New York Comic Con 2011 saw the return of the talented minds behind DC’s multiple Green Lantern comic book series. At the DC All Access – Green Lantern panel, GL editor Brian Cunningham, Geoff Johns (writer, Green Lantern), Peter Tomasi (writer, Green Lantern Corps), and Tony Bedard (writer, Green Lantern: New Guardians) sat down to give the fans some insight into what can be expected from the three titles in the near and distant future.
Kicking off the discussion with Green Lantern proper, Geoff Johns delved into the relationship between Hal Jordan and Sinestro. With Sinstro reinstated as a Lantern and Hal drummed out for having too much Willpower, all is not well in the world of the Green Lanterns. Hal wants his ring back and Sinestro wants to get rid of the ring. Now that they are in opposite positions, the pair will be addressing the personal issues that have caused so much tension between them in the past. Johns also teased that the Justice League will attempt to intervene by approaching the Guardians directly. Not wanting to give too much away, Johns switched gears and focused on the upcoming Green Lantern Animated Series, due to launch on November 11th on Cartoon Network. He stated that the first arc will deal with Hal and the Corps encountering the Red Lanterns for the first time. A tie-in comic is also in the works, which will continue and expand on the show’s stories. Once the individual storylines have been established, the comic will then provide more connectivity to the series.
Moving the discussion over to Green Lantern Corps, writer Peter Tomasi came out and talked about what to expect from his book. According to Tomasi, the New 52 relaunch has not affected his storytelling. “We haven’t torn everything down from previous stories,” he stated. “We just want to make everything accessible to new and old readers alike.” He also made quick mention of a looming threat to the Corps, The Keepers. These mysterious new bad guys are the ones who possessed the power batteries before the Guardians took them away. Needless to say, The Keepers aren’t pleased.
Tony Bedard, writer of Green Lantern: New Guardians came out next to talk about the newest addition to the GL publication family. At the forefront of GL:NG is Kyle Rayner, the youngest of Earth’s GL’s, who, according to the New 52, has only been a Lantern for two years. Bedard went on to say that, “Kyle may not ever be as strong as Hal, but he’s capable of doing things across the entire spectrum that others just couldn’t.” An exciting prospect to say the least. Again, not wanting to give too much away, Bedard mentioned that the mystery of why all those rings are choosing Kyle at the same time will be unfolding throughout the first year of GL:NG’s run. He also revealed that fan-favorite Larfleeze, the Orange Lantern, will return in issue #4 of the book. Geoff Johns added that we will finally hear the Orange Lantern oath. Tony Bedard closed with the statement that he is not concerned with giving origin stories to the characters, but instead is focusing on developing the characters themselves.
Speaking on the subject of Red Lanterns, editor Brian Cunningham revealed that the first stories in that book will take Atrocitus across the universe, discovering there are a multitude of situations that demand his attention. Tony Bedard added that this will be something new for Atrocitus, since all he wanted in the previous story arc was to kill the rogue Guardian, Krona. Denied that opportunity, Atrocitus is looking for “an eye for an eye and then some.”
During the Q&A portion of the panel, Geoff Johns shared his thoughts on the director’s cut of the Green Lantern movie. In addition to a multitude of interviews with the creative team from the comics, the new cut features additional scenes that, according to Johns, “added more heart to Hal’s story.”
To close out the panel, Geoff Johns dropped a huge bomb on the crowd, asking them to keep it secret, at least for the next 15 minutes. As he prepped to head over to the Robot Chicken panel, he revealed that he was working with RC creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich on a DC Comics special, similar to RC’s successful Star Wars specials. Look for it in 2012!
With the future of Green Lantern in capable hands, I’m looking forward to the upcoming stories, on both the page and screen!