INTERVIEW: The Green Lantern's Sharp on Building a New Cosmic World in the DCU

Artist Liam Sharp has spent the majority of his DC tenure illustrating the adventures of Diana Prince in Wonder Woman and The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman. However, his next challenge takes him to the stars with Hal Jordan in The Green Lantern.

Teaming with writer Grant Morrison, The Green Lantern brings the focus from the larger Green Lantern Corps to Hal Jordan in what's been described as a police procedural set in space. The Green Lantern also gives Sharp an opportunity to work on a collaborative project once again, after pulling double duty with the writing and art on Brave and the Bold.

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CBR had the opportunity to talk with Sharp about finally working with Morrison, stylistic differences between Brave and the Bold and The Green Lantern, similarities and differences he shares with Hal Jordan and the opportunity to world build in the cosmic side of the DC Universe.

CBR: You're coming into The Green Lantern after handling the writing and art duties on Brave and the Bold. Can you talk about what it’s like to flip the switch in your brain from having the majority of the load on your shoulders to now collaborating with Grant Morrison?

Liam Sharp: Yes, there’s pros and cons to both. I think the big advantage to working with other people is being part of a team and the collaborative aspect is fun. You’ve got extra brains and the enthusiasm that comes along with that as well. And it’s Grant [Morrison], of course. We’ve been talking about doing something together for a long time, so when this came out of the blue it was definitely something I was going to jump at.

I love working on the stuff I write as well. I have a couple of prose books out so I’ve always written. Writing is a big part of my life but it’s not what I’m known for. I really enjoyed the chance to write, especially about stuff I’m passionate about, like Celtic and Irish mythology. It’s something I’ve had an interest in since I was a teenager. So that was a dream project and in that sense it was amazing.

They’re both different but they’re both amazing in different ways.

Of course, there are some stylistic differences between The Green Lantern and Wonder Woman and Brave and the Bold. The latter two dealt with fantasy elements, while Green Lantern is cosmic. Was that difference something you looked for when choosing your next project?

Well, I definitely didn’t want to become a fantasy guy at DC. I wanted to be able to spread my wings a bit and try different things. I did one issue of Justice League that was a more traditional superhero classic story, and that was a lot of fun. I think those big tropes – science-fiction, fantasy and horror – are the things that appealed to me when I was young and pulled me to art and pursuing it as a career.

Grant and I were thinking we’d do some type of one-shot project together and squeeze it in our schedules. When Dan DiDio offered this up as a possibility it was like, "Okay this is even better." It’s ongoing and can be a substantial run and that was really exciting because, of course, Grant is one of the finest writers in the business.

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