March 2, 2024

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Comic Review: Green Lantern Earth One Volume One

A gritty sci-fi remake of Green Lantern? Why not?

Are all of DC’s Earth One books set on the same Earth?  I ask because they don’t seem to match up very well.  Some, like Superman Earth One and Wonder Woman Earth One have updated the original stories but stayed fairly faithful to the original concepts and characters.  Teen Titans Earth One, on the other hand, went in a very different direction.

Well, there’s a new Earth One book now, one barely set on Earth at all.  It’s Green Lantern Earth One.  How faithful is this one to the old concepts?

Short answer:  not very, and the book soars as a result.

In this instance, Hal Jordan is no cocky test pilot.  He’s a rather cautious astronaut.  He isn’t chosen by the ring.  He just finds it.  He gets no training and only finds things out through dumb luck with a little help from one equally clueless Green Lantern, namely an alien scientist named Kilowog.

Yeah, there’s a lot going on here.  Hal is cautious because it’s his job to be.  He won’t go flying anywhere until he knows as much as he can about how the ring works.  The problem is the Manhunters are out there, and the Green Lantern Corps is sort of…not around anymore.  There are a number of Lanterns flying around space, but the Corps is a shadow of its former self with Oa a lost world, the central power battery with it, and the rings can only slowly charge for basic abilities very slowly from ambient power in the universe.  With Manhunter robots hunting Lanterns and conquering worlds, it’s no wonder most of the random aliens who found a ring here or there would prefer to hide.

This was actually a really interesting reboot of the Green Lantern mythos.  It seems to be set at some point in the near future, but again, I am not sure about that.  Writer Gabriel Hardman and artist Corrinna Bechko got this series off to a great start by basically taking all the old GL stuff and putting in a blender, mixing in some newer ideas, and seeing where they can go.  So far, so good.  Nine and a half out of ten dark backstories.