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Interview: Robert Venditti on Taking Over GREEN LANTERN

The writer discusses taking over the title after Geoff Johns' nine year run.

GREEN LANTERN is one a DC Comics title that has remained consistent over the years. Carrying over most of the continuity from before The New 52 is one reason. Having Geoff Johns as the writer for nine years is another reason. It was announced in February that Johns was leaving and Robert Venditti will be taking over.

What can we expect from Venditti? We asked him a few questions to try to find out what we can.

Comic Vine: How does it feel to be the writer for GREEN LANTERN after Geoff Johns' nine-year run?

Robert Venditti: Hal Jordan is one of the most iconic characters in all of comics, and getting a chance to take on GREEN LANTERN is something I never imagined would happen. It definitely isn’t the sort of opportunity that comes along every day. There’s obviously no small amount of pressure that comes with this type of job, but I try not to dwell on that. All I can do it tell the kinds of stories I like to tell the way I know how to tell them. Hopefully, readers will enjoy the result.

CV: When did you first find out you were getting this gig?

RV: December. I flew to New York and verbally pitched my story ideas to the editors and execs at DC, which was a bit nerve-racking. Since I’m a writer, I’d never describe myself as a strong verbal pitchman. But by that time, I’d spent so many weeks going over the story in my head and on paper, I was able to muddle through.

CV: About how far out have you mapped out your stories?

RV: It’s difficult to say. I have several storylines and subplots ready to go, but I’ve learned that writing for monthly comics can be a very fluid process. Some arcs take more time than originally planned, and others take less. It’s entirely possible I’ll come up with a new story idea, and things will go in an unexpected direction. I will say that I’m scripting our fourth issue right now, so I suppose at least that much is carved in stone.

CV: How closely will your title run with GREEN LANTERN CORPS or GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS? [Note: This was asked before it was announced Venditti would be co-writer on GL CORPS].

RV: There will be common threads running through all the titles, but the intent is to have each stand on its own as a story as well.

CV: What can you tell us about the direction you're taking the GREEN LANTERN? Will it be focused on Earth, in space or both?

RV: It’ll be very cosmic in the beginning. New alien races and new worlds—there’s one issue that will have not one single person or place that has ever been shown in a GREEN LANTERN comic before. Given the events that will transpire by the end of Geoff’s run, it just makes sense to start in space for awhile.

CV: What sort of antagonists will you use, new ones or old ones?

RV: The first long-form story will feature a pair of new antagonists, but there will be some familiar faces, too. All the villains will be connected, though, even it they don’t realize why or how.

CV: What's the biggest threat or obstacle for any Green Lantern?

RV: Something you haven’t read about yet. But you will in September.

CV: I know we may have to wait for the events of Wrath of the First Lantern to be over but can you tell us what you have planned for Hal Jordan? What's this about the Corps becoming the "most feared and hated group in the universe"?

RV: The Green Lantern Corps is a creation of and is led by the Guardians, and lately the Guardians’ leadership has been suspect to say the least. If they’d had their way, freewill would’ve been eradicated from the universe during the Rise of the Third Army event. So, you know, the Corps has understandably lost some credibility with the average citizen. That’s one of the many challenges Hal will have to cope with as he guides the Corps into the next era of its history.

CV: Is green now your favorite color? Will you be wearing more green to comic conventions?

RV: Violet is my favorite color. I’m a lover, not a fighter.

You can check out Robert's first issue of GREEN LANTERN with #21, on sale June 5.

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Edited by ptigrusmagus

Cool interview. I wish him the best! Sci Fi and cosmic stories are my fav. Looking forward to reading some Green Lantern comics that are -not- huge crossovers.

Posted by Mucklefluga

I have faith that this will be good but i'm still gonna drop Green Lantern when Johns and Mahnke leave.

Posted by BlueLantern1995

Hmm...interesting I have faith in this writer. Hopefully its right. Still waiting for Hal to become a Black Lantern though...

Posted by MT_man

I don't know how I feel about this. I'm curious to see how this will work out especially how he's gonna sort out the relation between the different corps. I hope it's gonna be as awesome as it is now!

Posted by xtremekidx

wont be surprised if he leaves before starting his run too :(

Posted by mattydeNero

For me, this is more about the character than the creative team. I am FULLY supportive of Venditti. Although I am not as familiar with his previous work, if an individual is given the reigns of GL after Johns' run...GJ had to have some say so and/or endorsement for Venditti. It'll be a change of pace for GL and I, for one, am excited.

Posted by noj

I may be wrong but I have a feeling not everything is as it seems with the GL solicits. I was thinking that maybe Hal will become a black lantern and stay that way for some time. Sinestro will be the actual lead of the main GL book and Hal will get a black lantern ongoing. These covers and solicits are meant to keep from spoiling the end of Johns run like how the cover for Batman and Robin 18 had Robin on the cover in the solicits. No evidence just a feeling I have

Posted by sho3s22

I'm glad he plans to keep the stories (and Hal) cosmic, always thought of Green Lanterns as the Jedi of DC.

Posted by sho3s22

@noj said:

I may be wrong but I have a feeling not everything is as it seems with the GL solicits. I was thinking that maybe Hal will become a black lantern and stay that way for some time. Sinestro will be the actual lead of the main GL book and Hal will get a black lantern ongoing. These covers and solicits are meant to keep from spoiling the end of Johns run like how the cover for Batman and Robin 18 had Robin on the cover in the solicits. No evidence just a feeling I have

hmmm. didn't think of this. Hal Jordan the greatest black lantern and Kyle Rayner the greatest white lantern? Maybe Hal will join the New Guardians

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@BlueLantern1995 said:

Hmm...interesting I have faith in this writer. Hopefully its right. Still waiting for Hal to become a Black Lantern though...

why? we had that crap pre flashpoint. the black lanterns just need to stay away now.

@noj said:

I may be wrong but I have a feeling not everything is as it seems with the GL solicits. I was thinking that maybe Hal will become a black lantern and stay that way for some time. Sinestro will be the actual lead of the main GL book and Hal will get a black lantern ongoing. These covers and solicits are meant to keep from spoiling the end of Johns run like how the cover for Batman and Robin 18 had Robin on the cover in the solicits. No evidence just a feeling I have

this would be the worst thing ever, i dont thin a Black Lantern could hold an ongoing anyway because they arent really alive. just rings guiding host corpses.

@sho3s22 said:

@noj said:

I may be wrong but I have a feeling not everything is as it seems with the GL solicits. I was thinking that maybe Hal will become a black lantern and stay that way for some time. Sinestro will be the actual lead of the main GL book and Hal will get a black lantern ongoing. These covers and solicits are meant to keep from spoiling the end of Johns run like how the cover for Batman and Robin 18 had Robin on the cover in the solicits. No evidence just a feeling I have

hmmm. didn't think of this. Hal Jordan the greatest black lantern and Kyle Rayner the greatest white lantern? Maybe Hal will join the New Guardians

i doubt it.

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Posted by noj

@Avenging-X-Bolt: the thing is that Hal isn't going to be a regular Black Lantern. He is prophesied to be the greatest Black Lantern. The normal rules wouldn't apply to him just like they didn't apply to Black Hand. Black Hand is technically a Black Lantern but he keeps his free will and has powers regular Black lanterns don't.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@noj said:

@Avenging-X-Bolt: the thing is that Hal isn't going to be a regular Black Lantern. He is prophesied to be the greatest Black Lantern. The normal rules wouldn't apply to him just like they didn't apply to Black Hand. Black Hand is technically a Black Lantern but he keeps his free will and has powers regular Black lanterns don't.

I see. well , i still hope they just ignore it. It sounds stupid to me.

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Posted by JamDamage

Wait another day. Vandittit will come out and say he quit DC too.

Posted by dondave

Good Interview

Posted by sparty-dbq

Coming Tuesday:

Interview: Robert Venditti on leaving Green Lantern.

Posted by Lvenger

A good interview. It's a shame I have to drop Green Lantern for budget reasons in August but Venditti sounds like he knows what he's planning to do in his run so I'll be eagerly following it.

Posted by Captain13

Long live, John Stewart--one of the most iconic superheroes of all time!

And Free Fialkov!

Posted by k4tzm4n

I have full faith in Venditti. He's doing wonderful sci-fi work over on X-O.

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Posted by ptigrusmagus

Cue the lame jokes about creators leaving DC before their ru.... oh wait.

Posted by kilowog52

I know it's sad that Johns is leaving the title, but if he feels that he's completed his GL magnum opus and wants to expand another character's mythology, then that's great. Any book written by Johns, I'm sure will be great. And I'm sure GL will continue to be great. Though I haven't read any of Vendetti's previous works to my knowledge, it sounds like he's taking the book in the right direction.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Well its good to see that Venditti plans to have the titles run independently for a while. I may still stay with the GL family titles since he will be at the helm...just so hard after the disappointing fallout with Fialkov.