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Monday, September 30, 2013

GREEN LANTERN 'LIGHTS OUT' Threatens Future Of Colored Corps


With the introduction of the new DC villain Relic, the Green Lantern mythos just became more ancient — and much more threatened — as the crossover "Lights Out" begins.

It turns out that the title of the crossover, "Lights Out," refers to Relic's desire to wipe out all the colored corps. The resources of the Emotional Spectrum are, apparently, limited, and Relic has seen them depleted before, when his universe ended. Now, he's trying to save the universe from dying again by killing all the Corps.

According to Green Lantern writer Robert Venditti, that doesn't mean this storyline is intended to undo the concepts and characters that were introduced before he and new artist Billy Tan came on board the title in June. Instead, he intends to build upon the existing mythos.

Venditti warned Newsarama months ago that the villain named Relic would bring about an "ambitious, challenging arc." The excitement begins this week with Green Lantern #24, the first chapter in "Lights Out." The story will continue in issues of Green Lantern Corps, Red Lanterns, and Green Lantern: New Guardians, before finishing at the end of October in Green Lantern Annual #2.

Newsarama spoke to Venditti about what this means for the future of the Corps, and how it ties into real-world concerns about the Earth's natural resources.

Newsarama: Robert, we've learned Relic is from an existence that dates even earlier than the creation of the current universe (making the name "Relic" all the more meaningful). Can you describe your inspiration for creating a character who pre-dates everything else in existence?

Robert Venditti: Yeah, it started out with conversations between Matt Idelson, the editor of the Green Lantern group, and I, as we were kicking around this idea for a character that would come from a universe before ours. It went through various iterations and different types of concepts. And at some point, I heard the phrase, "the Source Wall." And at the time, I didn't know what the Source Wall was. But for some reason those words hit me.

And then I thought, OK, what if there was a reservoir and this guy comes from a previous universe where the Green Lanterns exhausted that reservoir and this universe ended?

And everything just built out of there.

Nrama: The Source Wall is usually associated with the New Gods concept. It seems like this concept is a new one, but it's kind of built on the back of those Jack Kirby concepts.

Venditti: Yeah, I wrote the Villains Month issue about the same time I wrote the first or second issue of Green Lantern. I wrote it way back in, like, January of this year. I knew [the Villains Month issue] would be leading toward this crossover issue, and I wanted to make sure the rest of the Green Lantern writers knew who the character was.

At that point, I knew nothing about the Source Wall or the New Gods. I didn't start reading comics until my late 20's, so there's a lot of things I don't know much about, and New Gods would certainly fall into that category. It pre-dated my reading comics by decades.

Nrama: But how fun to explore that concept now, in a new, although were you making sure you weren't stepping on the toes of other people who are writing New Gods stories right now?

Venditti: Yeah, that's all just people communicating with each other and keeping an eye on where everybody's heading. It's about communicating so we make sure nobody ends up crossing waters with anybody, you know?

Nrama: The Relic issue's artwork showed the "hand of creation," which we've seen before in DC Comics. You said you started this process without knowledge of a lot of things. Was that part of your script at first? Or was it something you came up with after learning about that DC history?

Venditti: Yeah, I wasn't aware of the "hand of creation." It was something that was pointed out to me, that this is part of DC…. I don't want to say continuity, but almost "mythology." Once that was pointed out to me, that was something that would need to be in there. We're showing the birth of our universe, so we wanted to make sure we had that element.

Nrama: The Villains Month story was told with a lot of splash pages and narration, but the Lights Out crossover looks like an entirely different animal. How would you describe the approach you and the other GL writers are taking on "Lights Out?"

Venditti: Yeah, the Villains Month issue was tapping into that feeling of "mythology." The Green Lantern Emotional Spectrum and the various Corps and all these things are often talked about in terms of them being a mythology. I wanted the Relic issue to expand on that mythology and to feel mythological. When you are told a story from ancient mythology, it's different from a typical work of fiction, and I wanted to evoke that feel.

But the rest of the crossover will be written in standard comic book paneling.

Nrama: Which makes sense, comparatively, since it's taking place in present day. OK, now that we know his origin story, how would you describe the character's motivations heading into Lights Out? He seems almost justified, at least in his feelings, if not his tactics.

Venditti: He was a scientist in his universe, and the Emotional Spectrum was his specialty, studying that and developing a theory about what kind of impact weaponizing it would have on his universe.

But it's also pretty well established in the Relic issue that he was really enamored with creation in general. He was a scientist enamored with the idea of discovery and study and the beauty of creation — and all of those things were destroyed.

He tried to reason with the "lightsmiths" of his universe and explain to them what his theory was, and say that, "All this light you're using is a resource. It has to come from somewhere. What happens when that resource is exhausted?" Nobody would listen to him, and that universe ended.

So now that he's in our universe, his approach is that he's tried diplomacy, and it didn't work and the universe ended. This time, he's going to try a more direct approach.

What he's found out, through his study of the Emotional Spectrum and becoming an expert at it, he's actually learned, inadvertently, pretty well how to fight it and how to combat it. And that's what his mindset is now.

The lightsmiths of his universe didn't listen, so he's going to try to just kill off everybody wearing a ring in this universe — to save the universe from ending.

Nrama: How will the threat from Relic further challenge Hal Jordan as a leader of the Green Lantern Corps? Which of Jordan's shortcomings and challenges — and differences with his fellow Corps members — (many of which we've seen emerge over the first few months of your run) get highlighted even more in "Lights Out"?

Venditti: Yeah, absolutely. It's going to challenge all the leads of the four Earth Lantern leading their own titles. It's going to challenge them all — whether it's Hal, John, Kyle or Guy.

And it's really on a lot of different levels, you know? In the one sense, it's challenging for Hal because he's still pretty new to leadership, and he's still trying to rebuild the Corps in the aftermath of "Rise of the Third Army" and "Wrath of the First Lantern" and these kinds of things. And now he has this huge threat come to his doorstep.

And what makes it even worse is that the way he's accustomed to — and the way all the other Lanterns are accustomed to — fighting their fights is now almost inconsequential, because Relic is an expert in the Emotional Spectrum, and he knows how to combat against it. He knows how to defend himself against it. So there are all kinds of challenges in terms of how to even go into a battle against this guy, when everything he's about is counteracting what they're so good at.

And so how does Hal lead in that scenario? And also deal with the concept — whether it's true of not — that the light everybody is using to protect the universe is actually sort of harming the universe?

So those are all challenges these guys are going to face.

Nrama: When a new creative team comes on board a book as big as Green Lantern, there tends to be this concern that everything the last writer did will be undone. I've heard some cries of fear from fans because of they think "Lights Out" is taking away the other colored corps that have been established over the last few years during Geoff Johns' run. You've said before that you're "building" on the mythology. Can you speak to the difference in perception between "building" and "taking away" — and your approach to the "colored light" concepts?

Venditti: It's absolutely building on the mythology that's already there. Everything is focused on adding to this great, high concept and this great structure that Geoff Johns built over the duration of his run.

It would be foolish to come in and try to tear all that down. It would really be shooting ourselves in the foot, you know?

So this is very much what I think is a next logical step in the Green Lantern mythology, also thematically tying it in with real-world conversations that we're having today about where resources come from, and what happens when they're exhausted.

This story is much more angled toward that, and it's not, in any way, a deconstruction of what happened prior to my coming onto the book.

Nrama: What has Billy Tan brought to the Green Lantern title? Any strength he's shown that has surprised you? Or that you think fans should notice?

Venditti: Is there anything that isn't a strength for Billy? I mean, every issue, I just love seeing the pages come in. So full of detail.

One thing to look out for is that he does a lot of fun things in the background sometimes, you know? If you look around on the panels, you'll see a little sight gag somewhere that fits in with the context of the story but is very humorous. And that's great, because his style is very serious-looking. So it's great when he does those kinds of things.

Also, he draws a great Kilowog. His Kilowog is fantastic. And so I love doing things with Kilowog, and actually, post-"Lights Out," Hal and Kilowog are going to have a little two-issue storyline where they kind of go off on a mission as partners for a couple issues. And a lot of that was born out of just seeing Billy draw Kilowog and seeing how great it looked, and wanting to be able to put Kilowog on the page more.

In terms of "Lights Out," Green Lantern #24 comes out on Wednesday, and this will be when Relic and Hal first cross paths. And there's this great moment when Relic sort of takes a knee in front of Hal. And it's just a great pose that Billy communicates so perfectly, of the very last moment of Relic trying to appeal to reason, you know? And the way he illustrated it with Relic on a bended knee, and Hal looking at him from the ground — it just really turned out amazing.

Nrama: You mentioned that there's a Hal and Kilowog story coming up. December solicitations indicate we'll see more of Nol-Anj. Is that the two-issue story you're talking about? And can you tell us more about Nol-Anj's role in upcoming stories?

Venditti: She actually has an extremely significant role to play in what's essentially going to be the next major story arc in Green Lantern. It's probably too early to go into details about what that is. But it's about something that was conceived a very, very long time ago, and we've always known that this is what the direction was for that character.

But you are going to get to see her in issues #25 and #26, as you said, as Hal and Kilowog go to try to sort of capture her and take her, as a threat, off the table. And you're going to see who she is and who her people are, and kind of start to learn what she's all about.

Nrama: Then to finish up, as you kick off Lights Out next week, what's your final word to potential readers about what they can expect from the crossover?

Venditti: Just that this is a story that's going to have very significant and very lasting ramifications across the Green Lantern titles. We worked very hard to make sure that each of the Earth Lanterns — the four leads — had a very significant role to play in the story, and that they would each be impacted significantly by story's end.

So in each issue, I think you're going to see something that hopefully will surprise people. And when we come out of Green Lantern Annual #2 at the end, things are going to be in a very different place than they are right now.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Venditti Turns The 'Lights Out'

From USAToday

The colored lights are integral to the Green Lantern Corps' corner of the DC Comics cosmos, but there's one guy who wants to snuff them all out.

The antagonistic scientist named Relic was introduced in a special "Villains Month" issue earlier this month, and his plan goes into effect in Green Lantern issue 24 (out Wednesday) to begin the crossover story line "Lights Out."

The narrative continues on in issues of Green Lantern Corps, Red Lanterns and Green Lantern: New Guardians and finishes at the end of October in Green Lantern Annual No. 2.

In his Relic one-shot, Green Lantern series writer Robert Venditti created a mythological tale that began in another universe entirely. The light from the various Lantern corps in the emotional color spectrum — Green Lanterns, Red Lanterns, Indigo Lanterns, etc. — were dying out, and while Relic sought to prove this to these "Lightsmiths" that they were exhausting their power supplies, they went to war to be the last to wield the light and ultimately caused the death of their universe.

Now reborn in the regular DC Universe, Relic is dead-set against the same thing happening again, and he's taking a more direct approach in solving the problem.

"You'll start to see incrementally what he's trying to achieve," Venditti says. "Relic is going to affect each of the Lanterns differently in the sense of how they're going to interpret it, whether they think his theory is valid or not and almost to the extent of which side they're going to come down on in the argument."

In addition to death and the potential switching of allegiances, each of the Earth Green Lanterns — Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner and John Stewart — have a different read on Relic's mission to save a galactic natural resource, according to Venditti.

"Whether or not some people will side with Relic or go against the corps," he says, "stuff will still be revealed, but we stay true to how each of the characters would react in this extremely unexpected scenario we see them in."

Relic isn't a diabolically evil "mustache twirler," the writer adds, and if readers can see where he's coming from — even if his methods tend toward the abhorrent —

"it makes it a better story all around. You end up having a complexity and it's not like you're telling the reader what to think. You're representing ideas to them and letting them draw their own conclusions."

Some may root for Relic, some may not -- he's got some horrible ways of going about his business -- "but, man, he sure is an interesting guy to watch on screen," says Venditti, one-half of the Green Lantern creative team with artist Billy Tan.

Relic feels his theory is correct in general about the light and he's taking it on faith that nobody's going to listen to him in this universe either, so he aims to just kill everybody. That mind-set leads to an explosive altercation and causes some strange bedfellows among the various Lanterns.

Hal finds out that to fight Relic effectively, he needs the help of the rage-filled Red Lanterns. And with Guy leading the Red Lanterns and not wanting to be seen by his crew as a guy who just automatically teams with Green Lanterns, he strikes a deal with Hal for the Red Lanterns to get something in return for their assistance in saving the galaxy.

"The ramifications of that are going to be something lasting throughout both Green Lantern and Red Lanterns," Venditti says, "and something that is going to affect the overall DC Universe."

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Help Comics Legend Neal Adams Find Lost Portfolio

Neal Adams, the artist best known for reinventing Batman and Green Lantern in the 1970s and drawing the award-winning Green Lantern/Green Arrow run written by longtime DC editor Dennis O’Neil, has lost a portfolio of original art in New York City–and he wants everyone to know it.
Adams is hoping that New Yorkers assist him in locating a bag of art portfolios he left in the trunk of a yellow cab almost a month ago; he’s had no luck with official channels in New York, and so has taken his appeal to the press–both inside and outside of the comics industry.

“Oh my God, I put that thing in the car like I never do and sure enough they’re gone,” Neal Adams told CBS 2 on Friday. “I can tell you I’ve kept hold of it very well for a long time, but by golly.”
Adams has also put his prodigious art talent to use by sketching the taxi driver in question, whom he said seemed inexperienced and not familiar with the city but who was courteous and a little shy.
“The lack of certain details presents a challenge,” said Taxi and Limousine Commission spokesman Allan Fromberg, who self-identifies in The New York Post as a longtime fan of Adams. “But we’re going to do everything in our power to reunite Mr. Adams with his portfolios.”
The portfolios, contained in a Bucky O’Hare canvas bag, are reportedly short on commercial value and long on personal/sentimental value to Adams. Adams’s family-run studio is offering a reward for the return of the sketches–which range over thirty years of Adams’s career–which the person returning can take in  cash or trade for original art.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Green Lantern New Guardians #24 Sneak Peek

1:25 B&W Variant cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
On sale OCTOBER 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
“LIGHTS OUT” part three! Enter The White Lantern! Pushed to the limit by Relic’s assault, the loyalties of Hal, Kyle and the others are tested!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NYCC DC Comics And Green Lantern Panels

Date: Thursday, October 10
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
Location: 1A06

DC Comics’ backlist is full of the most exciting stories ever told! New fans and veteran fans alike are welcome for an in-depth tutorial on the essential stories and products that make up DC Comics’ rich history.

Date: Thursday, October 10
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: 1A06

Behind every great super hero is an even greater rogues gallery and that’s where the spotlight lands in the all-new documentary, “Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics.” From the Joker and Deathstroke to Lex Luthor and Darkseid, the film investigates the inner-workings of the most nefarious collection of baddies in comics history. Join Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC Entertainment for the World Premiere of this compelling film, which is narrated by everyone’s favorite villain, Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings & Star Wars films). “Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on October 25, 2013.

Date: Friday, October 11
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Location: 1A10

Speakers: Jim Fletcher , Kevin Kiniry
Action figures, statues, busts, PVC figures: DC Collectibles has them all – and more! Join the DC Collectibles crew, including VP – Creative Services Kevin Kiniry, Director – Creative Services Jim Fletcher to hear how they come up with so many great products and what’s coming up from comics’ top makers of awesome collectibles!

Date: Saturday, October 12
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Location: Main Stage 1-D

Speakers: Dan DiDio, Mike Carlin
As the most recognizable superhero in the world, Superman has flown high in film, TV, radio, animation, video games and, of course, comics for 75 glorious years. Join a star-studded panel covering the gamut of Supes’ incarnations as they discuss the beloved character’s many personifications, impressive history and ongoing relevance within society and entertainment. You won’t want to miss the World Premiere of a special 75th Anniversary animated short created by “Man of Steel” Director Zack Snyder and “Superman: The Animated Series” Producer Bruce Timm (who will be on-hand to present the short). DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan Didio and Mike Carlin, Creative Director/Animation, DC Entertainment will anchor the panel. As a perfect complement to the panel, make sure you tour the special “Superman 75” exhibit on display all weekend at NYCC.

Date: Friday, October 11
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Empire Stage 1-E Presented By: Arizona Beverages

Speakers: Amanda Conner, Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen, Kyle Higgins, Lee Bermejo, Scott Snyder
At DC Entertainment, there’s never been a better time to be a comics fan! Come to this All Access panel and find out what our top talent across DC Comics, Vertigo and DC Digital has been up to!

Date: Friday, October 11
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Location: Main Stage 1-D

Speakers: Andrea Romano, Gary Miereanu , James Tucker , Jay Oliva
Be among the first to witness an extended look at “Justice League: War,” the latest addition to the popular line of DCU animated films. As an exclusive NYCC presentation, fans will be treated to full clips and lively discussion – courtesy of producer James Tucker (Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox), director Jay Oliva (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Man of Steel), 8-time Emmy Award winning dialogue director Andrea Romano and some surprise guests from the all-star cast. Moderator Gary Miereanu will be handing out some unique prizes for a few lucky fans and dropping a few intriguing tidbits about future DCU releases. Starring the voices of Jason O’Mara (Vegas, Terra Nova), Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs), Alan Tudyk (Serenity, Firefly), Michelle Monaghan (Mission Impossible III, The Bourne Supremacy), Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) and Sean Astin (LOTR films), “Justice League: War” will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in early 2014.

Date: Friday, October 11
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: 1A22

Speakers: Charles Soule, Greg Pak, Tony Daniel, Tyler Kirkham
The Last Son of Krypton is one of the most recognized pop culture icons of all time, and this year, as he celebrates his 75th Anniversary, Superman is set to soar to new heights! Come by for a panel on what makes The Man of Steel the hero that he is with the writers and artists that bring him to life!

Date: Friday, October 11
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Location: Empire Stage 1-E Presented by: Arizona Beverages

Speakers: Ann Nocenti, Greg Capullo, James Tynion IV, John Layman, Peter Tomasi, Scott Snyder
Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo’s epic storyline, BATMAN: ZERO YEAR, has taken over the Bat-Universe! Witness the creative process and see how this crosses over with the creative teams of the Caped Crusader in his other books and find out what’s in store for the Dark Knight Detective in the coming months!

Date: Saturday, October 12
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: 1A22

Speakers: David Finch, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Matt Kindt, Ray Fawkes
TRINITY WAR rocked the DC Universe to its core in the comic book event of the summer. Now, the DC Villains have taken over and are running amok in FOREVER EVIL! Is this the end for our beloved DC Heroes? Find out what may be in store as the epic story rages on!

Date: Saturday, October 12
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Location: Empire Stage 1-E Presented By: Arizona Beverages

Speakers: Brian Azzarello, Brian Buccellato, James Tynion IV, Jimmy Palmiotti , Justin Gray, Nicola Scott, Paul Levitz
There has never been a more exciting time to be a fan of DC Comics – The New 52! Come by and be a part of history as we discuss what’s coming next with DC’s all-star talent.

Date: Sunday, October 13
10:45 am - 11:45 am
Location: 1A06

Speaker: Dan DiDio
As a Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment, Dan DiDio is one of the driving forces behind DC Comics – The New 52, Vertigo, MAD, DC’s digital initiative and much more. This up-close-and-personal panel gives you a chance to step up and ask questions!

Date: Sunday, October 13
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: 1A22

Speakers: Bernard Chang, Charles Soule, Justin Jordan, Robert Venditti, Van Jensen
The lights go out on all the spectrum of colors in the GL Universe and nothing will be the same again! You think you know what’s going on, but think again. The creative teams behind your favorite light-bearers are here to answer your questions.

Friday, September 13, 2013

DC Collectibles New York Comic Con 2013 Exclusive Green Lantern 2-Pack

DC Comics Super Heroes: Hal Jordan and Saint Walker action figure 2-pack, featuring Hal Jordan and Saint Walker from sculptor Robert Lynders! These Lanterns stand tall at 3.75" and can be picked up at NYCC for $29.95.

Preview : Green Lantern #23.3 Black Hand

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Sinestro was originally selected by the Guardians of the Universe to become a member of the Green Lantern Corps for his honor and fearlessness. At his height, he was considered to be the greatest of all the Green Lanterns, and Sector 1417 was almost entirely devoid of crime under his protection.
Measures Approximately 6" Tall
$24.95 US • On Sale November 2014 * Allocations May Occur
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