Christian God AKA Allah. It's just Highfather of the New Gods.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:47 PM   #138
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I thought Morrison was getting away from all the cosmic shit, but here it is, right away. Someone higher up at DC must have "talked some sense into him," as they say.
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Old 10-16-2018, 11:13 PM   #139
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Nah, firstly that cover is like the most on brand thing ever for Morrison and secondly having to deal with a god being involved with selling a planet on the black market fits pretty nicely into his whole police procedural but in space pitch where stuff like domestic disputes between "two intelligent clouds" is fair game.
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I have to admit, I am looking forward to seeing Hal act like a cop answering these really strange calls while on patrol.
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Old 10-22-2018, 06:23 PM   #142
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https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/10...on-liam-sharp/

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Old 11-07-2018, 04:18 AM   #143
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Grant Morrison Reenergizes The Green Lantern
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On how he pulled from many different versions of Hal JordanÖ

The Hal Jordan characterís been around since the 1950s, and heís one of the few characters whose history kept going pretty much unchanged throughout that whole time. So naturally, being handled by a lot of different writers and artists, his personality has changed quite radically through that time. But it was the whole on-the-road-trying-to-find-yourself that I think always rang through various iterations of Green Lantern. He suddenly goes from being a test pilot to an insurance investigator. But then he gets tired of that and he becomes a toy salesman, and none of these things seem to relate to each other at all!

I love that sense of disconnection, of dislocation; and reading up on some of the American astronauts, like Buzz Aldrin and people who have talked about having come back from space finding it really difficult to deal with life on Earth... Theyíd seen this giant perspectiveóand that was only from the moon. This is a guy whoíd been across the galaxy. Heís seen planets where itís a utopia and people live thousands of years, the political system is perfect, where they donít use money, and he comes back to this. How do you really integrate?

I love the way he has different versions of himself. "Iíll be a toy salesman and then next week Iíll just be homeless for a month." Then you have the Denny OíNeil version, when he was suddenly the cop. He was the boneheaded right-wing cop up against a changing America, portrayed by Green Arrow, who at that time was seen as this liberal kind of conscience and activist, very aware of the issues.

I thought it was quite funny, because the guy whoís portrayed as the boneheaded cop is actually the one on Earth trying to make sense of things. The other guyís a millionaire whoís just lost his fortune. Taking all of those contradictory aspects of the characterólike with Batmanóif you combine them [into] one person, itís like a real person. Because all of us have these shades, these contradictions in us. Weíre very much playing that, and I think in the first issues particularly, people will be saying, "Hal Jordan wouldnít do that!"

On working with artist Liam SharpÖ

This is a guy that can draw pretty much anything. We talked about what we wanted to do to make it seem different from the last few years of Green Lantern, the last ten years even. And one of those things was to bring a European influence to it, which is ideal because Liam is from England. He was really influenced by French graphic novels, and by British comics as well. When you see the first couple of issues, youíll see that sort of influence. It almost takes it away from being a superhero comic and [towards] a sci-fi comic, a space opera. Itís pretty basic space opera. Because Liam can draw these different worlds and creatures, he really goes to town on it. It kind of encouraged me to go even crazier with the locations, and the planets and the alien creatures. Because I knew he could handle it, and also do stuff we havenít seen before.

Itís been a really exciting collaboration, because as I say, it doesnít feel like a superhero comic anymore. It feels like the influences we wanted are all there, including the Golden Age of science fiction. Liamís just been the perfect collaborator, and he does it quickly, which is astonishing. Heís not only talented, but very dedicated, and he has an amazing work ethic.

One of the things we wanted to do is, Green Lantern is a book about light. So, spectacle was an important part of it. We wanted to do big, fantastic images, amazing worlds, stuff that only George Lucas could probably manage.

On his book's Guardians of the UniverseÖ

These beings have been around since the dawn of the universe. They have an intrinsic understanding of what is right in the sense of what leads to greater organization, more freedom, and more of all of those things. They understand it in ways that we donít.

So, the Green Lanterns are following a code of law that follows the fundamental principles of how the universe was created. We really want to go into that. I donít think itís been done before, to show that thereís more to this. There isnít a bunch of law enforcers who are just out there traveling to say that it was wrong to cross that line, or wrong to be this person. They know the rightness in things. They know the wrongness in things, and they like to try and correct it for the evolution of the universe.

Yeah, it seems like a police force, but the more we get into the actual philosophy, the weirder and more alien it becomes.

On creating new characters versus using characters from classic stories...

Itís a bit of a split, I think. One of the things I love about the DC Universe is that they do have this history and they do have this depth and span and scope in the outline of human life. Itís kind of like environmental art. Youíre going into a place. I love the fact that there are thousands of alien races out there that have maybe been seen in one issue of WORLDíS FINEST in 1970, or some bunch of characters that have only ever been seen in some 1990s comic book, and consolidating all that to say, "Oh, that happened and theyíre all still here, and they all still have their own agendas, and theyíre all out working and doing things in the universe," and we get to suddenly see them.

Thereís a character, Commander Kraak, who I think only appeared in one old comic called "The Interplanetary Batman" [in 1959's BATMAN #128]. We brought him back as a space pilot, and clearly heís been there since that story. So, that was definitely part of it.

We also want to create lots of new stuff. Thereís a big new antagonist for him, and weíre playing with lots of new concepts and lots of new Green Lanternsósome of them based on ones that youíve seen before, and other ones that are completely different. So yeah, itís a bit of everything, because I think itís important to honor this fabulous fictional construction that weíre working within, but at the same time, to bring new stuff to it and to add things.

On how far in advance he's planned...

Iíve written around ten of them. Iím pretty far ahead, and Iíve also plotted out a second season, because I just couldnít stop my mind from running. Thereís a lot of material there, and thereís a lot of stuff I just canít wait to get to, because we get deeper and deeper into it.

On what the title "The Green Lantern" means to himÖ

The Green Lantern basically refers to the [actual] Green Lantern. Itís about "What is the Green Lantern?" It actually came from... There was a movie in Britain called The Blue Lamp, and it became a very early police TV series. The blue lamp is the police lamp that hangs outside all the British police stations. So, I just thought, "The Blue Lamp. The Green Lantern. Itís the same thing." Hereís the science fiction version of that concept. It refers to the concept rather than the man.

On Hal Jordanís appeal...

Weíre just taking you along on his adventures and showing you how he feels and how he reacts. I think heís not the man weíve seen recently. Because, again, the history of that character... Heís died, heís come back to life, heís been an inspector. Heís seen everything. So, I think one of the important things is that heís not traumatized. Right now, thereís a vogue for sort of post-traumatic superheroes, but I just think that is not Hal Jordan. This is a guy that does not need therapy. Heís so far beyond therapy. It ainít going to work. This is a guy whoís super directed. He gets the job done. Heís really good at what he does. And heís nothing like me, which is what I love. [laughs]

You talk about previous Green Lanterns. Kyle Rayner was my Green Lantern, because he made sense to me. He was a young guy who just got into the Justice League. That was me too. Just getting in the Justice League, and feeling like, "Oh my God, Iíve joined the Beatles. Am I going to be able to live up to this?"

So, I was very emotionally attached to Kyle, and I still love him. But Iím kind of more interested now, like in the WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE book, in exploring viewpoints that arenít me, and getting the prismatic view of the world. Whatís it like to be that guy?

Iím never going to be a test pilot. Iíve got a lot of fear... Itís been fun and itís kind of interesting to get myself into his head, and thatís become the exciting part of this book, to be in there and suddenly, "Oh God, this guyís got so many dimensions." Thereís so many edges, and, as I said, contradictions that we havenít seen. So hopefully that enthusiasm Iíve got will come through and the readers will start to be like, "This guyís kind of cool."

On the Oliver Queen/Hal Jordan relationshipÖ

I want to play with a lot of the inversions of what was taken as the basis of their relationship back in the '70sówhereas I say, in actual fact, one guy is an unemployed toy salesman and the other guyís a millionaire thatís lost his money, but heíll get it back again. So, I want to reinvent a lot of the things, where, suddenly, maybe Halís the left-wing guy. Weíll see these two clashing in very different ways. Lot of angles that you may not expect. To dig in deep into that relationship, which Iíve always loved, but to play different aspects of it.

On Halís relationship with the rest of the superhero communityÖ

If I get more seasons... In the second season, thereís a big Green Lantern/Flash story, and we want to explore all of those relationships, and also all of Hal Jordanís previous relationships in the book. So Tom Kalmakuís in issue #3. We do see a little bit of the Justice League, but theyíve been beaten. Theyíve only just been beaten and Halís come to save the day. And all of the female characters that have been in the book, weíre bringing all of them back, and they all have very different relationships with Hal, completely different approaches to him.

So, heís surrounded by this constellation of people that, I think they love him more than he even knows, and he doesnít understand. He doesnít quite get it. But I want to build another picture of him from their point of view. Weíre looking at all of his friends, all of his lovers, and bringing them all back, and using them as mirrors.

On the most challenging part of storytelling...

The science fiction stuff, the world building, the crazy stuff is easy. But just getting to this guy whoís so unlike me and who doesnít think like me. As I say, thatís the fun, thatís the challenge.

When I was younger, all the characters were misfits like me. As I said, Kyle was the young rookie suddenly getting into the big leagues. But with this one, this is a very complex, gnarly character, and itís a lot of fun. I donít even think Iíve scratched the surface yet. We start to get him in [issue] #3, I think. But itís been a journey, itís been strange. Itís fun. Thatís what I like about it. Itís just unusual. Heís just a weird guy.

On the ControllersÖ

We had this idea, it was way back when the book was first starting to get together. I wanted to do the Darkstars. And suddenly, Robert Venditti had done this, and I thought, "Robertís done such a great job..." So, we looked at that again. I think it was for the best, because then suddenly it was, "We have to do something that isnít just the Darkstars concept and we have to do something that isnít just the Controllers concept."

So, the idea was to do this breakaway sect. I watched the Wild Wild Country documentary series and I thought, "Whatís the intergalactic version of this?" You can actually see echoes of that with the Controller. Weíre not fully into that story, but that came in as an influence. Weíre doing a breakaway sect. I donít have to deal with Darkstars mythology and I donít have to deal with the Controllers. But all of the stuff that we bring inóthe idea of a Sun-Eater, and the cosmic vampiresóand, again, itís light and dark, as youíll see.

The second one is called ďDarkness Visible.Ē So, all of it is light and dark, and we just took that to an almost quasi-religious extreme, and a Controller who is really about control. How scary can you make control? To take that title seriously, and get into what he does, his manipulations are so complex and Machiavellian, it becomes terrifying. Itís on a scale you canít imagine, and his fingerprints are all over everything you donít even know yet. By getting away from that basic concept, the Darkstars and the Controllers, I think weíve come up with something much fresher and much more interesting.

On how his recent TV work has influenced the bookÖ

Iíve been working in television for the last couple years. Iíve been in the Happy writers' room. Currently, Iím in the Brave New World writersí room. All of that has bled over into the stuff that Iím doing now. So, itís very much kind of a TV show. Weíve planned out the seasons and we have the season arc and the mid-season finale. Everything they do in television. The procedural approach is great for that because each story is kind of set in its own world, and has a beginning and end. But theyíre all modular in the sense that we build up to something bigger at the end.

The influence of what Iíve been doing outside comics has come back into this, and made it feel different from some of the other work that Iíve done.
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Old 11-07-2018, 04:30 AM   #144
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Didio discussed GL starting at the 3:50 mark.
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Didio discussed GL starting at the 3:50 mark.
I almost posted that, but he said so little.
BTW: how do you get the tinyurl for Youtube? Do you have to rehost?
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Old 11-08-2018, 12:40 AM   #146
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I almost posted that, but he said so little.
BTW: how do you get the tinyurl for Youtube? Do you have to rehost?
No? I just use the normal youtube one.

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Morrison starts talking at the 4:19 mark, nothing really new but he touches a bit on the supporting cast, plus listening to his accent is always a delight.
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Old 11-08-2018, 06:03 PM   #147
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Man I really liked it. I love how they lean hard into the weird sci-fi stuff. It is really unique looking, kind of a mashup of old school sci-fi and 2000AD. Each panel is thick with detail, really a great comic by all means. I'll be on for a while!
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Kind of reminded me of Valerian where there's all this alien stuff happening in the background.
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Old 11-09-2018, 02:59 AM   #149
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The Green Lantern #2 Variant by Francesco Mattina

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These variant covers do NOT match the vibe of the actual title. Like, AT ALL. They need a Charles Vess, a Brian Bolland, or a Mike Allred. Bradstreet, Kalluta or Darrow.
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