Exclusive: DC Comics’ ‘Green Lantern’ Solicits And Interview With Robert Venditti

by Matt Wilson

The evilest of the DC Universe evildoers are taking center stage this September and we’ve got an exclusive first look at the solicits for the “Green Lantern” family of titles featuring the murderous Relic and the return of Black Hand! As a bonus, we chatted with writer Robert Venditti and got the scoop on what dark twists are on the way!

“Green Lantern: Relic” #23.1

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by RAGS MORALES and CAM SMITH
3-D motion cover by BILLY TAN
On sale SEPTEMBER 4 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Who is Relic, and why must he kill every being in the universe who might wield the light of the emotional spectrum? Relic’s power could be the most formidable force the Lanterns have ever seen! This issue’s story incorporates Rags Morales’s recent variant covers from GREEN LANTERN, GREEN LANTERN CORPS, GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS, RED LANTERNS and LARFLEEZE, now with inks, full color and script!

“Green Lantern: Relic” writer Robert Venditti on some of the dangerous forces that are brewing this September!

Geek: In the preliminary sketch of Relic that’s been released, there’s an image in the middle that looks a lot like Hal Jordan standing next to Relic for scale. What role will his enormous size play in your story?

Robert Venditti: That is indeed a tiny Hal standing next to Relic. Relic has increased strength and durability proportionate to his size, all of which makes him a handful to deal with in a fight. But above all, it’s his mind and the knowledge he possesses that pose the biggest threat to Hal.

Geek: Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern run focused a lot on the world of the various lantern rings and crises that arose from within it. Relic looks like he comes from outside that arena. Am I right on that? What can you say about his motivations?

Venditti: He comes from outside every arena—at least every arena readers have ever been shown—but he’s also uniquely tied to the various Corps. As for what motivates him, it’s pretty simple: He wants to rid the universe of every last Lantern. Forever.

Geek: That’s some contraption he has on his back and extending out to his left hand. Any clues as to what that’s for?

Venditti: His strength and durability aside, Relic isn’t a character with any inherent powers. His abilities are derived from a lifetime of research, which he has then applied to various technologies that make him uniquely suited to combating Lanterns. That, more than anything else, is the reason he’s such a formidable adversary for them.

Geek: You have said that Relic’s a scientist. Is he a mad scientist? What did he study?

Venditti: He isn’t a mad scientist at all. He’s the preeminent mind in his field of study, and his overarching theory is completely lucid and rational. More than that, it’s already been proven true. It’s the way he chooses to communicate his theory to others that crosses into malevolence.

Geek: The name “Relic” implies a certain ancient quality. What’s the meaning of the name, to you?

Venditti: Relic is ancient, but that isn’t where is gets his name. And it isn’t a name he chose for himself—it was applied to him by others. Derisively so.

Geek: Relic has been teased as “changing the Green Lantern universe forever.” What’s he planning to change, if you can give us some clues?

Venditti: Besides exterminating all Lanterns from the universe? It’d be over-the-top spoilery to reveal anything beyond that at this stage in the game, but I will say that the answer will be hinted at throughout the summer issues before being fully revealed during Villains Month.

“Green Lantern: Mongul” #23.2

Written by JIM STARLIN
Art by HOWARD PORTER
3-D motion cover by BILLY TAN
On sale SEPTEMBER 11 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Deep in space, an unstoppable force is committing genocide on a galaxy-wide scale, and only the strongest will survive! Be warned, because nothing can prepare you for an all-new Warworld under the absolute rule of the tyrant called Mongul!

“Green Lantern: Black Hand” #23.3

Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by ALBERTO PONTICELLI
3-D motion cover by BILLY TAN
On sale SEPTEMBER 18 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
In a world with no heroes, death lies behind every turn! Black Hand arrives to take advantage of Forever Evil, and he may be the most dangerous player yet! And when last we saw him, Black Hand was a pile of dust in the Dead Zone! How did he manage to return?

“Green Lantern: Sinestro” #23.4

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by DALE EAGLESHAM
3-D motion cover by BILLY TAN
On sale SEPTEMBER 25 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Years ago, Sinestro used his Green Lantern ring to utterly dominate his home planet of Korugar, all in the name of “protecting” his people. It’s the mistake that turned his name into a curse, and brought down the greatest Green Lantern of them all… but one never-before-seen moment from those dark days holds the key to his future!