Title: Green Lantern: Earth One
Universe: Earth One
Writer(s): Gabriel Hardman
Illustrator(s): Corinna Sara Becko
Publisher: DC Comics
Paperback Release Date: March 20th 2018
Genre(s): Comics, Science Fiction
Also in the Earth One series:
Superman: Earth One (Vol. 1) by J. Michael Straczynski
Batman: Earth One (Vol. 1) by Geoff Johns
One of DC’s most iconic superhero gets the Earth One treatment in this recent volume written by the creative couple Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Sara Becko. This line of graphic novels takes some of DC Comics’ characters and gives them a brand-new modern retelling of their origin story. Completely free of any continuity issues possible with these character’s stories, fans can enjoy some of the most original and riveting ideas that writers have been suppressing within themselves for countless years. Green Lantern: Earth One rises to be one of the better accomplishments so far in this line-up and promises to keep you hooked till the very end.
Playing around with a well-established superheroes’ origin story can be a little tricky when you’ve always known it to follow one particular line of events. This is why I’ve always found that these retellings are absolutely enthralling and perfect for new readers who have never heard of or never looked into the hero’s lore. What Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Sara Becko successfully deliver in Green Lantern: Earth One is the story of Hal Jordan as the hopeless explorer who dreads his return to Earth and prefers a never-ending deep space exploration to the stagnant and mundane technology-filled Earth life. But once he discovers a strange corpse wearing a distinguishable ring, his life takes a abrupt turn towards the unknown.
This modern sci-fi epic throws Hal Jordan into his role as the Green Lantern at a cost. While he fearlessly embraces his destiny, he also slowly but surely discovers countless lifeforms as well as the tragedies that struck each one of them. It’s upon learning about the Manhunters that he runs into the biggest challenge he’s ever crossed paths with, but also the most important trial into understanding what the Green Lantern Corps was always about. This first volume does a magnificent job in covering the character’s development from scratch and showcases Hal Jordan’s struggles as a newbie ring-bearer, but also his infinite will power and pure desire to do good. I did sometimes find it odd that Hal Jordan’s reaction to all the strange things he gradually came across was close to indifference, yet something about the character’s longtime desire to go through a mind-blowing life-changing event made me overlook it all as a simple hint of ability to have excellent composure. He is an astronaut after all.
The artwork is impeccable and stunning in my books. Unconventional for a Green Lantern story, this volume reorients itself towards a much more darker, grimmer and terrifying art style. With something much more closer to a ragged penciling, it easily captures the eerie vibes of space and all that is supernatural. I did find that some of the transition between panels were rough and could’ve benefited with a couple of more pages just to add a bit more fluidity to some sequences, but it’s nothing that hinders the enjoyment. In fact, I really loved the silent deep space moments where the action did all the talking. The ending did also feel heavily accelerated, but it goes perfectly with the heavy action sequences.
Green Lantern: Earth One (Vol. 1) is an excellent graphic novel to pick up and discover for anyone who has been curious about the Emerald Warrior. It captures the the heart of what a Lantern is all about and delivers it all with great knowledge of the character’s lore.
THANK YOU TO PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE CANADA FOR SENDING ME A COPY FOR REVIEW!
MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★☆
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