Okay, I’ve been slacking on this blog. I almost missed that Newsarama has a preview up for Green Lantern Corps #5!
It appears to be shipping on time.
Newsarama has an interview with Geoff Johns about Green Lantern.
There’s some good stuff in there. Nice things to say about Guy, an indication that there’s something larger beyond the POW plotline, a look at Hal’s worldview (he seems to be going anti-Earth), more vague promises about John, and, of course, it wouldn’t be complete without something to piss me off:
As Hal’s said before, he answers with, ‘Borders are ridiculous. I’m Green Lantern and my duty is to the whole planet if I need to go somewhere, I’m going to go.’
And then, he adds: ‘Do you realize that I’ve been to hundreds of planets – hundreds, and the only one with countries is earth.’
Not to mention Earth is the only planet that has people with differing skin tones, oh, and different cultures, who wear different styles of clothing and speak different languages, and live in different climates!!
I hope Hal is just being dense, and has seen like, one patch of land and assumes the whole damned planet is like that. Because I hate that stupid One Planet, One Culture, One Race, One Language, One Fucking Climate shit that pervades the worst sci-fi.
I mean, I see, he’s trying to make a point about Earth there. That we’re all fucked up, right? But its really limiting to try and establish stuff like that. That we’re all so diverse and the rest of the universe isn’t. Because the beauty of outer space stories is when we can explore our own problems wtih parallels to the alien cultures.
“Sentient beings have more commonalities than differences,” I think that’s what J’onn said to Kyle in Recharge #1. And Mars had two clans that may as well be countries. I can’t imagine the White Tribe and the Green Tribe living under the same rule, after all.
And it’s really only lazy writing to actually hold to that. You don’t want to put too much work into a single world that’s not Earth, so you basically make a planet like you would another country. No need to spend too much time explaining how everyone differs. And they slap some explanation like “Countries are a primitive idea. When these other planets discovered space travel, they suddenly banded together in perfect harmony…” or, in the case of a hostile world “The first country to discover space travel wiped the rest out.”
I hope this is just Hal being stupid, or that Gibbons doesn’t hold to that. So far over in Green Lantern Corps, Gibbons has been pretty good about the different people we see. The cast is diverse. Not nearly as diverse as the cast of Mosaic, granted. That was the best series just because it dealt with as many different cultures as possible, and how they relate ot each other. It was just unbelievably cool to read all the wonders of that little world, you never knew what John was going to have to work with next. Shirley Temple-style psychos with psychic knives, singing plants, clergybirds, a small mining town…
I miss that. I’d like to see some real diversity in the universe again, dammit.
From the DC Nation Panel:
Didio: “There’re a lot of storylines that we created for the back half of 52 in the DCU,” Didio said, noting that some of the elements he referred to would begin in next week’s issue of Green Lantern.
“Next week” would refer to this Wednesday. We’ll see tomorrow when the final shipping list is posted.
Also, Brave and the Bold:
Q: Will Brave and Bold be all Batman team-ups?
Waid: There have been 15 heroes and 15 villains so far in the issues he’s written, giving a sample – issue #1: Batman & Green Lantern; #2: Supergirl, Green Lantern, Batman, Blue Beetle; #3: – all of those plus Adam Strange and Lobo.
I’m sure they mean Hal. I think the other characters are generally only referred to by civilian name.
From the One Year Greater Panel, why Kurt Busiek is qualified to write Green Lantern:
Didio then paused and asked the panel a question – favorite characters in the DCU and why?
Busiek: Hal Jordan – he’s the anti-Batman. Batman has everything mapped out seven ways, while Hal will jump off a cliff and figure out how not to die on his way down.
Q: Will we see John Stewart as Green Lantern again?
Perez: I got to draw him on the first page of Brave & Bold #1.
Waid: He’s also in 52 – John and Hal are partners. Geoff and I have talked about putting John back into the limelight as well.
Busiek: I have a big John Stewart story to tell, but I need to talk to Dan about finding a book to put it in.
Didio: We will talk.
And not from the convention, but a preview of Guy Gardner: Collateral Damage #1 is up.
Couldn’t let this thread on Comic Bloc go by without drawing some attention to it.
First, Geoff Johns posted a penciled page for the GL#13. It’s notable that when the most recent delay was mentioned (it’s pushed back to September 13th now), he seemed to have been left out of the loop about it.
But all of that is fairly ordinary. What really interested me was his next post:
We’re working hard to get this book on track. Ivan’s redesigning Star Sapphire as we type.
Back to scripting!
And in the thread directly above it…
Also, in case anyone was wondering what our arc after WANTED: HAL JORDAN is called…it’s MYSTERY OF THE STAR SAPPHIRE! More on that later.
A little late, but I had a rough week. Here’s everything Lantern-related from Newsarama’s coverage of the Toronto DC “Big Guns” Panel:
But Johns also announced he would be doing something with Ethan Van Sciver in 2007 that would be a “big Green Lantern-related project that’s going to hit around April.” Johns joked that he “stole” Van Sciver back for the project, which he said will set up the stories for the next year in the regular Green Lantern series that he writes.
“We’ve got some more candy for Green Lantern fans,” said Van Sciver, who was also on the panel. “We kind of want to do the next level of Rebirth, so that’s what we’re going to do,” Johns said.
– Each panelist was asked, “What is your favorite villain and to which villains would you like to add depth?”
Van Sciver: “Sinestro and Sinestro.”
Johns: “Yeah, Sinestro and Sinestro.”
– Johns mentioned that Van Sciver had sketched a redesign of Sinestro on the paper tablecloth at dinner the night before. “I’ve got it in my back pocket,” he said.
– One fan said he had read in a recent interview that the Guardians in Green Lantern aren’t quite as benevolent as they seem, and he wanted to know their intentions. “That’s something that Ethan and I are going to develop and explore in the project we’re doing,” Johns said.
– One fan pointed out that in 52, Alan Scott said when he returned from space that his one eye was not his own, and simultaneously, Adam Strange is missing both eyes. Johns was asked, does Alan Scott have Adam Strange’s eye? “Congratulations for asking the weirdest question ever,” Johns said to a lot of laughter from the crowd, but then answered simply, “yes.”
– The panelists asked for one last question. A fan said he heard Johns hint online that he wanted to do a Sinestro Corps one-shot, and he wondered if it would happen. Johns laughed and said, “I don’t know.” Then he looked at Van Sciver, who said, “We like Sinestro a lot.”
And for those of you who don’t check my regular blog, the JLA#1 cover has apparently been leaked.
In addition to that, there’s a Greatest Green Lantern Stories Ever Told collection coming out this Wednesday.
It includes —
From the Golden Age: Green Lantern (Vol I) #1; All-American Comics #89
From the Silver Age: Green Lantern (Vol II) #1, 9
From the Bronze Age: Green Lantern (Vol II) 87, 172; Superman #257, Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #3
And from the Modern Age: Green Lantern (Vol III) #3, 0; Green Lantern: Mosaic #5; Green Lantern Gallery and Green Lantern Secret Files 2005.
I was pretty good about news when San Diego Comicon was happening, but because I went to Chicago and was a little exhausted when I returned, I slacked off for a little. I did some reporting earlier on this site, but that was a personal anecdote and I wanted to get all of the info into one place. I didn’t take notes at the second panel, so here’s some quotes off of the three pertinent Newsarama articles. CBR didn’t have anything to add about Green Lantern.
I’ve procrastinated for nearly a week, but I was resting from the trip. Chicago’s a longer drive from Oklahoma than it looks. But I was there. Kalinara and I were at both DC Panels at WizardWorld last weekend. I was able to ask a Green Lantern question at each. Geoff Johns was there to answer.
My first one was clumsy, because I wanted to know about all three characters but would have settled for a vague idea that one of them would show. It wasn’t reported by Newsarama, but I think CBR got it. Sorry, Soyo, I know you wanted a Carol question but I thought this would be my last chance and I figured he’s say “No” in either case for Carol. I hedged my bets and merged to get “Are we going to see the Zamarons, Carol Ferris, or Star Sapphire soon?” Answered with a yes. Couldn’t get a clarification. Still, it was a ridiculously fun panel to attend. I say ridiculous because of the audience members who voted that Dick Grayson was a “bigger stud” than Hal Jordan when the question came up. I say fun because it was fun the entire time.
At the second panel, I saw Jim Starlin and Geoff Johns in one place so I got in line to ask about Cosmic Odyssey. There was a line of people approaching a microphone to speak, so I had time to think about my question while I stood there. I almost asked a question about feminism, but I was preceeded by an Identity Crisis complaint and a question on labeling, and my issues are much more complex than those. I didn’t want to get a defensive answer on the tail of them, plus I wanted to know about Green Lantern. I’m actually very glad I decided that, because the answer I got from this next question was too perfect. It was so perfect that it was already reported on Newsarama, and Kalinara mentioned it also. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
By the time they’d finished dancing around the issue of labels for the guy right in front of me, I’d made up my mind to ask about Katma Tui. Only I disguised the question so it seemed to be about John. Ended up with “Just a simple John Stewart fan question — he’s had a lot of specials like Cosmic Odyssey and Mosaic that haven’t been referenced in a few years. Do they still count in the new continuity?”
Johns nodded and said yes. I was very surprised by this.
“The end of Mosaic is still in continuity?”
He answered yes again, not seeming to see why I didn’t believe him. At this point a terrible thought struck me. Maybe he didn’t remember the ending of Mosaic. I almost asked specifically about it, but stopped myself. Suppose he changed his mind once he knew?
I felt like I’d stolen a pair of really expensive shoes and had to get out of the store before the clerk noticed. I immediately started for my seat, then nervously stepped back to the microphone and gave him a Thank you! Then I resumed sneaking to my seat.
This had to have been fun to watch, since we had front-row seats and I was attempting to be invisible, walking down the center aisle with a thief’s posture. Dan Didio watched from his podium, where even leaning forward he towered over writer and fan alike. I was directly in front of him, and had to move closer to get to my seat.
“Can I just ask one question?” he said, scaring the living daylights (not to mention the recently passed on nightlights) out of me. I suspect I may have paled, but I smiled and nodded quickly. I think.
“What happens When Fangirls Attack?” He asked.
I blinked, then realized what he meant. My shirt! I had the When Fangirls Attack shirt on! He’d asked the same thing yesterday, and Kalinara had had a nice pithy response (“Wouldn’t you like to know?”) I was relieved, and drew a blank. Kalinara was sitting in the front row, I was all alone on the spot! I badly wanted to say “Your writers get tricked into resurrecting awesome female characters” but didn’t. I just smiled, looked down demurely and continued to my seat. I was aware of some vague joking between the panel and the audience while I did.
I think it was very nice of him to give me a second chance to advertise the website again, but I was too nervous and happy to take it. After the panel, we approached the Green Lantern writer. I asked if he’d read Mosaic‘s ending. He nodded.
“Oh, then you know Katma Tui was resurrected at the end?”
The look on his face was beautiful. Just beautiful. I swear, you could just see the light bulb fire up above his head. That look was worth the drive.
Just asking that question was totally worth the drive.