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Astronaut/scientist Hal Jordan finds a green ring in an asteroid.

...Wait, what?


Green Lantern is getting the Earth One graphic novel treatment. Hal Jordan being an astronaut/scientist has some precedent. In the first Hal Jordan story, Hal built the flight simulator he was in when Abin Sur contacted him.

Hal being an astronaut who wants to explore, while still having the rational mind of a scientist, is an interesting take. He will be able to overcome great fear... but won't just jump into situations without a plan.



For Green Lantern, the story sees Hal Jordan re-envisioned as an astronaut who seeks the thrill of discovery, yet finds himself in an unfulfilling job prospecting asteroids for Ferris Galactic. His fortunes change when he finds a powerful green ring and learns that it came from the Green Lantern Corps, a group that was long ago murdered by killing machines called Manhunters. This sets him on a mission to reinstate the Corps, a nearly impossible task for the fearless Jordan.

“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,” Hardman said in a press release. “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.”

Whereas Jordan is usually depicted as a cocky, hothead test pilot, he’s now a scientist who yearns to make new discoveries, so how he approaches using the ring will be different.

“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,” Bechko explained. “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.”

This is the latest collaboration from Bechko and Hardman, a longstanding comics duo known for their work on Star Wars: Legacy, Savage Hulk and Invisible Republic.

Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1 will release on March 20, 2018..

Will Hal be the one flying around and recruiting Green Lanterns around the universe? He will be Sinestro's teacher and Kilowog's drill sergeant?

Date: 2017-07-16 12:26 am (UTC)
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He works a job for Ferris, he's a capable person, he qualifies for a Green Lantern ring- what's in name only about him?

Is it him approaching using the ring " from the perspective of a scientist "? The Earth One's imprint about modern reinterpretations of characters- what's wrong with him consequently being closer to another type of science fiction protagonist?

If you think about it, there really isn't anything considered essential to Hal Jordan that isn't the result of existing for years in a shared universe.

A fresh take that goes back to his roots, that drills down and finds recognizable parts of them that aren't just artifacts of the setting and translates them into a tonally appropriate but entirely new setting, is entirely possible with him.

(If nothing else, it makes this a contrast to all the other Earth One books, which for all their quality still come across as thinking modernization should just mean " take familiar stories/characters, slap a fresh coat of paint on them, and expect the memory of experiencing their older forms to give their new ones any kind of meaning beyond the rote one of ' this sure is a competently told story from start to finish ' ".)


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