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Old 06-03-2009, 05:43 PM   #1
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Default Why isn't there any Green Lantern annual?

There must be dozens of talented writers out there that would love to contribute to such a thing.

Will an annual only come out if Geoff Johns writes it?
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:02 PM   #2
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I thought Beau Smith was supposed to be writing one. Whatever happened to that?
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:19 PM   #3
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beau is waiting for the go ahead or something to that effect

but I wonder why no annual for gl either


in the 80's and 90's annuals were big!! and exciting.
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Old 06-04-2009, 01:02 AM   #4
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Maybe because the late 90's annuals were boring and time-wasters?

With all the specials and such, I haven't actually missed annuals.
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Im excited for Beau's annual....hopefully after all this blackest night jazz is over.
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Writer Beau Smith will be joining us on the next Green Lantern Spotlight podcast. Email us your questions/comments.
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PM'd one to GLSpotlight already.
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Old 06-05-2009, 05:30 PM   #8
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I don't know. I miss the annuals they were fun and exciting with good stories with odd twists in them.
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Old 06-06-2009, 05:44 AM   #9
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It seems like that only the superman books only do annuals. Marvel does annuals for most of their books. DC needs to pick up the ball on this one
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I miss annuals in a nostalgic sense. The history and the tradition of them. The numbers building up year after year that gace them some sense of credibility that only a fanboy can appreciate. And I remember when they were actually stories that meant something.

Somewhere in the 1990s though, some brain surgeon decided that every year's annuals had to have a different gimmick or theme the writers were forced to accomodate. And THEN they officially sucked.

Anyone remember Swamp Thing annual #2? Now THERE was a fuckin' annual worth paying for! JLApe? Not so much...
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I just talk to him on facebook
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Old 06-07-2009, 12:24 AM   #13
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Somewhere in the 1990s though, some brain surgeon decided that every year's annuals had to have a different gimmick or theme the writers were forced to accomodate. And THEN they officially sucked.
Agreed! I hated that. But I liked looking forward to a new annual every year.

I think they ought to have one every year for most books and they ought to be a platform for writers that aren't named Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison and Kurt Busiek to tell stories in the sandboxes of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, etc..
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Agreed! I hated that. But I liked looking forward to a new annual every year.

I think they ought to have one every year for most books and they ought to be a platform for writers that aren't named Geoff Johns and Grant Morrison and Kurt Busiek to tell stories in the sandboxes of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, etc..
It'd be nice to get a Gaiman written GL annual. His style is perfect for short stories.
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I guess DC looks at it as that they give us so many one shots and mini series that it MORE than takes the place of one annual a year. And the ongoing books get rebooted so often nowadays (have fun being an old school Captain America fan!) that the annuals get rebooted as well. I guess my point is, if they aren't going to do it right and have some lineage and history to it, then they might as well stick with what they are doing now.
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:40 PM   #16
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How about an annual where they go straight down the line from Showcase #22 to present and tells us exactly what is, and what is not, in continuity now. Just one text box an issue will do. This way we have an idea of what the hell has happened in the past of these characters and I don't feel like I've wasted years reading stories that no longer matter. I'd buy that annual.
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Annuals were always a mixed feelings thing for me ... never appreciated them to be honest.

the GL titles are all i need at this point ... no need for them i say
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I remember when Marvel did away with annuals too to put out an extra two issues a year. It lasted barely a year and a half and then brought back the annuals to series that needed them. DC as of late has only stayed in the Batman and Superman realm. GL Annual was something I was looking forward to this year and now it might not be happening.
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How about an annual where they go straight down the line from Showcase #22 to present and tells us exactly what is, and what is not, in continuity now. Just one text box an issue will do. This way we have an idea of what the hell has happened in the past of these characters and I don't feel like I've wasted years reading stories that no longer matter. I'd buy that annual.
You can't do that because you don't know what writer will come along and want to use an old 50's story as a base for his next "epic" tale. Or maybe Geoff/Peter suddenly change their mind and retcon something that was recently announced to be in continuity. Until you have editorial shoving fists and feet up asses, you will never get a clear continuity in any book.
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We've got two GL annuals so far, it just didn't say so on the cover.
The Sinestro Corps Special and Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns both started out as a annual.
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Thne JSA annual that came out last year was really good, and exactly the kind of annual I want to see DC do. It was a huge part of a story that had been developing in the regular book for some time concerning Power Girl's Earth 2 connection. That subplot moved into the annual and gave a place to feature that story on it's own.

GL could do the same thing with any number of subplots. They could do a GLC annual that deals with the culmination of the no love between members law, or Guy dealing with Ice, or Natu and Sinestro. GL could do one that actually deals with Hal's Earth life, or Hal dealing with his father's death, or even a solo adventure for John Stewart!
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