Welcome to the other side of Villains Month. Yes, the villain-centric titles are behind us, but if you thought that meant things were going to get easier for our poor heroes, think again. For starters, the Crime Syndicate is still pretty much running the entire freakin’ planet, and with the Secret Society backing them and the Justice League nowhere to be seen, it’s clear that Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman and the rest are here to stay.
This October, “Lights Out” will span across all of the GREEN LANTERN family titles. And earlier this week, Relic’s Villains Month one-shot hit stores and set the stage for this epic crossover event that will change the Green Lantern universe forever.
When it comes to creating unforgettable comic books, having a great artist as well as an amazing writer sort of comes part-and-parcel with the package. You know, cause of the whole graphic storytelling thing. It's, like, literally one-half of the phrase.
A skilled artist not only creates eye-popping imagery but also uses that imagery to bring the story to life through panel-to-panel sequential storytelling. It's a difficult skill to master, but if skills were hit points, artist Ivan Reis might as well be a Level 99 Kryptonian Flame Dragon.
Ever since the new creative teams took over in June, each issue within the GREEN LANTERN family of titles has featured a black-and-white variant cover by Rags Morales that tells a small piece of Relic’s origin story. And in September’s GREEN LANTERN #23.1: RELIC, all of these covers will be collected – fully lettered, in color, and with additional new pages – to tell the full story about where this mysterious villain came from and how he came to be.