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Interview: Van Jensen Talks GREEN LANTERN CORPS, John Stewart & Space Vampires

Find out what the new direction of the series involves.

In the Green Lantern comics we've had back to back crossovers. With the current storyline ending, we'll also be seeing possible new directions as all the titles will be getting new creative teams. GREEN LANTERN CORPS will be taken over by Van Jensen with Robert Venditti co-plotting. We wanted to find out what we could expect in the title so we asked Jensen a few questions.

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #22

Comic Vine: After all the chaos in Wrath of the First Lantern and Rise of the Third Army, what's the tone of the series going to be?

Van Jensen: There's definitely some heavy stuff that's just gone down with the Green Lantern Corps. A big thing we want to do is focus on where things are, what the new status quo is and how it affects these characters. We're definitely building up on that and picking up the pieces where they are. Going forward, I think maybe there's a shift in tone. We're going to try to go back a little bit to a sort of high adventure feel. I think the Green Lantern books have been great. They've been maybe a little darker in the past than where they're going to be headed for. We're trying to return it a little more to the 60s and 70s era Green Lantern feel.

CV: Hal Jordan is going to be the leader of the Corps, will he have a big presence in this title or just the occasional appearance since he has his own book?

VJ: He's not going to have a huge presence. A big part of that is by design. We don't want to have one character dominate multiple books. Really for the time being, GREEN LANTERN CORPS is very much going to be John Stewart's book. We really wanted to take these Green Lantern books and use each of them to focus on one of our main Lantern characters. Of course GREEN LANTERN is going to be Hal, Guy will be over in RED LANTERNS and Kyle continuing in NEW GUARDIANS. The good thing about that is it gives me a chance to really explore John Stewart's character, where he's at, what he wants and where he's going, the role he's going to play in rebuilding the Corps.

CV: What can you tell us about issue 21 and Guy Gardner's role? He was originally listed in the solicit.

VJ: He will not be in the issue. He does not show up for the immediate future, at least not in GREEN LANTERN CORPS.

CV: Will this book have a closer connection to RED LANTERNS?

VJ: They'll be fairly separate for the time being. Definitely going forward there's going to continue to be some points of overlap in our shared universe. Our characters all have a lot of relationships and, of course, John and Guy have a very close and long friendship. In their new roles, there's going to be some obvious points for them to come together. In the short term, we won't see Guy for a little bit.

CV: You mentioned a bigger role for John Stewart, is that what we'll be seeing in the next few issues?

VJ: Exactly, yeah. I would say it's really primarily his book.

CV: John never got a zero issue either. Will we get to find out more about his origin in the New 52 and if anything has changed?

VJ: There's probably going to be a little bit of that going forward. There's not any in the next few issues just because twenty pages is kind of a limited amount of space. Once you start adding in flashbacks, you can pretty quickly limit the amount of story you can tell. I do really want to focus a lot on his background. His background in architecture as well as his military experience are going to play a pretty big role. Some of that is just going to rise through conversation or within the ongoing plot of the book rather than be a whole issue of blow by blow character history.

GREEN LANTER CORPS #21

CV: Is John going to be stationed on Oa or will he be going out in the universe?

VJ: John, with the other members of the Corps, they will be stationed on Oa primarily but it is just as it's always been, a base of operations. Issues 21, 22 and 23, we're already going to see the Lanterns out and about, active in the universe. The real idea that we're exploring, going forward, is like you mentioned, we had Rise of the Third Army and Wrath of the First Lantern, the Green Lantern Corps through the Guardians have been made to look very poor to the eyes of the universe. The universe sort of lumps the Guardians the Green Lanterns all together. Everyone really sees the Lanterns as almost a threat more than anything. It's a very new dynamic for them. How do you police people who don't want to be policed?

CV: How much of Bernard Chang's art have you seen so far?

VJ: I've had the chance to look at all of 21 and I've seen several covers and quite a few sketches. I think he's actually working on 22 right now. The art I've seen is great. Bernard is someone I've been a big fan of for years and years. It's really exciting to get a chance to work with him and see those pages pop up in my email.

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #21

CV: I can't wait to see them. You're right, he does great stuff. Since you've been known to write a book or two with vampires, any thoughts to having space vampires show up?

VJ: [laughs] There's definitely a history of vampires showing up in the DC Universe, of course more recently. There have been some Green Lanterns that have been known to fight vampires. So not in the near future but I'm definitely open to the idea of exploring that idea.

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #21 is on sale June 12, 2013. Be sure to pick it up to see John Stewart's adventures in the Corps.

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Edited by ravisher

they should put him in the the jl movie

Posted by Dernman

I hope not. Should be the main GL and non Ryan Reynolds Hal Jordan.

Edited by OutlawRenegade

@ravisher said:

they should put him in the the jl movie

Agreed. Also this interview has me totally psyched for this book! And Chang's art is so goddam beautiful! This may be the first time in 20 years that John gets real love from DC Comics.

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@ravisher said:

they should put him in the the jl movie

Agreed. Also this interview has me totally psyched for this book! And Chang's art is so goddam beautiful! This may be the first time in 20 years that John gets real love from DC Comics.

Agreed with all of the above.

This is looking like a high quality book! Bernard Chang's art is beautiful, and I'm liking John's new role and his relationship with Fatality. I haven't read much of Van Jensen's work, but I have faith in him because Venditti vauched for him and this is his chance to make a name for himself. Also, I hear he was a police reporter at one time. That should give him stuff--cool, funny, sad--to draw from for GLC.

I hope that Van Jensen finally deals with the fact that the book of the Guardians in the Tower of Talo prophesied John's birth similarly to Blackest Night (see Green Lantern Mosaic). No other Lantern is directly mentioned in a prophecy like that. John was born for greatness. I'd like to see him live up to that.

@dernman said:

I hope not. Should be the main GL and non Ryan Reynolds Hal Jordan.

Lol, not even Reynolds wants to be Green Lantern anymore.

http://www.movieweb.com/news/ryan-reynolds-doesnt-want-to-return-as-green-lantern-in-justice-league

http://www.avclub.com/articles/ryan-reynolds-doesnt-want-to-be-green-lantern-agai,94203/

And that terrible movie should not be put into the same continuity as Man of Steel. Warner knows people won't go pay to see another Reynolds Green Lantern film, anyway.

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@superdork said:
@outlawrenegade said:
@ravisher said:

they should put him in the the jl movie

Agreed. Also this interview has me totally psyched for this book! And Chang's art is so goddam beautiful! This may be the first time in 20 years that John gets real love from DC Comics.

Agreed with all of the above.

I'm also in total agreement!

Thanks for the interview, Van! I cannot wait to pick this book up. It's my most anticipated DC title. I like the idea of things not being as gore-porn-y as they were under Johns but still remaining serious. And I like the idea of this being an adventure book. There should be no limits on the stories one can tell with a title like this.

It's a good time to like comics. This summer I'll be picking up Green Lantern Corps, Superman: Unchained, Batman, Batman/Superman, Wonder Woman, and Flash via single issue.

Posted by longbowhunter

Glad John's finally getting some well deserved focus. Smart move giving each Lantern a separate title. I thought they should have done that years ago.

Posted by Dernman

@dernman said:

I hope not. Should be the main GL and non Ryan Reynolds Hal Jordan.

Lol, not even Reynolds wants to be Green Lantern anymore.

http://www.movieweb.com/news/ryan-reynolds-doesnt-want-to-return-as-green-lantern-in-justice-league

http://www.avclub.com/articles/ryan-reynolds-doesnt-want-to-be-green-lantern-agai,94203/

And that terrible movie should not be put into the same continuity as Man of Steel. Warner knows people won't go pay to see another Reynolds Green Lantern film, anyway.

I don't want that or that movie link to the JLA either. I'm trying real hard to forget it ever happened. I mean really who's idea was it that Reynalds was anything like Hal?

Posted by Black_Claw

Can't wait to read this book! And if anything, Ryan Reynolds should've been the flash.

Posted by theTimeStreamer

dem deltoids

Posted by The Stegman

Dat Art

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Edited by kriminal

i wanted simon baz to get his own book. he should havd taken over new gaurdians then id be interested in all 4 gl books. kinda sucks he is stuck in jla so theres not as much solo time

Edited by FlashDamn

Awesome I might just pick this up with my favorite Book(GL:New Guardians) and the art are is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo GREAT

Edited by JakeN7

Needs more BAZ!!!

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Posted by SlickyMike88

Like the art:)

Posted by TommytheHitman

I was brought here when they mentioned Space Vampires.

Posted by G-Man
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Posted by TommytheHitman

@g_man: Well it helped make me read the article. Good job!

Edited by blkson

The art looks good and all, but Fatality's skin looks too bright in these panels. Hopefully it's just the lighting of the area and they did not brighten this women's skin. This book will mos def be added to the pull list. Can't wait!

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

Edited by OutlawRenegade - May 15, 2013 at 6:14 AM

@ravisher said:

they should put him in the the jl movie

Agreed. Also this interview has me totally psyched for this book! And Chang's art is so goddam beautiful! This may be the first time in 20 years that John gets real love from DC Comics.

This!!

Posted by ZZoMBiE13

Well this just what I was hoping for. John Stewart is my favorite Lantern character. And a book focusing mostly on him is a great idea.

Now if I can just convince Ed Boon to put Stewart in INJUSTICE, all things will be right with the world.

Posted by Extremis

Glad each of the main lanterns are getting spotlight in their own titles now. This is a big reason why I'm pumped for this.

Definitely getting GL for my pull. I'll be getting first issues of all of them though to see what else I want to add. June is going to be a great month. A GL title every week :)

Edited by Impy

Now I'm starting to consider picking this up in June instead of Green Lantern. Hmmm....

Edited by blur1528

I'm sure the title will be good... But I wish I hadn't heard about all the awesomeness Josh Hale Fialkov was going to do with GLC and RL. The thought of those tying together and Guy doing cool stuff in both books had me psyched...

Edited by Arkhamc1tizen

Cool

Edited by OutlawRenegade

I just want to say how much i'm looking forward to this again. John has deserved his OWN book for a long time.

Edited by Avenging-X-Bolt

@blur1528 said:

I'm sure the title will be good... But I wish I hadn't heard about all the awesomeness Josh Hale Fialkov was going to do with GLC and RL. The thought of those tying together and Guy doing cool stuff in both books had me psyched...

yeah, it does seem like kind of a letdown. but still, the stuff we're getting now looks great, so try and enjoy it instead of harping on the past. trust me, it'll only bring suffering.

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Posted by Twentyfive

Hype man. Too much hype. John finally has his own book again.

For now, at least!

Posted by ghost_runner

I just hope I can start reading and not get confused. i really havent been reading any green lantern books, but ill pick this up for john.

Edited by Dabee

I'm sad to see Tomasi go, but I'm also looking forward to seeing what Van Jensen does with the book.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Only fair that this book should have the emphasis on John Stewart. Still hope this book like all the rest of the GL Family titles holds up in quality for the future.

Posted by Anabyss

@outlawrenegade: After all these decades we finally get a writer who likes John Stewart, ironically Geoff Johns and the character shared the same name plus a similar setting but when he wrote Geoff was furthest from the character out of all the GL'S . I know this current guy is going to bring out all the hiddens years of potential Stewart has! On a side note though Fatality looks kinda white!?

Posted by Miss_Garrick

Space Vampires... Space LAME!!

Posted by Miss_Garrick

@anabyss:

Maybe the pink glow from her ring is giving that effect? Or maybe the artist goofed.

Posted by acon70

well its about time john gets some love. he one of the last explored GL and I for one agrees that he should be in the JL movie!