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Interview: Robert Venditti Talks Relic and GREEN LANTERN

Writer Robert Venditti scoops about the upcoming Lights Out storyline as well as his work on the Villains Month book!

There's lot of changes going on in the Green Lantern books, and it's not all about the villains taking over for a month. Writer Robert Venditti has been on GREEN LANTERN for a few months now and readers can already see a few big changes coming down the pipeline. But what are these changes and what's the deal with this new villain, Relic? Robert Venditti took the time to answer a few of our burning questions.

COMIC VINE: What do readers need to know going into this book that have not been up-to-date, but are interested in the upcoming "Lights Out" storyline?

ROBERT VENDITTI: There are seven different colors of the emotional spectrum, each of them represented by their own corps. Green Lanterns wear rings powered by will, Red Lanterns rage, Yellow Lanterns fear, and so on. For reasons none of the Lanterns are sure of, the rings have been malfunctioning lately. Enter Relic, a remnant of the universe before ours, who thinks he knows what's wrong with the rings and has a solution. Unfortunately, ridding the universe of every last Lantern is part of that solution.

CV: How did the creation of this character come about?

VENDITTI: As part of my preparation for writing Green Lantern, I read the entirety of Geoff Johns's run. After spending so much time steeped in the amazing mythology of the various Lanterns and the emotional spectrum, it seemed to me that there was a next logical step in the evolution of that mythology. Relic was born out of that next step. He's sort of come to embody it, in my mind.

CV: What makes Relic a character worthy of his own Villains Month book? What makes him a worth adversary of the GLC, as well as the other lantern corps?

VENDITTI: Relic has been learning how to fight Lanterns his entire life. He just never realized it until it was time for him to go to war. His Villains Month issue shows his journey from scientist to combatant, and by the end I want readers to sympathize with his cause on some level, though probably not his methods.

CV: You, along with the other creators of the Lantern books, have decided to run this upcoming story line in one month throughout all individual Lantern books. Why do it this way instead of month to month in one series?

VENDITTI: More than anything, we wanted to give an integral role to each of the four Earth Lanterns heading up their own series. Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, and Guy Gardner are all key to "Lights Out," so highlighting each of them was an easy decision. And having Green Lantern Annual #2 at the end of October gave us the extra space we needed to wrap up the story.

CV: Is Relic going to be a villain that readers will continue to see in GL books in the future?

VENDITTI: I guess we¹ll have to wait and see. One thing I can guarantee, though, is his legacy will be both immediate and lasting. Relic will change everything.

CV: What are you most excited about with this upcoming Villains Month book?

VENDITTI: The opportunity to use several storytelling techniques I've never really tried before. Relic's origin story is told in twenty splash pages, so it was all about choosing the right moments. I also told the story through a narrator¹s voice, which is something I hadn¹t done.

CV: How about "Lights Out?"

VENDITTI: With "Lights Out," I'm most excited about the story finally being on the shelves. The concepts behind the crossover were a large part of my Green Lantern pitch, so I¹ve been working on this storyline in one way or another for a year.

CV: What is the process for putting together a story line that jumps over into other books with other creative teams?

VENDITTI: It's mostly a lot of talking with the editors and the other Green Lantern group writers. Van Jensen, Charles Soule, and Justin Jordan are all very sharp guys, so it¹s great to be able to bounce ideas off one another.

CV: In solicits, it states that the Red Lanterns will be taking over Sector 2814. What does that mean for the rest of Earth's Green Lanterns?

VENDITTI: That¹s all part of Relic's legacy, which I referred to earlier. As for what it means for the rest of the Earth Lanterns, readers will get that answer very soon.

CV: If you could have any of the power rings, from any spectrum, which one would you have and why?

VENDITTI: The blue ring of hope. I'm crossing my fingers that they¹ll be searching for new recruits soon.

Huge thanks to Robert Venditti for taking the time out to answer these questions and make sure you check out this week's issue of GREEN LANTERN: RELIC which is currently sitting on your local comic shop's shelve, waiting for you!

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Posted by Arkhamc1tizen

Im really enjoying Venditti's run.

Edited by Jodez

Am I the only one who sees Relic as a Galactus ripoff?

Edited by darknightspideyfanboy

@jodez: no but then again is that bad thing for me not really especially since i kinda wanted dc universe to have there own version of Galactus same way marvel have there own darksied(thanos)

Posted by dondave

@jodez said:

Am I the only one who sees Relic as a Galactus ripoff?

Agreed his origin story is practically the same

Edited by EvilPenguin543

I'm with him on wanting a blue ring, but he never said why.

Posted by saoakden

I am curious to see what happens in Lights Out.

Posted by blkson

ill be reading

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@dondave said:

@jodez said:

Am I the only one who sees Relic as a Galactus ripoff?

Agreed his origin story is practically the same

You realise that Galactus isn't the first character to "come from the universe before" right?

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Edited by dondave

@dondave said:

@jodez said:

Am I the only one who sees Relic as a Galactus ripoff?

Agreed his origin story is practically the same

You realise that Galactus isn't the first character to "come from the universe before" right?

I know that, it's they way the origin was presented. Galactus was also a scientist on his planet who warned that the Universe could end, he also gestated for years before fully being reborn. It was just too similar for me to really like it.

Posted by kilowog52

@jonny_anonymous: I too saw Relic as a copy of Galactus, but primarily because of the hailing from the previous universe. I had no idea there were other characters with that backstory. Could you list some for me and what they're from?

Posted by Trevel8182

Relic's origin is too on the nose.

Edited by sagejonathan

Venditti is a boss.

Posted by wolvieownsgalactus16

Relic's been bouncing around like barry big balls, but that's cos he's not met wolverine yet!

Edited by tomtomiii

I've always loved Green Lantern and continue to do so. I haven't bought into Relic ... but Venditti is doing a pretty good job. After all it was going to be hard for ANYONE to follow Geoff Johns GL run.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Definitely loving Venditti's job with GL so far. So ready for "Light's Out!"

Edited by Frobin

I don't really see Relic as Galactus rip-off. He's a cosmic villain, true, and he seems to be really big, true ... but that's it. Galactus is a cosmic force of nature, a cosmic entity. I don't see such an attribute when it comes to Relic. He's just a scientist, maybe mad scientist, from the universe before our universe ... nobody knows why he still exists or why he survived the Big Bang? So he's more a very big, old and mighty person, not really a cosmic entity.

But I appreciate more cosmic villains in the DC universe, because contrary to the Marvel universe with all these cosmic empires and cosmic entities and villains, the DC universe outside of Earth very much depends on the Green Lanterns. There's not much more, maybe from time to time the Vega System and a few planets like Thanagar, Rann. But there are no really bad cosmic villains with the exception of Darkseid (and even he is very Earth focused). There would be some cosmic characters, but they usually are not really used in a cosmic way, always very Earth-centered: e.g. Despero, Starro (once used as a really amazing cosmic villain in R.E.B.E.L.S.), Queen Bee, or even Spectre, ...