Cullen Bunn Talks Green Lantern: The Lost Army

on March 10, 2015

Green Lantern Corps is ending, but this signals a new beginning for John Stewart as he takes the lead in a new series, Green Lantern: The Lost Army. Writer Cullen Bunn took some time with ComicBookResources.Com to talk about this new project.

“As I mentioned earlier, the Green Lanterns are going to disappear from the DC Universe. “Green Lantern: The Lost Army” is their story. It’s very literal. They are lost in another universe that they have never seen. It’s a completely alien, alien universe. It’s all-new for them. They have to learn to survive and figure out if they can make it home. They have to change the way they’ve done a lot of things. They’re scattered through this universe, so they have to find each other, and come together again in order to make it through this ordeal.

Most of the Green Lanterns from the DC Universe are over there, but I am going to focus on a core group of characters: John Stewart, Kilowog, Arisia; some new characters that you haven’t seen before, and some characters that you haven’t seen in green for a while.”

What immediately catches my attention is that John Stewart seems to be the only human Lantern focused on in this title, which really excites me. I was concerned that DC would stuff other human Lanterns in The Lost Army, which would diminish the focus on John Stewart. I like the premise of John-an African American from Detroit-being the lone human in alien environments and interacting with a bunch of weird extra-terrestrials. That is one of the features that drew me so much to Van Jensen’s Green Lantern Corps. I’m very happy to hear that DC Comics is continuing this set up, and I hope to see John continue to advance as a character.

The solicitation for the first issue of Green Lantern: The Lost Army has also been released.

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ
1:25 Variant cover by BEN OLIVER
On sale JUNE 24 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
Imagine waking up in a strange place where you didn’t recognize anything, and everyone you knew and loved was nowhere to be found. Now imagine that you are a Green Lantern. The rest of the Corps is missing, you don’t know where you are and there’s not a Power Battery to be found for as far as your ring can scan. Where are you? How did you get here? Those are just two of the many questions facing our heroes.
Starring John Stewart, Two-Six, Kilowog and Arisia, and featuring a surprise guest-star we promise you’ll never predict, LOST ARMY is an incredible journey of discovery, survival, morality and heartbreak. Never has the Corps been challenged in this way – and not everyone is going to make it home!

Despite the rather boring cover (which is this article’s header image, and which I’m hoping DC is only using as a place holder cover), I’m very excited about this series. As the solicitation says, look for this on June 24.

What are your thoughts and hopes for Green Lantern: The Lost Army? Sound off in the comments section below. You can also check out more information about Cullen Bunn’s latest projects at ComicBookResources.Com by clicking the link below:

Oa, by the way

Rapper turned actor Common has expressed interest in playing the role of Green Lantern John Stewart… just like so many other actors. In case you didn’t know, Common was actually cast as John Stewart in the film Justice League: Mortal back in 2007. If you’ve never heard of Justice League: Mortal it’s probably because it never came out. The entire project was canned due to the writers’ strike.

With all the movie news surrounding John Stewart, ScreenRant.Com got a hold of Common and asked him if he was still interested in the role. Common had this to say:

“I would love to be John Stewart and play Green Lantern. That was one of those things where I was so excited because we rarely see African-American superheroes or people of color as a superhero. I think it would be great for the world to see, and for people to see, and for Hollywood to put that out there, too. But just for the world to see, just for kids to be able to see, for all nationalities to see a person of color as a superhero, too.

Plus, it’s just for the fun. Even the pre-production of getting the ‘go’ and studying Green Lantern. John Stewart is from Detroit, so he was this guy that was really for the community, and I really related to that. He used his powers to help people in the community. I was like, ‘Man, I’m going to be John Stewart, the Green Lantern!’ Unfortunately, it didn’t happen at that time. But maybe the possibility is that it could. I would love to.”

It’s really cool that Common is so familiar with John Stewart and greatly respects and appreciates him and what he has done. However, Common really would not be my choice for Green Lantern. Even so, his statements serve to get John Stewart’s name in even more headlines, which never hurts. Check out ScreenRant.Com for more on this story:
Common Would Still Love To Play ‘Green Lantern’ in ‘Justice League’ Movie Universe

Speaking of headlines and movies, a Green Lantern John Stewart fan film by P3Series has been gaining traction. A short trailer of it has been released on Youtube.Com. Take a look at the video and leave an encouraging comment in the Youtube comments section. We John Stewart fans need to stick together and support each other.