As DC launches new approaches to its headline characters in June, one of the biggest changes is the status of the Green Lantern characters. With former Green Lantern Corps leader Hal Jordan gone rogue, the rest of the Corps suddenly goes missing — stranded in a universe they don't recognize, surrounded by constant villainous challenges.
And according to writer Cullen Bunn, this series will have a major impact on the DC universe, both now and in the future.
Bunn is working with artist Jesus Saiz on Green Lantern: Lost Army, and is putting the focus on fan-favorite character John Stewart. Stuck without access to the Green Lantern power battery, Stewart's joined in parts-unknown by fellow Lanterns Kilowog, Arisia, Xrill-Vrek and Two-Six.
As readers found out in the Green Lantern: Lost Army sneak peek, the Lanterns meet up with former foe Krona — although it might be a little different version of the character than the Lanterns know. And solicitations have revealed that Guy Gardner joins his fellow Lanterns in the book.
Newsarama talked with Bunn to find out more about this "Lost" approach, what readers can expect from the characters joining the team, and how the story impacts on the DC Universe as a whole.
Newsarama: Cullen, although the Green Lantern: Lost Army sneak peek was focused on their predicament being far from home, the theme seemed to be centered around John Stewart's leadership. Is this also a theme of the series?
Cullen Bunn: John’s leadership and command decisions are definitely central to the book, especially for the first arc. We’ll see him making some really tough calls during really stressful and dangerous times. He’ll be a different type of man… and a different type of leader… if he survives this ordeal.
Nrama: How would you describe the series overall? What's the short description of the premise?
Bunn: Every character wearing a green power ring vanishes from the DC universe in the blink of an eye. They are cast out across a “different” universe. They don’t know where they are. They don’t know how they got there. They don’t know who put them there. This universe is hostile and strange, and their power rings aren’t working. This is the story of how (or if) they get home again.
Nrama: How did you pick the mix of team members? How does this mix of team members challenge them?
Bunn: Honestly, I picked my favorite Lanterns to be the focal point group. What’s funny is that as other Lanterns show up in the series, I realized there are new favorites surfacing all the time!
This group would, at first, seem to get along pretty well. They are Lanterns with a similar mindset and point of view. But the circumstances they are in will cause some friction for them, and you may see them taking stances you might not expect.
Nrama: Solicitations have mentioned Guy Gardner. Is that the Guy Gardner? (And is he the solicited "surprise guest star?")
Bunn: That is the Guy Gardner... but he is not the surprise guest star I mentioned.
Nrama: Assuming you can't explain how Guy got there, does his presence mean there will be more characters showing up that weren't in the sneak peek or the original group?
Bunn: Yes, you’ll be seeing lots of other characters showing up. Lots! But I will always try to keep the focus on a small core group of characters.
Nrama: What does adding Guy to the mix do to the team?
Bunn: Guy adds some mystery to the team. He also shakes things up a bit by being the most rebellious and impulsive member of the group. He might be getting them into trouble from time to time.
Nrama: Does Guy challenge John as leader?
Bunn: Oh, yes! We’ll be seeing a huge divide between Guy and John. It will not be something that will heal easily.
Nrama: We were shown in the sneak peek that Krona is an important part of the story. Will we learn more about his connection to the "Lost" Lanterns?
Bunn: In time, yes. Krona — just like Guy — has a role to play. His presence here is no mere coincidence.
Nrama: What interested you about using Krona?
Bunn: Krona is interesting because this version of the character is obviously not the version we’ve seen before. Is he a friend? Is he an enemy? He adds some uncertainty to the team, and I think that will be a lot of fun. In many ways, he’s our Dr. Smith from Lost in Space. He brings a lot of history with him. That can be a challenge, especially considering that I want this book to be easily accessible for new readers, but the challenge of making it all work has been a lot of fun.
Nrama: What does Jesus Saiz bring to the comic?
Bunn: Jesus’ work is simply gorgeous, isn’t it? He adds a sense of adventure and wonder to every page. He’s designing a different universe here, and it looks to me like he’s having a blast doing so. It’s a blast for me anyhow, seeing his pages rolling in.
Nrama: Anything else you want to tell potential readers about Green Lantern: Lost Army?
Bunn: This story will have a major impact on the DC Universe, both now (seeing that the Lanterns have vanished) and in the future. The Lanterns will not come through this adventure unchanged.