This October, ‘Green Lantern’ Sees the ‘Rise of the Third Army’
Though it’s been teased for a long time, perhaps even before the New 52 started, this October the Rise of the Third Army crossover event in the Green Lantern books begins. Hit the jump for the full-sized four-cover art from the event, as well as a lot of interesting details.
First let’s get a look at that full art, because there’s a lot of clues in it:
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First off, Hal is nowhere in the piece. That new mystery Green Lantern takes center stage. I’m thinking something happened or happens to Hal before the crossover (maybe they’re planning on killing him again?), perhaps along with Sinestro as he isn’t present either. Neither is the Indigo Clan. In the current Green Lantern arc Sinestro and Hal are meeting with the Indigo Clan about the very threat of the Third Army, so perhaps that’s why they’re absent. Maybe they’re becoming Indigos themselves, who knows. We’ve got some comments on the event from the Lantern book writers:
From DC Comics:
This October, the “Rise of the Third Army” will spawn across GREEN LANTERN, GREEN LANTERN CORPS, GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS and RED LANTERNS.
To commemorate this exciting storyline, artist Ivan Reis has created a stunning piece of artwork that will be split into 4 interconnecting covers for each of the books involved. Take an exclusive first look below!
“This was the first time in my career that I’ve illustrated 4 interconnecting covers,” Reis told THE SOURCE. “It’s also the second time I’ve done a 4-page spread (the first one was in BLACKEST NIGHT). That one had just 12 characters so I loved returning to the Green Lantern universe to work on this image. I had too much fun working on these hundreds of characters.”
So how will the “Rise of Third Army” play out in all of these books? We asked the writers of each series to tease a little bit about what to expect from their respective titles come this October.
GREEN LANTERN writer Geoff Johns:
“Absolute power corrupts absolutely–and the Guardians time is finally here. 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 J. Tomasi:
“How sick is that cover?! C’mon, on your feet — let’s give it up to Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Albert Oclair, and Rod Reis — they’ve earned their own power rings for the willpower to finish this masterpiece! 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.”
And last but certainly not least, 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.”
That whole line from Johns about Gardner being targeted for elimination after Hal makes me think Hal’s going to die again. It would be a rather fitting way for Geoff Johns to bookend his Green Lantern run, should he wish to move on to other things after this event (his run began with Hal’s revival in Rebirth after all).
It looks interesting so far but I’m not really keen on having yet another new Lantern from Earth pop up, especially this close after a reboot that (supposedly) introduced Hal Jordan to a lot of people for the first time. I guess we’ll find out when the Rise of the Third Army begins in Green Lantern #13 on October 3rd.