The Green Lanterns and other colored Corps can’t get a moment of peace. From Blackest Night and War of the Green Lanterns to Wrath of the First Lantern and the current Uprising, our intrepid Corps haven’t had time to catch a break from universe-ending threats for years. What if Hal Jordan wants to kick back on the beach and guzzle a few beers? What if Guy Gardner wants to try out for amateur boxing? What if John Stewart wants to finally finish the blueprints of his masterpiece building? Sorry guys, there’s more cosmic crises on the horizon!
Nerdist has announced the next crossover event for all the Green Lantern family books, entitled Godhead. Following up on the conclusion of last year’s Lights Out, which had Kyle Rayner enter the Source Wall and replenished the supply of emotional spectrum, as well as imprisoned Relic within the Wall. There’s just one snag: apparently this also allowed them to steal “secrets of immense power,” and someone isn’t too happy about that.
Highfather, the leader of the New Gods, knows what they did and is trying to finds those secrets for himself by using one ring of every color of the emotional spectrum. Of course, nothing is ever that simple and what follows will threaten to alter the very fabric of the universe as we know it in “Godhead”, a monthlong crossover event that finds Green Lantern and the New Gods entangled in a struggle for intergalactic survival.
Unless you’re Kyle Rayner, harnessing the power of seven rings is a lot harder than you think. The New Gods have appeared in titles like Wonder Woman, and they’ve recently gotten involved in the series Infinity Man and The Tomorrow People, but this looks to be their biggest New 52 appearance yet! Ever since the Source Wall was reintroduced last year, it was only a matter of time before these famous deities crossed paths with the multicolored Corps.
You can read the full solicitations below, but I want to point something out first. Each issue is labeled as Act 1, Part _. That implies there’s at least a second act with this crossover. Look, I’m a big Green Lantern fan. Even though Batman is my favorite character, the Green Lantern books have been my favorites in terms of ongoing stories. That being said, they need to take a rest at some point. From 2007 until now, there have been at least six major Green Lantern crossovers (seven if you count the current Green Lantern/Green Lantern Corps story Uprising). The backlog of overtime pay for the Green Lanterns must be huge!
I realize that the sectors are filled with alien villainy, but seriously, let everyone take a breather. At this point, there’s no way I could recommend the current Green Lantern books to a new reader because there’s just way too much going on. DC, do us a favor. After Godhead is over, just dial it down with the Lanterns. Limit yourself to smaller story arcs. With all the times the universe has almost ended recently, let’s have all the Lanterns take on smaller missions. Hell, I’d say they deserve a vacation at this point. Not even Superman has had to deal with this much crap lately.
Okay, rant is over, and I am in fact looking forward to see how this conflict with the New Gods goes down. Check out the full solicitations and covers for the first six issues of this event.
NEW GODS: GODHEAD #1
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI, CHARLES SOULE, CULLEN BUNN, VAN JENSEN and JUSTIN JORDAN
Art by PETE WOODS, BILLY TAN, RAGS MORALES and others
Cover by FRANCIS PORTELA
1:25 Variant cover by LEE WEEKS
One-shot • On sale OCTOBER 1 • 44 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
“GODHEAD” Act 1, Part 1: Highfather, leader of the New Gods, has long studied the infinite and infinitely mysterious Source Wall which surrounds the universe. Now, he has learned that during “Green Lantern: Lights Out,” the ring-wielders broke through the Wall and stole secrets of cosmic importance. Determined to breach the Source Wall himself, Highfather must gain one of each colored ring in the emotional spectrum. But even mighty Highfather doesn’t know all, and the forces he’s about to unleash will have transformative effects on the whole DC Universe! Cosmic mystery, overwhelming odds, familiar and brand-new New Gods – This one’s got it all! This issue also includes a special fold-out that will take you to the Source Wall like never before!
GREEN LANTERN #35
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art and cover by BILLY TAN and ROB HUNTER
MONSTERS Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale OCTOBER 1 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $3.99 US
“GODHEAD” Act 1, Part 2: That shudder you felt was the New Gods declaring their intentions against all ring-wielders! Having staked their claim to the emotional spectrum, the New Gods set about redefining the universe in their image, starting with Metron, who’s determined to steal the secrets of the Corps’ Citadel. But Hal and the Corps have something to say about that. Good luck trying to make yourself heard when you’re talking to a god!
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #35
Written by VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
MONSTERS Variant cover by MIKEL JANIN
On sale OCTOBER 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
“GODHEAD” Act 1, Part 3: The New Gods are on the march, and the war against the ring-wielders has begun. John Stewart summons a strike team of Green Lanterns to go into battle against the fiercest of the New Gods, Uggha and his deadly warriors. But what good is the most powerful weapon in the universe when the Lanterns face the gods of the entire multiverse?!
GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #35
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN
Art and cover by BRAD WALKER and ANDREW HENNESSY
On sale OCTOBER 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
“GODHEAD,” Act 1 Part 4: Kyle Rayner’s experience beyond the Source Wall has left him slowly losing his grip on reality, and the Guardians are gravely concerned. When help arrives in the form of Highfather, the Guardians know the All-Father is not to be trusted, but desperation can lead to bad decisions. Kyle’s walking into a trap, and he has more to lose than he can imagine!
RED LANTERNS #35
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by J. CALAFIORE
Cover by SCOTT HEPBURN
On sale OCTOBER 22 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
“GODHEAD,” Act 1 Part 5: Guy Gardner’s at his lowest point in he horrific aftermath of “The Atrocitus War,” consumed with rage towards himself for the many lives lost, and he’s taking it out on whomever he can! His actions have caught the attention of Earth’s sole Green Lantern, Simon Baz! Unfortunately, Earth itself has caught the attention of the New God, Malhedron!? But unlike his green compatriot, Guy’s on a rage-filled suicide mission, and he’s just looking for a target!
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by DALE EAGLESHAM
Cover by GUILLEM MARCH
MONSTERS Variant cover by BART SEARS
On sale OCTOBER 29 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
“GODHEAD,” Act 1 Part 6: The Green Lantern Corps is on it’s last legs – which means it’s Sinestro and the Sinestro Corps to the rescue. But is bringing their sworn enemies to the heart of their stronghold a good move? Sinestro’s actions and motivations are often two different things, and not all is as it seems. Or, to put it more directly, pay close attention to a very… interesting conversation Sinestro has with his greatest nemesis, Hal Jordan!
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