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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Robert Venditti Discusses The Future Of The Green Lantern Franchise

From CosmicBook News

The shocks of the event known as “Lights Out” have rushed through the books under the Green Lantern umbrella of the DCU and, as promised, every Lantern as well as the Corps itself has been affected.

To find out what the future holds for Hal Jordan and the gang, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer took the L Train to Sector Zero to discuss these issues and more exclusively with Green Lantern writer and franchise guru Robert Venditti.

Cosmic Book News: Not to spoil anything for “Lights Out,” ending in GL Annual #2 now on sale, but we know Hal Jordan is about to make a controversial decision that will divide the GLC. Can you clue us in?

Robert Venditti: The theory that Relic, the central antagonist of “Lights Out,” brought with him into our universe is one that could be potentially damaging to the universe’s perception of the Green Lantern Corps.  If, in fact, the Green Lantern rings are a drain on the energy that fuels the universe, then when are the Green Lanterns justified in using them?  Hal’s effort to grapple with this question will bring about a rift in the Corps, at a time when what the Corps needs most of all is solidarity.

CBN: As a writer and creator of this first major arc, what do you hope readers took away from “Lights Out?”

Robert Venditti: Most importantly, I hope they enjoy the story.  Beyond that, I’d hope that readers leave this event with the understanding that, if they’re fans of Green Lantern as a character or a concept, then they need to be reading all of these titles.  The creative teams on each of the books are loaded with talent, and where they’ll be taking their characters in the aftermath of “Lights Out” is something you won’t want to miss.

CBN: You said at NYCC that going forward, we would be seeing some traditional villains return. Care to elaborate?

Robert Venditti: In Green Lantern Corps #24, readers saw a glimpse of classic Lantern villains like Kanjar Ro and Bolphunga the Unrelenting.  Those are just two of the faces that will be popping up in the very near future.  Van and I have some really fun things planned for them.

Also: Evil Star!

CBN: How would you say Hal Jordan as a character was most substantially changed by “Lights Out,” and how will this perhaps change his actions/motivations in the future?

Robert Venditti: Hal has only been leader of the Green Lantern Corps for a short time, but a lot has happened.  Understandably, he’s feeling a little punch drunk, but the rest of the universe won’t be ringing the bell to allow him to gets his legs under him.  Aside from the battles they fought against Relic, the destruction of Oa, the loss of the Blue Lanterns, and the presumed death of the White Lantern, Hal now has to decide what the future of the Corps will be.  He has a new home in Mogo, a new Central Power Battery, and a plan, but whether any of that will make life easier for him remains to be seen.

CBN: What is going on in Sector 0563?

Robert Venditti: More than Hal realizes.  Issues 25 and 26 will show Hal teaming up with Kilowog for a mission in Sector 0563, and what they’ll discover there will only be one piece of the puzzle.  There’s much more going on in 0563 than anyone realizes.

CBN: Aside from the traditional villains, January solicits promise new adversaries for Hal Jordan and crew. Can you give us any hints there?

Robert Venditti: We’ll see Prixiam Nol-Anj and her Braid Clann, an organized crime gang of sorts that readers first saw in Green Lantern #23.  They’ll be back with a vengeance, and several subplots that have been teased in Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps will start to weave together.  It’s nothing Hal or John could’ve seen coming, and it’ll all boil over at the worst possible time.

CBN: Will the books be sticking within themselves for awhile after this, establishing identities with the "new" creators? Or is another event storm soon to be on the horizon?

Robert Venditti: Each of the titles will be on its own, but there’ll be common threads running through them all as well.  That’s always been our goal.

CBN: Have there been any changes with the light powers of the rings since Relic and “Lights Out?” Or at the end if the day, is everything still status quo as far as ring power goes?

Robert Venditti: The rings still operate as they always have.  But those who use rings will be forced to view when and how they use them in a different light.

CBN: Will we continue to see a great focus on some new Lanterns?

Robert Venditti: There’s a lot we’ll be doing with new Lanterns.  Not just the new recruits who’ve already been introduced in Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps, but new characters we still have yet to see, including one Lantern who’ll debut in Green Lantern #26 and who’ll have an important role to play in the coming year.  I should also say that there’ll be plenty of classic Lanterns making appearances as well.

CBN: If “Lights Out” was Venditti Step One, what is Step Two?

Robert Venditti: It’s a little early to be going into details, but there’s definitely a plan in place.  Stories are already plotted through next summer, and we know where the Green Lantern family will be headed after that as well.  In the short term, Green Lantern #27 will be a key moment for the series and #28 will be part one of a two-part story that I don’t think readers will see coming.  I’m excited for all of these stories to get out there.

Preview : Green Lantern #25

Thursday, October 17, 2013


From Newsarama

"Lights Out" changes everything for the Green Lantern universe, particularly now that Oa is destroyed and the various colored "Entities" are getting involved.

This week's issue of Green Lantern: New Guardians is the third chapter in "Lights Out," which puts the various light corps up against a new villain named Relic, who is convinced the universe will only be saved if the corps are eliminated.

In art that DC provided to Newsarama, the final page (the last image previewed below) of this week's issue #24 shows that the Entities have changed Kyle Rayner's focus during "Lights Out" — potentially putting the character at odds with the other Lanterns and the Templar Guardians.

The ending of "Lights Out" is a few weeks away (after two more chapters, in Red Lanterns #24 and Green Lantern Annual #2).

However, writer Justin Jordan is already revealing to Newsarama that Green Lantern: New Guardians will experience another shift in the comic's focus.

The series' writer, Justin Jordan, has already been playing with various space-based concepts in the book since taking over earlier this year. With November's Green Lantern: New Guardians #25, he'll take lead character Kyle Rayner even further out into the unexplored DC cosmos, sharing concepts and characters that readers haven't seen before.

As we did with the first two chapters of of "Lights Out," Newsarama talked to Green Lantern: New Guardians writer Justin Jordan to find out more about what's coming in "Lights Out," how the Entities get involved, and what's next for Kyle Rayner as he's thrust into space.

Newsarama: Now that Oa is destroyed, how would you describe the status and mindset of the two groups of Green Lanterns that escaped?

Justin Jordan: Desperate. They've gone up against Relic and come away battered, bloodied and bruised, and losing Oa nearly breaks them. So this is the GL Corps as embattled as they've ever been/

Nrama: The Emotional Spectrum entities are featured on the cover, and in previews, we've seen what looked like the Entities entering hosts. DC has revealed the issue's final page to us, and it's clear that Kyle is being influenced by the Entities. What role do the Entities play in rest of the "Lights Out" event?

Jordan: Well, there's only one entity host here. The Entities themselves actually do know what is going on and what they need to do about it. The problem is that what they're doing is not something Kyle, Hal, Carol or anyone else is likely to be happy about. Now, after this, we'll just have to wait and see. But things will definitely change for the Entities.

Nrama: The various light corps are being destroyed during Lights Out (particularly the Blue Lanterns), and the DC preview page shows that Kyle has obviously had a change of heart, so how much does this change the focus of your title, Green Lantern: New Guardians, going forward?

Jordan: Well, the new New Guardians (which is a ridiculous way to refer to it) has moved away from the member from each ring concept, so that isn't changing much. But the book is going to focus on what Kyle should be doing with the power of the White Lantern as much as the Templar Guardians trying to figure out what their place in the universe. Assuming all of them survive. Which I wouldn't. Assume.

Nrama: Well hat sounds ominous. But we've seen the solicitation for issue #25, and it looks like Kyle Rayner survives, as he's rocketed to the outer limits of the DC Universe after the events of "Lights Out." Does this mean you're getting to explore unseen/untold stories from DC's cosmos?

Jordan: Yup.

And you'll see why, fairly soon. The book is, obviously, part of the Green Lantern books, but the next few stories will focus on Kyle visiting places in the DCU we've never seen before. I wanted to write the book with a more sci-fi feel, which you could see a little of in my first two issues, and I'm jumping in with both feet for the next few issues.

Nrama: Anything you can tell us about the storyline that starts in issue #25?

Jordan: That Kyle is going to learn that sometimes, no matter how powerful you are, there are no good answers.

Also, buttersquid. It's the new space shark.

Nrama: We'll have to talk more about that after "Lights Out." Any final words you want to add about what's coming up in your "Lights Out" issue this week, as well as the coming months in Green Lantern: New Guardians?

Jordan: I'm really proud of "Lights Out." I got to read the finished product recently (as opposed to just the scripts), and we wrote a story I would want to read. So I'm hoping the readers feel the same way.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Preview : Green Lantern New Guardians #24

Green Lantern January 2014 Solicitations

Cover by BILLY TAN
On sale JANUARY 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $3.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Has Hal dealt a major blow to crime in Sector 0563, or has he invited the enemy to his door? New adversaries reveal themselves in an all-out effort to dismantle the Green Lantern Corps!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

Cover by ED BENES
On sale JANUARY 29 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
The GLC in all-out battle with the combined might of the Durlans, Khund and Clann! Will the Green Lanterns partner with some of their worst enemies in order to survive this onslaught?

Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
On sale JANUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
John Stewart stars in this special issue! GL Sector Houses across the galaxy are being destroyed, and the Durlans unleash a deadly new weapon designed to counter the GL’s rings!

Art and cover by BRAD WALKER and DREW HENNESSY
On sale JANUARY 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Kyle’s training with the New Guardians continues as he tries to solve the mystery of what caused an entirely peaceful civilization to go to war!

Art and cover by ALESSANDRO VITTI
On sale JANUARY 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
There’s a new gang in town as The Red Lanterns come to Earth! How will the rest of the universe react to the Reds’ policing their new “jurisdiction”? And more important, how will Ice react when Guy Gardner comes a-courtin’? The cover’s a big hint!

On sale JANUARY 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Larfleeze is branded “Public Enemy #1” by the Council of Ten! Plus, fallout from “Revolt of the Orange Lanterns” as the former Corpsmen find themselves imprisoned again!
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