Midtownies! It’s Raph and it’s time to take a look at some of these new #1’s. This time we’re going to look at two of the cornerstones of the DCU: The Green Lanterns!

From DC’s Source Blog

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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.

RAPH’S THOUGHTS: There’s been a lot of talk about this whole change in direction from DC… fans have been calling it a “reboot”, while DC has called this a NEW DCU… that implies that everything changes FUNDAMENTALLY. So far, it seems like GL is going to maintains it’s status quo in the NEW DCU. What happens between the end of War of the GL’s and the NEW DCU is anyone’s guess, so I’m a little cynical, but not at all worried. Geoff has treated GL like his favorite baby, and we’ve all benefited from his helming the book. Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy have done a TERRIFIC job on their previous run on this book, so this creative team doesn’t bother me at all. Here’s to more good GL stories!

Additional titles include:

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.

RAPH’S THOUGHTS: Tomasi is back! I’ve enjoyed GL Corps since issue 1, and Tony Bedard wasn’t bad by any means, he just wasn’t Pete Tomasi. I’ve liked everything Pete does, although I am a little sad to see Guy’s lost his series in the NEW DCU, but it looks like he’s still got a major role to play… AND we get an elite GL group, which should keep the interactions focused. We’ve seen how that can do wonders, as it allows us to get to know and care about specific characters. Yes, it’s AMAZING to see a scene with 7200 ring slinging GL’s… but how do you pick a favorite? They get lost in the shuffle. As much as I like Hal, I like to see the other GL’s get some spotlight too.

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.

RAPH’S THOUGHTS: The GLC team moves onto the new series. I like this, because it gives Bedard a chance to strike out on his own, at least in my own view. Following a fan favorite run on a book, even if your stuff is good, is always hard. I don’t even remember who took over for Geoff Johns on Teen Titans… but I liked the run. See? (I looked it up… sorry Adam Beechen!) Tony has a chance to leave his stamp on the GL Universe in his own way. Tyler’s artwork is very reminiscent of 90’s Image (he did work for Top Cow), and you got LOTS of different opinions on that particular school of comic art. I think they have a chance to do really good with this.

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.

RAPH’S THOUGHTS: OH BABY! The lava puking, no prisoners taking, rageaholics get their own book! More DEX-STAR! I’m only familiar with Pete Milligan from his work in the X-Universe, Hellblazer and the excellent Human Target. Three very different genres, but I liked everything I read. Ed Benes is a known quantity, from his runs on JLA, Superman and a whole slew of DC books. Of the four books, this could be the most off-beat, fun book of them all. GL/GLC can get a little tied up in the continuity, which is fine, but for those fans who aren’t already deep into the ongoing saga, it might be easier to just watch Atrocitus puke red blood lava revenge all over his enemies.

So far so good, next post, I’ll look at the Bat-family titles in this NEW DCU! (RIP Detective Comics’ sense of tradition…)

Go Love Some Comics!

Raph

 

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