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Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In A Post-Geoff Johns Green Lantern Franchise, Which Books Are Worth Your Buck?

From IGN

Writer Geoff Johns spent nine years crafting an epic tale that reinvented the Green Lantern mythology and reinvigorated long-standing characters. Sounds like a tough act to follow, doesn't it?

When Johns departed the Green Lantern franchise after Green Lantern #20 back in May 2013, every title in the franchise received a new creative team and a new title, Larfleeze, was added to the lineup. Wasting no time, new Green Lantern writer Robert Venditti immediately set to work shaking up the status quo. He orchestrated a crossover event called Lights Out where he introduced a villain named Relic who held a universe-shattering secret.

Post-Lights Out, the Green Lantern franchise is a wildly different place. This is a good thing because it has a great deal of variety now. Something for everybody. Best of all, now is a great time to jump on if you are a lapsed reader or a new reader who is interested in Green Lantern but don’t know where to start.

Take a look here at the different Lantern titles and see which stories about these space cops are for you.

Cover Of Forever Evil #5 Sinestro And Power Ring By Ethan Van Sciver

Green Lantern Day Charles Soule Signing And Live Q&A

Did you know that this February 8th is 2.8.14?! (And according to Green Lantern 2814 is Earth's sector). Well we can't let this go by without celebrating it as Lantern Day!

And since the Red Lanterns current patrol 2814, we'll have their scribe, Charles Soule, here! Guy Gardner will be here too! The first 28 people to show up will get a free Green Lantern/Red Lanterns #28. We'll have other raffles and door prizes too (including an all-the-damn-books-Soule-wrote-this-year prize pack). 

At 2PM we'll be doing a live interview and Q & A with Soule hosted by Nerdy Show! We've got some surprises in store and if you've seen the Nerdy Show Live Pilot you might have an idea of the kinds of things we're going to get up to ( Soule writes seven freaking books a month. He's also a lawyer, so have some legal questions ready. 

Soule writes: Red Lanterns, Superman/Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Thunderbolts, She-Hulk, Inhuman, and Letter 44! He also did the crazy awesome 27 and more! Get some stuff signed!

It happens at The Geek Easy, check out the Facebook page here.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Guy Gardner And Red Lanterns Visit Earth In Red Lanterns #27, Preview

From USA Today

Writer Charles Soule puts a 'Sons of Anarchy' vibe on his rage-fueled crew of loose cannons.

Look out, Earth: Guy Gardner is coming back home.

The cocky former Green Lantern returns to his home planet with his crew and their new assignment in Red Lanterns No. 27, out from DC Comics on Wednesday and featuring artwork by Alessandro Vitti.

Writer Charles Soule joined the title with issue 21 and a pitch to essentially make them an outer-space biker gang full of loose cannons — an intergalactic SAMCRO from Sons of Anarchy, if you will — and Guy seemed like a great fit since he was already an angry Lantern.

"He comes with decades of great stories behind him, so some of the heavy lifting has already been done for me because there's already a lot of goodwill toward that guy," says Soule, a fan of antiheroes who's been using Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin and Steve McQueen as archetypes for his characters' mind-set.

"At its heart, Red Lanterns is going to be a really hard-boiled revenge story about finding yourself."

Since former Green Lantern scribe Geoff Johns introduced the rage-fueled Red Lantern Corps in 2007, the crimson-ringed group have been rivals to the Green Lanterns, a much larger team of space cops that patrol different sectors in the universe.

Hal Jordan was the Green Lantern in charge of Sector 2814, which includes Earth, but recent events have seen him and his Corps hand over the sector to the Red Lanterns.

"Now the only thing standing between Earth and various cosmic menaces out there are a band of angry red alien people and Guy Gardner," Soule says.

However, Guy still digs Earth a lot so in Red Lanterns No. 27 he takes Skallox, an alien with a goat skull for a head, and Zilius Zox — "Just a big sphere with a huge snarly mouth full of teeth," Soule says — to show them how cool his planet is while sending other Reds off to find the red power ring that's now zipping through space after its wearer, the floating jellyfish known as Ratchet, recently died.

The other Reds aren't as impressed as Guy is with Earth, so while they go off on their own adventures, Guy seeks out his former love, the superheroine Ice, to show her how much he's changed. That includes, Soule says, his longer hairdo and "this amazingly sweet" and luxurious biker handlebar mustache.

They really fit the character well, the writer adds. "Guy Gardner has had a lot of crazy hairstyles over the years, and this is just one more to add to the list."

The Red Lanterns will be spending three issues on Earth, including No. 28, a flipbook with Robert Venditti's Green Lantern series that introduces the newest Red, Supergirl.

Soule isn't spilling any details yet on how she gets her red ring, but he thinks bringing in new blood will mix up the dynamics of the Red Lanterns significantly. While Kryptionian teenager is still young and looking for a place to belong, it remains to be seen if her new team will want her around for the long haul.

"Some teenagers might go through a goth phase — this is Supergirl's Red Lantern phase. How long it lasts, what happens to her, we'll have to see," Soule says.

There is another Earth-born member of the Red Lanterns, the furry blue feline Dex-Starr, but instead of coming home, the fan-favorite cat has his own mission in deep space: rehabilitating his monstrous master, former Red Lanterns leader Atrocitus. Guy pretty much beat him to death, so when back to health, Atrocitus is going to return in a seriously bad mood.

While the Red Lanterns won't exactly have the same sense of duty in terms of protecting their new sector as, say, the Green Lanterns would, what will start to show in upcoming issues is a growing sense of personal loyalty to one another.

"Guy really cares about Sector 2814 because that's where Earth and everything else he cares about is. But the other Reds maybe just care about Guy, so if Guy is worried about 2814, then they're going to worry about it, too," Soule explains.

"They're a gang so they want their turf. They've got their turf, and damn anyone who tries to take that away from them."

One of the aspects that Soule has enjoyed tackling with his take on Guy Gardner is that for the longest time, the character couldn't have his own identity because of the glut of Earth-based Green Lanterns and he was never able to just be himself.

"He thought that being part of the Reds would be his chance to not be so directly responsible, he could make his own choices and define himself a little more thoroughly," Soule says.

But he's discovering that responsibility finds him wherever he goes, choices he's been making since he joined the Red Lanterns are starting to spin out of control, and even something as presumably cool as protecting the Earth from bad things isn't all it's cracked up to be.

That said, Soule adds, "it's neat to be able to see him in a freer way where he can be himself and be the crazy hothead he likes to be, but also underneath it he has a very strong and heroic core. He very much wants to do the right thing, and the away he does it in this book is a little different but is still very fun to watch and read."

Bedard Explains Secret Origins, Red Lantern Supergirl

From Newsarama

In April, Tony Bedard is writing his own "fresh" take of Supergirl's origin— one he's hoping will make her even more "proactive" and "positive," while giving her a unique motivation for becoming a hero.

The new, monthly Secret Origins series launches in April with an issue that includes origin stories about Supergirl (by Tony Bedard), Dick Grayson (by Kyle Higgins) and Superman (by Greg Pak). The debut issue features art by Paulo Siqueira, Will Conrad and others.

Bedard, who's also the new ongoing writer on Supergirl, has already been shaking up Kara's story by uniting with Red Lanterns writer Charles Soule to make Supergirl a member of the Red Lanterns.

Newsarama talked to Bedard about Secret Origins — and although Bedard and Soule have explained the story reasons for Supergirl to become a Red Lanterns (and the change appears to be temporary, since she's on the cover of April's Justice League United in her normal costume), Newsarama gave Bedard one more chance to clarify what readers can expect in Supergirl during the "Red Daughter of Krypton" storyline.

Newsarama: Tony, we've seen a lot of Supergirl's origin over the first couple years of her series. From what angle is this story told?

Bedard: Secret Origins will definitely be a new-reader friendly series, covering the basics of each character featured, but I also wanted to get something fresh in the Supergirl story, particularly because her origin had been revisited a few times recently.

So we'll cover the stuff you'd expect to see — Kara on Krypton, Zor-El sending her to Earth, how she got her costume, what her powers are, etc. — but we're also going to learn more about her mother Alura and how her actions motivate Kara to embrace her role as Supergirl.

Since coming on the Supergirl series, I've been very keen to make Kara more proactive and more positive. Working on this origin story has helped me realize how we can get her there.

Nrama: Now that we know what happened to her father (with spoiler warnings to anyone who didn't know what Zor-El becomes in New 52 continuity...), will we see clues about that in this new origin story you're writing?

Bedard: While we definitely see Zor-El in this tale, I'm trying to keep the focus squarely on Kara. So while I do want to revisit the fact that her father was turned into Cyborg Superman, that's something we'll need to get to in the regular monthly book. And it will be epic when we do.

Nrama: How many pages is it? And was it a challenge to put her origin into that small a space? Are you able to include much of it?

Bedard: This is a 12-page story, and there's a lot to pack in there: who Kara was before Krypton blew up, how her father tricked her into that rocket, the nature and variety of her powers, the origin of her costume, and how she's a fish out of water on Earth.

Nevertheless, this little 12-pager is what helped me crack open my approach to Kara's motivation. It was a real Eureka moment, and I think we have something that really makes her stand on her own, not just follow in Superman's footsteps. Check it out and you'll see what I mean.

Nrama: What's it been like getting to put your stamp on Supergirl's story – not only in this Secret Origins story, but also in the series so far?

Bedard: it's kind of like being allowed to handle some priceless, delicate artifact. It's thrilling and yet you're constantly aware that you have to honor the thing in your grasp. That's what it's like having stewardship of Supergirl, even more so than writing Green Lantern characters or any other monthly book I've done. There's something that borders on sacred about the Superman characters and I just want to do justice by Kara Zor-El and make her someone readers look forward to spending time with.

Nrama: What do you think of the Secret Origins comic — the idea behind it? Why do you think something like this makes sense?

Bedard: Ever since I was an editor, the importance of giving new readers a jumping-on point has been paramount. And now that we're a couple years into the New 52 Era, it's more important than ever to give longtime readers a simple and comprehensive reference point to remind them what's currently in continuity and what isn't. So, yeah, I'm glad we're doing this. I mean, even as a regular DC writer for the last few years I find myself wondering what's the current state of play for this character or that. I'm looking forward to seeing what Greg Pak does with his Superman origin, for example.

Nrama: I know we talked recently about Supergirl's upcoming time as a Red Lantern. But now that fans are aware of Supergirl getting a Red Lantern ring, is there anything you want to clarify? Anything we should notice about what's coming for the character?

Bedard: Personally, I'm excited to be working with Charles Soule on this moment in Kara's life. He has really made Red Lanterns all his own and it's fun to cross over with that cast of characters. But I think there are some Supergirl fans out there that wonder if giving Kara a red ring is a mistake. I want to tell those fans that this is more of a turning point. This is Kara working through her anger and resentment and realizing Fate handed her an opportunity to become the greatest ever daughter of the House of El.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Eaglesham Says SINESTRO Series Art Will Inspire Fear

From Newsarama

DC's new Sinestro title will not only deal with the wielders of fear, but according to series artist Dale Eaglesham, it might instill some fear in readers too.

Eaglesham, who's working with writer Cullen Bunn on Sinestro, described the new title as "much darker territory" than he's ever explored before. While Bunn told Newsarama that the April-launching title has a "space epic/intrigue/horror vibe," Eaglesham is hoping the visuals will be downright "scary."

DC fans will remember Eaglesham's work for the publisher during the late '90s and early 2000's, including the high-profile re-launch of Justice Society of America with Geoff Johns in 2006. But Eaglesham became a Marvel exclusive artist in 2009, and worked more recently on series like Fantastic Four, Steve Rogers: Super Soldier and Incredible Hulks.

But the artist returned to DC last year, most notably working on September's one-shot issue Green Lantern #23.4: Sinestro (where most of the art in this interview is from).

Newsarama talked to Eaglesham to find out more about his approach to Sinestro.

Newsarama: Dale, we should have known that, after working on September's one-shot Sinestro book, you'd want more. What appealed to you about working on a Lantern title, and with Sinesto in particular?

Dale Eaglesham: In Sinestro, I'll have the opportunity to wade into much darker territory than I ever have before, even crossing into the horror genre. I absolutely love the comic book horror genre but I have rarely had the opportunity to experience it professionally. I am really looking forward to crafting scary imagery, whether it's monsters, killers or giving the imagery the feeling of a serial killer crime scene. There's a killer on every corner and there's only one guy truly at home in that environment and that's Sinestro.

Nrama: That sounds like a little different from what we've seen from you in the past. In what ways is this new title a challenge for you?

Eaglesham: After two decades of wholesome heroes, I have to switch off those visual instincts that have been guiding my postures and expressions. I struggled with my early pages of Sinestro, because the drawings were reflecting the wrong vibe, the strong noble poses or poise and courage in the face of danger. This title requires a sense of coiled ferocity, of safety mechanisms turned off. Sinestro will be a huge challenge in presenting those qualities and yet still be the almost mythical leader, pulling the sword out of the stone.

Nrama: In what ways do you think it harkens back to your work on other projects?

Eaglesham: I've worked with villains and antiheroes before, such as the team from Villains United, Conan, Batman, the Punisher, the Hulk and flirted with horror on Dial H for HERO, when a serial killer got his hands on the dial.

My very first Green Lantern story was issue #136 that featured Alexander Nero, a psychopathic science cell escapee with a yellow ring that created page after page of crazy monsters. I was like a kid in a candy store that issue. That will pale in comparison to what Sinestro is going to do.

Nrama: Wow, when you say it's dark, you must not be kidding.

Eaglesham: It's going to be a very dark journey. We aren't kidding around with this.

Nrama: I remember that back when you were doing Fantastic Four a few years ago, Marvel was touting the way you were working without an inker. Are you still working that way, on Sinestro?

Eaglesham: I'm continuing to work without an inker, and there has been one additional change since returning to DC: I am digitally inking the work myself. I've tried the paler "penciled look," and while it was artistically satisfying, I simply wanted more punch. When shooting from the pencils, the job of cleaning up the pages, a substantial task, as I found out, fell to the colorists. They were losing a lot of actual coloring time performing this clean-up task.

The subsequent enhancing of the pencil art the way I wanted it was also difficult, in that the line gradient is inevitably uneven and there is no time to go in and adjust all of this stuff individually. You end up with lines disappearing, faded black areas, etc. Not only that — pencil lines are easily buried in the modern, saturated approach to color.

I ultimately decided to ink digitally. A friend of mine, Bruce Toombs, showed me a different Photoshop approach to darkening the lines — add to that the ability to do additional drawing digitally, and you have the current formula.

Nrama: For DC fans who might not have seen your work at Marvel or some of the single issues you've done since returning to DC, how would you describe the evolution of your work since you last worked regularly on a DC monthly book?

Eaglesham: If you look at JSA as my last work before I left, the enhanced pencils, which are now digitally inked pencils, is the biggest change. I always had an inker back then. At Marvel, I handled a wide variety of subjects and just continued to round out my skills and evolved my approaches to lighting and figure movement. One of the bigger changes was the use of more creative panel arrangements and framing devices. I tend to choose them based upon the page content and the goal is to heighten the feel of the material but not distract from it. I never make stuff fancy for sake of doing it because I don't see the point of that.

Nrama: As you're doing these digital inks, is there a certain color palette or look you're hoping to achieve, communicating with the colorist on Sinestro?

Eaglesham: When I was going with enhanced pencils, which is much lighter and more vulnerable to being washed out by heavy color, I kept pushing for a lighter and lighter palate, and begging for some white to be used. Turns out that blue is the new white, so that never worked out. With digitally inked art, the line art can take a heavier load.

As to a look, well that will unfold as we go. I always wait for the book to speak to me, tell me where it needs to go, and I haven't gotten that calling yet.

Nrama: You've been acclaimed as an artist for your portrayal of characters and their body language, but you mentioned earlier that this is a darker book, and you're having to think about a different approach to the characters. As you're working on Sinestro, what are the most important things about his character that you're trying to bring out in the art?

Eaglesham: I'm in the process of deconstructing the approach I have used my entire career. In Sinestro, we have a unique challenge in that he is extremely dangerous and yet there is an Arthurian quality to him. Do not be fooled by that calm exterior. The man is a coiled black adder and he will ruthlessly get what he wants. Communicating that will involve his watchfulness, those baleful yellow irises boring into you, thinking three moves ahead of you, seeing right through you. What's emerging is a coiling of sorts, up in his shoulders, neck, upper back and shoulder blades. We have a slender, poised body but those shoulders are oddly hunched up a tad, showing us a hint of tension and power.

Nrama: Any other characters that stand out as figures you either enjoy drawing or are finding a particular challenge?

Eaglesham: Well, all of them actually. They are all twisted in a way, and I find that incredibly fun to work with.

Nrama: Are you providing a new take on the setting of the comic?

Eaglesham: It won't be a new take — just pushing the limits as much as I can. I am not shooting for any zany horror stuff; I'm shooting for art that is as scary as I can make it. I anticipate that things will get darker than I am used to, even uglier. I don't even know exactly what will happen at this point.

The art tends to evolve over the first couple of issues and I'm still feeling out the material.

Nrama: I assume that will also come as you get used to Cullen Bunn's scripts. How's it been working with Cullen?

Eaglesham: I read Cullen's pitch for the series and he struck all the same notes I would have. Cullen is going to take this book and throw it into the dark side of things. Who knows what will grow out of that?

He understands the monsters within, so I eagerly anticipate him getting into Sinestro's head and showing us depths we haven't seen before. I see so much potential spilling out from his take on this. I'm glad the stars aligned and dropped me on the Sinestro doorstep just at the right time.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Green Lantern April 2014 Solicitations

Art and cover by BILLY TAN
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 2 • 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 details.
Hal Jordan is surrounded on the homeworld of the Khund, the bloodthirsty military wing of a cosmic alliance that’s determined to crush the Green Lanterns! So why has he volunteered to fight without his ring?
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 9 • 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 and his team are under siege – and things are about to get way worse! It’s become impossible to know who can be trusted and who’s a shape-shifting Durlan spy! And you won’t believe the twisted origin of the Durlan species!

On sale APRIL 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Kyle and the New Guardians are trapped between X’Hal and the Godkillers! Both have the power to destroy dozens of planets…so how does Kyle choose who to stop first?

Art and cover by ALESSANDRO VITTI
On sale APRIL 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Guy Gardner’s got a missing comrade, a red-ring-wielding Supergirl, and a deeply pissed-off Atrocitus to deal with! The last thing he needs is another new Red Lantern – especially when this one may be the deadliest Red to ever wear the ring! But whose side will this new Lantern join? And will Rankorr survive his close encounter with Atrocitus and Dex-Starr?

On sale APRIL 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
It’s a dog-eat-dog world when “legendary” Green Lantern G’nort shows up to pick a bone with Larfleeze!

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art and cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
1:25 Variant cover by DOUG MAHNKE
On sale APRIL 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Thaal Sinestro has lost everything he’s ever loved: his home, his family, his only friend. But no matter how desperate he becomes, Sinestro will never be without fear...a lesson his one-time ally, one-time enemy Lyssa Drak is eager to teach him! Can he take back the despicable Yellow Lantern Corps? Or does the universe have a new destiny in mind for Sinestro?

Written by TONY BEDARD
On sale APRIL 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
In “Red Daughter of Krypton” part 2 of 3, the newest, most powerful Red Lantern finally meets her match! Worldkiller-1 is a cosmic menace from the darkest recesses of Kara’s past, and he will gladly destroy every one of her crimson teammates to get to her…

EARTH 2 #22
Written by TOM TAYLOR
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
When all looks lost – Green Lantern returns!

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