Monday, August 20, 2007

November DC

Its that time of the month again! (Shut up Sims, I don't mean that time of the month.) Newsarama has the November pre-solicits up. The full ones should be around by 5 PM on Monday, but it looks like all of the Green Lantern stuff made the early ones.

Written by Geoff Johns
Art and cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert
Variant cover by Gary Frank

This is it! The most talked-about storyline of the summer, “The Sinestro Corps War,” concludes in this double-sized anniversary issue! Why does Sinestro believe he has won? How will Hal Jordan stop his greatest enemy? What is the truth behind the prophecy of “The Blackest Night”? Where will the end results of this battle take the Green Lantern Corps? What is the bizarre fate of the Anti-Monitor? Why has Earth been assigned so many Green Lanterns? Learn all the secrets! Witness all the battles! Prepare yourself for the startling ending of the greatest epic in the history of Green Lantern!
Retailers please note: This issue will feature two covers that may be ordered separately. For every 10 copies of the Standard Edition (featuring a cover by Ivan Reis & Oclair Albert, retailers may order one Variant Edition (featuring a cover by Gary Frank). See the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale November 28 • 64 pg, FC, $4.99 US
"Why has Earth been assigned so many Green Lanterns?" There needs to be an explanation for that? Haven't they seen what Earth in the DCU is like? I'd stick a few extras there too! Hell the Guardians could save a lot of time by just basing the Corps on Earth, because if a universal threat isn't from there its headed there anyway.

Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art and cover by Pat Gleason & Prentis Rollins

“The Sinestro Corps War” epilogue! The fires still burn, the dead are many, and the Green Lantern Corps rises from the ashes to rebuild and continue their mission to protect the universe as the Guardians’ recent decision in the midst of the Sinestro Corps War reverberates within the ranks and alters the Corps forever!
On sale November 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Oa is seriously still on fire in November? This started in June and they still haven't managed to douse it. They need a Green Lantern Fire Brigade because this is hardly the first time in the last 25 years that place has been set ablaze.

Written by Ron Marz
Art by Michael Lacomb
Cover by Ivan Reis

Ion is the chosen one of the Green Lantern Corps, whose coming was foretold as a prophecy in the Book of Oa. But now that Kyle Rayner has been possessed by Parallax, can he ever bear the mantle of Ion again? Or will it pass to a completely new bearer? This all-important Sinestro Corps tie-in reveals the answers, and sets the stage for Green Lantern — and Kyle Rayner — for years to come!
On sale November 7 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
That bug is still inside Kyle by this point? Damn, I was betting on the Parallax special being when it gets moved. DC, that's another dollar you've lost me.

Funny how every other special has been about an active bad guy as the title character, but this one is the second one about Kyle and instead of Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Parallax #2 or Green Lantern Special: Ion we have Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Ion. It makes me wonder if Sinestro's going to try to place Ion inside one of his lackeys to make a second Parallax-level ally. I mean, everything we've seen has suggested that Kyle was in the driver's seat while Ion was boosting the engine. Sinestro himself said Ion wasn't a possessing force like Parallax, but a support entity. There's no reason to think that a bad guy hosting the whale would be anything other than a bad guy. Sinestro would be stupid not to try this.

Most importantly though, who the fuck is Michael Lacomb and can he get the hair right?


  1. I have to admit that the suspense is killing me. At least we know that Kyle doesn't die, which should hopefully kill THAT little rumor.

    At this point I'm more worried about Mogo than Kyle.

  2. I think they extracted Ion from Kyle and put him into, I dunno, a cigar box or something. I think I remember they were storing him somewhere underground in the last "GL" issue...

  3. Oh, I don't think Kyle will die, because I think the Sinestro War is a setup to restore Hal as the One True Perfect Lantern instead of one among a group of human Lanterns. So Kyle has to knocked down, instead of dead. Plus, how can Hal be the Perfect Lantern if he doesn't save Kyle?

  4. ..hmm, that really should have been on the last GL post, sorry!

  5. Okay Tav, you can think that if I can think you're just being a big sillypants.

    (Though for the record, you WERE the one who suggested that Kyle was going to be killed to give Hal, John, and Guy angst over having to kill him.)

  6. No, I just said that I didn't think people's fears (that you were tweaking) were irrational; maybe he'd be the protagonist as you were presuming and heroically overcome, or maybe he'd be used to provide angst for other characters.

    And I certainly hope you were right; I vastly prefer the post-Rebirth setup to what seems to be going down now. I just think that the structure of the setup and the bits of post-game solicits we've seen suggest otherwise.

  7. Earth in the DCU is the home of the last Kryptonian (or four), the last Martian (or two), two New Gods, a Quantum Elemental, and a population that routinely (and randomly) sprouts the ability to shoot planet destroying rays from their eyes or something.

    There should be eight Green Lanterns there. At minimum.

  8. Tavella -- Here's the thing, those fears are based on events that happen in a different series with a different creative team and a different editor. They're also based on the idea that Hal Jordan was brought back at the expense of other characters, which he wasn't. Kyle's era was the one where editorial felt there should be a One True Lantern. The current direction is to have as many as possible. From the moment Hal Jordan has come back, Green Lantern fans have had everything but John.

    Its based on the idea that Johns wants to tear down Kyle to build up Hal. Aside from liking how johns writes both of them, this totally misses the way Johns writes both Kyle and Hal. Johns seems to absolutely adore building Kyle up as this incredibly impressive Lantern (Rebirth showed that Kyle could pretty much be dragged through Hell and still succeed; Sinestro Corps was almost OVERKILL when it came to breaking down Kyle enough to get possessed by the same creature that just managed to grab Hal not at the point Coast City was destroyed, but around the beginning of volume 3). Johns interviews differ from Kyle's creator (Marz was the one who liked the "random choice" origin, Johns said in a post-Rebirth Wizard interview he thinks Kyle was a purposeful choice on Ganthet's part) and has written the best defenses of Kyle as a character by putting words in Hal's mouth in Rebirth.

    Its also based on the idea that somehow Hal will be built up and Kyle torn down by putting the same elements that bring down Hal's history in Kyle's past, which really irks me because the idea that Hal will be the ultimate Lantern with Parallax in his past while Kyle is only diminished by it implies that, at heart, Kyle is not as strong a character as Hal is.

    And I'm too big a Kyle-fan to react well to that.

    I'm glad you hope I'm right, but I'm bothered by your position beyond simply hoping you're wrong.

  9. re: Great Flamin' Oa
    Aren't fires usually composed of a lot of bits of yellow?

  10. Hey Chris, eight Lanterns would be a GREAT idea!