BAZ Confirmed as 1st Arab-American GREEN LANTERN
The confirmation comes from an unlikely yet reliable source: Green Lantern writer and DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns is appearing on Sept. 8 at the Arab American National Museum in Detroit to mark the hero's debut, according to a story in the Detroit Free Press.
The article, which called the hero the "first Arab-American Green Lantern," is also the first DC confirmation of the character's name — "Baz" — although Newsarama had previously reported the name from retailer-only solicitations.
Baz, who was first seen in DC's Free Comic Book Day issue in May, was later revealed in promotional images to be sporting an Arabic tattoo on his arm. Comic book fans began guessing that the hero was of Arab descent and possibly hailed from the Middle East or Asia.
Next week's Green Lantern Annual #1 has been touted as a game-changing issue for the Green Lantern franchise, kicking off the "Third Army" event that crosses into all four Green Lantern-related comics. It presumably clears the way for Baz to debut as the new Green Lantern of Earth in Green Lantern #0.
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