A long forgotten power has awoken again and along with the evil thought to have ended it. Green Lantern: Earth One vol.1 is a gorgeous interesting take on a character that so many love. As someone with very little experience with Green Lantern I found myself wanting more.
Green Lantern Earth One vol.1 is a fun, fresh take on this beloved character. Hal Jordan, space pilot, is on a mining expedition on an asteroid when he comes across a mysterious ring and old dusty robot. While in a shuttle back to his ship the ring lets off a blast of energy sending Hal to space where the old dusty robot shows up. After a fight with the robot Hal wakes up in a strange place, only to learn the fate that is making its way through the universe and soon to earth. How is Hal going to find a way to control the ring and defeat this threat?
This new take on Hal Jordan’s origin story as a Green Lantern is definitely an interesting one, Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko (INvisible Republic, Star Wars: Legacy) did a good job crafting a unique origin. Hal doesn’t seem to be the cocky-rogue pilot you would be used to, Hardman and Bechko have created what seems to be a future in trouble, trouble that Hal was a part of. When we first see him he’s brooding, talking about never going back to earth.
This is an interesting moment as someone who has a very surface level knowledge of Green Lantern lore, I was immediately drawn into why he’s out there and what’s this world all about. This may be why I was craving more exposition, more history than just the flashbacks in this story.
…I never found myself missing a panel and trying to reorient myself in the story (which is saying a lot for me).
Hardman did a strong job on the art to complement the writing. The layout makes sense, the pages aren’t crowded, and I never found myself missing a panel and trying to reorient myself in the story (which is saying a lot for me). The colour pallet is nice a subtle. There’s no moment where I felt like I was overwhelmed my colour or distractions on the page unless otherwise meant to be there. I find some books over use colour this one blends the art and writing so well. Most of the story is told through the characters actually interacting and Hardman and Bechko deliver on good dialogue to tell that story. None of the characters feel like they’re missing personality, but they do sometimes feel like they are lacking backstory (this could be my want to know more about the backstory).
Green Lantern: Earth One vol. 1 is a fun read, I definitely would recommend it especially if you’re a fan of the Earth One series of stories this one fits in just nicely. I think it has what the Green Lantern fan might be looking for in a fresh revised story. I will be keeping an eye out for volume two to come out so I can keep up with this adventure.
Our copy of Green Lantern Earth One Vol 1 was provided by Penguin Random House Canada, you can get your copy here.