Green Lantern reinvents one of DC’s most obscure Kirby characters

DC’s Green Lantern # 9 reveals a new role for a decades-dead character from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World.

The next issue of DC Comics’ The Green Lantern establishes a new role for a relatively obscure character from legendary creator Jack Kirby’s Fourth World – a character who has been dead for over 30 years.

Written by Geoffrey Thorne and drawn by Marco Santucci and Tom Raney, The Green Lantern Issue 9 is set to hit comic book stores this Tuesday, December 7. “With billions of lives at stake, a ringless John Stewart fights the mad god for the future state of the universe!” the official synopsis of the issue reads. “Meanwhile, Jo Mullein solves the mystery of the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps battery as a new and old enemy arises.”


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An official preview for The Green Lantern # 9 provided by DC, John Stewart comes face to face with none other than Esak, who claims to be the forerunner of the Lightbringer. “I am Esak from New Genesis, student of Izaya and Metron,” he says. “I have bent eons to build my crucibles. I will save this cosmos, but I am not the Lightbringer …”

GREEN LANTERN # 9

  • Written by GEOFFREY THORNE
  • Art by MARCO SANTUCCI and TOM RANEY
  • Cover by BERNARD CHANG and ALEX SINCLAIR
  • Cover variant by ALAN QUAH
  • US $ 4.99 | 40 pages | $ 5.99 Variant (Stock Card)
  • ON SALE 7/12/21
  • With billions of lives at stake, a ringless John Stewart fights the mad god for the future state of the universe! Meanwhile, Jo Mullein solves the mystery of the destruction of the Green Lantern Corps battery as a new and old enemy arises. Is this the end of the Green Lantern Corps or will it lead to a new beginning and resurrection for cosmic heroes?


Esak first appeared in the 1971s New Gods # 4, which was written and illustrated by Kirby himself. Esak was one of the great young minds of New Genesis, although he defected to Apokolips after an accident left him deformed. Esak was finally killed by Orion in “The Hunger Dogs!” by Kirby – which was published in 1985 under the title DC graphic novel # 4. The character has barely been seen in the pages of DC comics since meeting her demise in ’85, the only real exceptions being Orion # 5 in 2000 and Superman # 663 in 2007.

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Written by Geoffrey Thorne and illustrated by Marco Santucci and Tom Raney, The Green Lantern # 9 goes on sale December 7 at DC Comics.

Source: DC Comics

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