Talking GREEN LANTERN/RED LANTERNS #28 with Robert Venditti and Charles Soule

Talking GREEN LANTERN/RED LANTERNS #28 with Robert Venditti...

By Alex Nagorski Friday, January 10th, 2014

This February, GREEN LANTERN and RED LANTERN are being combined into an exciting, double-size issue with two covers at the special price of just $2.99!

In this must-have issue, the Green Lantern Corps and Red Lanterns will be forced to face a crisis in Sector 2814, which includes both Earth and Ysmault (home of the Red Lanterns). Ever since Guy Gardner made a bargain with Hal Jordan and took over as the leader of the Red Lanterns at the end of “Lights Out,” he and his team have been the official protectors of Sector 2814. But when the Red Lanterns start to visit Earth, will Hal begin to regret his actions? And did Hal not realize the scope of what he was agreeing to when he gave Guy his own sector?

“The main through-line of story in the flip book is that there's a new Red Lantern discovered in Green territory, and it's very surprising to Hal,” writer Charles Soule explained to NEWSARAMA. “He felt like he could trust Guy to do the right thing. And the mystery of who that character is, how that character was created, and how both Guy and Hal deal with that character is really a big part of that story. It ends up that Hal and Guy have a lot of unresolved issues about the how 2814 thing. Hal is not aware, necessarily, of how Guy has been sort of running with things. So that's got to be resolved. And they have a lot of other unresolved issues, and tension with each other. So that's a big part of it. But we also layer in existing plot lines in each of our respective books so that you'll come away with a nice status quo change for both books. You'll learn about a lot of things. And you'll be able to just keep reading the books and run with them.”

“It's such a huge discovery that happens with this new Red Lantern that it mandates, despite all the plotlines going on in the books, that this is a situation they have to deal with immediately, because of what it could mean and the potential repercussions of it,” writer Robert Venditti said to COMIC BOOK RESOURCES. “That's how the Red Lanterns and the Green Lanterns come together. I will also point out that there's a unique bit of synergy as it comes out the fifth. That Saturday is February 8, 2014 -- so it's 2814!”

As for how and why Supergirl joins the Red Lanterns?

“There are things going on in the Red storyline that allow for the team’s membership to get expanded a bit, and I also knew that DC is always open to hearing interesting new ideas about the characters, particularly ones that help to emphasize the cohesiveness of the universe,” Soule told COMICOSITY. “It’s been pretty clear that Kara’s been dealing with a lot of anger – so it makes sense that a red ring might find her. But that’s not where it ends. The ring is just the beginning of Kara’s story with the Reds. We’re treating it almost as therapy, and we’ll get some cool beats out of it, both in Red Lanterns as well as the main SUPERGIRL title Tony ’s writing.”

In the gallery above, take a first look at some interior pages from GREEN LANTERN/RED LANTERNS #28 by Billy Tan and Alessandro Vitti, and don’t forget to pick up this monumental issue when it flies into stores on February 5th.