SDCC 2012: DC Comics - Justice League and Green Lantern Panel
DC continued along through the day on Friday, this time talking Green Lantern and Justice League titles. Here's the panel description followed by the highlights:
1:45-2:45 DC Comics: Justice League and Green Lantern - Comics' top talent-writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee-continue their historic team-up on DC Comics' bestselling Justice League, while Geoff continues his epic run on Green Lantern. Johns, Lee, Tony Bedard (Green Lantern: New Guardians), Brian Buccellato (Flash), Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Justice League Dark), Francis Manapul (Flash), James Robinson (Earth 2), and Nicola Scott (Earth 2) explore some of DC Comics' spectacular titles. Room 6DE
Justice League #12 sees some changes taking place as some members quit. The second year is about the team learning what they should be, and how Aquaman brings that point across, which is illustrated in the cover through symbolism.
After that, we move into issue #0, which sees Billy Batson meeting the wizard who tries to tell him how magic works, but Billy doesn't quite believe him. And then in issue #13, seeds are planted for the upcoming Trinity War and more changes that are upcoming for year two of the book.
Now on to Green Lantern #0 and the exploration of this new Green Lantern that carries a gun for backup. The story shows how things move forward into The Rise of the Third Army as well, which will crossover into all the Green Lantern titles. The Guardians are trying to shut down free will in their last attempt to bring control and order to the universe, but Johns says they're not "just a bunch of preachers."
Then in Green Lantern Corps #0, we see the story of Guy Gardner, which sets the stage for what happens with him in the coming months.
Things get kicked up a notch in Green Lantern: New Guardians #0. Kyle Raynor seeks to master the entire emotional spectrum, said writer Tony Bedard, which is not an easy task. But he may play a large role in The Rise of the Third Army story. Bedard says it's similar to a movie where the warrior protagonist has to learn all sorts of different fighting styles to defeat an emey, including emotions that don't come naturally to Kyle, like rage.
As shown in earlier panels and already out across the net, the #13 issues of the Green Lantern titles connect together to form an awesome widescreen poster:
The Flash is the next title discussed. They say they're not completely redoing Barry Allen's origin, but we see the journey of how he becomes who he is in issue #0
Then in issue #13, it's a gorilla invasion as Gorilla Grodd leads the charge with a lot of help to make himself a new home.
Moving on to Earth 2 #0, James Robinson calls it an "adventure of the trinity." In the issue, we see the heroes react to different things in new ways, and we see how Alan Scott became the greatest hero on that world after the issue. Nicolla Scott commented on the epic scope of the battles fought on this world as illustrated through the art. Jim Lee notes that Scott redesigned all the Earth 2 costumes. Robinson added that there's definitely a more mystical sense to Earth 2 than the main DCU earth. His next arc sees the heroes pitted against the government, and seeds of that have already been planted.
Jeff Lemire boils the team down to its essentials in Justice League Dark #0. It sees a young John Constantine falling in love with Zatanna and dealing with other problems as he takes his first trip to America. There will be some new members joining the team, including Frankenstein.
A few answers to fan questions to wrap things up:
- Bedard noted that Kyle's past before becoming a GL needed to be explored because there are plenty of stories there left to be told.
- It's important to explore who Billy Batson was before introducing Shazam, said Johns. When he does join the Justice League we will see how his style compares and contrasts to the rest of the teams'.
- In response to whether Wildcat would be introduced in Earth 2, Robinson said he's trying to pace out introductions since these are new characters. But yes, he is coming.
And that's a wrap.
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