by Kyle Funderburk
The rumors about comic book industry veteran Grant Morrison taking over the main Green Lantern title were confirmed by DC Comics on Thursday at the annual San Diego Comic Con. Details about the new ongoing series were also revealed. The new book will star Hal Jordan as a space cop simply titled Green Lantern.
Morrison elaborated on the structure of the book at SDCC:
“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.”
This is a steep departure from the Green Lantern stories we’ve become used to these past 14 years. Geoff Johns took over Green Lantern in 2004 with Green Lantern: Rebirth. That book saw the return of Hal Jordan and was penciled by Ethan Van Sciver. His subsequent run added much to the Green Lantern mythos from all new lantern corps on the emotional spectrum to the very first Lantern. Johns turned Green Lantern stories into space epics, and he presented the Green Lantern Corps as a much larger, unified and stronger police force.
Robert Venditti took over the main Green Lantern title halfway through the New 52 and when Rebirth began, he continued his GL run Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. His five-year, 98-issue run on Green Lantern books ends with HJ&GLC #50 next month. His run brought much of the same as Johns’.
Morrison is taking readers, and Hal Jordan back to a style consistent with Green Lantern books before the space epics, Blackest Night, Brightest Day, Sinestro Corps War, Rise of the First Lantern and Darkstars Rising.
“We’re doing Hal Jordan where, you know he’s a good cop, but is he really a good guy?” Morrison added. “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.”
Even though the space epics made Green Lantern into a much more popular line, there does come a line when a book needs to shift focus. After 14 years, it might be time for a shift in that direction for Hal Jordan. With Jordan going solo and John Stewart joining the Justice League, the only question now is where does Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner fit into the post Metal DC Universe?