NYCC 2010: Green Lantern – Emerald Empire

There is no denying it.  Green Lantern is currently DC’s flagship property.  With four titles on the comic shop shelves, an animated series in the works, and a feature film due in June, the light of the lantern is the brightest in the DCU.  On hand at New York Comic Con to discuss the popularity of Green Lantern was a panel of DC talent that included Group Editor Eddie Berganza, Rodolfo Migliari (cover artist, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors), Assistant Editor Adam Schlagman, Geoff Johns (writer, Green Lantern, The Flash), Peter J. Tomasi (writer, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors), Joe Prado (artist, Brightest Day), Ivan Reis (artist, Brightest Day), and Tony Bedard (writer, Green Lantern Corps).

The discussion kicked off with “GLC” writer Tony Bedard hyping up Tyler Kirkham, the new artist on the series, and teasing a fight between Kyle Rayner and Sinestro at the Greenwich Village Halloween parade. 

Left to Right: Eddie Berganza, Rodolfo Migliari, Adam Schlagman, Geoff Johns, Peter J. Tomasi, Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, and Tony Bedard

Peter Tomasi, when speaking about “GL: Emerald Warriors”, stated that there will be a lot of “cool, emotional beats” in future issues. “All the seeds that we’ve planted start to show themselves pretty soon.”

News on the Green Lantern movie was scant.  Geoff Johns sang the praises of Ryan Reynolds, stating that, “He is Hal Jordan” and he does an amazing job when “it gets serious and the chips are down.”  Johns also confirmed that the film’s trailer will be seen in theaters on November 19th, preceding Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.

When fans from the audience began asking questions, the panelists did their best to answer, and while they attempted to preserve secrecy about upcoming events, they still shared plenty of exciting details.  One fan inquired if any other GL Corps members would be featured in their own comic title.  Geoff Johns answered by stating that the villains in the first season of the upcoming Green Lantern animated series will be the Red Lantern Corps, led by everyone’s favorite angry alien, Atrocitus. Johns followed that up by teasing a future comic title starring another corps.  He also dropped a hint that the first issue may or may not have already been written.

As the audience members asked their questions, answers and details came in rapid-fire succession.

In “Emerald Warriors” in early 2011, readers will learn more about the mysterious and ominous pact between Guy Gardner, Ganthet, and Atrocitus.  

One attendee made the observation that Isamot (Green Lantern of Sector 2682) is “Tomasi” spelled backwards.  Johns said that there are other names like that, and that Isamot will appear in the GL movie.

When asked about John Stewart, Tony Bedard replied, “Someone pointed out to me at some point that John really needs to get some action. He’s a great guy.  He really hasn’t had anything going on. Wouldn’t it be nice? I love that character, and he seems very untapped.”  Intentional or not, Bedard’s pun evoked a good laugh from the fans.

The Star Sapphires and their new Queen, Carol Ferris, will be featured again in future issues.  Readers will also finally get more details about the mysterious Indigo Tribe.

The story of Dex-Starr, the feline Red Lantern from Earth, will continue, possibly in a Valentine’s Day special.

When asked what Larfleeze sounds like when Geoff Johns writes him, Johns described the Orange Lantern as sounding “a bit like Daffy Duck. I think he drools a little bit. He eats with his mouth open.”  He also teased the “Larfleeze Christmas Special” issue, due this winter.

Cover from the upcoming Larfleeze Christmas Special

Another fan inquired about Mark Strong as Sinestro in the GL movie.  Johns said he was “blown away” by Strong’s appearance in the Sinestro makeup.  He also said that Strong looks exactly like Ivan Reis’s Sinestro come to life.

The next major Green Lantern storyline will be “Flashpoint.”  It will start after the 24-issue run of “Brightest Day”, and it will prominently feature Earth’s Green Lanterns, Hal, John, Guy and Kyle as the main characters.  Also coming on the heels of “Brightest Day” will be a “huge fight” between Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner, according to Geoff Johns.

Another fan asked if there are any plans for another Geoff Johns/Ethan Van Sciver project.  Johns coyly deflected with a “maybe.”

One fan at the mic inquired if we should “look for any Easter eggs of the different color rings in the movie?” Once again, Johns deflected.  “Can’t really talk about that. Good try.”

Another upcoming project is “Green Lantern: Secret Origins 2”, which will tell the story of the fall of Sinestro.

One of the last questions for Geoff Johns asked if there will be any team-ups between Green Lantern and Green Arrow.  “At some point we’ll probably do Green Lantern/Green Arrow,” Johns answered. “Probably sooner rather than later.”  Fans already got a bit of a GL/GA team-up in “Green Arrow #2.”  A sign of things to come perhaps?

Needless to say, it is a great time to be a GL fan.  Geoff Johns and the other writers and artists have some exciting projects on the horizon, so keep your eyes on the comic shop shelves, TV screens, and, most importantly, movie theaters this June.

Written by: Rob "T3K" Piontek

Rob is excited to be contributing to The Fridge. With one finger on the pulse of Marvel/DC and another on that of Hollywood's superhero franchises, no multi-issue arc or casting rumor is too small to report. When Rob opens The Fridge, the light inside shines green!

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