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DC sent me an advance copy of this new trade paperback today, and I wondered why, until I looked through it. Among the Green Lantern Corps tales chosen by ace writer Geoff Johns is one by me, “Apprentice,” with terrific art by Dave Gibbons. It’s my favorite of the dozen or so short Green Lantern Corps backups that I wrote in the 1980s, and I’m proud to see it here, along with some very kind words about me by Johns. Thanks, Geoff! There are also two other stories NOT written by me, but credited to me in the title area above Geoff’s text introductions, but correctly credited on the actual stories. There are lots of fine tales here, including perhaps the best GL Corps short story of all, “Mogo Doesn’t Socialize” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. But, if you’ve read that one, there are others here you might enjoy that haven’t seen print in a long time. This will be out in November, I think.
I was disheartened by the lack of sales success for this fine series that I was the letterer on, written by the always-worth-reading Mike Carey. Perhaps long-time but little-known penciller Jim Fern didn’t attract readers, though I loved what he did, and the coloring on this volume by Jose Villarrubia is stunningly good, too. While it takes place in Japan, CROSSING MIDNIGHT is nothing like any manga I’ve seen. It’s a horror story, sure, but with deep roots in Japanese folk-tales and mythology, a modern Japan subculture angle, and a very strong family saga of twins, a boy and a girl, who are swept up in a battle between uncaring godlike foes, used as pawns, then as warriors against each other. If you have the chance to pick up the three trade paperbacks collecting the series (this being the third and last), I recommend you give it a try.
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