21st October 2014

Green Lantern Corps #38 and Secret Origins #9 Solicits

DC Comics has released the solicits for their comics line for January, 2015. There are a few big things that will interest fans of Green Lantern John Stewart. First is Green Lantern Corps #38. Check out the cover and sales pitch below.

Green Lantern Corps #38 Cover

Written by VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
On sale JANUARY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
The devastated Corps returns to a universe that has grown much different – and much more dangerous – in their absence. John Stewart must lead the weakened Green Lanterns against a truly demonic threat’s expanding its dark reach across the cosmos.

I imagine this is when the Shadow Empire story begins. It sounds like John is the full blown leader of the Green Lantern Corps. That’s great! It was a long time coming.

Fans have been asking for a John Stewart Secret Origins story, and they finally get their wish with Secret Origins #9.

Secret Origins #9 Cover

On sale JANUARY 28 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Swamp Thing is in the spotlight in this new set of origin tales in a story written by Charles Soule with art by Javi Pina. Also in this issue: the origins of Power Girl by Paul Levitz and Alisson Borges, and Green Lantern John Stewart by Van Jensen and Pat Broderick.

This is really great, and everything, but I have a complaint about Swamp Thing being billed over John Stewart. I mean, really, Swamp Thing!? A character starring in a comic selling around cancellation levels? It strikes me as DC Comics not appreciating John Stewart as well as they should, which is a feeling they’ve given me for a long time. John Stewart is their most popular minority character, and one of the few Black characters in current mainstream comics who is the star of his own book, which sells respectably, and without the aid of a superstar creative team. They just do not seem to appreciate what a huge accomplishment the character is. This is why I am excited about the company moving to California where Warner Bros. will be able to exert more direct control over them. I honestly don’t believe WB has anything against the John Stewart character. I believe it is certain people at DC Comics who do.

Anyway, I’m happy to see Pat Broderick make a return to working on John. He was the artist on Green Lantern in the very early ’90s, when the Mosaic arc was first being set up and when readers were introduced to Rose Hardin. That being the case, I hope that period in John’s history is touched upon in this issue. As the solicit says, John’s segment of the issue will be written by Van Jensen, the regular writer on Green Lantern Corps. He certainly knows John’s history.

There are a couple other things I’m hoping for. First is that Jensen removes Hal Jordan from John’s origin, in order to make John a more independent character. The second is that Jensen uses this rare opportunity to make it so the Xanshi incident was not John’s fault. I would like to see it depicted as something that he was not able to prevent. It would really go a long way in repairing the character. I have a lot of faith in Van Jensen. I don’t believe he’ll let us down.

Moving on, John is also on the variant cover for Sinestro #9, which was done by Ethan Van Sciver. He rendered an excellent John Stewart.

Sinestro #9 Cover

That’s it for now. Be back soon for more content!

17th October 2014

Green Lantern Corps #38 75th Anniversary Flash Variant Cover

Green Lantern Corps #38 Variant Cover

DC Comics continues its theme of charming variant covers. For January, 2015, they’re celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Flash. Green Lantern Corps takes part in this by featuring an awesome cover that is a throwback to Green Lantern (Volume 2) #87. That issue -released in 1971, written by Denny O’Neil, with art by Neal Adams- is the debut of Green Lantern John Stewart.

This cover is done by Bill Sienkiewicz. Click the lower link for a larger image:
Green Lantern Corps #38 Variant.

Oa, by the way

With the recent announcement of the 2020 Green Lantern film, the support for seeing Green Lantern John Stewart for the starring role is rolling in. Check out the comments section in this IGN article:

There’s heavy John Stewart support. Here are some comments:

“LopezOne jarrodwjones • a day ago
I’m leaning towards Stewart myself, but only because its the best way to distance yourself from the first GL movie.
But I’d want Hal Jordan done right. And I’m not ok with him being the SECOND human GL as part of his background.

Ultimately, John Stewart is by no means a bad call. He’s quite awesome and the cartoon has a huge generation of fans following.”

“Oden_The_Great arm30 • a day ago
I agree! Either is good even can use Kyle Rayner too but John Stewart seems it”

“LavsToSpooge • a day ago
Just out of curiosity, why do most people prefer John Stewart to Hal Jordan? I have never really followed the John Stewart story that much to know any better.. if anyone can explain.”

“Darkangel_Omega Jimmy_Five • a day ago
You know. I’m not against Cyborg on the League. I’m against how he got there. They trashed ALL of his history and put him there as the new kid on the block. That I don’t agree with. Vic from the Titans would have made a good JL member. But I’m sick of Hal Jordan being forced, down our throats lately. I like ALL the other Green Lanterns now alot more than him because of it. But I agree I’d rather have John on the team and J’onn added onto the team. They both need the live action treatment.”

“Kal-El385 • a day ago
Personally, this will always be my favorite “founding member” line-up:

Wonder Woman
Martian Manhunter
Green Lantern John Stewart
The Flash
Hawk girl”

That’s not even scratching the surface. I cannot post it all, because there’s too much. And it’s not just IGN. It’s Twitter, forums, website articles, and so forth.

DC and WB. I’m talking to you. I don’t care how much some of you may love Hal Jordan. You CANNOT deny the massive wave of support for John Stewart. You cannot. The fans are telling you what they want. Make the smart move.

Don’t let us down.

15th October 2014

Warner Bros Announces New Green Lantern Movie Scheduled for 2020 Release

Kevin Tsujihara

During a Warner Bros. investors meeting, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced the WB DC Comics films slate going up to the year 2020. Among the films was a new Green Lantern movie scheduled for a 2020 release.

Now to address the point all of you are wondering about. Will John Stewart be the star of this upcoming Green Lantern film? Well… we have no idea.

There is something very suspicious going on with that property. Most of the other movies announced have their stars listed with them. Jason Mamoa is confirmed as Aquaman, and Ezra Williams will be The Flash. The Shazam movie has yet to announce its star, and Green Lantern is a big question mark, as well.

For so long, Warner Bros. has been holding off on revealing the secret about how they will approach the Green Lantern franchise for their new cinematic universe. Many fans (including yours truly), have hollered out for John Stewart to be the star, especially considering the 2011 Green Lantern film featured Hal Jordan and ended up being a failure.

There are many positive reasons to make the change. First, John Stewart is already very well known to audiences from his starring role in the popular Justice League and Justice League Unlimited cartoons. Secondly, changing the face of the Lantern for future films will help in distancing them from the 2011 flop. Third, it would be great to see more major superheroes who are Black on the big screen.

The cries for John Stewart can’t be ignored, and I’m sure they have made their way to executive ears. The only reasons I can see for WB being so secretive about Green Lantern are that they’re not sure what they’re going to do, or they’re going to do something different and are waiting for the right time to drop the news on fans. If it is just the same old stuff over again, I don’t see the point of the closed mouthed attitude they’ve been taking.

As usual, we’ll just have to sit back and wait and see what happens, as well as continue to support Green Lantern John Stewart. Click the link below for more information on this new development:
Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara Outlines Major Film & TV Push Amid Cost Cuts: Time Warner Investor Day

13th October 2014

The Flash Mobile Returns in Lego Batman 3

The Flash Mobile

Fans of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, rejoice! The Flash Mobile from the classic episode “Eclipsed” makes its way into the upcoming video game Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham! If you’re unfamiliar, take a gander at the video below:

It’s nice to see DC products celebrating one of the best (the best, in my opinion) superhero cartoons in history instead of pretending it never happened. This has made me a sure customer. I will definitely be buying this game!

Oa, by the way

Speaking of The Flash and Green Lantern, here is a cool video by Hudson Faber dedicated to them. Enjoy!

11th October 2014

Green Lantern Corps #35 Review

You know .Co wouldn’t miss reviewing the latest issue of Green Lantern Corps. “Godhead” continues, and John faces off against Uggha of the New Gods.

“A particular point I like is how intelligent Van Jensen portrays John Stewart, which is in huge contrast to the way Hal Jordan has been displayed lately. John’s victories aren’t simply due to hitting things. He often comes up with smart plans, and usually without a lot of time to think of them.”

Read more.

As always, there’s more content on the way!

Oa, by the way

New York Comic-Con

New York Comic-Con is happening right now, and the creative teams of the Green Lantern line held a panel to discuss the “Godhead” event. Check out what went down in the link below.