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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

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From Comic Book Resources by Kiel Phegley

Today, it became official: DC Comics will relaunch the majority of its publishing line this September with a wave of new #1 issues starting with "Justice League" by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee. The news comes on the heels of weeks of rumors and speculation about the fate of the DC Universe line and draws even more questions about what else may lay around the bend.

After speaking with multiple sources throughout the industry on the condition of anonymity, CBR News has learned some of the salient details of DC's September roster, starting with the perhaps telling news that the publisher plans to launch a full 52 monthly titles with #1 issues across the month with 13 new titles shipping each week. The number holds some significance for longtime DC readers as 52 is the number of parallel earths making up DC's multiverse, and CBR has confirmed that the #1 launches will be accompanied by a major reboot of continuity with many pieces of DC's current status quo being rewritten and undone including character relationships and even the existence of some cast members.

Included in the 52 series will be:
* A new title starring Superman written by Grant Morrison.
* Birds of Prey #1 - This new ongoing series will not feature the work of longtime "BoP" writer Gail Simone. In fact, many tried and true approaches to books will be getting a second look at DC in September.
* Teen Titans #1 - The new start for the teen team will be written by "Red Robin" scribe Fabian Nicieza.
* Justice Society of America #1 - Only one of a number of current titles that will welcome a creative team shift, the future of the original superhero team will apparently not involve current writer Marc Guggenheim.
* Wonder Woman #1 - Don't expect the recent changes from writer J. Michael Straczynski to stick when the Amazing Amazon sees another new #1 hit.
* Green Lantern #1 - Even with a new #1, Green Lantern remains in Johns' hands, and readers can expect the effects of major crossovers like "Blackest Night" to stay in place moving forward.
* Hawkman #1 - While fans have known a "Hawkman" series by James Robinson has been in the works since the writer mentioned it on a panel at New York Comic Con, Johnston has been reporting the rumor that the book will be drawn by "Batman & Robin" and "Outsiders" artist Philip Tan.
* Aquaman #1 - No surprises here. The already announced series featuring the sea king by Johns and Ivan Reis will be part of the relaunch wave.

The other seismic shakeup that remains unconfirmed is whether long-standing titles "Action Comics" and "Detective Comics" would also renumber with brand new first issues. However, at this time, CBR has found no confirmation one way or the other on the fate of those titles. And DC Comics offered no comment on the above information.

What has been said by many sources is that a number of the new titles will feature new characters or characters in non-traditional roles. However, the total number of titles changed or launched new shouldn't shift the overall output of DC's line too much as CBR sales analyst John Mayo explained, "By my count, there were 59 DC Universe titles in the June solicitations, not counting the DC Retroactive titles, 'DC Universe Online Legends' or 'Doc Savage' and 'The Spirit.' Subtracting out titles with more than one issue in June reduces the number by three leaving 56 titles in the DC Universe.

"52 new #1s is close enough to not make a huge difference. To me, this

is the normal fluctuation of the number of titles from month to month."

Will "Action Comics" #904 be the highest consecutively numbered superhero comic ever?

Of course, while all the changes will doubtlessly stir discussion and debate within fan communities, a more practical question remains: will it work? The comics market has been extremely soft in the past few years of the Great Recession, and there is little precedence to compare such a line-wide relaunch to.

"If they are doing something where they're shaking up continuity and starting over from there, that has been shown to have an effect [n sales]," said comics sales historian John Jackson Miller of Miller spoke with CBR News before official word of the new #1s came out. "If you want to go back to 'Crisis On Infinite Earths,' we did see some attention coming to titles that hadn't had it before. Although, some of that attention did not come from 'Crisis.' We talk about a big renumbering there, but like with 'Superman' going back to #1 – that didn't happen because of 'Crisis.' That happened because John Byrne had done 'Man of Steel.' That's a completely separate reboot. Did Superman sales improve? Yeah they did, but would they have improved that much if John had just taken over existing Superman continuity and not rebooted the series? That's a question we'll never have an answer to.

"If we're talking about a full-scale continuity reboot, then we're getting into the territory of 'Heroes Reborn'...those numbers improved on the first issues and then by the third and fourth issues were back to where they had been before. There are some reasons behind that, which also get into the element of not just continuity but also renumbering, but it was a pure reboot in the sense that those characters left their previous existence. It's different than something like the Ultimate Universe, which was a reboot that ran concurrent with the regular Marvel Universe."

Of course, the comics market is in a different place today than it was in 1996 when Lee last took a role in rebuilding a major superhero franchise wholesale with "Heroes Reborn," and although there will be some similarities, the new DC relaunch is both a vastly different beast in terms of sheer comics and in terms of the in-story continuity elements at play. Retailer Mike Malve, owner of Arizona's Atomic Comics chain, explained before the news broke that for his part "I applaud them if they do do #1s. And everybody is going to be against me saying this, but I applaud them because as a business, they're hurting so bad – as we all are. Look at the numbers. They're selling 40,000 or 60,000 of a book that three years ago was at 80,000. These days, they're not hitting those numbers, and we're not gaining a lot of new customers right now. We're trying to hold on to what we've got.

"I think this is a good thing for the industry. I just hope that if they do this, they should have an advertising plan and a marketing plan to get new readers and not just expect us to do it," Malve added. "I want these stories to be friendly for new readers, because that's one of the things I felt about the Point-1 initiative at Marvel. I didn't think those stories were new reader-friendly at all."

Malve did say that downsides exist to such an aggressive publishing change at the retail level, saying "If they're all coming out at once, it would hurt the books. You'd have to order certain books a little less than 'Batman' or 'Superman.' But if they do it right, they'd tier it over a couple of months, which is what I'm hoping they'd do. They should launch with their three big ones – Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman – in that first month, and then do their other books after. I don't know. DC hasn't released anything yet, so we don't know. But it would hurt if they all came at once because [new readers] would all come in that one week or that one month, and then we'd never see them again.

"'Flashpoint' has a lot of people talking. The alternate reality things have always done well in comics," he noted of the current impact of both DC and Marvel's latest "event comics" pushes. "'Fear Itself' did so much more than I thought it would sales-wise. All the tie-ins are doing great so far...Same thing should be happening for 'Flashpoint' coming up. With all these tiles coming out, I think it's just going to grow."

The road to the relaunch runs through August 31's "Flashpoint" #5.

Another major factor in the relaunch will be the reader reaction to renumbering of titles. While launching an older property with a new #1 has been a fashionable publishing move in recent years, the play remains hotly debated online. Recently in his Talk To The Hat column on CBR, Marvel's SVP of Publishing Tom Brevoort made the argument that despite some fan outcry, #1s do draw more new readers to comics. However, Miller explained that those numbers may skew quite a bit over time.

"Retailers ordered almost twice as many 'Fantastic Four' Vol. 2 #1s," the sales analyst explained again using "Heroes Reborn" as a comparison point. "And that was great. But what happened is that by the time you got down to issue #3 or 4, you had sales back down to what they were beforehand. The group of people that came in to buy the extra copies of the new issue #1 is to some degree collectors who just want that #1 and then to a second degree the new issue grazers. How many of those grazers come in depend on who the talent is and what the promotion is. And the downside there is that every jumping on point is a jumping off point...One of the risks you run when you do a reboot of long-running series with a new #1, yeah you're going to get a boost. But the slide that follows that is going to be a much steeper one than you had beforehand. How steep it is depends on how much brand loyalty there is for that title – how many people are willing to say, 'I will stick with Batman no matter what the number is.'

"The problem is, I think people realize that it doesn't so much matter what the number is. The new issue #1 gets you that boost when it comes out, and that's great. But there are a couple of things I think we've seen with that. The things that make a new issue #1 sell well with the person on the street work just as well in the ongoing series. Exhibit A of this is Jim Lee on 'Batman.' They could have started his run as 'Batman: Hush' #1, and it would have done great. But they put it in as 'Batman' #608, and retailers who were already ordering 'Batman' every month looked at Jim Lee, and the sales ended up being much higher. The highest issue was #611 which came after retailers caught on. And what happened when it ended? Jim Lee went away, and 'Batman' sales on the regular series stayed much higher than they were before. There was a lingering effect that stayed there."

Whether or not DC's gamble will pay off in the long terms depends on many factors – not the least of which is critical reception to the creative efforts put forth by the writers and artists behind their new line. Malve for one has faith that at least DC's first new book will be able to carry that burden well. "I had people come in for the death of the Human Torch that aren't regular comic book fans that are coming in still," he said. "If anybody can do something like that, Geoff Johns can."

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A New Multi-Colour Lantern Team Book?


In September, Bleeding Cool has been told to expect a new Green Lantern team book, made up of one member from each of the differing Lantern emotional colour spectrum. Green, Yellow, Red, Blue, Indigo, Violet, Orange…. and Black?

Care Bear Stares each and every month! And some kind of Tyler Kirkham involvement.

My question is what happen to the Red Lantern title we were suppose to be getting.

From Godmera's Fandom

DC Comics Unleashes A New Universe Of Superhero Titles

By Brian Truitt, USA TODAY

DC Comics has a new strategy to be No. 1 in comic books: all-new No. 1s.

Starting this summer, the publisher will re-number its entire DC Universe of titles, revamping famous characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and others from its 76-year history for a more modern and diverse 21st century.

The first book to be released under this new era: Justice League No. 1, out Aug. 31, a series by writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee that reunites the famous lineup of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

Johns promises a focus on the interpersonal relationships within DC's trademark superteam. "What's the human aspect behind all these costumes?" he says. "That's what I wanted to explore."

In September, more than 50 more first issues will debut, introducing readers to stories that are grounded in each character's specific legend but also reflect today's real-world themes and events. Lee spearheaded the redesign of more than 50 costumes to make characters more identifiable and accessible to comic fans new and old.

"We looked at what was going on in the marketplace and felt we really want to inject new life in our characters and line," says Dan DiDio, who co-publishes DC with Lee. "This was a chance to start, not at the beginning, but at a point where our characters are younger and the stories are being told for today's audience."

In an even more important move in the competitive comics industry, DC is making issues of all the renumbered titles available digitally via apps and a DC website the same day they arrive in comic shops. It marks the first time a major comics publisher has done so with its popular superhero titles.

The company has come in second to Marvel every year since 2002 in market share, according to Diamond Comic Distributors.

While the two companies are making millions off movie adaptations of their comic books, print sales for both have dropped in recent years, as new technology gives readers many more options.

"We're allowing people who have never bought a comic book in their lives to download them on portable media devices and take a look," Lee says. "Having the ability to give people access to these comics with one button click means we're going to get a lot of new readers."

He says what makes this plan so ambitious is that it's not just about changes in characters or costumes but setting the stage for how comic books will be consumed in the future.

"We're trying to set the table for the DC Universe's future success and health."

KIRBY KRACKLE "Ring Capacity" (Green Lantern Song) Official Music Video

Monday, May 30, 2011

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From The Daily BLAM! by Pietro Filipponi

We've received word that veteran actor Clancy Brown has been tapped to lend his famous voice to Green Lantern's larger than life villain Parallax, the elemental embodiment of fear, who possesses the Guardian of the Universe Krona.

Over the years, Brown has voiced animated characters many popular projects including The Spectacular Spider-Man, The Batman, Spongebob Squarepants, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Wolverine and the X-Men, Justice League, Phineas and Ferb and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies.

Brown is also known for memorable live-action roles such as the Kurgan in Highlander and Career Sergeant Zim in Starship Troopersand can next be seen in director Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens. Though we stand behind our sources, Warner Bros has not commented on the validity of this information.

Directed by Martin Campbell and starring Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett, Green Lantern is scheduled to hit 2D and 3D theaters June 17th, 2011.

Green Lantern Art Book Reveals Sinestro Corps Power Ring Concept!


The famous Sinestro Corps ring makes a surprise appearance in the new art book!

From the Constructing Green Lantern: From Page to Screen book, comes this incredible concept of a Sinestro Corps Power Ring!

Also, enjoy this awesome picture of a concept Green Lantern Power Battery, one that is much closer to the source material.

Green Lantern comes out June 17th, but releases in other countries as late as August.

More From Mark Strong On The Complex Character Of Green Lantern's Sinestro!

From Speakeasy by Josh Wilding

The actor reveals a few new minor details on the relationship between Hal, Sinestro and the rest of the Corps, as well as the prosthetics, green screen and faithfulness to the comicbooks...

Talking to Speakeasy (part of The Wall Street Journal) on the set of the movie last year, British actorMark Strong once again talked about his role as the soon to be villainous, Sinestro. While we've already heard a fair bit from him these past few months, there are a few more interesting tidbits in the following excerpts which shed some more light on both the character and behind-the-scenes effects that were used to bring him to life on the big screen. To read more, simply click on the link below to head on over to the site.

On The Relationship Between Hal, Sinestro And The Other Corps:

Kilowog is his physical trainer and Tomar Re is his spiritual guide, but I think Sinestro doesn’t really put him through his paces in terms of training as such. There is a scene where they meet on what are called the training platforms where Tomar Re and Kilowog are putting him through his paces and Sinestro introduces himself to Hal in a very physical way, is the best way of putting it. And it’s all to do with his feelings about the death of Abin Sur, his personal mentor. And his attitude towards humans becoming members of the Core, and it’s pretty explosive. And at that stage, I’m not even sure he believes Hal is going to survive. So he is not a trainer in a sense, but he’s certainly a hard taskmaster.

On Whether The Large Amount Of Prosthetics Made His Job Harder Or Easier:

I don’t know if it gives me an advantage, but it doesn’t faze me. And I’m sure you’re partly right because if you grow up doing ten or fifteen years of theatre, you know it’s not real, you know you’re in a room, you can see the front row of the audience, you can see the lights, you know the minute you walk off stage there’s a props table where you get your gear. You walk on pretending you’ve just been somewhere else, it’s not real it’s about imagination, and the fact that people can go in a room and switch the lights off and watch another bunch of people pretending to be other people and be transported, in terms of a story, is fascinating to me and having experienced it, being in a blue box pretending to be an alien, it’s the same thing.

On How The Prosthetics Affected His Performance:

It’s not trouble, but you have to rethink the way you use your face. We take for granted the fact that you communicate with people by your eyes, your eyebrows, your brow, how you are using your face. Suddenly when you have a prosthetic, that changes, because what you are doing underneath the prosthetic is not necessarily what’s registering out there. So you have to learn different ways of communicating, which I’ve had to do with the way he tilts his head, the way he catches the light. It’s been fascinating.

On The Faithfulness To The Comic Books:

Think the source material in itself is gold dust, so it’s not difficult to want to be true to it. And I’ve acquainted myself with it because… it’s interesting to know where it comes from.

With an all star cast which includes Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, Blake Lively as Carol Ferris and Mark Strong as Sinestro, director Martin Campbell's Green Lantern is set to be released in 3D on June 17, later this year!

A Humorous Green Lantern Cartoon

From My Emerald Heart

Whose fucking baby is that?  What happens on Oa stays on Oa.

Friday, May 27, 2011

‘You Gotta Commit To The Corps’: First Green Lantern Clip Debuts

From Spinoff Online by Kevin Melrose

Courtesy of The Blog of Oa fan site comes the first clip from Green Lantern, which premiered last night during Michael Clarke Duncan’s appearance on G4 TV’s Attack of the Show. Given that Duncan was the guest, the clip of course features fan-favorite character Kilowog, gruffly schooling new recruit Hal Jordon (star Ryan Reynolds) in the perils of being a Green Lantern.

The Martin Campbell-directed movie, which opens in 2D and 3D on June 17, also stars Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Temuera Morrison, Tim Robbins, Taika Waititi and Angela Bassett.

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

Green Lantern Character Creator

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FLASHPOINT: Abin Sur - The Green Lantern

From DC by David Hyde


There are many things to consider when selecting what to preview from an upcoming issue. You have to find pages with just the right amount of action, but not too many spoilers. It’s a good “problem” to have to consider.

And let’s just say that the first issue alone of FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR – THE GREEN LANTERN has a number of significant story developments that shouldn’t be revealed in advance. These story beats will be of interest to FLASHPOINT readers, of course, but also to Green Lantern and BLACKEST NIGHT fans.

Below, check out these action-packed (and hopefully spoiler free) sequences from the pages of FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR – THE GREEN LANTERN #1:

Thursday, May 26, 2011

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From by Matt McGloin

I bet you can't wait to read "War of the Green Lanterns Part 7!" No worries -- as your patience will pay off!

And what an issue we have!

Hal and Guy continue on their quest to remove Parallax from the Green Lantern Power Battery; however, it's not going to be that easy as they encounter the Guardians that have been possessed by the various emotional spectrum entities.

This is an issue fit for "war" - to which Johns and Mahnke bring their all. It's action packed, as the two earthmen are forced to further embrace their newly acquired power rings in order to stave off the threats to their lives. As each welcomes the power knocking at their door, the question to be asked is not what they let in -- but what is coming back out! Hal and Guy are vastly outnumbered; however, they do have the Power Gauntlet of Krona at their disposal, which may or may not be enough to even the odds!

Sinestro's story is further touched upon -- in book form -- but bear in mind, every story has an ending!

Krona seems to be all powerful; like a prism he manipulates the various emotional spectrums and their entities, and we learn just what he wants to finally achieve -- plus more. This should appease any questions as to Krona's origin.

As I said, Johns and Mahnke knocked this one out of the park! Johns gives us a hard hitting issue that progresses the story while not only answering, but also leaving us asking more questions. With "War of the Green Lanterns," Johns has really taken Guy Gardner to a whole new level - one on par with Hal. GL hasn't been this good since "Sinestro War."

Mahnke's art, I have frowned on a bit, but in Green Lantern #66 it shines! Each page is worthy enough to be framed and put up on your wall. Mayor's colors are outstanding, as well! The action sequences are amazing as we see the red blood run free and the yellow light penetrating all! There is a particulary good panel, that is a favorite of mine, as Krona confronts Sinestro - well done!

"War of the Green Lanterns" is a fanboy's dream come true, exceptional talent all around - at only $2.99. Other publishers should take note that fans are eating up this cosmic smorgasbord that incorporates a human hero, which we can all relate to, with vast cosmic beings and outer space adventures coupled with earthbound stories.

It's darn good!

Marz & Banks Reunite to Go 90's RETRO with KYLE RAYNER

From by Vaneta Rogers

Kyle Rayner is back as a solo Green Lantern again this summer, with the one creative team who could really do him justice.
In August, writer Ron Marz will reunite with artist Darryl Banks for DC Retroactive: Green Lantern - The '90s #1. And they'll revisit the Kyle Rayner who won a whole generation of fans.
Created by Marz and Banks in 1994, Kyle Rayner is the Green Lantern who succeeded Hal Jordan. Despite Jordan's return in 2005, Rayner has stuck around, and he's still an important part of the Green Lantern universe.
Newsarama talked to Marz and Banks about the reunion, and we asked what they think about the new Green Lantern film and DC's Retroactive comics.
Newsarama: How did the two of you working together come about?
Ron Marz: They called me first, and they offered me the gig. And my first question was, well, is Darryl going to draw it? Because that would be a huge carrot for me to sign on. And that was the plan. As far as working with Darryl again, I couldn't ask for a better situation.
Nrama: Darryl, did you have to clear your schedule to do a little bit of Green Lantern again?
Darryl Banks: In all honesty, I can't say I cleared my schedule, because I keep a pretty busy schedule. I would have loved to have been able to clear my schedule. It's more like just staying up a little later, 'cause this is an opportunity I wasn't about to miss. Never have I wished that I had a clone of myself more than right now.
I got an email from the editor, Ben Abernathy, introducing the Retroactive line they were putting together. Immediately, I said yes! But I thought, Lord, how am I going to do this? But I wanted to do it. And I'm about six pages into it so far, and I absolutely love it. It's like getting the whole band back together.
Nrama: Ron, what's the story going to be in this issue? It's set in that time period, right?
Marz: It's set in that time period, but I didn't want to do something that was so specific to a particular issue. I didn't want the audience to have to have read our run on the book from front to back to be able to enjoy the story. So it's set during, for lack of a better term, "our" era of DC. But there's not an overly specific point where it's set. It's not taking the place between two issues or, God forbid, two panels somewhere.
It's a battle story. We just wanted to tell a good story with the characters that Darryl and I worked on for, well for me it was seven years, and for Darryl a little bit longer than that.
Nrama: Was the story something you came up with for this line?
Marz: Yeah, DC just said, what story do you want to tell? And that really left the whole thing wide open for me to just come up with whatever amused me. So from that aspect, it's a real boon to be able to get that kind of opportunity, to do a story that you're not connecting to any other story. There's no crossover aspect. It's just, tell the story you want to tell.
Nrama: So what did you come up with? What kind of things will we see in the issue?
Marz: I don't want to reveal too much, since it's only one issue. It's a character-driven story with a lot of special effects.
But we'll see the JLA headquarters on the moon. We'll do some stuff in space, and we'll do some stuff in Manhattan. I tried to make sure, location-wise, that we got in all the touchstones from our run.
Hopefully I've accomplished what I've set out to do, which was to tell a story that anybody could plug into and enjoy, but to make sure it has the aspects that people were attracted to when we were doing our run.
Nrama: Were you a little bit rusty on these characters? Or is it like riding a bicycle?
Banks: I understand the bicycle reference, but with me as an artist, I'd been out of comics for awhile, so my dynamic for how I handle work in general has changed so much from when I was doing comics. It just comes so much easier for me now. It's funny -- with all the plates I'm spinning and juggling now, and I'm still able to work on this. Back then, all I did was comics and I could barely keep up. I've often said I can't wait to get another shot at doing something comics related. The Darryl Banks of 2011 could burn the '94 one with ease, and not just speed-wise, but I feel like artistically I've grown. And I've been really chomping at the bit to showcase it, and this affords me the opportunity.
Nrama: Do you think your style has changed?
Banks: I don't know if I'd say that the style itself has changed. I think it's more my approach. Back in the '90s when Image was in prominence, the market was artist-driven. I think I was paying so much attention to who was hot and how I could incorporate that into my work, and always looking over my shoulder. Now I draw what I draw and concentrate on telling a good story with intelligence and drama.
I don't know that I would say my style, visually, has changed that much. But I'm probably not the best judge of that, since it's me. I think we'll have to leave that up to others.
Marz: Yeah, you can't see the forest for the trees, man. To me, I think your style has matured. It's very obviously still your stuff. People who show up to the book looking for that will very much get exactly what they're looking for. But I think, just from the pages you've done so far, I think your style has matured, and you've refined yourself a little bit.
It's interesting for me, because we haven't done anything together for 11 years. So it's really interesting to me to have us go back and do this, and insert ourselves into that earlier time period, but with -- hopefully -- the maturity and frankly, I would hope we've both gotten better at what we do over those 11 years.
And I think it's obvious Darryl has. He was obviously no slacker in the first place. But the stuff he's sending me is really breathtaking. It's really lovely stuff. It gets me juiced up to do more stuff after this together.
Banks: One of the things I've always liked about working with Ron is that -- and I don't know if it's because he grew up around artists or he lives in proximity -- but he's a writer that thinks very visually. So often, I work with writers who think about how it's going to sound, but his scripts are very visual. I don't have to sit and try to figure out what he's saying. I feel like we're telling a story together.
Like I said, I couldn't say yes to this fast enough. Even though my schedule didn't necessarily warrant it.
Nrama: Darryl, we usually talk each year at Mid-Ohio Con, and I'm always asking what you think of the current Green Lantern comics. But this year, there's a Green Lanternmovie. What do you think of the live action version of what you got to draw for so long?
Banks: It had to grow on me; I'll be honest. At first, I wasn't so sure about it. But as the ring creations got more interesting, I liked it. To me, that's what separates Green Lantern from other heroes. There are plenty of energy-based heroes or characters who can fly. You've got to get into what the ring actually does. You have to think in terms of the public seeing Green Lantern for the first time. They may have heard the name, but this is probably an introduction to a lot of people.
I really liked the more recent trailers that have Hal creating the gun and everything. I saw that and I thought, "I remember doing a panel where he did that very same thing!" Not that I'm trying to imply they saw that, but the coincidence was not lost on me.
I also liked the fact that the creature they're going up against is Parallax. As Ron will probably tell you, that's a little ironic, because DC didn't like that name at first.
But to answer your question, I like what I'm seeing now. Not originally, but it's grown on me. And I like the fact that they're not dumbing it down. We're getting Oa. And we're getting the Corps, with all types of aliens. Even the ones in the comic that looked human-like have been made to look even more alien. And I love that, just to show a difference between the species and races, but they all have the commonality of the Green Lantern power.
Nrama: Ron, what do you think of what you've seen?
Marz: I'm excited. Green Lantern is cool because it's a very malleable kind of concept. You can do outer space stories with it, you can do superhero stories with it, you can do stuff on earth. It's very elastic in terms of the storytelling.
But to me the obvious way to go in terms of a movie is what they've done, which is turn it into a giant space opera. Green Lantern was always a special effects book, even 30 years ago. The difference being the kind of special effects you could show in a comic were things that you generally couldn't reproduce on the screen, because the technology wasn't there yet. Now, finally, movie technology has caught up with the kind of stuff we did in comics with a pen and paper. So now that you can show anything you want in a movie, it's an obvious way to present the property, as this huge space opera. So hopefully, that's what's going to make it different from all the other superhero movies coming out this summer. This is going to be the Star Wars cantina scene of superhero movies.
Nrama: Then to finish up, what do you think of the whole concept of the Retroactive comics?
Marz: I think as a whole, comics do too much looking back and not enough looking forward, but to me, there's something kind of cool about this whole Retroactive thing.
They're all one-and-done stories. There's a sense of honoring the past. I think there's room for that. I think comics always run the danger of wallowing in nostalgia too much. Comics -- especially superhero comics -- are a nostalgia-driven business, in a lot of ways. And I think if we do too much of that stuff, we shut ourselves off from attracting a new audience and pulling in people who have maybe never read a superhero comic, but go see Green Lantern at the movies and think, wow, this is cool and maybe I'll pick something up.
But I think that as long as you have the forward-looking stuff, there's room for this kind of nostalgia stuff. And I hope that, going forward, comics continue to do both.
Ultimately, I'm just really thankful to be working with Darryl again. As fond as I am of Kyle, I'm a lot more fond of Darryl.
Banks: Well, thank you!
And I would just add that people should keep in mind that Kyle Rayner first came into being in the middle of the '90s, when gimmicks and foil covers and all that were the norm. And there were a lot of things being tried to boost sales.
To me, at least with what Ron and I are doing, this Retroactive shows that Kyle wasn’t just a gimmick. He's a legitimate, fleshed-out character who's still around to this day. I always wondered how many years it would be until he'd be killed off, but he's still around. That kind of proves what I already knew, that he was a very good addition to the Green Lantern mythos, and he has an enduring charm about him that even other creators can pick up on.
The Retroactive is signature Kyle Rayner. You'll see similarities to how he relates to the Corps and fits with Hal Jordan, but this will show what makes him unique, what makes him such a likable character who has survived so long.

Review Of Green Lantern Corps # 60

Green Lantern Corps #60 (Published by DC Comics; Review by David Pepose from If you pick up one Green Lantern book this week, you should probably make it this one — it can be a little rough around the edges, but if you're looking for big progression, this is where it's at. In a lot of ways, Tony Bedard is more of shaping setup and mythology rather than delving into the characters of John Stewart and Kyle Rayner, but considering how many questions War of the Green Lanterns has provoked, that's not necessarily a bad thing: We see what Kyle can do with a blue power ring that in every other issue has backfired on him, we see John make a difficult choice that I'm sure will define him moving forward — we even get to see some fallout from Blackest Night, for people who were reading it back in 2009. Of course, new readers will probably not know any of this, but seriously, if you're starting to read Green Lantern in Part Eight of a story like War of the Green Lanterns, well, that's probably going be what happens. Tyler Kirkham, meanwhile, knows how to draw badass — I get that, and as he gets closer to the end, Bedard gives him a ton of material to work with. But sometimes his focus still needs some work, with pages that don't have diehard action sometimes being formless with the composition. All in all, this book may ride on the strength of its fireworks, but for Green Lantern Corps #60, the fireworks are certainly big enough.


From DC by Pamela Mullin

Beginning this Saturday at 12:01 am, 101 GREEN LANTERN digital comics will be on sale for only $0.99 a piece.
Spanning from the first appearances of some of GREEN LANTERN’s most recognizable characters (including Hal Jordan, Tomar-Re, Sinestro, Kilowog, Guy Gardner, and John Stewart) through last summer’s bestselling event, BLACKEST NIGHT, this digital sale encompasses a wide selection from the GREEN LANTERN universe. But hurry! After 48 hours, all titles will go back to their regular price.
Featuring the work of such acclaimed creators as Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Ethan Van Sciver, Neal Adams, Ron Marz and many others, the sale includes the following titles:
  • Blackest Night #0-8
  • Green Lantern: Rebirth #1-6
  • Green Lantern Corps: Recharge #1-5
  • Green Lantern Corps: To Be A Lantern #1-6
  • Green Lantern (Vol. 5) #1-35
    • No Fear #1-6
    • Revenge of the Green Lantern #7-13
    • Wanted: Hal Jordan #14-20
    • The Sinestro Corps War #21-25
    • Rise of the Red Lanterns #26-28
    • Secret Origin #29-35
  • Secret Origin of the Green Lantern Corps
    (excerpted from Green Lantern Movie Prequel: Sinestro)
  • Emerald Twilight/New Dawn (Green Lantern, Vol. 3 #28-55)
  • Hitman #11
  • Final Night #1-4
  • Parallax: Emerald Night #1
  • Showcase #22 (First appearance of Hal Jordan)
  • Green Lantern, Vol. 1 #6 (First appearance of Tomar-Re)
  • Green Lantern, Vol. 1 #7 (First appearance of Sinestro)
  • Green Lantern, Vol. 2 #59 (First appearance of Guy Gardner)
  • Green Lantern, Vol. 2 #76-86, 89
  • Green Lantern, Vol. 2 #87 (First appearance of John Stewart)
  • Green Lantern, Vol. 2 #201 (First appearance of Kilowog)


From DC by Pamela Mullin


REAL NAME: Rot Lop Fan
OCCUPATION: Green Lantern/Galactic Protector
HOMEWORLD: Obsidian Deeps
WEIGHT: 230 lbs
EYES: N/A (blind)
HAIR: N/A (silicone)
FIRST APPEARANCE: Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #3 (1987)
AKA: Green Lantern
BACKGROUND from the comic books:
Hailing from the Obsidian Deeps, where there is no notion of color or light, Rot Lop Fan is one of the most unique members of the Corps. Unable to understand the concept of the “Green” Lantern Corps, this silicone-based life form uses a musical instrument, the F-Sharp Bell, to emit sound waves from his power ring. Though completely blind, Rot Lop Fan has impeccable hearing, able to perceive sounds from over four sectors away. This legendary Lantern prefers to remain in his sector but will always arrive when help is requested.
An interstellar slave ring dealing in selling Green Lanterns once captured Rot Lop Fan. Fortunately, he was rescued by the irascible Guy Gardner with whom he forged a bizarre friendship.
  • The F-Sharp Bell allows for a protective shield and sound waves that are shaped into solid forms.
  • Rot Lop Fan is completely blind. He has no eyes.
  • Acute sense of sound. Sports a silicone-based body that is both heat and light resistant.


REAL NAME: Isamot Kol
OCCUPATION: Green Lantern/Galactic Protector
HEIGHT: 5′ 3″
WEIGHT: 193 lbs
EYES: Yellow
HAIR: N/A (hairless)
FIRST APPEARANCE: Green Lantern Corps Recharge #1 (November, 2005)
AKA: Green Lantern
BACKGROUND from the comic books:
As a Lizarkon, a reptilian humanoid, Isamot Kol grew up in the slums of Thanagar. When his planet was threatened, Isamot fought alongside his fellow Thangarian warriors. But when his commanding officer attempted to surrender, Isamot killed him and seized control of his squadron. Although his teammates tried to cover it up, Isamot believes in truth no matter the situation and confessed to murdering his superior. As a consequence for treason, the Lizarkon was sentenced to execution yet fate intervened and his life was saved by the Oan power ring selecting him as a Green Lantern.
Whether creating Thangarian sword constructs, using his sharp teeth or powerful tail, Isamot Kol is a fierce Lantern in battle.
Isamot’s Green Lantern partner is a Rannian named Vath Sarn. Since Rannians are the mortal enemies of Thanagarians, this alliance was a major struggle. Fortunately, they have built a truce through their mutual respect for one another and their honor of the Green Lantern Corps.
  • Green Lantern ring allows for a protective shield and energy constructs.
  • Constructs possess scales along the outsides.
  • Sharp teeth and strong jaw.
  • Lizard-like skin.
  • Powerful tail.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


From DC by Pamela Mullin
This month THE WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS heats up. Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner fight on against their fellow Lanterns and the carnage escalates to savage heights.
Pick up these issues today:
GREEN LANTERN #66 written by Geoff Johns with art by Doug Mahnke, Keith Champagne, Christian Alamy, Mark Irwin and Tom Nguyen.
gl_cv66_covers(Standard cover by Miguel Sepulveda; Variant cover by Clayton Crain)
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #60 written by Tony Bedard with art by Tyler Kirkman and Batt.
glcor_cv60_covers(Standard cover by Tyler Kirkman and Batt; Variant cover by Clayton Crain)
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #10 written by Peter Tomasi with art by Fernando Pasarin and Cam Smith.
glew_cv10_covers(Standard cover by Miguel Sepulveda; Variant cover by Clayton Crain)
And get ready for the penultimate conclusion in GREEN LANTERN #67 next month.

Parallax Bio

From DC by Pamela Mullin


REAL NAME: Parallax
OCCUPATION: Soul collector / Fear inducer
FIRST APPEARANCE: Green Lantern: Rebirth #3 (January/February, 2005)
AKA: Fear Entity
BACKGROUND from the comic books:
Parallax is a parasitic entity that feasts upon fear. When the first sentient being was touched by fear, Parallax was born. As terror spread across the universe, Parallax gained sentience and fed.
Trapped millennia ago by the Guardians of the Universe, Parallax has escaped and set out on a rampage across the galaxy seeking revenge. Storming across space, Parallax is feasting on souls, destroying entire star systems and gaining strength as he nears Oa.
Abin Sur, Green Lantern of sector 2814 attempted to save one such system but was touched by fear diminishing his willpower rendering his power ring ineffective. Tainted by Parallax and dying, Abin crash landed on Earth seeking his replacement. His body was examined by Hector Hammond who himself became infected by Parallax. The intelligence of Hector merged with the power of Parallax has created an unstoppable force as fear spreads across the universe once more.
  • Can make anyone actualize their greatest fears weakening them and allowing their souls to be possessed.
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