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Thursday, February 27, 2014

DC 3D Covers Coming Back In September 2014

From Newsarama

DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio made official today the expected announcement of another DC September event for 2014, revealing that all DC ongoing series that month will flash forward five years to depict what might happen in the future.

The event ties into the May-launching weekly series The New 52: Futures End , and DiDio said DC will launch some new ongoing titles in June and/or July that will also be included in the September event.

DiDio emphasized that DC fans who aren't reading the weekly will still get a lot of hints about the future for each of their existing ongoing series.

"It gives some exciting teases of potential storylines that might be coming for our characters in the near future ," DiDio said of the event. "These stories aren't going to just be tied into the weekly. But what you'll be seeing is a lot of the writers who are working on series right now projecting forward — their ideas, their storylines, where they think their character might be five years from now.

"We really wanted to show things that seem like the logical progression of the characters and where the story lines are going," he said.

The event will also lead into a new weekly series launching October , which Newsarama also exclusively revealed..

The executive revealed details about the Futures End event during an interview with Newsarama that was timed to announcements being made at today's national meeting of the ComicsPRO retailers association.

DiDio also revealed one of the 3D motion covers that will be available on comics in the September Futures End event. While last year's Villains Month event incorporated variant 3D covers that DiDio said sold "extraordinarily well," he said the 2014 covers are more complex because the characters will be changing.

"All the lenticular covers — all the Futures End stories that will be told in September — will be in the titles of the ongoing series," DiDio said. "The covers now will also have the ability to have a 'flicker' effect. That means that the images change and show the transformation going on. … There is a level of change that is taking place with our characters during the course of this story."

All covers — both the 3D and 2D covers (standard) — for the September Futures End tie-ins will have order dates at the same time on May 29th. There will be no "final order cut-off" date for the titles.

"We had a chance to work with a number of retailers," DiDio said. "We heard what their concerns were. And we figure we came out with a structure and plan right now that I think allows everybody to feel confident in how to order these things, to make sure that the right amount of books are on the shelf."

Since the company launched 52 new and renumbered titles in September 2011, DC has followed up with a line-wide September event every year since, presumably to attempt to match the month's sales of the previous year.

"What it does is it gives you a chance to reset the line a little bit and see where your strengths and weaknesses are," DiDio said of the annual September event. "And if you look at what we did, we launched the New 52, which re-established the heroes in a new direction, voice and continuity. That's where we started.

"So what we've done [since then] is… we've looked at the heroes [with Zero Month in 2012], we've looked at the villains [with 2013's Villains Month], and now we're looking toward the future," he said.

"Ultimately, what you're going to see is the potential of where the futures can be going," he said. "And also, I'd like to say, what direct impact it has on stories set in the current timeline in the DCU."

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Green Lantern May 2014 Solicitations

Art and cover by BILLY TAN
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $3.99 US

“UPRISING” part 1! Rebellion has spread across the universe as former allies join forces with the Durlans, Khund and Outer Clanns to overthrow the authority of the Corps. It’s an all-out assault on Mogo, but will the greatest threat come from without – or within? The outcome of the battle, the survival of the Corps and the future of the universe itself rests on the shoulders of Hal Jordan – and after a bruising start to his tenure as Corps leader, he is more than ready for a fight! This new epic continues in this month’s GREEN LANTERN CORPS #31!

This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

Written by VAN JENSEN
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 “UPRISING” part 2! As the Corps reels from the Battle for Mogo, John Stewart leads a team of Green Lanterns into the heart of enemy territory on a desperate rescue mission to save the Lanterns abducted by the Durlans and the Khund. This prison break is like nothing you’ve ever seen before! And as the Durlans train their sights on the next battlefield in the war, a long-lost member of the Corps returns! Continued from this month’s GREEN LANTERN #31!

On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Kyle and the New Guardians travel to a mysterious dead world that is suddenly full of life…hostile life! And after the revelations seen in GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ANNUAL #2, allowing Kyle to set foot on this world might be the biggest mistake the Guardians ever made…

Art and cover by ALESSANDRO VITTI
On sale MAY 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Guy Gardner thought the power of Supergirl would make his team of Red Lanterns unstoppable…but he wasn’t counting on the arrival of the deadliest Red yet: The Judge! When she makes her ruling, the fate of the Red Lanterns, Earth and an entire space sector will hang in the balance!

On sale MAY 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

The Cosmic Gods and Council of Ten put aside millennia of war to team up against a new adversary: Larfleeze! Luckily for Agent Orange, he’s not the only dog in this fight. Will G’nort and the power of the green light save the day?

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art and cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Sinestro’s face-to-face with the Yellow Lanterns, the Corps he built in his own image – but does he like what he sees? Or does he look upon his works and despair? It’s time to find out if the Sinestro Corps is strong enough for the mission he has in mind for them – and if they’re not, then they won’t stand a chance against the growing threat of the Pale Vicars!

Written by TONY BEDARD
On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Beware her rage! Supergirl joins the Red Lanterns and sets out to learn more about her new status in the group! But a surprising new villain tells Kara that she’s more alone in the universe than she ever suspected...

Based on designs from the upcoming MOBA game Infinite Crisis, comes a brand new 1:9 scale line of figures from DC Collectibles.
Each figure features unique detailing and display base!


* Action Figures * $39.95 US • On Sale August 2014 * Allocations May Occur

Beyond DC Universe Green Lantern Related May 2014 Solicitations

Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
On sale MAY 14 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 4, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

Clark Kent is just beginning to grasp the potential of the Green Lantern ring, but all of John Stewart’s training hasn’t prepared him for the battle they’re about to face. Will Clark need to use his natural super powers to defeat an enemy John fears?

Written by TOM TAYLOR
On sale MAY 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST

Under orders from the Guardians, Kilowog leads a team of Green Lanterns to Earth to apprehend Superman and return him to Oa to stand trial. But the Man of Steel is not about to go quietly. And the Green Lantern Corps haven’t factored in Superman’s new allies. The first battle begins in a war that could tear the universe apart.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Star Sapphire By Elias Chatzoudis

Bunn And Eaglesham Talk Sinestro

From CBR

If "Forever Evil" has taught us anything it's that DC Comics is home to some major league supervillains. Lex Luthor, Bizarro, Black Manta and Captain Cold are all bad to the bone (if not mildly misunderstood) and can unleash doom and gloom like nobody's business. But when it comes to fear -- in its purest and most primal form -- the true master is Thaal Sinestro of Korugar.

Created by John Broome and Gil Kane, Sinestro made his first appearance in "Green Lantern" #7 in 1961. The former mentor of Hal Jordan, Sinestro turned to the proverbial dark side over the years and now fights the Green Lantern Corps with fear and the unyielding power of a yellow ring.

Fueled by the fear entity Parallax and living in self-exile since the close of Geoff Johns' final bow on "Green Lantern" in the story arc "Wrath of the First Lantern," Sinestro is about to come roaring back in April with his very own solo series.

Written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Dale Eaglesham, the "Sinestro" ongoing series features a man that has lost everything he's ever loved: his home, his family and his only friend -- Hal Jordan. But his one-time enemy and now greatest fan, Lyssa Drak, has found his hiding place and aims to get him back into the game -- big time.

CBR News connected with Bunn and Eaglesham and the creative team discussed the nuances of developing a series based in fear and headlined by one of DC's greatest supervillains. Bunn also teased which events transpire as the series opens and which familiar Yellow Lanterns will also be playing a role while Eaglesham revealed that making Sinestro and his supporting cast too wholesome was an ongoing concern.

CBR News: In "Green Lantern" #23.4, his Villains Month one-shot, Sinestro is called the greatest ring-wielder there ever was. Yes, it's his #1 fan Lyssa Drak saying it, but when "Sinestro" #1 opens, is he actually the greatest ring-wielder there ever was? When we last saw him he had gone into self-exile following the events of "Wrath of the First Lantern"…

Cullen Bunn: Sinestro considers himself the greatest ring-wielder, yes, not just of one Corps, but of two. It's for that reason that he feels so betrayed and lost. He gave the rings everything he had and look what it cost him -- his wife, his daughter, his planet, his freedom, his reputation. It's because of this feeling of abandonment that he has turned his back on the ring and taken to a life of isolation and meditation.

Is he the greatest? Again, this is from Sinestro's point of view, but to his way of thinking he had a clarity that the other Lanterns simply didn't have. He could see how the end justified the means. That vision allowed him to accomplish big things with his ring.

CBR: In his own solo series, is Sinestro a superhero or a supervillain? And does he see himself the same way?

Bunn: Sinestro is beyond seeing himself as a villain or hero. In his mind, even the greatest hero must act in a villainous fashion in order to succeed. If anything, he sees himself as a returning king who has come to redeem his people -- and himself in the process.

CBR: While I have known Sinestro for nearly 35 years thanks to "Super Friends," it's only in the last few years that Geoff Johns has really defined, and refined with the New 52 relaunch, the character. As you've been getting to know Sinestro in preparation for this new series, what do you feel makes him tick?

Bunn: If Sinestro's motivation could be boiled down to one overriding concept, it would be pride. His pride carries him, often when nothing else will. His pride has also been his undoing from time to time. He's too proud to ever accept that his way is not the right way.

CBR: Again, realizing that Lyssa is probably not someone that would define a hero quite the same that you or I would, she uses words like "honesty" and "courage" to illustrate the choices Sinestro must make to fully embrace the power of the ring in "Green Lantern" #23.4. Would you use these same words to describe Sinestro in his new solo series?

Bunn: I think so, yes, but keep in mind that terms like "honesty" and "courage" and even "fear" can be subjective. Lyssa and Sinestro view those things differently than others do. But there is one thing that Lyssa is absolutely positive about -- in fear is the only true honesty.

CBR: I love that Sinestro was an archeologist by trade before becoming a Green Lantern. Does that particular skill-set come into play with what you are going to explore with him as a character?

Bunn: I'm not sure there will ever be a moment where you'll see Sinestro dust off the leather jacket, whip and fedora. However, I hope to do a lot of galactic-level world-building in this series, exploring worlds and cultures with ancient histories. With that in mind, Sinestro will be flexing his archeologist muscles to some degree.

CBR: Can you give us a tease of what we'll see in the series and what types of stories that you will be telling? Does it pick up from where we last left him at the end of "Wrath of the First Lantern?"

Bunn: Our earliest stories will see Sinestro choosing a new mission, which is bringing the lost Korugarians together once again. For this, he decides that he needs the Yellow Lanterns. The Yellow Lanterns, though, are in a state of disarray, and many of them will not be too keen on Sinestro's new mission statement. So, he'll be wrestling with his own Corps, and that will bring about the formation of a Sinestro Corps leadership council and a shadowy group called the Black Circle.

While Sinestro is dealing with turmoil and intrigue within his own team, the Yellow Lanterns will run afoul of a new threat that may be more than a match for them because to them, there is no such thing as fear.

CBR: Dale, after spending time on Earth with "Justice Society of America," you were able to do some stargazing with "Fantastic Four." What does drawing an intergalactic concept featuring Sinestro and the Green and Yellow Lantern Corps allow you to do as an artist?

Dale Eaglesham: Artistically, taking off into space is never boring because you are breaking through that barrier of the known and engaging in world creating. In sword and sorcery fantasy, the latitude for artistic license is considerable. In galactic adventures, we can go further still with our artistic license being positively James Bond-ian.

Sure, we have to observe the established continuity of certain things, but beyond that is that black expanse of space where creatively, anything can happen. "Justice Society of America" was as quirky a collection of heroes as you could find but they were family and it was a traditionally wholesome kind of experience. In "Sinestro," I'm confronting a concept that will force me to undo everything I've learned to date regarding heroic posture and mannerism.

I am constantly redrawing figures because they are coming off as too "wholesome." Sinestro's world is like the jungle at night, alive with predators looking for a meal. Those who let their guard down don't survive. Artistically, this title allows me to venture into the horror genre to a degree, too, and that is a kind of art I have always loved to do but have never had the chance to do professionally. If I don't draw a Wrightson-esque head on a hand at some point in this series, I'll never forgive myself.

CBR: What do you like about Sinestro's look and feel, and seeing as you want to avoid him looking too wholesome, is there something you specifically like to showcase about his body or mannerisms to make Sinestro your own?

Eaglesham: In "Green Lantern" #23.4., I drew that elongated forehead of his and it proved to be a cumbersome feature. For "Sinestro," I am going with more of a high hairline on a broad forehead. As interesting as the exaggerated forehead was, he didn't come off as feral enough.

Traditionally, he has had a slender figure and I'm not going to change that but it wasn't quite enough for me. There needs to be that sense of a coiled serpent about him, ready to strike. That is the problem posed by his character, how to project that visually? To solve this, I increased his muscularity but in a very limited way. He is broad shouldered but not with muscle mass, just the physical dimensions of his upper torso. I am increasing the muscle mass of his shoulder blades and his neck too. His shoulders hunch up a bit, implying a tension in this area while his slender body looks completely relaxed.

While Sinestro is very capable as a warrior physically, it's that mind of his that is so cunning and lethal. The postures I choose for him reflect a calmness but also tension up high, near his brain. Visually that tells us that he is coiled and ready to strike at all times.

CBR: The solicitation for "Sinestro" #1 teases that Lyssa Drak continues to play a major role in this series. Can you talk about Lyssa? And who else will be featured in the supporting cast? Specifically, will we see Hal Jordan or any other Lanterns?

Bunn: Lyssa is Sinestro's closest advisor and will be a member of his inner council. As we've seen, she's branded herself with the words of the Book of Parallax. This will awaken some new and interesting abilities for her.

We'll also be seeing the Sinestro Corps, so Arkillo and company will be present. As for the other Lanterns, they'll turn up, but not immediately. Sinestro hopes to keep his return secret for a while. The only other Lantern you"ll be seeing right away is Soranik Natu, Sinestro's daughter, who will have a huge part to play in this story.

CBR: It's awesome to hear that Parallax still looms large too. Will this series be crossing over with the other Green Lantern-themed books or will you be telling your own stories when the series starts?

Bunn: At the beginning, these stories will be focused on Sinestro and his Corps. But the universe isn't that big, so it's just a matter of time before the other Lanterns figure out that something's going on.

CBR: Finally, as the host of Parallax fear drives Sinestro like no other character in the DCU. What does writing and illustrating a series based on the most primal of emotions allow you to do as creators?

Bunn: For me, writing about characters that are so connected with fear allows me to combine horror and space opera in some interesting ways. There are so many levels of fear, from the overt to the subtle, that can be played with here.

Sinestro even founds his inner circle around the tenants the five primal fears will exploit in their enemies: extinction, mutilation, loss of autonomy, separation and ego-death.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Toy Fair 2014: DC Mattel Green Lantern Figures

Here are Mattel figures shown at Toy Fair, yes the last one is the Riddler (yes not GL related) but if you look close, like the original Super Powers release, it's a repainted Green Lantern Hal notice the ring on it's finger (yes it's there).

Toy Fair 2014: DC Collectibles Green Lanterns

Pics of Infinite Crisis and Justice League War GL's. Courtesy of

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cullen Bunn Rings In The Era Of Sinestro

From CosmicBookNews

Since his “discovery” by writer Geoff Johns, the former Green Lantern villain Sinestro has become one of the most complex non-Batman villains in the New 52.

Now Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Dale Eaglesham are preparing to chronicle the continuing adventures of the character come April in an ongoing DC comic.

To get to the bottom of this new addition to the GL franchise, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer spoke exclusively on a ring-to-ring connection to the scribe and filed this report.

Cosmic Book News: Sinestro is a multilayered character mostly due to the writing of Geoff Johns. How does it feel to be adding to the destiny of this great DC character?

Cullen Bunn: It’s exciting and scary! Sinestro has such an awesome presence and a lot of fans. I want to do something that will honor the character and advance his story in some exciting ways. I’m really thrilled about this story, because we’re going to be exploring some new angles of Sinestro as well as the Yellow Lanterns as a whole.

CBN: Cullen, how did you become involved with this new Lantern book?

Cullen Bunn: I worked with editor Matt Idelson on a four-issue run of Superman/Batman a couple of years ago. We talked about doing something else together, but the timing didn’t work out. A few months ago, when my schedule would allow it, I reached out to Matt and this was one of the first ideas he mentioned to me. I love writing about morally ambiguous characters, and I’ve always wanted to work on a cosmic story, so it seemed like a perfect fit!

CBN: Tell us about the character of this former Green Lantern as you see it right now as the book begins.

Cullen Bunn: As the book begins, Sinestro is in self-imposed exile. He feels that his dedication as a ring-wielder has cost him everything—the woman he loved, his daughter, his people—and he just wants to be left alone. That, of course, isn’t going to happen, though. Lyssa Drak seeks him out, bringing with her a bit of news that he can’t resist—there are still Korugarians in the universe, and they need his help.

CBN: Guess the lost Korugarians will start popping up like the supposedly rare Kryptonians, eh? (laughs) So, is the Bunn Sinestro a villain, an antihero, or something in between?

Cullen Bunn: Sinestro’s beyond the hero/villain paradigm. He has done what needed to be done, period. Morality didn’t play into it. He wants to redeem the Yellow Lanterns. He wants to save his people. He wants to build a connection to his daughter. The problem is, Sinestro is so proud that he can’t see how he’s caused (and continues to cause) some of these problems. His own pride may very well lead to his downfall.

CBN: What role does Lyssa Drak play in this new book?

Cullen Bunn: Lyssa becomes Sinestro’s closest advisor. As we’ve seen previously, she’s branded herself with the words of the Book of Parallax. This has some unexpected consequences for Lyssa, and it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

CBN: What is the relationship between Sinestro and his former Yellow Lantern Corps, if any?

Cullen Bunn: Sinestro will try to repair his relationship with the Sinestro Corps, but it won’t always be easy. Many of the Yellow Lanterns feel betrayed by Sinestro. They feel as though he only seeks them out when it please his whim. What’s more, Sinestro wants the Yellow Lanterns to strive for a goal that a good portion of their number will not agree with. Sinestro, on the other hand, feels that the Yellow Lanterns have gotten sloppy in terms of their recruiting procedures. He feels it’s time to thin the herd a bit.

As you might guess, it will be a struggle to keep the Lanterns from planting a knife in his back.

CBN: I was going to ask about the first "big bad," but I guess I should say who is Sinestro's first "opponent"?

Cullen Bunn: Sinestro will quickly find himself at odds with the Yellow Lanterns, but his quest to rescue Korugarians will soon bring him into conflict with a dangerous group called the Paling, which will be a challenge for him for some time to come.

CBN: Any particular section of Green Lantern books you're looking at for your characterization of Sinestro?

Cullen Bunn: For Sinestro’s characterization, the best resource is the great work Geoff Johns did with the character. That’s the Sinestro readers love, so that was the starting point here.

CBN: Are you a fan of Dale Eaglesham's art?

Cullen Bunn: Lord, yes! I was so excited to hear that Dale was going to be working on this book! He’s an artist who can really go crazy on big ideas, and he brings his own ideas to the table as well. He’s really bringing a kind of “epicness” to the visuals here. Readers are going to freak out when they see this stuff!

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