Well…that’s one way to reinvent John Stewart…
I liked the first volume a lot and I have faith in the creative team. Invisible Republic was incredible. But, yeah; admittedly I’m not entirely sure about making John a Yellow Lantern.
To be fair, we also don’t really know what the Yellow Lanterns are going to be “like” in this continuity. One of the things that really surprised me in Vol. 1 was just how different it was in terms of what you’d usually expect from a Green Lantern story (while remaining true to the core concept). Hal especially was a very different character from regular Hal, so there’s no telling what John’s going to be like, either.
Honestly it’s kinda exciting to not know what to expect from a story starring a big name character for a change.
Yeah. Also, if nothing else, Hardman’s art is gorgeous, so I know it’ll be worth the price of admission for that alone. Plus, Bechko is a great writer. Point being, I trust the creative team to pull it off.
I think I’m more thrown off by John being a physicist than by his being a Yellow Lantern. I was just in the middle of thinking about how maybe his military background led to him seeing the efficacy of fear in keeping peace, and then saw he’s a physicist in this. So much for that theory.
Wow, a friend bugged me about these books, and I’m so glad they did. I was blown away! After being “ok” about Superman EO, “meh” about Batman EO, and “aggressively irritated” by WW EO, these two volumes were powerful. A much stronger blend of hard and soft scifi than I was expecting, and a really good approach to characterization. And artwork that really provides visuals that stick with you and draw you into the characters.
I really enjoyed the second volume. It ends off in an interesting spot and I really hope there’s a third volume down the line. Hell…I’m hoping for more Earth One books in general. They’re so few and far between, but when they come out, they’re something to look forward to. Green Lantern has been the biggest Earth One surprise since Titans.
I have to admit that I’m not super excited for Superman, Batman, or WW Earth Ones, after being either annoyed or just “meh” about all of the volumes I’ve read from them so far. Didn’t try Teen Titans, though I am currently really enjoying the Kami Garcia/Gabriel Piccolo Teen Titans YA graphic novel series, so I dunno if I’d be more or less interested in the Earth One AU.
But the Green Lantern Earth One volumes…the worldbuilding, political and moral exploration, visual design - such a great look - and sense that Bechko and Hardman love Green Lantern, but are taking the alternate universe seriously instead of just trying to reference or redo classic things - it’s really impressive!