Grant Morrison is returning to DC after a few years away from the company, taking the reins on The Green Lantern. The art is being provided by Liam Sharp, and the concept behind the book sounds exactly up their alley. The problem is that the book is focusing on the wrong Green Lantern – Hal Jordan.
Okay, let’s get this part out of the way: the prospect of having Grant Morrison on a Green Lantern ongoing series is great. Morrison is known for the broadness and scope of his ideas in super hero comics, pushing the boundaries of what characters can do within the stories. Plus, his handle on some of the most iconic DC heroes has become the standard for the characters moving forward. Seeing him explore the Green Lantern corner of the universe, something he hasn’t done as much of, is definitely exciting.
Morrison has already made it clear that this won’t be all space odyssey stuff, though. In an interview with IGN, the writer explained, “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.”
And, man, that’s a cool premise. It grounds the sheer weirdness of such a concept, allowing readers to immediately understand the (for lack of a better term) humanity within the alien worlds and settings. Morrison and Sharp also revealed that the book will primarily take place around the cosmos, in strange locales that won’t feature characters or things we’ve seen before.
And again, great! That all sounds really cool. Especially with Sharp on art, this book has the potential to be Top Ten in the DC Universe. Pull-list material, easy. Here’s the problem.
The book is going to be about Hal Jordan, and Hal Jordan sucks.