#50: SCARLET REIGN (DC2 ANNIVERSARY ISSUE) Nov 26, 2013 16:48:23 GMT -5 lissilambe and joeyjarin like this
Post by Charlie on Nov 26, 2013 16:48:23 GMT -5
Once upon a time there was a comic book called Green Lantern that had lost its way in the eyes of many fans (myself, and a couple of friends, specifically). Its hero had ‘gone bad’, destroyed everything that had made the title great and left us with a kid now carrying the mantle. THE hero was irredeemable, for sure there was no possible way he could EVER be good again.
This was the premise behind the creation of the Tales of the Green Lantern Corps. I had read Ultimate Spider-Man and thought to myself ‘what a great idea’! If DC couldn’t bring him back without rebooting the entire universe, then I would! So I set out to write a 10-12 “issue” arc that would reboot Hal Jordan in a way I would like to see it done! A military man, thrown into the unknown, with nothing but a ring and a prayer.
I wrote the original manuscript as a 32-page 1st issue, which contained hand-drawn frame breakdowns, concept sketches of all characters (current and future) and page upon page of research and notes. I felt accomplished but decided that wasn’t enough. I rewrote the script into a full blown prose manuscript and posted it on a Legion of Super-Heroes fan page (go figure… it’s where the “Lantern Lad” came from). It received some pretty good reviews from peers, as well as some great feedback on how to make it better, and an invitation to a DC fan page. I rewrote the manuscript to fit the story into this new universe… and I won’t talk much about that failed experiment other than to say that was the birthplace of what would become the DC2.
Charlie, Brandon, Brian, our ‘nerd wrangler’/spiritual advisor David (I always kind of thought of David as that giant hand you seen in the DC Universe that holds the spark of life just before the ‘Big Bang’) and I started making plans. Big plans! There would be alien invasions and something called an IXE that would create the Justice League… and so on and so on. These crazy plans inspired me to rewrite and retool the story again into what would eventually become the final version (version 4 for those keeping track). I went into this new DC2 version with a renewed purpose, drawing inspiration from my co-creators, as well as materials like “DC’s New Frontier”, and a borrowed character from Smallville that had never been used in the DC before. Together with these new characters, this new AMAZING cohesive universe, and a solid group of friends we accomplished something I’d never seen in fan fiction before (or since).
What you see here before you is the culmination of that work, passed on to the more than capable hands of all the creators that followed. Innovative covers, new takes on old characters, and a passion to tell new stories that wouldn’t fit in the strict confines of DC Universe… The DC2 remains one of the best creative outlets for aspiring comic writers and artists. I for one am proud to say I was there in the beginning.
In Brightest Day…