9th September 2014
Green Lantern Corps writer Van Jensen has had a rather revealing interview with ComicBookResources.Com in preparation for the arrival of Green Lantern Corps: Futures End #1 this coming Wednesday, and the massive Green Lantern line crossover “Godhead,” which will begin in October. If you’ve taken a look at the preview for the Futures End issue, you probably noticed that John Stewart is a lot more grizzled and hardcore than usual. Jensen explains where that inspiration came from, and his thought process behind taking John down that road.
“I approached the “Futures End” story like something of a parable. It’s one progression of a multitude of possibilities. I looked to Walter White as inspiration, actually. He’s a character who made lots of hard choices — often not good ones — and ended up being both bad and good, hero and villain. That’s what could lie ahead for John should he make the wrong choices.”
He also confirms my suspicions that the Shadow Markets and the Shadow Empire are connected!
“The Shadow Empire was first hinted at in “Green Lantern Corps” #29. I’ve always thought that the Corps would struggle to really police the whole universe, even with 7,200 Lanterns. That’s just so much terrain to cover. And police enforcement really just pushes illicit behavior underground — prohibition being a prime example of this.
For ages, all of the illicit trade/activity of the universe hasn’t gone away, it’s just been taking place in the shadows, in what are called Shadow Markets. And the Shadow Empire has been pulling the strings. Now, with the Corps weakened, the shadow is asserting itself, seeking to overwhelm the light.
And yes, the Shadow Empire does play into the “Godhead” crossover, though it won’t be in a way that’s obvious immediately.”
What’s more, is that he more or less says that John Stewart is more suited to leadership than Hal Jordan.
“John has this great duality as a marine and an architect. He’s a builder and a destroyer. Both of those are going to be key qualities if the Corps stands any chance of surviving.
Hal, on the other hand, is just a charismatic guy. He’s at his best when he’s following his instincts, taking crazy risks. The problem is that that behavior only really works when you’re only responsible for yourself. So we’ve seen Hal grow and change over the past year in “Green Lantern,” but he has strayed from what made him so great.”
What could that mean for the future? We’ll have to stay tuned and see. Catch the full interview at the link below!
JOHN STEWART “BREAKS BAD” IN JENSEN’S “GREEN LANTERN CORPS: FUTURES END”