Day 1 at the San Diego Comic-con brought the DC Nation panel as well as another panel that marked DC's 75th anniversary. Geoff Johns was on hand at both panels, and dished out some information on upcoming events in Green Lantern as well as some comments about the upcoming movie.
Everyone's favorite Red Lantern Dex-Starr sees the Red Lanterns are a surrogate family and there will be more pages given to him and it was hinted that there may be a meeting between Dex-Starr and Streaky. Johns confirmed that he's working on a Larfleeze Christmas special and hinted that there may also be a Valentine's special for Dex-Starr if there's enough interest.
There will be another GL Secret Origin arc and it will be drawn by Ivan Reis.
The Green Lantern movie costume was brought up by a fan. Johns said it will not have nipples, making reference to the horrible outfits in the George Clooney Batman film. He did say that when you see it in motion with the final actual costume he has faith that even us purists will be very happy.
Someone asked about the question that Hal was supposed to ask Sinestro in the "Rage of the Red Lanterns" arc and it will finally get asked sometime this year.
Johns commented that, as soon as he got involved into the idea of the emotional spectrum, writing Hal became easier. He also said that he doesn't usually like to write in front of a computer alone. He became uncomfortable going to the dark places he found himself in when writing about Black Hand and it took a lot out of him, commenting that "sometimes I felt like I needed a shower afterwards."
|October's GL #59|
Speaking of Black Hand, he and the Indigo Tribe will show up in GL #59 and we'll learn more about them, hinting there was more to them that we might think.
Johns doesn't have an issue with the continued comparisons being made between Green Lantern and Star Wars, and said that Ganthet is like Yoda in his potential to kick ass. Mogo's absorption of the Black Lanterns during Blackest Night was not consequence free and there will be repercussions on the horizon.
Someone asked about Johns' workload and inquired about how long Geoff would remain on the Green Lantern book. According to Eddie Berganza it will only be when Johns retires. Johns says he has never thought about leaving.
Johns said that as a kid, his mother would give him ten dollars to help him learn responsibility. He would buy a Little Debbie snack cake for ninety-nine cents for lunch, and then use the remaining nine dollars to buy comics!
A fan asked why Earth is such a focal point in the Green Lantern comic currently. Johns replied that it was to "shake it up," and points to Denny O'Neil as one of his influences, who did many Earth-bound Green Lantern stories. "He'll be back in space soon," Johns said.