After Flashpoint, it looks like the character who's getting the most surprising push is Green Lantern. Not only is Hal Jordan getting a new #1, but the series will be joined by three new retooled GL-related series including Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: The New Guardians, and the left-field choice of The Red Lanterns. There's a wild, and really appealing assortment of artistic talent associated with the relaunch, including Darwyn Cooke and Doug Mahnke, two artists whose work I have a lot of time for, no matter of the content.*
The Red Lanterns--or the metal-est of metal Lanterns, as I like to think of them--seem an odd fit to go front and center for the whole GL relaunch. At the same time, I suspect Johns is having a great time with the the blood-spewing characters in that particular Corps.
Of course, Johns has spent a lot of time reinvigorating the Green Lantern books, so it's no big shock that DC would be interested in pushing them near the window of the likely Blu Ray/DVD release of this summer's movie. I'm just surprised they took Marvel's post-Civil War, where the guys across town but the word Avengers on a lot of books following the then runaway success of New Avengers under Bendis.
The full lineup and creative teams are listed below:
GREEN LANTERN #1
Geoff Johns has been charting the adventures of Hal Jordan and the GREEN LANTERN Corps since GREEN LANTERN: Rebirth, collaborating with such major artists as Ethan Van Sciver, Darwyn Cooke, Prentis Rollins, Marlo Alquiza and Mick Gray.
This fall, Johns reunites with artists Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy, as the series begins anew with GREEN LANTERN #1 with cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. Together they will continue to thrill readers and expand the Green Lantern mythos.
Change is coming. But set aside your fear. It’ll be worth the wait.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1
When deadly conflicts emerge across the universe, it’s up to Guy Gardner, John Stewart and an elite Green Lantern strike force to keep the peace.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1 will be written by Peter J. Tomasi with art by Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna. The cover to #1 is by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy.
GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW GUARDIANS #1
Who are The New Guardians?
The power of Rage, Avarice, Fear, Will, Hope, Compassion and Love combine to be the most powerful (and colorful) team in the corps under the leadership of Kyle Rayner. Beware their power . . . and their volatility!
GREEN LANTERN: THE NEW GUARDIANS #1 will be written by Tony Bedard and illustrated with cover by Tyler Kirkham and Batt.
RED LANTERNS #1
Going solo. Atrocitus and his Red Lantern Corps return in their own series, battling against injustice in the most bloody ways imaginable. This Lantern Corps takes no prisoners, they are judge, jury and executioners!
RED LANTERNS #1 will be written by Peter Milligan with art and cover by Ed Benes and Rob Hunter.
*Don't tell anyone I said that--I'm a story-first reader but I'd buy "Darwyn Cooke's Illustrated Phone Book" if it were released today.
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