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Interview: Keith Giffen Talks THRESHOLD, Blue Beetle, Larfleeze and More

Keith Giffen has plans for the exploration of space in the New 52 Universe.

Even though it's been a year and a half since we've seen the New 52 flesh out the DC Universe, there is still a lot that hasn't been explored. We've seen some stories explore space and other planets, specifically in the Green Lantern comics, but there still is a lot left to see.

Last week in GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS ANNUAL #1 we were introduced to some new characters and locations including Jediah Caul, a Green Lantern that has broken away from the Corps and is doing his own thing. In the annual, we saw he got himself into a bit of a sticky situation which will lead into THRESHOLD #1, on sale this week.

To find out more, we asked THRESHOLD writer, Keith Giffen, a few questions about the series.

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Comic Vine: Where did the idea for THRESHOLD come from?

Keith Giffen: That would be Dan DiDio.

CV: Is it meant to explore the sci-fi/space areas of the New 52 Universe?

KG: It's certainly meant to expand the the DCU's sci-fi presence. I mean, there's more out there than Lanterns and Gods. It's a big ol' universe so we figured, let's go check it out.

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CV: We saw Jediah Caul introduced in GREEN LANTEN: NEW GUARDIANS ANNUAL #1, will he play a big role in the series?

KG: Jediah's a major player. But then, so are Stealth and Ember and Colonel T'Morra and Captain K'rot and... You get the picture.

CV: Is "The Game" going to be a big part of the series or only a storyline?

KG: The Game is a major part of the series, but not the only major part. As an anchor, I think it works pretty well.

CV: What are the chances of seeing other 'space' characters and teams like Adam Strange, L.E.G.I.O.N., the Darkstars or…Lobo?

KG: I've got plans for the Omega Men and L.E.G.I.O.N shows up in Larfleeze (not what you think). Adam Strange is too big a hassle because EVERYONE wants to do Adam Strange, so he's a no show. And as for Lobo... that's a big maybe because I hate the current version.

CV: How is Jaime Reyes going to fit into the series?

KG: As our eyes. Being from Earth, he'll be the one asking the questions we'd ask. Actually, I'm much more interested in Jaime than I am in Blue Beetle so this should be interesting.

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CV: What do you have planned for Larfleeze in the back ups?

KG: That'd be telling. I'm trying to remain flexible with Larfleeze, spell out his adventures in smaller bites. You never know when the GL guys will need him back. Hell, I'm still stunned they let us have him in the first place!

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CV: What is it that draws you to writing sic-fi comics?

KG: The freedom. Whether we realize it or not, the star of any sci-fi story is the environment. Where it takes place is just as, if not more, important than who it takes place around. World building is always fun. That, and... NO REFERENCE NEEDED!

CV: You've mentioned elsewhere that issue #2 will introduce a "breakaway character" for the book. Can you tell us anything more about the character?

KG: The meanest rabbit you've ever seen. A hard drinking, crude, rude, sci-fi pirate searching the galaxy for the lowdown scum that took one of his legs for luck. Ladies and gentlemen... Captain K'rot.

THRESHOLD #1, written by Keith Giffen with art by Tom Raney and Scott Kolins (in the back up) is on sale January 16, 2013.