The Green Lantern Reinvented: Interview with Liam Sharp

Do you take inspiration from seeing a live-action superhero project? Superheroes are omnipresent now, do you still go back to artwork first?

Oh, yeah that's interesting. So, that's a really great question: I absolutely adore seeing all these worlds on the big screen. I feel like we've been a blessed generation to be able to see... my kids have grown up loving it, and all of those movies have been an event for us, you know? Leading up to the last Marvel movie for instance, the kids watched one every week until that came out, they went through the entire lot. And it's the same with The Flash TV show--you can't keep up with all of them, there's literally too many but we get a kick out of it. And I get a huge kick out of it, when I was a kid it was just the Spider-Man cartoon in the seventies. Which I loved, you know? Then the Hulk TV show which again I absolutely loved.

Interestingly, I said this to somebody the other day... it occurred to me that as much as I really enjoy those films, I've probably only revisited a couple of them. I don't think there's any that I've seen more than twice. Whereas my favorite comics, I go back to again and again and again and again, and I never get sick of them. And I find something new to appreciate them every time I pick it up again. Also sometimes I find looking back, like--I know this is almost sacrilege to say, but I didn't really get Kirby when I was younger. And now I do. I feel horrified at myself for not understanding.

Also, I probably suffered a little bit in my thinking from the people I was really inspired by. You know, I loved Buscema because his anatomy was so damn good. So it was people like Bill Sienkiewicz and Kirby that educated me in the thinking, that there was more to it. There's depths you can trawl here that aren't about perfection of drawing, they're about whole other levels of thinking that actually make it more exciting if you allow it to.

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On the subject of books with detail you can keep going back to, I have to ask about your Brave & The Bold series. I can only describe your artwork in that book as 'organic Kirby,' which I hope is as much a compliment as I mean it to be--

[Laughs] Absolutely!

Okay great! What can fans hope for next, even if it isn't specifics?

We've definitely got plans for some sort of follow-up, at some point. I'm wrangling in my head what that might be because I don't want it to be directly more of the same, in a way. It has to move forward. It leaves a lot of questions, and some really interesting situations off the back end of that that are wide open to be explored. They might not all be in Tir Na Nog, for instance, it could all be in Gotham, it could all be elsewhere completely. It might not be the same two characters, either, it could be a whole bunch of other characters. So I don't want to say it's definitely going to be Batman and Wonder Woman, because I would hate to let down the people who might hope that it would be... but it might be [Laughs]. There's a lot to take on board because there does seem to be some appetite for more. It is something I'm seriously thinking about, and working out, and there has been discussions about it, but it hasn't gone beyond that point yet.

I've also seen people asking you what character you would want to draw. But I know about Hawkman, and I know about Swamp Thing, so is there a character that would shock people to hear you say you would love to draw?

Hmmm. I don't know about shock... I mean, I think I would do a good Warlord.

That's a terrific pick. Well, it's been great getting to speak with you, especially after your Wonder Woman: Rebirth run became such a standout (we at Screen Rant praised it as the best-looking comic in all of DC's Rebirth).

No that's appreciated. Honestly, for me, that was such an unexpected... I never expected to be able to come back into the mainstream. I had wanted to for so long, and when I feel out of it in... gosh, the late nineties probably, that had been my whole adult working life. And I had slowly been slipping away into obscurity and it seemed like something I couldn't quite control or stop. And it's not that I went away from comics, I just went on to comics that nobody saw.

Then there's a point when you realize you're back in it, you're back in the game again, and people are seeing what you're doing and appreciating it...  You're older, you're wiser, you don't take anything for granted. You know that you're breathing rarefied air, and you're standing shoulder to shoulder with the best in the business. It is humbling beyond words and very grounding. You can't help but be thankful for it, and I just didn't expect to be back here.

The Green Lantern #2 will be available December 5th from DC Comics.

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