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GEOFF JOHNS PRIME: “Brightest Day” & “The Flash”

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Geoff Johns fields your questions about “Blackest Night” and “Brightest Day”

When you’re the Chief Creative Officer for DC Entertainment, every day is a big day.

But with the release of not one, but two new titles, yesterday was even bigger for Geoff Johns.

The bi-weekly series “Brightest Day,” which he is co-writing with Peter Tomasi [Green Lantern] kicked off on Wednesday with the release of #0, and his latest return to “The Flash” – this time with Barry Allen and featuring the art of rising star Francis Manapul – launched yesterday as well.

So while it’s always a good time to chat with Geoff, CBR figured we’d celebrate this brightest day with the latest instalment of GEOFF JOHNS PRIME.

Each time we present CBR’s bi-monthly visit with the superstar writer, Johns answers 20 or so reader-generated questions in between writing major storylines for DC Comics, including the aforementioned titles and his long-running opus with Hal Jordan in “Green Lantern.”

Johns is also working on a number of movie projects for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment (big screen adaptations of “Green Lantern,” “The Flash” and “Shazam), a new series of “Batman: Earth One” original graphic novels with Gary Frank and he is also the co-owner of Earth-2 Comics in Northridge, California.

Readers evidently could care less that Geoff is so busy, because they responded in droves to our call for questions. We gathered the 20 best and spoke with Geoff earlier this week.

Tired of me yet? OK. I’m done. Here’s GEOFF JOHNS PRIME.

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We start with Jaded Devil, who asks:

In the artwork in “Blackest Night” #8, it looks like Black Hand is vomiting up more than just twelve rings – it looks like anywhere from 13 to 15. Are there more rings out there?

No. And actually there is only one ring left. And Deadman’s wearing it. Why? He’ll find out soon.

Joe in Bethlehem, a favourite here at GEOFF JOHNS PRIME, asked this question, but he was one of many.

What is AQUAWARR?

I can not divulge anything of which the Indigo Tribe speaks. I can’t talk about it. They would come take me away and brainwash me as they are doing to Black Hand.

I think you said last time we spoke that there was a decoder ring for the Indigo Tribe’s language but no one would ever get their hands on it.

And I’ve also said a few times that some words mean in Indigo Tribe’s language actually mean more than one word or one phrase. And sometimes multiple words can mean less.

Nick from San Francisco is a huge fan of your work and asks:

After reading Aquaman and Mera in “Blackest Night,” and the recent “Brave and the Bold” issue by JMS, which was a huge hit with fans, it seems like the time is right for Aquaman to make a return. Any chance you’ll be working on an Aquaman ongoing? And is “Brightest Day” an Aquaman “audition,” to see if he can sustain his own book?

We’re starting to see a pattern here…

Aquaman has been one of my favorite characters since I started reading comics, so when the story developed and some of the Black Lanterns were returning to life, he was top of my list for characters that I wanted to work with. Which is why I spent so much time on Mera in “Blackest Night,” because when we started fleshing her out, and we got to the story of Aquaman, Mera had already had the spotlight on her and I could really focus on Aquaman and Mera – together.

Maybe before we jump into some “Brightest Day” questions, and for those who have been living under a rock the past year or so, what is it all about, and what do readers need to know coming into this new bi-weekly series?

The overall story is why these 12 heroes came back. Each one of these characters has their own specific story, much like “52,” but there is also a bigger story involving all of them, which explains why it’s these 12 characters in particular and what they’re here to do. And what the results of that will be is seen in “Brightest Day.”

And will the story be told as a team book like “Justice League of America” or “Justice Society of America.” Or will these be different storylines told in vignettes along separate lines?

It’s more that each character has his or her own journey. You don’t need to read every book to know anyone’s story. You can follow it by character, like Maxwell Lord in “Justice League: Generation Lost,” or by the overall story, like “Brightest Day.”

One more before we get back to the readers’ questions – there are a number of books that are under the “Brightest Day” banner, including “The Flash,” “Adventure Comics” and “Birds of Prey.” How tightly are these books tied into the “Brightest Day” storyline, and will these titles be existing in their own universe within the DCU that you will be specifically overseeing?

Cesar wants to know about a project that’s still a ways a way but one definitely on the minds of fans of Geoff Johns and Bruce Wayne.

Is there any chance we can expect to see Catwoman/Selina Kyle at some point in the future of the “Batman: Earth One” graphic novels?

Not right away, but yes, Gary and I have big plans for her.

Trevor has a question about your past collaborations with Gary on “Secret Origin” and “Action Comics.”

I was just curious about something on your “Action Comics” run. Why did you decide to kill off Pa Kent? Was it to make Brainiac all the more menacing and give Superman an emotional investment?

It was a difficult scene, obviously, but I thought it was a beautiful scene. I think Gary did a wonderful job on it. But sure, it’s heartbreaking. If you look at the scene, it actually mirrors the image in that splash page in “Secret Origin” #1 when we show the first time that Pa hugs Clark.

Finally, Richard, a long-time fan of Green Lantern – and you really must google the cover art for this issue to truly appreciate – has just six words: Giant Gila Monsters. With Ray Guns.

One of my favorite parts of the early Green Lantern mythology was the third secret identity of Green Lantern: Pol Manning, Solar Director, introduced in “Green Lantern” #8, in the story ‘Challenge from 5700 AD.’ Inarguably inspiring one of Gil Kane’s greatest covers, it introduced a whole new plotline and set of characters, including redhead Iona Vane, into Green Lantern’s life. Any chance that you will be taking us all ‘back to the future’ in upcoming issues?

Never, say never. This is the DC Universe.