On July 10th, DC Comics will release "Justice League" #22, the first chapter of "Trinity War": an epic six-part crossover spanning the "Justice League," "Justice League Of America," and "Justice League Dark" series.  We got the opportunity to speak with the artists of all three "Justice League" titles about their work on this crossover, their careers, and their inspirations…  Here we present our conversation with Ivan Reis, and once you finish reading, check out our interviews with Doug Mahnke and Mikel Janin for additional insight on "Trinity War" and its repercussions in the DC Universe!


The crossover "Throne of Atlantis" kicks off in this prelude issue that features the debut of Aquaman's estranged brother Orm! Read our interview with writer Geoff Johns about the event and see our exclusive preview of Aquaman #14 here!


Who will decide the fate of the planet in the newest issue of "Earth 2?" Get a sneak peek before "Earth 2 #6" hits shelves on Wednesday, November 7.


Following the announcement that Ivan Reis and Joe Prado will be taking over full-time art duties from Jim Lee on "Justice League," DC announced (via USA Today) that beginning in issue 15 the sunken city of Atlantis will attack the team, kicking off the 5-issue event "Throne of Atlantis" which will continue into the pages of "Aquaman."


MTV Geek is pleased to present an exclusive preview of Aquaman #10, hitting stores and digital June 27th from DC Comics:

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Aquaman #1, Geoff Johns (w), Ivan Reis (a) [Print]

THE PITCH: He may be the king of Atlantis, but Aquaman wants to protect the citizens on dry land.

HOW WAS IT? The cover of Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis' take on Aquaman is selling you something hard, mean, and gritty. And with Johns' name on the cover, that's like some kind of extra reinforcement that you're going to get something in-line with his last few years of Green Lantern, which is to say alternately crazy fun, then crazy dumb, and then crazy nasty and more often than not a combination of all three at once. In short, for good or ill, his work is very metal. I wasn't following the character too closely, but I think the last major development with Aquaman in Brightest Day (penned by Johns, naturally) was the character only being able to control dead aquatic life or something like that. It would be par for the course, then, for the character to be going through some kind of angsty, gnarly reinvention for the New 52, right? Read More...

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:


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.


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.


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.


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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By Chris Arrant

At both major superhero comic publishing power-houses DC and Marvel there exist a core group of creators that serve as the most valuable players and the engines for both companies' comics. Marvel recently identified its key writers with December's "Architects" announcements, but what about their counterparts – both across town at DC as well as their collaborating artists?

It's with that idea in mind that I've put pen to paper – or in this case finger to keyboard – to draw out the top talent in several categories. This exercise follows in the footsteps of Marvel's recent "Architects" announcement and "Young Guns" from years past, while taking a big picture look at both major companies' talent roster in five categories: writers, artists, special teams' creators, future franchise players and overlooked creators. Using sales charts, creator workloads as well as reader sentiment, I've compiled this list.

Take note: this looks at the talent pool based strictly on each company's primary lines of titles – the company-owned superhero lines.


They're where the ideas start, and where ideas turn into plots that turn into scenes and then dialogue. Both DC and Marvel have in-person meetings (called "summits") with their top writers to plan out story-arcs and goals for the future of individual titles, groups and lines as a whole. With the rise of readers following creators just as much as they follow characters, writers have become a key selling point as well as behind-the-scenes and behind-the-scenes coordinators with editors.

DC: Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, James Robinson, Peter J. Tomasi, Gail Simone
MARVEL: Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Jonathan Hickman, Jason Aaron, Ed Brubaker


In what promises to be a very "Green" first six months of 2011, Green Lantern will appear on the poster for the 2011 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (also known as C2E2). The poster was drawn by C2E2 guest-of-honor Ivan Reis, who is no stranger to the adventures of the Green Lanterns. For more information about C2E2 and to buy tickets, visit their official website.


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