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Interview: Robert Venditti Talks Relic and GREEN LANTERN

Writer Robert Venditti scoops about the upcoming Lights Out storyline as well as his work on the Villains Month book!

There's lot of changes going on in the Green Lantern books, and it's not all about the villains taking over for a month. Writer Robert Venditti has been on GREEN LANTERN for a few months now and readers can already see a few big changes coming down the pipeline. But what are these changes and what's the deal with this new villain, Relic? Robert Venditti took the time to answer a few of our burning questions.

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COMIC VINE: What do readers need to know going into this book that have not been up-to-date, but are interested in the upcoming "Lights Out" storyline?

ROBERT VENDITTI: There are seven different colors of the emotional spectrum, each of them represented by their own corps. Green Lanterns wear rings powered by will, Red Lanterns rage, Yellow Lanterns fear, and so on. For reasons none of the Lanterns are sure of, the rings have been malfunctioning lately. Enter Relic, a remnant of the universe before ours, who thinks he knows what's wrong with the rings and has a solution. Unfortunately, ridding the universe of every last Lantern is part of that solution.

CV: How did the creation of this character come about?

VENDITTI: As part of my preparation for writing Green Lantern, I read the entirety of Geoff Johns's run. After spending so much time steeped in the amazing mythology of the various Lanterns and the emotional spectrum, it seemed to me that there was a next logical step in the evolution of that mythology. Relic was born out of that next step. He's sort of come to embody it, in my mind.

CV: What makes Relic a character worthy of his own Villains Month book? What makes him a worth adversary of the GLC, as well as the other lantern corps?

VENDITTI: Relic has been learning how to fight Lanterns his entire life. He just never realized it until it was time for him to go to war. His Villains Month issue shows his journey from scientist to combatant, and by the end I want readers to sympathize with his cause on some level, though probably not his methods.

CV: You, along with the other creators of the Lantern books, have decided to run this upcoming story line in one month throughout all individual Lantern books. Why do it this way instead of month to month in one series?

VENDITTI: More than anything, we wanted to give an integral role to each of the four Earth Lanterns heading up their own series. Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, and Guy Gardner are all key to "Lights Out," so highlighting each of them was an easy decision. And having Green Lantern Annual #2 at the end of October gave us the extra space we needed to wrap up the story.

CV: Is Relic going to be a villain that readers will continue to see in GL books in the future?

VENDITTI: I guess we¹ll have to wait and see. One thing I can guarantee, though, is his legacy will be both immediate and lasting. Relic will change everything.

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CV: What are you most excited about with this upcoming Villains Month book?

VENDITTI: The opportunity to use several storytelling techniques I've never really tried before. Relic's origin story is told in twenty splash pages, so it was all about choosing the right moments. I also told the story through a narrator¹s voice, which is something I hadn¹t done.

CV: How about "Lights Out?"

VENDITTI: With "Lights Out," I'm most excited about the story finally being on the shelves. The concepts behind the crossover were a large part of my Green Lantern pitch, so I¹ve been working on this storyline in one way or another for a year.

CV: What is the process for putting together a story line that jumps over into other books with other creative teams?

VENDITTI: It's mostly a lot of talking with the editors and the other Green Lantern group writers. Van Jensen, Charles Soule, and Justin Jordan are all very sharp guys, so it¹s great to be able to bounce ideas off one another.

CV: In solicits, it states that the Red Lanterns will be taking over Sector 2814. What does that mean for the rest of Earth's Green Lanterns?

VENDITTI: That¹s all part of Relic's legacy, which I referred to earlier. As for what it means for the rest of the Earth Lanterns, readers will get that answer very soon.

CV: If you could have any of the power rings, from any spectrum, which one would you have and why?

VENDITTI: The blue ring of hope. I'm crossing my fingers that they¹ll be searching for new recruits soon.

Huge thanks to Robert Venditti for taking the time out to answer these questions and make sure you check out this week's issue of GREEN LANTERN: RELIC which is currently sitting on your local comic shop's shelve, waiting for you!