It wouldn’t be New York Comic-Con without our annual dose of Green Lantern from the ring-slinging brain trust at DC Comics. With the Third Army currently rising from the pages of the four Lantern titles, fans were curious to hear about what will befall the seven (potentially nine) corps in the coming months. Once again moderating the panel was Bob Wayne, DC’s Sr. VP of Sales, who was joined by editors Matt Idelson and Pat McCallum, writer Peter J. Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps), and artist Aaron Kuder (Green Lantern: New Guardians).
To get the ball rolling, Tomasi put it all right out there for the audience. “You’ll see some pretty intense stuff happening in those books coming out. The rise is right now but it really kicks into an all-out war with the Guardians being the uber bad guys.”
Starting with the flagship Green Lantern title, Idelson briefly brought up the newest GL, Simon Baz, who is quickly becoming a fan-favorite. His brush with the Justice League at the end of GL #13 will lead to some "action, although the way Geoff [Johns] handled it is pretty unusual and pretty funny. It leads him into his next mess in the next issue, but I'm reticent to say anything because I'll be fired."
Switching gears to Green Lantern Corps, the projector screen showcased and image featuring Guy Gardner surrounded by police officers. “A lot of bad, bad mojo happens to Guy in these next issues,” Tomasi said, adding that Baz would be looking for help from Guy on how to use his ring. “It’s just two guys kicking some serious Third Army ass.” Tomasi also gave an explanation for why Lantern Vandor, whom he developed over the course of the last year, was the first Corpsman to join the ranks of the Third Army. “Vandor got taken out because he was around for a while in Corps and it meant something for him to go instead of a random ‘red shirt.’ The next two issues will be pretty crazy. It kicks into a full out war. After what happens at the end of #13, Guy is full of himself and the next issue brings him down to Earth. He’s in a very tenuous position and he may be without a ring.”
On the subject of New Guardians, covers from upcoming issues were put up on the screen, prompting Pat McCallum to tease Kyle Rayner’s future. “Kyle will definitely not be the White Lantern by the time [the Third Army] shows up. I think Aaron’s take on it is pretty insane. McCallum also added that there will be a new GL, Jediah Caul, shown standing over the defeated bodies of Arkillo and Carol, who earns the distinguished title of “worst Green Lantern ever.” Caul will show up in GL:NG Annual. Kuder, the new artist for GL:NG, told the audience that he was both intimidated and excited by working on the series. “I get to draw absolutely, wonderfully bizarre aliens and really stretch those muscles a lot. It’s really fun.”
McCallum continued the discussion, moving on to Red Lanterns. “They’re the first ones hit by the Third Army. It’s going to split into three different story lines, following Atrocitus, Bleez and Dex-Starr.” He also revealed that Red Lantern Rankor will return to Earth to face his past. To make matters worse, expect him to team up with Bleez in order to regain his humanity. And everyone’s favorite pissed off house cat will get his moment as Dex-Starr embarks on a mission to get revenge on Stormwatch’s Midnighter for punching him in the face (see Red Lanterns #10) As for the big baddie of the Reds, Atrocitus looks be setting out on his biggest “oh sh*t!” mission since he formed the Red Corps. McCallum explained that because the Third Army takes over organics, Atrocitus will use blood magic to revive the inorganic Manhunters to fight alongside him. The cover to Red Lanterns #16 cover showed a swarm of redesigned Manhunters each holding an alien head filled with boiling blood magic. “He will finally get revenge [against the Gaurdians], but you’ll have to wait to see what that means."
Bob Wayne then opened the floor to audience questions. Naturally, when fans ask about plot details, who will show up, and what we will see in future issues, you’re not going to get much info. However, a few gems came out of the Q&A.
A Larfleeze fan inquired about any future explanation of the Orange Lantern’s past, to which the editors replied that GL:NG #15 will dive into Larfleeze’s history and family more. They also teased that he will share an important scene with a Star Sapphire.
Another audience member wanted to know if Mogo would ever return after his demise at the hands of John Stewart. “In GLC #14, you actually will be pleasantly surprised,” Tomasi responded.
A Red Lanterns reader wanted to know if there would be a Sinestro/Arkillo confrontation in an upcoming issue. “I would love to draw that!” Kuder said. The other panelists added that there might be some things in the works in terms of a confrontation.
A young fan asked the panel what made them decide to create Simon Baz during Rise Of The Third Army. “We wanted to shake it up. Baz is in a weird way, he could become your first Green Lantern and you don’t have to go through ten, thirty years of history,” Tomasi said. McCallum and Idelson added that Baz also gives the audience fresh eyes on the Green Lantern Universe.
Be sure to keep up with the Third Army as their war with the DCU wages across issues #13, #14, #15, and #16 of Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians, and Red Lanterns.