Thursday, July 19, 2018

SDCC 2018: Morrison & Sharp Relaunch Green Lantern With Focusing On Hal's Life As A Space Cop!

DC has announced they will be relaunching GREEN LANTERN this November, replacing the Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps which ends with #50. The new series will be written by Grant Morrison and art by Liam Sharp with Hal Jordan as the lead in a more space police procedural series.
“Instead of the big, epic, 12-part stories, we’re focusing down on the everyday life of a space cop. Basically, it’s no more apocalypse-ending storylines. The basic concept is that [Hal Jordan] is like a space cop that patrols a sector of the universe where anything can happen. We’ve made it more like a police procedural.”
— Grant Morrison

The series kicks off with a familiar scene as Hal comes across the crashed ship of a fellow Corpsmen who is dying from his wounds -- reminiscent of Hal’s origin where he met the dying Abin Sur and became a Green Lantern. This time things play out a bit differently and this Corpsman was transporting three of the universe's greatest criminals to stand trial. Now they are on the loose on Earth with Hal having to hunt them down and bring them to justice.
“It’s an intergalactic police force, but instead of guns they’ve got wishing rings that make their thoughts come true and turn into plasma.”
— Grant Morrison
“I love this idea that he’s an idiot savant. In a way, he’s a genius. He can just turn up and kind of assess the situation really quickly, and then just smack it with a giant fist, and it’s all fixed.”
— Liam Sharp

The new series will return to the days of Hal's early adventures before it had a cast of hundreds, so don't expect to see too many familiar faces. Instead of the usual suspects the series will feature new weird alien Green Lanterns or long forgotten ones. Earth may currently be home to five other human Green Lanterns, don't expect them to play a part in this book as this will focus on Hal, and while the Guardians will be around they will essentially be police chiefs who run the Corps from the station on Mogo. As for the rest of the Emotional Spectrum Lanterns, the team is only seeing green.
“He’s a loner and a drifter and he’s an unreconstructed man. It was nice to do that and to go a little bit old-fashioned with it. He doesn’t belong here at all, you know? He’s longing for the heavens, and to be back up as a Green Lantern/ We’re doing Hal Jordan where, you know he’s a good cop, but is he really a good guy? And we’re looking into his relationships and how he deals with people. And also the fact that, if you’ve got a job as a space cop, it’s hard to be stuck on the planet Earth. He has other lives on other planets. We’re gonna be looking into a lot of things that I don’t think we’ve seen a lot with Hal Jordan before.”
— Grant Morrison

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