"Lights Out" changes everything for the Green Lantern universe, particularly now that Oa is destroyed and the various colored "Entities" are getting involved.
This week's issue of Green Lantern: New Guardians is the third chapter in "Lights Out," which puts the various light corps up against a new villain named Relic, who is convinced the universe will only be saved if the corps are eliminated.
In art that DC provided to Newsarama, the final page (the last image previewed below) of this week's issue #24 shows that the Entities have changed Kyle Rayner's focus during "Lights Out" — potentially putting the character at odds with the other Lanterns and the Templar Guardians.
The ending of "Lights Out" is a few weeks away (after two more chapters, in Red Lanterns #24 and Green Lantern Annual #2). However, writer Justin Jordan is already revealing to Newsarama that Green Lantern: New Guardians will experience another shift in the comic's focus.
The series' writer, Justin Jordan, has already been playing with various space-based concepts in the book since taking over earlier this year. With November's Green Lantern: New Guardians #25, he'll take lead character Kyle Rayner even further out into the unexplored DC cosmos, sharing concepts and characters that readers haven't seen before.
As we did with the first two chapters of of "Lights Out," Newsarama talked to Green Lantern: New Guardians writer Justin Jordan to find out more about what's coming in "Lights Out," how the Entities get involved, and what's next for Kyle Rayner as he's thrust into space.
Newsarama: Now that Oa is destroyed, how would you describe the status and mindset of the two groups of Green Lanterns that escaped?
Justin Jordan: Desperate. They've gone up against Relic and come away battered, bloodied and bruised, and losing Oa nearly breaks them. So this is the GL Corps as embattled as they've ever been/
Nrama: The Emotional Spectrum entities are featured on the cover, and in previews, we've seen what looked like the Entities entering hosts. DC has revealed the issue's final page to us, and it's clear that Kyle is being influenced by the Entities. What role do the Entities play in rest of the "Lights Out" event?
Jordan: Well, there's only one entity host here. The Entities themselves actually do know what is going on and what they need to do about it. The problem is that what they're doing is not something Kyle, Hal, Carol or anyone else is likely to be happy about. Now, after this, we'll just have to wait and see. But things will definitely change for the Entities.
Nrama: The various light corps are being destroyed during Lights Out (particularly the Blue Lanterns), and the DC preview page shows that Kyle has obviously had a change of heart, so how much does this change the focus of your title, Green Lantern: New Guardians, going forward?
Jordan: Well, the new New Guardians (which is a ridiculous way to refer to it) has moved away from the member from each ring concept, so that isn't changing much. But the book is going to focus on what Kyle should be doing with the power of the White Lantern as much as the Templar Guardians trying to figure out what their place in the universe. Assuming all of them survive. Which I wouldn't. Assume.
Nrama: Well hat sounds ominous. But we've seen the solicitation for issue #25, and it looks like Kyle Rayner survives, as he's rocketed to the outer limits of the DC Universe after the events of "Lights Out." Does this mean you're getting to explore unseen/untold stories from DC's cosmos?
And you'll see why, fairly soon. The book is, obviously, part of the Green Lantern books, but the next few stories will focus on Kyle visiting places in the DCU we've never seen before. I wanted to write the book with a more sci-fi feel, which you could see a little of in my first two issues, and I'm jumping in with both feet for the next few issues.
Nrama: Anything you can tell us about the storyline that starts in issue #25?
Jordan: That Kyle is going to learn that sometimes, no matter how powerful you are, there are no good answers.
Also, buttersquid. It's the new space shark.
Nrama: We'll have to talk more about that after "Lights Out." Any final words you want to add about what's coming up in your "Lights Out" issue this week, as well as the coming months in Green Lantern: New Guardians?
Jordan: I'm really proud of "Lights Out." I got to read the finished product recently (as opposed to just the scripts), and we wrote a story I would want to read. So I'm hoping the readers feel the same way.