Interview: Charles Soule Talks RED LANTERNS, Guy Gardner & (of course) Dex-Starr

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RED LANTERNS has sometimes been a bit of an enigma. We have a team full of rage-filled beings, willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill whatever their current goal might be. In Peter Milligan's final issue, we even saw some members questioning what their purpose is supposed to be. Now with a new creative shift in all the LANTERN titles and Charles Soule taking over RED LANTERNS, we're due for some changes and some answers.

We had the chance to ask Charles some questions to find out what the heck Guy Gardner is doing on the team and how much more of Dex-Starr can we expect?

Comic Vine: Where do see the Red Lanterns headed? What will be their mission in the universe?

Charles Soule: The way I want to write the series is to give it a tone sort of like a TV show like Sons of Anarchy or The Shield. Where you have essentially this team of kind of anti-heroes, where you have people that do crazy things that you can't believe, but it's all hopefully in the service of a greater good. The tagline I've sort of been using for this is "Bad people doing good things by doing bad things."

The main kind of new addition to the team that will hopefully help make that tone work is Guy Gardner. He's coming over to be a full-fledged embedded member of the Red Lantern Corps. He brings all of his backstory and all of his personality, humor and craziness. It's all going to be part of the Red now. It think that will help to offset the teeth-grinding aggressiveness of Atrocitus in a way I think will create a really great dynamic.

The tone will change a little bit but in a way that I think is going to be really entertaining and fun and people will enjoy reading it.

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CV: Will you be focusing on Atrocitus and what's next for him after achieving his revenge against the Guardians?

CS: Yeah. Atrocitus is a gigantic part of the Red Lanterns story. You can't tell a story that doesn't include Atrocitus. When we start, he is basically in a position where he's thinking, "We've spent most of our existence relating to issues that the Greens have had. We get called in as heavy hitters at the last minute to sort of save the day as a big nuclear assault. But where does that get us? What are we supposed to be for?" Some of his Reds are asking him those same questions as the leader so he's trying to figure some of that stuff out.

When the first issue begins, he has a plan that he's going to put into effect. You'll get a sense of what he wants to do and where he's going to take them. When Guy Gardner shows up, sent in as almost a…I think 'spy' is maybe a little strong but certainly, Hal sends him to the Reds on purpose, on a mission to keep tabs on them. He doesn't want to be blindsided by anything that the Reds might do. Integrating those two viewpoints is going to make some sparks.

CV: Is Guy's reasoning going to be clear right away, why he's there?

CS: You're going to see it, I think, a page after the pages shown in the preview. You'll see very quickly why he's there and what he's doing there. It's going to be cool, I guarantee it. The last few pages of my first issue will sort of change things in a way that I think people are really going to respond to or I'll get an earful on the Internet. One way or the other, it's going to be something.

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CV: In RED LANTERNS #20, Atrocitus seemed willing to let others challenge him for leadership, how will that work out with Guy now on the team? What's their dynamic going to be?

CS: Because they're both very much Type A personalities, not used to letting other people be in control? Is that what you're getting at?

CV: Yeah.

CS: That's going to come into play immediately. Guy isn't really looking to run the Red Lanterns. Who wants that job? Certainly not Guy Gardner. But at the same time, if you're doing something Guy Gardner thinks is idiotic, he's going to let you know about it. There will be significant conflict between Guy Gardner and Atrocitus. No doubt about it.

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CV: Besides Hal, will John and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps immediately be aware of what Guy's up to?

CS: Well, that, I think I'm going to leave for the issue to lay out, when it comes out. It's certainly something that the dynamic of who knows, how they know, why they know and when they know - all of that is going to be an important part of the Red Lanterns storyline. You can see how that could be a little tricky since Guy is essentially undercover and not everybody knows he's undercover.

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CV: On the cover to issue 22, you can see Guy still has his Green Power Ring. Will he try to wield both rings?

CS: I'm going to leave that for the book too. Sorry I can't give you more answers. It all gets explained in the issues in a way I think is pretty cool. I don't want to spoil too much now.

CV: How much of a role will Guy have in this book? Will other Red Lanterns also play big roles?

CS: You'll still see all of the other Red Lanterns. I should say I'm focusing on the ones that are sort of sentient, the ones that can think. I think it's tough to write a book that's all about just screaming rage monsters. The ones that are the core cast are Ratchet, Rankorr, Skallox, Bleez, Zilius Zox, Atrocitus and Guy Gardner. The ones we've seen, up to this point, as the thinking talking ones that have personalities and different power sets.

As far as whether or not we see them, yeah, we see a lot of them. Guy Gardner is a big part of the book. I would say he's certainly one of the leads. When you take on a team book, it's a 'team book.' I think it's doing a disservice to the work that other people have done in creating those characters and obviously the readers to not treat them that way. Everyone gets their moments. Certainly with that big a cast, not everyone's at the full front of each issue at every moment but you can bring them out and pull them back. Hopefully it'll all work out nicely.

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CV: Rankorr believed the power of Rage can be used for good. Will he still pursue that idea after the events of issue #20?

CS: He's definitely going to be an interesting part of the book because he has powers that none of the others have. How those work and how their used is going to be a big big part of the book going forward. Plus I like him because he's British, from his origin. I'm thinking of him as almost a space John Constantine. Which is kind of a funny character to write.

CV: Are we going to see more of Dex-Starr?

CS: Dex-Starr…I was wondering when Dex-Starr was going to come up.

CV: He's gotta come up.

CS: Yeah, I think Dex-Starr is one of the coolest things about the Red Lanterns and it would be idiotic of me not to use him. He does something pretty cool in the first issue. Then he continues to have a pretty sweet role going forward. I like Dex-Starr quite a bit, just like everybody else does. He's a cool, weird space cat.

CV: That's good to hear. Thanks a lot. We're looking forward to seeing what you're going to do with this book.

CS: Alright. Thanks so much.

Be sure to check out Charles first issue. RED LANTERNS #21 is on sale June 26, 2013.

#1 Edited by Mucklefluga (2589 posts) - - Show Bio

Dex-star wooooo

#2 Posted by FlashDamn (947 posts) - - Show Bio

I am totally confused about the guy gardner red lantern thing could somebody please explain it cause I thought he went as a spy then came back to the green lantern and now he is back.CONFUSING.help?

#3 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6885 posts) - - Show Bio

I think I'm liking how Hal has put Guy into the RL ranks to be a 'spy' so to speak, but I swear its going to come to blows with Atrocitus later on. The whole 'questioning their purpose' idea with Soule's new run I have just a minute issue with since it is in contradiction to what the Red Lanterns are all about. I am liking him bringing in The Butcher for a more useful purpose. Finally, Soule's very philosophy I think is what COULD potentially bring this book back into popularity again..."Bad people doing good things by doing bad things." Absolutely right. I got high hopes now! Don't let me down, Soule!

#4 Posted by Shajita (35 posts) - - Show Bio

I read the first issue of Red Lanterns but it really didn't do anything for me. But I like Guy Gardner, so I'll probably check it out.

#5 Edited by Arkhamc1tizen (2145 posts) - - Show Bio
#6 Edited by The Stegman (25035 posts) - - Show Bio

Guy and Bleez??? Ewwww. Humans having sex with aliens still kinda freaks me out, he knows nothing about her biology...her "who ha" can be acidic to humans for all he knows.

#7 Posted by FlashDamn (947 posts) - - Show Bio

Guy and Bleez??? Ewwww. Humans having sex with aliens still kinda freaks me out, he knows nothing about her biology...her "who ha" can be acidic to humans for all he knows.

funny

#8 Posted by ptigrusmagus (494 posts) - - Show Bio

I will be picking this up again!!

#9 Posted by Dark_Guyver (2361 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_stegman: Tell me you wouldn't hook up with Bleez given the chance?!? Lol.

#10 Posted by BlueLantern1995 (2448 posts) - - Show Bio

Guy as a Red Lantern? This will be interesting. Again as I've said before Graphic Novels can't come to soon.

#11 Edited by k4tzm4n (49052 posts) - - Show Bio

Charles Soule: The way I want to write the series is to give it a tone sort of like a TV show like Sons of Anarchy


Sold.

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#12 Posted by fodigg (6146 posts) - - Show Bio

Red Lanterns has been so fake-90s-edgy that I've avoided it. Every character seems so laughable that the cat is the least of my concerns. I can't imagine anything good happening for Guy there except a regression of the character.

But hey, if it lets Stewart step forward I'm all for it.

#13 Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt (13411 posts) - - Show Bio

Guy and Bleez??? Ewwww. Humans having sex with aliens still kinda freaks me out, he knows nothing about her biology...her "who ha" can be acidic to humans for all he knows.

well, its possible he could have checked the database on hus......y'know what, he probably just hit it.

#14 Edited by millennium (208 posts) - - Show Bio

so is rankorr (the guy who should of been the main character but wasnt) going to get more buried now that guy is coming to the team since he was already getting over shadowed to begin with or are they going to have guy take him under his wing thats what i wont to know

Guy and Bleez??? Ewwww. Humans having sex with aliens still kinda freaks me out, he knows nothing about her biology...her "who ha" can be acidic to humans for all he knows.

to boldly go where no earth mans penis has gone be for - William Shatner

#15 Edited by Perfect 10 (1096 posts) - - Show Bio

love dex-starr. he needs a bigger role other than standing in the background all the time.

#16 Posted by Rich711 (259 posts) - - Show Bio

Green Lantern Corp looks like it will be boring so I am switching to Red for a while.

#17 Edited by dementedtheclown (747 posts) - - Show Bio

Guy and Bleez??? Ewwww. Humans having sex with aliens still kinda freaks me out, he knows nothing about her biology...her "who ha" can be acidic to humans for all he knows.

That's why they have condom constructs!

#18 Posted by dementedtheclown (747 posts) - - Show Bio

@the_stegman: Tell me you wouldn't hook up with Bleez given the chance?!? Lol.

I would, she looks kinda like the pre-52 Harley Quinn.. wonder if she would object to wearing the costume for me, cant be hard to construct using Red Lantern ring.

#19 Posted by SaintG (66 posts) - - Show Bio

Is it just me or is hal not wearing a ring, I mean come on.

#20 Edited by bigboi100000 (224 posts) - - Show Bio

Mickie heel turn inc.

#21 Posted by Miss_Garrick (1757 posts) - - Show Bio

Yep, you gotta have the space cat!

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