Green Lantern: Earth One Volume 1
By Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Sara Bechko
I received a free copy of Green Lantern: Earth One Volume 1 from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion.
In the newest installment of the Earth One original graphic novel line, writer/artist Gabriel Hardman (INVISIBLE REPUBLIC) creates an all-new origin for Hal Jordan in GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1!
In the newest installment of the Earth One original graphic novel line, writer/artist Gabriel Hardman (INVISIBLE REPUBLIC) creates an all-new origin for the Emerald Warrior in GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1!
Hal Jordan yearns for the thrill of discovery, but the days when astronaut and adventure were synonymous are long past. His gig prospecting asteroids for Ferris Galactic is less than fulfilling–but least he’s not on Earth, where technology and culture have stagnated. He might be a nobody, but he’s in space.
When Jordan finds a powerful ring, he also finds a destiny to live up to. There are worlds beyond his own, unlike anything he ever imagined. But revelation comes with a price: the Green Lantern Corps has fallen, long since murdered by ruthless killing machines known as Manhunters. The odds against reinstating the Corps are nearly impossible…but doing the impossible is exactly what an astronaut like Hal Jordan was trained to do.
From creator Gabriel Hardman, the critically acclaimed author of INVISIBLE REPUBLIC, comes a soaring new epic original graphic novel in the tradition of the best-selling WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1 by Grant Morrison and BATMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1 by Geoff Johns! GREEN LANTERN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1 is a radical look at the Lantern mythology and a great entry point for new readers.
Summary from Goodreads.
The Earth One series from DC Comics is intended to retell the origins of the heroes as they are starting out in their superhero journey.
We all have a general idea of how Hal Jordan became a Green Lantern, whether it was from the movie, or from reading a previous comic book. For this Earth One comic though, we get a completely different telling of how Hal Jordan becomes a Green Lantern.
This different telling of how Hal Jordan becomes a Green Lantern is not set on Earth. Hal is an astronaut (which suits the origin story better in my opinion) and whilst out on a mission, discovers a Green Lantern ring. The set-up for the next volume was the main purpose in my mind, but it was done in such a way that it was not obvious or annoying either.
The art style used in this comic will probably not be everyone’s cup-of-tea, I personally absolutely loved it! It felt very gritty and down to Earth (even though it is set in space). In every panel, you can see the attention to detail and the care that has been taken. Like I said, it is very gritty which most people will not enjoy as the colour palette is on the darker side.
If you are enjoying the other books in this Earth One series, then the Green Lantern one will be right up your alley.
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