Category Archives: Green Lantern

A Bright Day For Green Lantern #20 On The Wednesday Run–May 22, 2013

Today, an era comes to an end.

Since 2004, with the first publication of the mini-series, Green Lantern: Rebirth, writer Geoff Johns has been synonymous with the interstellar titular hero and his awesome green power ring. Johns, along with a slew of top-industry artists, revitalized both the character and the lore surrounding him within the pages of the monthly Green Lantern series, rescuing him from b-level superhero status and turning him into, arguably, the most popular of DC comic book heroes. Indeed, he’s a bigger draw than Wonder Woman, Superman and, sometimes, even Batman!

But today, that era comes to a shimmering, emerald-coloured end. After almost ten straight years writing Hal Jordan and the main Green Lantern title, Geoff Johns is leaving the series.

Find out more after the jump!

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Green Lantern Oath Is Finally Translated To Farsi On The Wednesday Run – September 5, 2012

With the world’s myopic focus currently falling on NASA’s “Curiosity” Mars rover landing, many have forgotten that the universe is much larger than the inner SOL system. Its enormous breadth is, in fact, divided into 3,600 sectors, patrolled by 7,200 space cops known as the Green Lantern Corps.

I know that you know that you used to know that. It’s ok. Consider this column your reminder.

You’d recognize a number of these Green Lantern cops by name. Hal Jordon, perhaps the most famous, instantly comes to mind. But there’s also Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Raynor…and Simon Baz.

Simon Baz?

Yep. He’s the brand new, post New 52, Green Lantern recruit – and any new recruit is cause for a raised eyebrow. Perhaps never more so than today.

Find out why after the jump!

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Hitch, Ross and America’s Got Powers and An Absolute No Show Top The Wednesday Run – April 11, 2012

Editor’s Update: Turns out, the information about the release of one of this week’s featured title, gleaned from DC Comics’ own website is incorrect. Absolute Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps Wars is now scheduled to be released in October, at least according to Amazon.ca. You can order it here and read about why you should after the jump.

But before that, as far as a single issue you should be picking up today, hands down it’s America’s Got Powers by Jonathan Ross and Bryan Hitch. Just when you think you’ve seen everything a superhero comic could do, these two creators come up with an absolutely brilliant concept (superpowered people competing on television for a spot on a team) and a stellar delivery. Ross’ dialogue makes you feel like you’re part of the tv show, while Hitch’s art is widescreen gorgeous. He makes use of double page spreads frequently, so I do recommend actually getting this issue in physical form rather than digital. For $2.99 and at 38 pages, it’s well worth it. America’s Got Power is currently scheduled to run as a mini-series, but I’m pretty sure we’re all going to wind up wanting more from these two. - Andy Burns

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Finally, The Darkseid Of American Justice On The Wednesday Run – February 29, 2012

In a month that happens to have five Wednesdays, this week was always going to be a light week for new comic book releases. Still, that’s no excuse to not make your mid-week run to the local shop: there’s still a treat waiting for you there!

Whether you know them as the Justice League of America, the JLA, Justice League Europe, Justice League International, Justice League Unlimited or Justice League Task Force, these days DC’s greatest grouping of superheroes go by the simple yet effective: Justice League. Read the rest of this entry

The Not So New 52 – Andy Burns on Justice League #1

Even if you’re not a comic book reader, there’s a good chance that you’ve heard about DC Comics big reboot of their entire comic line. Ended were all of their monthly magazines (including decades-old titles like Detective Comics and Action Comics); in their stead, 52 brand titles, all starting at issue #1. For better or for worse, the reboot got the company a ton of mainstream publicity, everywhere from Entertainment Weekly to Deadline Hollywood to the New York Times. Pundits were calling it the biggest thing in comics this decade, maybe the biggest since X-Men #1 was released in the early 90′s and went on to sell 8 million copies. Speciality shops around North America were open for midnight sales on August 31st, meeting the demands of fans eager to get their hands on a copy of Justice League #1, the first issue of the New 52. Walking in to Comics and More, my local shop, along with Biff Bam Pop’s J.W. Ward and JP Fallavollita, I was surprised and pleased to see the tiny store packed with people of various ages. It seemed DC had come up with an idea that was sparking a lot of interest. Maybe the New 52 would be a bold, crowd-pleasing venture.

Then I got home and read the comic. And I shrugged my shoulders.

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A Gem Of A Cartoon! JP Watches Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

In case you hadn’t yet heard, there’s a big screen film premiering today called Green Lantern. Yeah, I know. It already sounds kinda weird, but just wait: it’s about an intergalactic police force made up of all sorts of strange looking alien beings, each wielding a green power ring that allows their thoughts to manifest into substantive constructs.
Think Star Wars meets NYPD Blue with maybe a little bit of The Last Starfighter and, of course, the Bible thrown in for good measure. Yeah. It’s that kind of weird.
Green Lantern, in all its strange, science fiction wonder, is a hard sell to an adult audience and early reviews of the film, starring Ryan Reynolds in the title role, have not been kind. But the kids…ah yes, the kids!
Timed perfectly with the release of the film, Warner Brothers has also seen fit to release the direct-to-DVD cartoon, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. And it may yet be the WB’s best offering in their line of quality direct-to-DVD cartoon flicks, quite possibly eclipsing the live action film itself. (Judgement reserved until I see the big screen version of the character.)
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights does a masterful job of weaving together six different stories into the larger tapestry of a galactic threat. Each story highlights a different character, all adding to the mythology of the Green Lantern universe. There are no weak links here – each segment is different from the last, each compelling to the viewer, be they adult or child. The DVD is probably the best primer for anyone interested in getting a better handle on the big screen film or looking to pick up any GL comic books.
There’s real emotional resonance on display here – right from the opening scene, which visualizes the horrible death of a Green Lantern Corps member and the importance the GL ring has on the wearer and the Corps as a whole. The sequence serves to entrench Emerald Knights within the DC Universe and serve as the catalyst for the cartoon film’s big bad. In fact, each of the storylines endears themselves to viewers.
In a story that reminisces Greek and Roman mythology, we learn about the establishment of the Green Lantern Corps and Avra, the first emerald warrior, wherein it’s narrated that “Avra was not the first to wear a ring, but he was the first Green Lantern.” Now that kind of parable-sort-of-storytelling, taken directly from the “Book of Oa” (a kind of historical Bible for the GL Corps), is enticing! In another segment, we are presented with the origin of Kilowog, a hulking beast of a character that looks a lot like a hippopotamus (and one of fandom’s favourite GL’s), voiced by punk rocker Henry Rollins. In it, we learn exactly what it means to be part of this intergalactic police force. Laira, another Corps member, is also on display here in a heart-wrenching tale that sees her go against her war-like family for the responsibility that is a ring-bearer within the Corps.

The Abin Sur segment (another character that fans love) of the cartoon preludes the mythology of the last few years of storytelling within the Green Lantern comic book series – including the famed “Blackest Night” storyline, while the “Mogo Doesn’t Socialize” chapter taps on the funny bone as a ruthless war-monger (voiced to perfection by wrestler-turned-actor, Rowdy Roddy Piper) searches for the Green Lantern named Mogo, perhaps the galaxy’s greatest warrior of them all. This particular story showcases the diversity of the Green Lantern Corps, a message that brings light to the diversity of people and cultures on our own, real life planet earth.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, for all of its inherent weirdness, is a highly recommended fun, fascinating and often thought provoking cartoon for viewers of all ages. The fact that it is available now, leads me to believe that it is, at least, a solid alternative to Green Lantern lore if the big-screen film version doesn’t get it right.
I, at least, know there will be more quality Green Lantern cartoons in the future. It’s written in the Book of Oa, after all.

Will the Lantern see green? J.W. Ward on why Green Lantern needs to be the next big thing

This weekend, there’s a whole lot riding on the guy with the green ring.

In case you don’t know, this guy:

Green Lantern debuts in theatres Friday and stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, a test pilot who discovers a dying alien that gives him a ring of incredible power and membership in the Green Lantern Corps, a collective of aliens tasked with policing the cosmos. The Corps inform Hal of an extraterrestrial threat to Earth, one that will force him to overcome great fear if he’s to save the world.

Compared to the likes of Superman or Batman, Green Lantern is a B-list character at best. He’s made appearances in pop culture, but hasn’t appeared much beyond the comic books of his birth. He was mentioned in the Donovan song “Sunshine Superman” in 1966, appeared in the Superfriends of the 1970s and 80s, and even got his suit mixed up at the dry cleaners with that of Duck Dodgers in the ‘90s, while alternate versions of the character were popping up in DC’s animated universe via Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League.

Early reviews of Green Lantern (like this and this) haven’t been kind, making the big budget CGI-fest a big gamble for DC Entertainment, Time Warner and the future of the comic book movie. While a fan-favourite property to comic readers, Green Lantern is nobody to the public at large. Moreso than fear, Green Lantern will have to overcome great public ignorance and bad press in the coming weeks to become the summer superhero success story it needs to be. Here’s why:
1) Money – With an estimated cost between $150 and $200 million, (and, as a rule of thumb, an additional $200 million to market), Green Lantern needs to make back its budget to justify continuing the franchise with two more movies, as is the not-too-secret plan. Given that the character is an unknown commodity and the film is already getting poor reviews, making the money it needs to be a success will depend on developing good word-of-mouth credibility beyond its opening weekend. Right now, that doesn’t seem likely;

2) Competition – DC-based superhero movies have been virtually non-existent over the last six years, save for Christopher Nolan’s brilliant Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Bryan Singer’s poorly-received Superman Returns of 2006 and Zack Snyder’s Watchmen of 2009. Meanwhile, Marvel Entertainment has been busy at the box office. They released Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk in 2008 and Iron Man 2 in 2010. This year has already seen Thor achieve box office glory, while Captain America: The First Avenger comes out July 22nd. All this culminates with the major characters of these five films joining forces for 2012’s The Avengers, creating a shared universe chock full of possibilities. Oh, and we can’t forget Marvel’s licensed properties, like the recent X-Men: First Class and Sony Entertainment’s reboot of New York’s favourite web-slinger with 2012’s Amazing Spider-Man. Green Lantern is DC Entertainment’s first step towards truly competing with Marvel, and DC has their work cut out for them;

3) The comic relaunch – As has been covered in detail here at Biff Bam Pop, DC Comics has decided to relaunch its entire superhero line in September, with 52 brand new #1 issues featuring modernized versions of its iconic characters. Green Lantern characters will be the focus of three of these books, and the synergistic hope is that Green Lantern the movie will bring new readers to DC’s newly-set table, and;

4) More movies – If Green Lantern does become a success, it opens the doors to more DC characters in film and more comic book movies in general. Currently, Hollywood is bouncing around concepts for the likes of Hawkman, Flash, Shazam and the Nolan-helmed Superman reboot. If Green Lantern tanks, watch Hollywood’s superheroic balls pull so tightly into its body that we’ll be lucky to see anything aside from Nolan’s Superman and Batman flicks for the next five years – and that’s not a good thing.
What DC Comics superhero do you believe deserves the major movie treatment?
JW Ward is a Toronto based writer, media personality and professional cynic. Follow him on Twitter at @jasonwardDOTca, through his website at www.jasonward.ca and every Thursday here at Biff Bam Pop!

Trailer Time: Green Lantern

The latest trailer for Green Lantern just hit the web and I have to admit, this film just looks better and better. This trailer gives a greater sense of the story we’ll see on the big screen, along with the strong supporting cast of characters (I don’t think I knew Tim Robbins is in this). With the first flight of this legendary character, Ryan Reynolds has a lot riding on his shoulders, but if this new look at Green Lantern is any indication, he doesn’t have anything to fear.

Green Lantern is in theatres June 17th. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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