Category Archives: Green Lantern
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!
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
So, if it’s epic, heroic, sci-fi adventure you’re looking for, all served up on a monthly basis, make the Wednesday run now. Go find out what all the green excitement is about!
If you’re anything like me (and if you’re reading this than I think it’s safe to assume we’ve got something in common, whether you’ll admit to it or not), you’ve got DVD’s sitting around your house that still have the plastic wrap on them. I know I do – same with cds as well. That’s what happens when you’re either a) a collector or b) work in the media industry and get handed a lot of free material. If you’re both? Well then, you’re hurting for space I’m guessing. We’ve done a huge cull over the last few months, and I’m happy to say there’s less unopened “things” around my house. In the meantime, I’ve definitely been cutting baclk
The problem with being a collector, that fatal disease that is only a few subway stops short of being a hoarder, is that amassing the collection is as much fun as actually watching or listening to what’s in it. I was reminded of this last week with our American friends Thanksgiving celebrations and the ensuing Black Friday sales that gets the Web into such a frenzy each and every year. I’m as guilty as anyone – not only did I partake in an Amazon.com lightning deal (Lost: The Complete Series is making its way here any day now, thanks to it’s ridiculous half the Canadian retail price offering – now I’ll finally find out what happened with Hurley and Ben!), but I caught myself checking back hourly to see what other goods might be on sale. Thankfully, there wasn’t anything that caught my fancy, but it’s still hard to say no to a lot of of those competitive prices. I considered one purchase a strong restraint.
While I thought my Black Friday was over and done with by 11pm the night of, leave it to one more great deal to suck me in. Earlier in the day I had received an email from Comixology, which is the groundbreaking company that has been managing the major comic book publisher’s iPad apps. Essentially, download the Marvel or DC app (or BOOM or Image ones, for that matter) and you can download optimized comics straight to your iPad or iPhone. The email was basically a blast letting me know that for one day Blackest Night, the massive DC Comics crossover event of the last year, would be on sale, all 79 issues (main series and various ancillary issues) for just 99 cents each. They were calling it Blackest Friday. Of course.
To give you some perspective, to buy the 8 issue Blackest Night deluxe hardcover released a few months ago would cost me in the neighborhood of $30. Now, while the collector in me would enjoy having the series (about various DC characters returning from the dead and doing battle with icons such as Green Lantern and The Flash) on the bookshelf, I have seriously been enjoying reading comics via the Marvel and DC apps. And with this Blackest Friday sale going on, I was going to wind up spending a little over $8 to read the core series. When it came down to it, the decision was pretty much a no brainer. So with a click of a few buttons, Blackest Night was downloading onto my iPad (along with the prologue found in an issue of Green Lantern that featured the origin of series big bad, The Black Hand, and one of the most intense death scenes I’d seen in mainstream comics in years).
I won’t give any sort of in-depth Blackest Night review here, since I’ve only read a few issues so far, though I will tell you that it’s immediately the best DC event comic I’ve read in the last few years, trumping the much ballyhooed and the much more confusing Final Crisis by a mile. What’s even more exciting for me was the brilliance of the sale itself. Obviously the date and name tie-in was brilliant marketing, as was having the entire series available for anyone that wanted to plunk down $79 for 79 issues. And believe me, I did consider it for a few moments and only stopped after some careful consideration and confirmation from Biff Bam Pop!’s JP that I could enjoy the 8 issue mini-series on its own. As someone who isn’t a huge DC fan by any stretch, I’ve definitely been waffling on putting out the money on the hardcover, but by making the splash they did with the Blackest Friday sale, the company managed to get my money and enable me to read the story by legal and official means on my new and preferred method of comic consumption.
Once I finished downloading the series, I checked out the Marvel app to see if they’d come up with any sort of initiative to combat their distinguished competitions brilliant play. Maybe the entire Siege storyline would be on sale? Sadly, it wasn’t to be, which meant that, for at least one dreaded evening, this Marvel zombie had to admit his favourite company had been soundly trumped by the competition.
We’ll see what they do next Black Friday. I’d better start saving.