Grant Morrison is returning to the DC Universe.
The acclaimed writer is poised to make his long awaited return in a big way, teaming with artist Liam Sharp to launch The Green Lantern, a new series designed to explore the titular hero's role as a "space cop." But while you might be forgiven if you expect Morrison and Sharp to drop Hal Jordan neck-deep into the sort of massive, grand storylines space exploration and alien cultures tend to lend themselves to, the creative team claims their new series will actually be much more modest in scale.
"Instead of the big, epic, 12-part stories, we’re focusing down on the everyday life of a space cop," Morrison told IGN. "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."
That doesn't mean the series will be without Morrison's signature touch; According to IGN, he and Sharp are quick to assure fans that they have plans to have Hal spend time with a number of weirder, more alien Green Lanterns than he has in recent years. To that end, don't expect John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Simon Baz or Jessica Cruz to make an appearance. After all, Hal is, as Sharp describes the character, "a loner and a drifter and he’s an unreconstructed man."
"We’re doing Hal Jordan where, you know he’s a good cop, but is he really a good guy? And we’re looking into his relationships and how he deals with people," Morrison added, promising that while fans will immediately recognize the character they know and love, the comic will introduce a new side to him. "[I]f 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.
The Green Lantern #1, by Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp, arrives in late 2018 from DC Comics.