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23rd April 2014

Disingenuous John Stewart “Fans” + July 2014 Solicitations

Backup

There’s an issue in Green Lantern fandom I’d like to address. It involves who is and isn’t a fan of Green Lantern John Stewart. I honestly don’t like saying who is and who isn’t a fan of something. People express their fandom in different ways and come into fandoms from different sources. I recognize that, and don’t disparage people over how or why they are a fan. However, I am going to break this rule of thumb in this instance, and question certain people’s fandom, because this is a special case.

Ever since I’ve been into Green Lantern, I’ve noticed people who claim they are fans of John Stewart, but they really aren’t. They are usually Hal Jordan fans. I would like you to keep that in mind while I take a relevant detour and turn our attention to former Green Lantern writer, Geoff Johns.

The above image -wonderfully drawn by Ivan Reis- is an example of why I criticize Geoff Johns so much. “Someone call for backup?” Really!?

Johns would love to keep John Stewart in the role he originally had in the 1970s; a “backup Lantern” who hardly ever showed up. An understudy who appeared during the rare instances Hal Jordan was unable to. Essentially, he was an infrequent supporting character in the wonderful world of Hal Jordan. Have a look at this other image from the Geoff Johns era of Green Lantern:

Exceed

You’ll notice that early into this scene, John Stewart identifies himself as “Hal Jordan’s partner.” In other words, his whole identity is pretty much what he is in relation to Hal Jordan. Saying, “Name’s John Stewart. I’m Hal Jordan’s partner,” would be okay if he was introducing himself out loud to some friend or acquaintance of Hal Jordan’s who did not know him. Yet, there John is, having an inner monologue identifying himself as what he is in relation to Hal Jordan.

This is an example of what Geoff Johns has done to John Stewart, which is downright insulting to his fans. He refused to acknowledge that John Stewart has legitimately and organically evolved out of that supporting character role. He liked to paint an image showing John Stewart as unimportant, a side character, and not noteworthy. Not just compared to Hal Jordan, but to all the Earth Green Lanterns. Geoff Johns was likely bitter over the fact that many people came to know John Stewart as Green Lantern. John was shining bright on the television sets of millions of people, being cemented in their minds as THE Green Lantern, while his favorite -Hal Jordan- was rotting in the grave. Johns is a fanboy who has been put in a position of power, and like a fanboy, he childishly took his revenge against a character he does not like. He probably heard people saying things like, “Oh yeah. I know Green Lantern. That cool Black superhero,” which burned him up similarly to people saying “Aquaman is the lamest superhero,” burns him up.

Geoff Johns often throws telling a great narrative aside to biasedly prove a point about his favorite and least favorite heroes. His playing of favorites is incredibly transparent and something many people across comic fandom have noted. What I’m pointing out with John Stewart is a very real example of him doing this. YES, Johns is an incredibly biased comic book fanboy! It is a well-established fact. He’s not entirely unlike the many you may see on the internet. Do you think those fanboys are above performing petty acts like that?
I certainly don’t.

As writer of Green Lantern, and undisputed creative mastermind of the franchise, Johns’ word was ‘law’ and canon. Thus his horrible disrespect of Green Lantern John Stewart, teamed with his burning passion for Hal Jordan, gave plenty of Geoff Johns’ toady fans fodder to denigrate John Stewart and proclaim the singular greatness of Hal Jordan, which I believe is essentially what Geoff Johns wanted to achieve.

He set up a perception where Hal Jordan was undoubtedly the “main Green Lantern,” and clearly superior to John Stewart, who was a frequently absent, boring background supporting character. This was Johns taking a massive passive aggressive dump on all the people who came to greatly respect the John Stewart character from the Justice League cartoons and identify him as being the Green Lantern. And, of course, we know this lasted for a very long time. After much patient waiting, it became apparent that so long as Geoff Johns was overseeing Green Lantern, John Stewart wasn’t going to get anywhere.

From a short Twitter discussion I had with the producer of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, I learned there were unrealized plans to bring John Stewart into the show. That sounds exciting, right?
No. Not really. Because I’m guessing if that happened, John Stewart would be a supporting character, just as I feel he would have been in some hypothetical Green Lantern film that would have happened if the 2011 Green Lantern movie was a success. There is great reason to believe John Stewart would have been some kind of stooge of Hal Jordan’s, while Hal Jordan would likely remain the lead hero.

That is why -I’m just going to say- the success of that cartoon show and the 2011 film was not in a John Stewart fan’s best interest, regardless of whether we’d get to see him in some capacity or not. What was in our best interest is exactly what happened. Now, John Stewart has a legitimate great chance of being THE Green Lantern next time Warner Bros. decides to use Green Lantern in a meaningful role in animation or film. Indeed, most people who address the current state of Green Lantern in those sectors of entertainment are telling Warner Bros. they want a reboot featuring John Stewart as the lead.

The people who I say are not true fans of John Stewart are people who support the structure Geoff Johns built, and who DO NOT want to see John Stewart headline the franchise. They are people who are okay with John Stewart being around, and who don’t openly blast the character (unlike the people who are overtly against him), but who are only okay with him so long as he doesn’t have a better role than Hal Jordan. To me, one cannot be a John Stewart fan yet still wish for his hindrance. To me, one cannot be a John Stewart fan depending only on his relation to another character. Green Lantern isn’t set up to work that way.

To explain that better, I’d like to momentarily consider the Sailor Moon franchise. I don’t think Sailor Mars fans typically want her to usurp Sailor Moon’s position, even though they may like Sailor Mars better, because of her personality, character design, character arc, and so on. Sailor Mars was never meant for that position, and she never organically grew into a role where it was plausible for her to be in that position. These Hal Jordan fans would like for John Stewart to be like Sailor Mars. They may think John Stewart is okay, just as many Sailor Moon fans like Sailor Mars. They may think he has a place, and they may think it’s cool if you like him best. However, in their minds, John Stewart is not meant to be THE Green Lantern, just as Sailor Mars is not meant to be the focus of the Sailor Moon franchise. To them, he is a “secondary character” and that is all he should be. There is a glass ceiling, and he cannot rise above it. To them, maybe if Hal Jordan is really successful, John can enjoy some of that and get a spin off.

Sailor Mars
Sailor Mars
Sailor Mars

But real John Stewart fans recognize the situation isn’t comparable. John Stewart is no Sailor Mars. Real John Stewart fans recognize that John Stewart is GREEN LANTERN. Real John Stewart fans recognize the character organically grew out of his role as a supporting character a long time ago, to the point where a lot of people think he’s THE Green Lantern. Real John Stewart fans recognize that his profile is higher than Hal Jordan’s, and it’s definitely more respected, seeing as the only thing Hal Jordan has done on any level compared to what John has, is star in a critically panned financial flop of a film.

So, those who like to hold John Stewart in that Sailor Mars category ARE NOT JOHN STEWART FANS, simply on grounds of them not genuinely having John Stewart’s or his fans’ best interests at heart. If John Stewart legitimately steps above Hal Jordan, and they are dissatisfied by that, THEY ARE NOT JOHN STEWART FANS.

Just to clarify, I’m not saying every Green Lantern fan has to be a zealot on one side or the other. I’m sure there are many people who would be welcoming to either Green Lantern, but the individuals in question are not those people. Do not be fooled by the so-called John Stewart fan who appears in an attempt to shut you up if you speak out against the character’s treatment while Geoff Johns was overseeing the franchise, and who then proceeds to tell you why Hal Jordan should be Green Lantern, despite financial bombs. No matter what they say, these individuals do not care about what is best for the John Stewart character, nor do they have the best interests of John Stewart fans in mind. If they were really fans, why would they be so against John Stewart’s advancement, be so blind or apathetic to his mistreatment during the Johns years, and take such offense when someone mentions it?


Oa, by the way

Solicitations for July 2014 are here. Accordingly, we get a look at the final cover of the “Uprising” storyline, and it sure is a beauty.

Green Lantern Corps #33

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #33
Written by VAN JENSEN
Art by BERNARD CHANG
Cover by FRANCIS PORTELA
BATMAN 75 variant cover
On sale JULY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
“UPRISING” part 6! All is fair in love and war – and both are likely to get John Stewart killed as the final battle of the uprising concludes! With the woman he loves in mortal danger, John will face the most difficult test of his career!

It’s great to see another Francis Portela cover. I’m glad DC has gotten him back for Green Lantern Corps. I wouldn’t mind seeing Portela doing covers whenever Bernard Chang can’t. His work compliments Chang’s wonderfully, unlike the J.G. Jones covers seen early in the Maiolo, Jensen, Chang run. Don’t get me wrong, J.G. Jones is a great artist, but seeing his work next to Chang’s gave me an impression of incongruity, not totally unlike looking at the western Mega Man 1 box art in relation to the way Mega Man is actually meant to be depicted.

I wrote in my review for Green Lantern Corps #30 that I was felt an event on the horizon for John and Yrra’s romance, and unsurprisingly, it looks like “Uprising” may include that event. Will John and Yrra stay together? Will Yrra make it through this war? If not, I would still welcome bringing the Hawkgirl (Shayera Hol) romance into the comics. It may be a pipe dream, though, seeing as DC Comics may feel it would diminish Hawkman in some way. But, if they can make Supergirl a Red Lantern, why not? The HG/GL romance is the most well-known and highest profile romance for both characters ever, which is very ironic for Hawkgirl, since, prior to Justice League, her whole deal was being Hawkman’s sidekick love interest.

Speaking of the Red Lanterns, Green Lantern John Stewart fans should also set their sights on Red Lanterns this July. That looks like John Stewart’s hand and arm on the cover, and the text is pretty telling, as well.

Red Lanterns #33

RED LANTERNS #33
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by ALESSANDRO VITTI
Cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
On sale JULY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
“Atrocities” kicks into gear – the epic that the last year of RED LANTERNS has been building to all along! It’s open war between Atrocitus and Guy Gardner – and there’s a powerful squadron of Red Lanterns on each side! But Guy Gardner could never have imagined what Atrocitus has been planning all this time… And he couldn’t imagine that one of his closest friends would refuse to stand by his side!

DC has also released advanced solicits for their Futures End tie-ins. It sounds like in the future, John Stewart is in need of redemption. Again. I wonder if he’s still worried about that planet that blew up.

GREEN LANTERN CORPS: FUTURES END #1
Advance solicit • On sale SEPTEMBER 10
32 pg, FC • RATED T
3-D Motion Edition: $3.99 US
2-D Standard Edition: $2.99 US
Orders due May 29 • Not offered on FOC
John Stewart makes a fateful decision – will he choose to take his last shot at redemption? Or will he pull the trigger and kill any chance of a life worth living, in the name of saving the Corps?

Bryan Q. Miller’s awesome Smallville Season 11: Lantern continues. Going by the excellent Cat Staggs cover, Superman has had enough of that Green Lantern business he’s been unwillingly caught in. Any Green Lantern John Stewart fan who is not reading Smallville: Lantern is seriously missing out.

Smallville Season 11: Lantern 4

SMALLVILLE SEASON 11: LANTERN #4
Written by BRYAN Q. MILLER
Art by MARCIO TAKARA
Cover by CAT STAGGS
On sale JULY 9 • 40 pg, 4 of 4, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T • DIGITAL FIRST
Fighting a pitched battle against the strength of Parallax, John Stewart is able to regain his Green Lantern will. But will the change come in time to defeat Parallax’s minions?

There looks to be a lot of cool stuff ahead for us, John Stewart fans. Don’t let it pass you by.



18th April 2014

Van Jensen and Nick Jones Jr. Teaming Up for a Project

Van Jensen

Van Jensen, the writer of the comic book series Green Lantern Corps, and actor Nick Jones Jr. have said via Twitter that they’re teaming up this summer to bring fans something special. For those not familiar, Nick Jones Jr. was slated to play Green Lantern John Stewart in the 2011 Green Lantern film, but his scenes were cut. When asked if he was disappointed with that, Jones said:

“That’s fine, it was a little disappointing at first but when I took a step back to see the big picture I was reminded how blessed I am to be where I am today. I remember dressing as Tony the Tiger when I first jumped into acting so I understand that this is an uphill grind. I’m prepared for that and I welcome the challenge. One of my favorite quotes is from Barack Obama, “I never expected to be here. I always knew this journey was improbable. I’ve never been on a journey that wasn’t.” What I get most from that quote is to always stay positive and to also know what you’re getting yourself into. I think working on those two particular projects helped me most with my professionalism. I need to be able to hold my own with actors I grew up watching and admiring. Something I thought I couldn’t do at first because I’m a fan at heart. It’s hard not to nerd out at times. Now I have that comfort level and confidence. The more I do in this business the more it will help me to create my own presence and that’s a major key to success.”

Read more here.

Van Jensen

Jensen and Jones have kept a public correspondence through Twitter and even discussed Green Lantern projects:

Other pro John Stewart tweets include:

The two made their alliance public earlier today with these tweets:

It’s pretty clear Nick Jones Jr. has not given up on the prospect of playing the Emerald Crusader, and now he’s teaming up with the very man who writes his adventures in comics?
Let me just state this again for effect. Here, we have two people highly involved with Green Lantern John Stewart -one being a writer and the other being an actor- and they are teaming up… for something. When asked if the project involves Green Lantern, they replied:

So, we don’t know for sure what’s going on here. It could either be a rather large coincidence, or it could somehow mean something for Green Lantern John Stewart. Stay tuned!


Oa, by the way

John Stewart Diggle

Speaking of Arrow, there is a bit of a cult crackpot theory going around that the character John Diggle is actually Green Lantern John Stewart. This is a long shot, though, especially since I hear John Diggle has, or will be introduced in the current Green Arrow comic book series. Still, it’s something to have a little fun with. I’m not a typical watcher of Arrow, but this theory prompted me to check out a few episodes. I must say, there are some strong similarities between the characters.



15th April 2014

UPDATE: Green Lantern Corps Writer Van Jensen Interviews in Preparation for “UPRISING”

Van Jensen

In preparation for next month’s “UPRISING” event, which will run between Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps, Van Jensen, writer of Green Lantern Corps, has taken some time to do some interviews. He discusses the recent struggles the Corps has been facing and what they’ll soon be up against with ComicVine:

“It’s hard to choose. My job is writing about aliens and monsters and heroes and sentient planets and all kinds of amazing things. But probably the best part has been the opportunity to shine the spotlight squarely on John Stewart.”

ComicVine Interview.

I think I speak for many Green Lantern John Stewart fans when I say that I’m very happy Van Jensen has focused on John Stewart as well as he has. It is quite weird that John Stewart has such a large audience and fanbase from television, but many of the comic creators couldn’t be bothered to give him the time of day.

Van also had a word with Comicosity to shed a little more light on the shape-shifting Durlan menace:

“The Durlans make a great villain for the Corps for a few reasons. The key one is that the Durlans as shape-shifters are all about deception. They can take any form, so they’re the perfect covert agents. And as we’ve seen, they have burrowed their way deep into the Corps. The Durlans also can take any form they think of, which is a neat analog of the Lanterns’ ability to create constructs in any form.”

Comicosity Interview.

I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for Green Lantern John Stewart. Something tells me things won’t be the same after “UPRISING.”

UPDATE!

Van Jensen has made the rounds across IGN, Newsarama, and Comic Book Resources offering even more great information about “Uprising.”

From CBR:

“This is something I really wanted to explore from day one with John. The “Batman: Zero Year” tie-in issue that we did, “Green Lantern Corps” #25, really set up that history with John, which is to say that he has gone through this type of situation once before. His experience with the Marine Corps and his leadership as part of a militaristic organization led him astray. I think that’s really natural and a truism of conflict, that it breeds more conflict. With the Marine Corps, the story was that John essentially saw an organization that was leading him astray, that he disagreed with, and he decided to walk away from it.”

Van Jensen Prepares for an “Uprising” in Green Lantern Corps”

It sounds like John Stewart may wind up being leader of the Green Lantern Corps after all. Robert Venditti and Van Jensen are into long-form storytelling, so perhaps they wanted to send John Stewart on a journey to prove himself before just being bestowed the title, like Hal Jordan was.

From IGN:

“Yeah, she’s a central part of the book. She’s a fascinating, complex character. She’s very passionate, but very strong-willed. Really, what her and John’s relationship brings to the book is — where we started, in Issue #21, John had been focused on the past and focused on past failures, and through her love for him and through her strength as a character, she sort of showed him a different path, getting over all the past failures and launching forward with a stronger sense of purpose and being more concerned with what tomorrow brings than what happened yesterday.”

Interview: Green Lantern Corps Writer Van Jensen Talks Uprising

Yrra Cynril (aka Fatality) has been a very interesting part of Green Lantern Corps. I don’t think her and John’s relationship will be in the same place after “Uprising.” Where will it be? We’ll have to wait and see.

From Newsarama:

“I think, at the end of “Uprising,” people are going to see that it seems like the Corps has gone through their darkest hour, and that things have changed in monumental ways, and it will seem like it couldn’t possibly go any worse for John Stewart or the rest of the Lanterns, but even after that, they’re going to have to dig down deeper.”

GREEN LANTERN CORPS Prepare for UPRISING Crossover

Well, I’m hooked! Jensen says many of the plot threads from Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps will be wrapped up here. Don’t miss this one, John Stewart fans.


Oa, by the way

Green Lantern John Stewart Movie

Newsarama recently ran a feature discussing ten superheroes who should get their own feature films right now, and… you guessed it, Green Lantern John Stewart is on the list!
10 DC COMICS Characters That Should Have Movies NOW

All the support for a rebooted Green Lantern movie franchise starring John Stewart is very encouraging. I’m sure WB has heard us. By now, I think that anyone who keeps up with superhero movie news and discussion has. I’d like to take this moment to post some comments from Twitter that show support for a Green Lantern John Stewart film.

Cee Jay ‏@CeeChalla Apr 12
If Green Lantern gets a reboot, please have John Stewart as the main man.

Kylie Haizlip ‏@KylieHaizlip Apr 12
I like the old Justice League cartoons because they have John Stewart as Green Lantern instead of Hal Jordan

Nichole ‏@Nichole__Online Apr 12
@HelenaWayneDCnU John Stewart has been and forever will be the only Green Lantern that matters to me

Eli Hernandez ‏@EliHernandez Apr 10
@SuperHeroReport oh God no! Ryan Reynolds was awful! They need to reboot it and have John Stewart as Green Lantern.

wp ‏@WinstonShaolin Apr 5
@IGN Yes I believe DC Comics can save Green Lantern w/ Gareth Edwards directing and Idris Elba as John Stewart/Green Lantern.

ashley! ‏@ashleyrools Apr 3
All I want in life is a John Stewart / Green Lantern movie.

Ig: mr_freshfeet23 ‏@Great_Britton23 Apr 3
@Legendary I believe that a krypton prequel with Russell Crowe is necessary i also think that the John Stewart green lantern is too

jones ‏@steel_thaboss Apr 2
“@ChickenColeman: I’m still PISSED they made the Green Lantern white in that movie a few years back” John Stewart the realest GL ever

BlackGirlNerds ‏@BlackGirlNerds Mar 31
Chadwick Boseman as John Stewart? Yep I can see it.

demon goat queen ‏@humhallelujahs Mar 28
for that matter, why make a green lantern movie thats not about john stewart green lantern

ai-shah ‏@AishahRdzn Mar 27
But they’re making a movie with THE GREATEST GREEN LANTERN HANDS DOWN JOHN STEWART YA CAN GO AWAY HAL JORDAN

dan costales ‏@phanurius Mar 24
@TDSpidey616 just if you weren’t aware, Taimur, John Stewart is the best Green Lantern and Hal Jordan is the worst. pic.twitter.com/MYOUpz7uZ0

Andrew Wheeler ‏@Wheeler Mar 22
@riskteenz For a lot of fans John Stewart is the Green Lantern, so casting a white actor in the movie felt to them like being denied a hero.

I’m just going to stop there, but I could go on all day with this stuff.
The market is there, WB. People are not shying away from a Black superhero lead. They are asking you for it. Please do not let us down!



12th April 2014

Green Lantern Corps #30 Review

Green Lantern Corps #30 is out, and GreenLantern.Co has a review comin’ atcha!

“Even though readers have come to expect a much higher level of quality from this title, Green Lantern Corps #30 features more cool character moments for John, Yrra, and Von Daggle, and it reveals the motives and history of the Durlans, making it a crucial part of this saga.”

Read more.



9th April 2014

Green Lantern John Stewart Revealed in Futures End

Futures End Green Lantern

There’s another comic series John Stewart fans should look into, and that is the upcoming weekly title Futures End. This series features a post-apocalyptic (or just straight apocalyptic) future, in which many heroes have become bug-like androids controlled by Brother Eye. It seems a few heroes have managed to avoid that fate, such as Grifter, Amethyst, Batman, and… Green Lantern John Stewart. Bleeding Cool has gotten a hold of issue #0 of the book, and has taken the liberty of spoiling a bit of it. You can view more images and get more of a lowdown on what’s going on there.
First Look: DC Comics’ Futures End #0 (BIG TIME SPOILERS)

Green Lantern John Stewart appearing as a hero in a high profile weekly title? You can definitely count me in! However, some art that was released (showcased in this update’s “Oa, by the way…) leads me to think that John may get assimilated. Yet, a spoiler caption on Bleeding Cool reads:

“John Stewart has managed not to die or become a bug. High five to Joshua Hale Fialkov? Sadly we can’t say the same for Blue Beetle.”

So, maybe John will avoid being turned into a robot slave? Let’s hope so.
Look for Futures End #0 to be released on May 3rd, 2014, free of charge!


Oa, by the way

Green Lantern Corps #30 Preview

The preview for Green Lantern Corps #30 has been released on Newsarama. This issue will give us the origin of the shape-shifting Durlan menace. I must admit that I’m somewhat disappointed, because this issue was solicited as having Bernard Chang doing the art, but Bernard’s work is absent here, sans the cover. In my opinion, the weakest Green Lantern Corps issues in Van Jensen’s run have been the ones without Bernard Chang on art, and I don’t think that’s at all a coincidence.
We’ll see how this goes.

Green Lantern Corps #30 will be available April 9th, 2014.
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #30 Preview Reveals More Durlan Spies in Their Midst