From the Editor's Desk: Brian Cunningham on War of the Green Lanterns
Tue, 03/29/2011 - 8:00am
When I was recently handed the editorial reins to GREEN LANTERN, GREEN LANTERN CORPS and GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS, it felt admittedly daunting. I was coming on board just as all three titles raced into the massive crossover story, “War of the Green Lanterns.” It was an intimidating prospect.
At our first story conference back in December, the experience was unlike any I’ve had before. The creative energy between writers Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi and Tony Bedard just sizzled with electricity. And riffing along with them were editors Eddie Berganza, Adam Schlagman, Darren Shan and myself.
In the considerably tiny conference room, huge ideas were put forth. Giant sheets of paper were taped to a wall, and with every cool moment or scene written down with markers, we had the makings of a major turning point in the lives of Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner. I was simply stunned at how committed the team was with pushing boundaries, asking taboo questions and taking real creative risks.
And while every single Green Lantern gets affected by the story’s outcome, none shine more brightly than franchise star Hal Jordan. Hal meets this enormous challenge the only way he knows how—head on with a healthy dose of fear that he needs to overcome. That he MUST overcome. Simply put, Hal makes choices throughout the “War” that will both thrill and chill, and that is not hyperbole. Not at all.
The post-“War” worlds of all three GREEN LANTERN titles look very little like they did before it started. Again, I stress, not hyperbole. I wish I could tell you more, but I have to save SOME surprises for you guys!
I hope you guys enjoy it as much as the teams that put it all together do.