Exclusive Interview: Giffen Talks Threshold, Annihilation and "Hell No" To Green Lantern
There is a new star in the DC Cosmic line and that is the anthology series Threshold, which is currently featuring “The Hunted,” about a washed-up Green Lantern caught in a vile solar system-wide reality show, and a backup starring everyone’s favorite (and only) Orange Lantern, “Larfleeze.”
Both are written by Keith Giffen, renowned throughout the world (or at least the
Cosmic Book News: Cosmic comic fans have been excited about the coming of Threshold and “The Hunted.” Can you compare what you are doing here with what you achieved with Annihilation, which brought many fans (me included) back to comics?
Keith Giffen: Just trying to light a fire under some neglected characters while having a good time. That was the driving force behind both Annihilation and Threshold.
Keith Giffen: Hell no. Caul's an ex-Green Lantern, emphasis on "ex." You want GL mythos, go read Geoff over in Green Lantern. He's got a lock on it. Hell, the whole ex-GL thing wasn't even my idea. (Editor’s note: This interview was conducted before Geoff Johns’ GL departure announcement.)
Keith Giffen: Kirby characters are upcoming. As for Adam Strange ... a bit too high profile for what I'm trying to do here. Everyone, it seems, wants a crack at Adam Strange so using him would probably wind up being more trouble than he's worth. I'll stick with the third stringers, thank you very much.
Keith Giffen: A musky odor.
Keith Giffen: If he sticks around long enough, I'd say that's pretty much inevitable.
Keith Giffen: The Tenebrian Dominion's a pretty big place. It would be a shame not to explore it, don't you think?
Keith Giffen: Old friends, New Gods and small wonders. We're actually leaving Tolerance for a bit as of issue #4. Huh ... Wish I'd remembered that while answering the previous question.
Keith Giffen: Tom's art has given the book a more ... whimsical feel than I'd first intended. That's a good thing because I tend to skew really, really dark.
Keith Giffen: Just wait until everyone finds out who stole all of Larfleeze's stuff ...
Keith Giffen: Anything's possible, but for the immediate future ... no.
Cosmic Book News would like to thank Keith Giffen for his time and we also thank Alex Segura and Alex Nagorski of DC Comics who helped make this interview possible.
Threshold #3 will hit shelves March 13th!