"Green Lantern" #0 To Bring Arab Green Lantern to the DCU?

DC Comics has revealed its Green Lantern group solicits for September's zero issues, including an intriguing cover image of "Green Lantern" #0 written by Geoff Johns with art by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy featuring a full image of the mysterious Green Lantern from DC's Free Comic Book Day 2012 issue, which reveals a cornucopia of new information about the newest member of the Green Lantern Corps.

While readers had previously glimpsed the new Lantern's uniform in the FCBD 2012 issue, the "Green Lantern" #0 promotional art features the character armed with a gun in addition to his power ring. It's an interesting choice of weapon, considering that a power ring is usually a more useful weapon than a pistol.

But perhaps most revealing is a clear look at the Arabic tattoo on the new Lantern's arm, الشجاعة. Pronounced "al-shaja-ah," the word roughly translates as "courage." The root, شجاع, means "brave" with different variations translating as valor, guts, heroism, spirit -- even fearless. An appropriate choice of ink for a Green Lantern.

The September solicitations and DC's FCBD issue heavily imply this new Green Lantern will play a major role in "The Trinity War" and DC's publishing plan for the next year. Plus, an Arab Green Lantern would be another step toward further diversity in the DC Universe for the publisher. DC has taken a number of recent steps to diversify the DCU, with "Earth 2" writer James Robinson recently stating Alan Scott won't be the only gay character in the book. Since the inception of the New 52, co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee have also gone on record discussing the importance of diversity to the DCU and its characters.

"Everything that we're building on in the DC Universe and in the New 52 is focused on having a contemporary feel that reflects the depth and breadth of our audience," DiDio said at last week's announcement of the New 52's "Third Wave." "We want to be as diversified as our audience is and as the world we live in is."

At the "Darkness & Light" gallery benefit in May, Jim Lee mentioned why it was important to reflect the real world in the DC Universe.

"We always felt that it was part of our books, to try to best reflect the readership and the entirety of people in general," Lee said. "It's an ongoing thing, and not everything is dictated on a top-down basis; a lot of times storylines get to us from creators. We work with some of the best creators in the business, we support their creative initiative and that's where a lot of this comes from."

Check out the promotional image and solicitation info for "Green Lantern" #0 below and stay tuned to CBR News for the full DC solicits later today.


Written by GEOFF JOHNS


1:25 B&W Variant cover by DOUG MAHNKE

On sale SEPTEMBER 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

Combo pack edition: $3.99 US


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