Happy New Year, Source readers. As you can imagine, we've spent the morning sifting through emails and getting our system used to waking up at a reasonable hour.
But there's little time for that. Time to shake off the vacation rust and get rolling, as stuff is always happening in the DCU. And by now, you're well aware of a little thing called BLACKEST NIGHT, right? Having read #6, I'd imagine you're chomping at the bit for any and all things related to the event. Well, GREEN LANTERN #50 is coming on 1/27. Dubbed by GREEN LANTERN Associate Editor Adam Schlagman as "BLACKEST NIGHT #6.5," the issue is a perfect bridge between the issues, and full of some major turning points for our heroes.
But enough of my banter. We gave GREEN LANTERN writer Geoff Johns a buzz for more on the issue. Take it away, Geoff:
"Picking up right where BLACKEST NIGHT #6 left off, things get a whole lot brighter in GREEN LANTERN #50 as Hal finds himself side-by-side with the newest Corps recruits. But not all of them are exactly suited for the job. And none of them are prepared for the power of the Black Lantern Spectre. Doug Mahnke has done some of the most amazing work of his career on this issue."
And, because it's not a Monday morning post without some cool art, here's an amazing pair of pages from Mahnke. Nice way to kick off 2010, huh?
So, Green Lantern Corps #43 just hit your local comic shop.
You probably have a few questions, the first being "Tomasi! Why the hell did you kill Kyle Rayner you schmohead?"
Completely understandable, and if I was writing this after GLC #43 had already been in your hands for a few days, well, I could say quite a bit more about it and go into some details as to why things turned out the way they did, but I can't. But, I would be remiss to mention that since Kyle is dead a certain dark hued power ring tries very hard to call dibs on Kyle's finger and there's a lotta people who love him who most certainly do not want to see that happen -- one of those being your trusty writer for hire.
What I can say about issue 43 is that it has some incredibly high emotional moments due to Kyle's death and can be boiled down to four words: Guy Gardner, Red Lantern. To say that he proceeds to go completely freakin' crazy would be an understatement. It all goes red for Guy, which results in quite a few action scenes where bodies tend get a bit worse for wear. And, as all this bloodletting is going on, Lantern Soranik Natu is overcome with grief but gets on getting on with what she knows how to do best, which is to try and save people amidst all the chaos.
It's a rock 'em sock 'em issue, and if you've been along for the ride I hope it'll hit ya in the gut. If you're just climbing on board the Green Lantern Blackest Night express, all I can say is welcome to the party pal, you ain't seen nothing yet!
Now, excuse me while I hit the sack a little early. My son and I are gonna get up and catch the Geminid Meteor shower around 2am, when stars burn and stars fall.
• iFanboy talks to writer Matthew Sturges about this week's JSA ALL-STARS #1.
• AMAZON's OMNIVORACIOUS blog has some kind words for the collected edition of BATMAN: BATTLE FOR THE COWL, featuring the work of writer/artist Tony Daniel.
We realize you're probably scrambling to get everything done in time to jet out of work early and get on with your Thanksgiving, but why not take a moment to look at some lovely BLACKEST NIGHT: WONDER WOMAN #1 artwork from Nicola Scott, who's pairing with writer Greg Rucka on the three-issue mini-series. See? We knew you'd come around.
The BLACKEST NIGHT darkens the skies over the Justice League in this important tie-in issue by the new team of James Robinson and artist Mark Bagley. Can the team get it together in time to survive the return of the undead Dr. Light? Or will his now-shadowy evil strangle everybody where they stand? Good, valid questions that we won't answer here. But we do have a few Bagley pages to kick the week off.
Writer James Robinson and artist Mark Bagley are in the early stages of their run on JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, but they've been anything but quiet. As you saw in their first issue, some heroes have already fallen. And #39 brings the League into BLACKEST NIGHT. But what happens after? Well, that'd be telling. What I can do, though, is show you some pencils for February's JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #42, from Bagley.
What would drive a Lantern to abandon the ways of willpower for pure rage? We're not sure, but we're curious to find out. So, we asked GREEN LANTERN CORPS Editor Adam Schlagman to give us some info. And he was kind enough to throw in some art. So, take it away, Adam:
What could turn the most bad ass Green Lantern into a crimson spewing red one? Find out in Green Lantern Corps #42 (on-sale November 11th) as Guy Gardner experiences a tragedy so utterly terrible that he loses complete control in Green Lantern Corps #43 (December on-sale) leading to his selection by a red ring of rage. Welcome to the Red Lantern Corps, Guy Gardner!
In the meantime, wet your appetite with this awesome design by Green Lantern Corps artist Pat Gleason then pick up Green Lantern Corps #42 on Wednesday to witness the shocking ending that only writer Peter J. Tomasi could tell.
Lots of fun stuff going on around the web, so let's hop to it, shall we?
• The gang at MTV SPLASH PAGE have an interview with BATGIRL writer Bryan Q. Miller discussing the first few issues of the series, with preview pages from BATGIRL #4. Worth a read.
• IGN previews pages from GREEN LANTERN CORPS #42. Stay tuned for more on that issue and #43 later today right here on The Source.
• NEWSARAMA's got their latest installment of 10 Questions Plus One Answer with our very own Dan DiDio, and Dan gives some interesting teases about what's in store for some key characters in 2010.
• And, in case you missed it, culture and entertainment site POP MATTERS has a lengthy and engaging essay on writer Grant Morrison's run on BATMAN AND ROBIN. Perfect lunch break reading material.