DC Updates 'Green Lantern' Origins in New Graphic Novel

'Green Lantern: Earth One' sees Hal Jordan reach space even before he gets that magic wishing ring.
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Ahead of the character's eventual cinematic debut, DC Entertainment has announced a new graphic novel that will give Green Lantern a contemporary makeover and reimagine his comic book origins.

Next year's Green Lantern: Earth One will reposition Hal Jordan as an astronaut and scientist rather than an earthbound test pilot, with him discovering the Green Lantern ring by accident on an asteroid — launching him into an adventure beyond his wildest imagining.

The title will be created by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman, with colors by Jordan Boyd and lettering by Simon Bowland, the complete creative team behind the critically acclaimed Image Comics series Invisible Republic. Bechko and Hardman have previously collaborated on projects for Marvel and Dark Horse, including a fan-favorite run on Star Wars: Legacy.

"Approaching this as an Earth One story gives us the opportunity to go back to the core concept of Green Lantern and interpret it through the lens of a modern, grounded sci-fi story while still being true to the Silver Age roots of Hal Jordan," Hardman said Wednesday in a statement to IGN. “Having storyboarded Interstellar, this is an approach I’m comfortable with and have wanted to explore in comics. Realistic sci-fi is only the beginning of this story; we have something much more epic in store."

The title continues DC's Earth One line of original graphic novels, which launched with the first volume of Superman: Earth One in 2010. Since then, the series — which is dedicated to new, outside-of-regular-canon revisions of core DC properties — has featured new versions of Batman, Wonder Woman and the Teen Titans.

Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1 will be released March 20, 2018.