Category Archives: Green Lantern
I remember, a number of years ago, lying on a bed in a Chicago hotel room, just back from a long day at the Wizard World Convention, reading the first volume of the Green Lantern: Sinestro Corps War hardcover compilation.
My buddy, Denny, was reading the same book, picked up earlier in the day at the con, in the bed next to me, while this website’s Editor-In-Chief, Andy Burns, sat at the corner table, wondering what the hell we were reading that could illicit so many “AW YEAH!” and “OMG!” from our smiling, wide eyed, faces.
Space was the place, you see!
That Green Lantern story might arguably be the best Green Lantern story of them all. At the time, it breathed new life into DC Comics and space-faring comic book stories.
And with the publishing company’s “Rebirth” branded titles a little over a month into their campaign right now, that sense of excitement has got a renewed ground swell.
In many ways, that enthusiasm comes to a head today with the release of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1!
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!