Green Lantern is back and better than ever. Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1 brings us a new glance into the story of Hal Jordan, providing us with a taste of a revamped story that won’t fail to excite readers, new and old fans alike.Geek had the amazing opportunity to chat with Green Lantern: Earth One‘s fantastic co-creators, writer Corinna Sara Bechko and writer/artist Gabriel Hardman to talk about their fantastic new beginning to one of the coolest Lanterns and how they brought this story to life. Q: Hi Corinna & Gabriel! Thank you so much for talking with Geek! Are both of you Green Lantern fans? How did you both approach writing and drawing this new story? Were there other comics you looked at first to get an idea where you wanted to go?Gabriel Hardman: Green Lantern was always a character I was interested in. The vast number of different worlds and alien civilizations that are baked into the premise of a Green Lantern Corps suggests so many storytelling possibilities. My favorite GL stories were the Tales of the Green Lantern Corps stories written by Alan Moore and drawn by Kevin O’Neill, Dave Gibbons, and Bill Willingham. They tended to approach the stories more as sci-fi that straightforward superhero fare and that’s always appealed to me. Gil Kane, one of the best sequential artists, has also been a big influence on me so I can’t ignore his contribution to GL. And that early silver age take on the character by Kane and writer John Broome was an indirect inspiration for our book. All those characters in the late 50s, early 60s were revamped with an eye toward science fiction and we wanted to do the same but with contemporary sensibilities.via DC ComicsQ: As someone who knows the bare bones of Green Lantern history, Green Lantern: Earth One gives such an excellent and cosmic introduction to the story of Hal Jordan and this world. Would you say this would be a good starting point for anyone to jump into the Green Lantern journey? (Spoilers to our readers: I highly recommend it!)Corinna Sara Bechko: I really hope so! The Earth One line is built to do just that, and we took that idea and ran with it. Of course, this isn’t the same Hal Jordan you might encounter elsewhere in the DCU, but that’s one of the most interesting things about writing superheroes. As long as they retain their heroism and a few defining character traits, they can be viewed through many a different lens while still maintaining what makes them special. Q: Along with a great introduction into the world, GL: EO also gives readers a new revamped/rebooted story of Hal Jordan. What was it about Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern that attracted you guys, in particular, to want to revamp his story? CSB: I think we both really liked that he was a man without special, innate powers who just happened to get the opportunity to wield an object of great power. Essentially, it’s up to him to determine if the ring is a weapon or a tool. Broadly, will he use it for good or for evil? We thought a lot about that regarding how almost everyone, everywhere has the power of some sort, even if it’s just the power of their voice or of their continued existence in the face of terrible threats. How we use our power says a lot about who we are. Exploring that concept through Hal Jordan seemed like a natural direction to take.via DC ComicsQ: One thing that captures you about this story is the journey that his character takes. You write Jordan as much more like a down to earth and a morally conflicted hero who learns to look out for others rather than himself. Was this what you wanted to capture in writing him? Will you explore this a bit more in future issues? GH: Absolutely. We really feel a hero is defined by the choices they make — the sacrifices they make, rather than being a perfect, fearless person out of the gate. If there are more volumes of Green Lantern: Earth One this is something we’d love to explore not only with Hal but other Lanterns as well.Q: Gabriel, did you have any inspirations for your take on the art within GL: EO? It has such an Aliens-like / Interstellar-vibe in a mix. Was this comic different than any comic you’ve worked on before? GH: The first two Alien movies were certainly an inspiration but just as much for the practical way they handled space travel as the designs. That said, some amazing designers worked on those movies. I was the storyboard artist on Interstellar, but the main inspiration I got from working on that movie was all the real world space vehicle design reference I was exposed to while working in the art department. Q: Corinna, you’ve written some great comics and prose! (Miss Fury is AHMAZING). Was this different for you to write than any comic you have before? CSB: Thank you so much! Miss Fury is probably my favorite run I’ve ever done with any character, and I’m so thankful that Dynamite gave me the chance to write her! As to this being different, I have to say both yes and no. It’s always important to respect the character and the world when you’re adding to someone else’s universe, so that approach is the same. That said, every character and world requires something different, so each time going in is like the first time until you find that special spark that makes the particular project unique. via DC ComicsQ: You guys created such a human and balanced new setting for this take on Green Lantern. Is there a Lantern or any comic book hero that you’d love to team up on again? CSB: Thank you! We’d be very open to revisiting this world, and have some ideas about that. We also have plans for the return of our Image book, Invisible Republic. And I’ve always been kind of fascinated by the physics surrounding Aquaman… GH: I’d be interested in telling a Green Arrow, Hawkman, Spider-Man or Han Solo story but I’m most passionate to dive into more creator-owned work.Q: Thank you so much for talking with Geek! Do you have any other projects our readers should look out for? (Only if you can disclose!) Can you tell our readers where to find you (via social media, website, etc.)? CSB: Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! As for social media, I’m everywhere at my name (CorinnaBechko on Instagram, Corinna Bechko for my Facebook fan page, etc…) Projectwise, I just had a non-fiction book for young readers announced called “Smithsonian Dig It: Dinosaurs” (co-written with Brenda Scott Royce) which is available for pre-order and will be out in October. GH: I’m gabrielhardman on twitter and gabrielhardmanart on Instagram.Green Lantern: Earth One Vol.1 is set to release March 20, 2018! You can pre-order right now on Comixology! Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.