With the world’s myopic focus currently falling on NASA’s “Curiosity” Mars rover landing, many have forgotten that the universe is much larger than the inner SOL system. Its enormous breadth is, in fact, divided into 3,600 sectors, patrolled by 7,200 space cops known as the Green Lantern Corps.
I know that you know that you used to know that. It’s ok. Consider this column your reminder.
You’d recognize a number of these Green Lantern cops by name. Hal Jordon, perhaps the most famous, instantly comes to mind. But there’s also Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Raynor…and Simon Baz.
Yep. He’s the brand new, post New 52, Green Lantern recruit – and any new recruit is cause for a raised eyebrow. Perhaps never more so than today.
Find out why after the jump!
Ever since the publication of the Green Lantern: Rebirth mini series in 2004, GL has been the go-to series for DC Comics – its been the company’s biggest hit, both critically and commercially. That’s eight years at the forefront of fandom – all under the helm of writer Geoff Johns, who has given readers one great science fiction superhero storyline after another.
One year after the publishing company’s re-launch of all of their comic book titles, this month’s “0” issue is part of DC’s line-wide “origin” initiative that gives us the opportunity for a new start. Each published book in September will be a “0” issue and allow for origin stories and great jumping on points for both new and regular readers.
From Rebirth to The Sinestro Corps War, through both the Blackest Night and Brightest Day and War of the Green Lanterns storylines, the mythology of the Green Lantern universe, as devised by Geoff Johns, has been leading to this particular point, this particular September. This month sees the prelude to The Third Army storyline publication. High anticipation. That’s what you’ll get in this “0” issue.
But that’s not all.
No. You’ll also get, as already mentioned, Simon Baz, the new Green Lantern.
Baz is not only a super-powered ring-slinger, but he also carries a gun in order to mete out sci-fi justice – something no other GL cop does!
And he’s an Arab-American Muslim – a first for the ranks of the heroic Green Lanterns and, generally, not something seen in comic book publications. If company teasers are to be believed (and they should be!), this new character will play an integral part to the plot of The Third Army story, set to unfold over the coming months.
Let no good thing escape your sight! Get in on the ground floor and get in on the prologue. Make the run today and pick up Green Lantern #0 and see where all the fan-fuelled excitement begins!
Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!