DC’s March Solicits Signal Big Changes for the Lanternverse
Of course the concerns from fans are that one (or more) of the ring wielders from Earth will be shelved by DC as they perhaps choose to scale down the Green Lantern universe after a decade of expansion based on the sales numbers indicating that five titles are too many. That’s understandable given that the sales numbers simply aren’t there like they were when Geoff Johns brought a huge spotlight to the franchise and elevated the Green Lantern mythos to a point where the character often replaced Wonder Woman in promotional images. The enthusiasm for the characters have cooled a little and perhaps DC feels it’s time to reign things back in for a while.
Kyle Rayner and Guy Gardner are the two big question marks, especially given the synopses provided by DC. Kyle’s fate seems sealed but we know that solicitations are often sensationalized for the sake of stimulating sales so there’s that to consider. I think if there’s room to “trim the herd” of the Earth lanterns DC would be better suited to point the Grim Reaper’s scythe in another direction, but I would not be surprised if Kyle either finds another role in the DC universe post-Convergence or he does indeed meet a noble end.
The solicitation for Red Lanterns really looks like they are leading Guy Gardner’s life towards another path similar to what we saw foretold in Red Lanterns: Futures End #1. If the solicitation is to be taken at face value Guy faces a crossroads of sorts in the final issue, either embracing his Red Lantern role fully, finding hope as a Blue Lantern, or maybe back to his roots as a Green Lantern alongside John Stewart in a relaunched Green Lantern Corps book.
What of Simon Baz? Geoff Johns says there are plans for Baz but so far he’s been the most underutilized ring bearer of the five. If Simon Baz was created by anyone other than Johns I’d wager that he’d be the most likely suspect if DC were looking to reduce the number of Earth Lanterns, the man on the other end of the aforementioned scythe. While Johns is more focused on DC Entertainment at this point in his career I don’t see Dan DiDio or Jim Lee approving of bumping Baz off knowing Baz represents something personal for Johns and that’s why I have some concern for Kyle Rayner fans.
What books get relaunches and what new series DC will publish in June will likely not be revealed any time soon, but knowing the timeline involved in DC moving their publishing arm to the West coast a number of decisions have likely all been made. Nondisclosure clauses will likely prevent the creative teams for revealing anything until DC is ready, but I for one hope that if new Lantern family titles are announced they include an anthology book or a weekly series. Hopefully we won’t have to wait for the June solicitations to see what books we can start looking forward to.
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