Originally created in 1940, the mantel of the Green Lantern has been held by numerous characters across DC's history. Since the character's creation, a multitude of writers has handled the character, each bringing new elements and approaches to the Green Lantern, no matter who was wielding the emerald ring. However, there are few runs of The Green Lantern quite like Grant Morrison's recent run of The Green Lantern starring Hal Jordan.
The series is a standout of DC's current comics and contains much to be appreciated. Without further delay, we present the 10 Reasons You Should Be Reading Grant Morrison's Green Lantern!
10 A Return To Form
There have been significant developments to the Green Lantern lore within the past fifteen years. We've been shown the emotional spectrum and the various other ring-bearers associated with different emotions. However, with all of these developments as well as the progressively growing amount of human lanterns, the focus of Green Lantern comics had experienced a shift in focus.
While we're not saying that one approach to the character is better than another, Grant Morrison's run with the character harkens back to earlier depictions of Hal Jordan's adventure's as a Green Lantern. He also focuses significantly more on the individual of Hal Jordan and his time as a space cop.
9 Building The Lore
Though much of Grant Morrison's Green Lantern is reminiscent of comics of a bygone era, the comic simultaneously builds upwards, establishing and growing the lore of the character.
The comic helps to flesh out the place of the Green Lantern Corps, how they fit into the multiverse, and how they are viewed by various beings across the stars. Most notably, Morrison's run gives Hal's power ring more development than it has likely ever received, serving as the focal point of one of the series' seventh issue.
8 Relevant Callbacks
Green Lantern is a comic that is intrinsically tied to other DC comics; however, they are not the comics you'd likely expect. Rather than directly connecting the comic to other current stories involving members of the Green Lantern Corps or the Justice League, the series makes direct contact with Green Arrow, rekindling much of the magic of Green Lantern / Green Arrow by Neil Adams.
Inclusions like this often make the series feel like a comic out of the '70s or '80s, in the best possible way.
7 Grant Morrison Absurdities
If you've ever read the prior works of Grant Morrison, you're likely aware of his inventive approach to comics. We're talking about the man who introduced the world to the "Brotherhood of Dada" in his run with Doom Patrol. Morrison is never shy to take risks and bring comics to surreal and often psychedelic places, and Green Lantern is no exception.
Fully embracing the oddities of both the universe and even the multiverse, Morrison features such inclusions such as a member of the Green Lantern Corps with a volcano for a head, and a team-up consisting entirely from Green Lanterns from across alternate dimensions.
6 Defining Hal Jordan
Though Hal Jordan is often depicted as the default primary Green Lantern, his character often harder to nail down than those of his contemporaries. We all know that John Stewart is the cool and serious one, while Guy Gardener tends to be the more comedic goon.
Hal Jordan on the other hand is often depicted as the plain white bread of superheroes. However, this comic provides us with the archetypal depiction of Hal Jordan, showing him as straight-laced and by the books, yet still often laid back, making his character quite comparable to many action movie protagonists of the 1980s.
5 Stakes and The Multiverse
Grant Morrison's run of Green Lantern has featured a great deal of shifting priority when it comes to Hal Jordan's antagonists. While many more recent Green Lantern comics featured Sinestro and various ring-bearers, Morrison has focused on the inclusion of inter-dimensional threats reminiscent of his work in The Multiversity.
This has worked on numerous levels, creating threats that have the potential to deal damage to various realities, building up the stakes reminiscent of Crisis on Infinite Earths.
4 Keeping it Fresh
While we have no problem with longterm storytelling and continuous narratives, one of their weaknesses is they run the risk of becoming monotonous without any shakeup of the status quo. While Green Lantern maintains a cohesive narrative across each issue, nearly every issue contains its own identity and small story, similar in nature to an episodic series.
This allows the series to benefit from the best of both worlds, receiving long term pay off from seeds planted in early chapters as well as instant gratification from the short stories within each individual issue.
3 Interstellar Scope
As a series taking place across the universe, the series does a phenomenal job maintaining the sense of scope and scale. This is in part due to the gorgeous artwork by Liam Sharp, who conveys Oa more vividly than ever before while also providing each planet with its own aesthetic and structure.
It is common in many comics for aliens from far off planets looking shockingly similar to humans, also bearing very human-like cultures. However, each of these planets and aliens we encounter are departures from anything we've encountered in the series prior.
2 The Magic of Space
Many Green Lantern comics have attempted to over-explain the logistics of how the Green Lantern Corps and their power rings function, leaning far into the genre of science fiction. However, Morrison opts for a more fantasy-oriented, magical approach to the characters' powers. This approach fits the nature of Hal's powers like a glove and works especially well with the often surreal nature of Morrison's writing.
These magical happenings and explanations paired with the tone of the series sometimes lead Green Lantern to have numerous stylistic similarities to works like Neil Gaiman's Sandman.
1 The Future Ahead
Looking forward, the future looks bright for Morrison's take on Hal Jordan. On November 6th, the first issue of a tie in comic to the series, Green Lantern Black Stars, was released. The mini-series will continue the narrative of Green Lantern's plot thread about the intergalactic faction, the Black Stars, of which Hal Jordan recently became a member.
In addition to this new mini-series, Green Lantern is slated to return in 2020, and knowing Grant Morrison's pension for one-upping himself, the sky is the limit for the Hal Jordan.