Color Scheme: DC Artist Morales Talks 'Tales of the Corps'
by Vaneta Rogers
Date: 20 April 2009 Time: 12:47 PM ET
Rags Morales: Tales of the Corps
Newsarama Note: As Morales notes, interior art for Tales of the Corps is not yet available. At the right is Ed Benes interlocking covers to Tales of the Corps #1-#3. As DC announced recently, the three-issue mini-series Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps will begin on July 15 and will come out weekly for each of the last three weeks of July, just as the Blackest Night event begins. The issues will be co-written by Johns and Green Lantern Corps writer Peter Tomasi with art by Morales, Chris Sprouse, Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke and others. As Johns told Newsarama last month, basic information on the Lanterns of the seven colors in the emotional spectrum will be in the next few issues of Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps, but the Tales of the Corps series will go into "a lot more detail on a lot of these Lanterns." "There's going to be some research on my part going into it," Morales said of drawing the many different colored Lanterns. "I've had my head wrapped around other projects, so I haven't been delving into the Green Lantern stuff as much as I'll need to now. I have a general idea of what's going on with the various colors and how their Lanterns look. But I'll have to really sit down and get into these characters and talk more with Geoff about each of the concepts." The three-part cover by Ed Benes was revealed earlier this month by DC and features characters from all seven corps, including a never-before-seen character named Indigo. As solicitation copy says: "Bear witness to Blue Lantern Saint Walker's pilgrimage of hope, Star Sapphire Carol Ferris' sacrifice for love, Green Lantern Kilowog's courageous beginnings, Red Lantern Vice's source of rage, Orange Lantern Blume's bizarre creation, and the first appearance of the mysterious Indigo, leader of the Indigo Tribe!" Morales said he's also expecting to work on Black Lanterns during the project. "Geoff and I have had a few conversations about what I'll be drawing," he said with a laugh. "So yeah, I'm well aware of the terror of the Black Lanterns. I know what characters I'll be dealing with, and some of them I'm very familiar with." The artist said getting to draw cosmic stories about alien creatures and space battles will be a bit of a challenge for him, but that's one of the reasons he took the project. "You know, it's funny. Ethan [Van Sciver] said, 'You know, there's one thing I've never really seen you do is something cosmic.' And it dawned on me that it's true," Morales said. "A lot of what I've done is more archaic and savage, like Black Condor or Turok or even Forgotten Realms, where I started my career. Even Hawkman was more about swords and savagery. But this is sci-fi, and it will be a challenge for me to figure out my impressions of things that are more science-oriented or magic-oriented rather than just brutal or utilitarian." Morales said he's hoping that being involved in Blackest Night will also get him back into the "mix of things" at DC. "It's always great to do something that you know the company is really counting on and the audience will enjoy," he said. "When people look back to how so much of this started with Identity Crisis, it's nice to know I was part of that springboard. "I know I kind of spit the bit with Wonder Woman and the whole OMAC thing," Morales said of his inability to finish his work on Wonder Woman in 2006. "The reasons for that have been well documented. And it's nice to know that if you keep pushing and asking the right questions, there's an opportunity that will fall into your lap and you'll get the chance to draw something really special." Until his Blackest Night work begins, Morales is doing two issues of Justice League of America with writer Dwayne McDuffie. It begins with this week's issue #32, and the artist will also be drawing next month's issue #33. "JLA was offered to me as a regular series, and it was a plum opportunity, but I was already committed to work with Geoff again," Morales said. "I really wanted to sink my teeth into something that was a little more uncommon. Something that wasn't a monthly book. The chance to work with Geoff was just too tempting." His return to the JLA after having been gone from those characters for awhile was a little different because the line-up has changed so much recently, Morales said. (also here on Newsarama) that he would be working with Johns on an unnamed project in the future. "I don't want to jinx our next project," Morales said. "But it's probably the one character, and I guess on some level a family of characters, that we've been dying to do. Certainly for me, it's one of my favorites. We're going to go very cool and deep with the characters and the supporting cast, and make this character make more sense now than it ever has before. With Geoff at the helm, and with me and my energy for it, this is the one project I would basically lock the door and take the phone off the hook for. It's definitely going to be a lot of fun, and with Geoff it'll be a real collaboration. "It's been handled on many occasions, but I think we'll have the final say on this character," he added. With the evidence pointing toward Johns' collaborators wanting to work with him again and again, we asked: What's this ongoing appeal of working with Geoff Johns?