Kicking off this June, RED LANTERNS will be headed in an all-new and exciting direction under the helm of writer Charles Soule and artist Alessandro Vitti.
“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,’” Soule told COMIC VINE. “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.”
As for how the Red Lantern Corps will bounce back from the events of the recent “Wrath of the First Lantern” story arc?
“Well, I think one of the things that I'm trying to do, just to start with, is to say that not only Guy Gardner, but all the members of all the Corps have been put through the ringer, which is thanks to the great work by Geoff Johns and the rest of his team. So where we start, everyone is suffering from almost, like, PTSD after that huge event,” Soule teased to NEWSARAMA. “The way that it's going to work is that Hal Jordan, who has now become the leader of the Greens, doesn't want to be blindsided again. He doesn't want to have anything sneaking up on him that he's not ready for. He realizes that the Red Lanterns, even though they've helped the Greens out in the past, are kind of this wild card. You never know what they're going to do next. They're pretty scary. They're very powerful. So what Hal decides to do is essentially send Guy out almost as an undercover agent to them … That's the initial set-up for my run. And it's cool because it lets you do a lot of things with Guy Gardner.”
For more from Soule about the future of RED LANTERNS, check out the full interviews that ran with the writer in MTV GEEK, COMIC BOOK RESOURCES, NEWSARAMA and COMIC VINE. And in the gallery above, get your first look at RED LANTERNS #21 by checking out some of Vitti’s awesome interior artwork.
RED LANTERNS #21 flies into stores on June 26th.