October's "Rise of the Third Army" event, a crossover through DC's Green Lantern comics, was made official this morning. The event, which Newsarama first learned about in April from DC executives and later discussed with writer Geoff Johns, will start with Green Lantern #13 on October 3rd.

The "Third Army" story will span across Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians and Red Lanterns. DC released a teaser image by Aquaman artist Ivan Reis to mark the announcement.

The story will spin out of the events in Green Lantern Annual #1, which hits on August 29th. The comic has a mysterious "bleeding" cover that echoes the iconic image of Superman's symbol bleeding in the "Death of Superman" storyline. The issue, which reunites Green Lantern gurus Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver, has solicitation copy that reads: "Everything changes here! EVERYTHING!"


The story will also center on the "First Lantern," who appears to be the focus of September's Green Lantern #0 issue and showed up on the cover of Superman Annual #1. (The character also appears on the splash image teasing 2013's "Trinity War" from DC's 2012 FCBD issue.) All of the Green Lantern comics in September are additionally promoted as "prologues" to "Third Army."

Trinity War teaser

DC released the following statements from the writers of the Green Lantern comics that are participating in the "Third Army" crossover:

“Absolute power corrupts absolutely--and the Guardians time is finally here," Johns said on DC's The Source blog today. "The Lantern titles spent the first year of DC Comics The New 52 re-establishing themselves, but it all comes back together with year 2 starting with Green Lantern #0 and leading into October's #13's - which share an amazing cover by Ivan Reis. In October, the Guardians' Third Army rises to replace the Green Lantern Corps - but how is horrifying and why will change the Guardians and their ancient mission forever. As we discover what the Third Army actually means, our strongest Lanterns are targeted for absolute destruction. From Atrocitus to Guy Gardner to our newest Green Lantern from Earth - who may have been wrongly chosen - all their darkest secrets and failures will come to light. What is Sinestro's ultimate fate? Who is this new Green Lantern and why was he chosen? What is the Third Army? What with Atrocitus sacrifice to take on the Guardians? What will Larfleeze give up to find the one thing he wants? What happens to Guy Gardner when he's targeted after Hal Jordan? And, most importantly, who is the First Lantern?”

Green Lantern Corps writer Peter Tomasi said of the event: “The Guardians and the Third Army want to break the Green Lantern Corps -- and they've now got their sights on Guy Gardner and John Stewart! The question is not if the Guardians can accomplish their mission, but how horribly will they shatter our ringslingers’ lives!”

Green Lantern: New Guardians writer Tony Bedard: “In Green Lantern: New Guardians, Kyle Rayner has gathered a team of Lanterns from all seven colors of the spectrum. As the Third Army strikes, Kyle must combine all seven shades of power within himself. A bigger and badder lineup of New Guardians will push Kyle to become our secret weapon against the onslaught of the Third Army.”

Red Lanterns writer Peter Milligan: “The Red Lanterns are continuing their mission to bring bloody vengeance to an unjust world when they run into (or are run into) a mysterious enemy with no mouth and a curious resistance to death. One Red Lantern succumbs to this new adversary, while Atrocitus finds a way to fight back – which entails returning to a place of great pain and associating with an ancient nemesis.”

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