20th September 2014

Bruce Timm Returns for Justice League: Gods and Monsters

Gods and Monsters

Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, two key people behind the highly acclaimed and influential DC Animated Universe, are joining forces once again for a new Justice League direct to video movie titled Justice League: Gods and Monsters. This movie will have no ties to the continuity that has been established with other recent direct to video movies based on the New 52, such as Justice League: War, and the upcoming Throne of Atlantis. It is scheduled for a 2015 release.

This is potentially great news for Green Lantern John Stewart fans, because the likelihood of seeing him in this film is quite high. It was Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett who were behind the inclusion of John Stewart in the hit Justice League animated series. They played a huge part in making John Stewart the well-known character he is now. Furthermore, Timm is on record for being a big fan of Hawkgirl. After all these years, could we finally be seeing a Justice League more akin to the hit animated series?

I certainly hope so! The quality of Warner Bros. DC animated features has plummeted since the days of the DC Animated Universe, and rumor has it Bruce Timm stepped away from doing DC Comics based projects because DC only wanted him to adapt what they specifically wanted him to, which would explain the prevalence of Hal Jordan in many of their projects. Indeed, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths was supposed to have John Stewart instead of Hal Jordan, and showcase an event during the interim between Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, but that was changed and Hal Jordan was used. If Bruce Timm is allowed to cut loose like he was during the DC Animated Universe days, then I’m quite confident we’ll get a stellar product.

In related news, Warner Animation and Machinima have joined forces for Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, a series of short online episodes that will tie into the upcoming movie. These shorts will feature darker versions of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman than what is usually seen. From Sam Register, head of Warner Bros. Animation:

“We couldn’t be happier to be announcing our first new digital series today, and we’re even more excited that it’s a collaboration with such accomplished storytellers as Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett, who have been responsible for some of the most innovative and creative DC Universe projects. We can’t wait for fans to have a chance to see the world they have created when ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles’ debuts on Machinima next year.”

Diane Nelson, DC Entertainment president, had this to say:

“We are committed to delivering DC Entertainment’s extensive line-up of world-class characters and stories to audiences across all platforms and formats. Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles is an exciting opportunity to bring alternate versions of DC Comics’ iconic Justice League characters to Machinima, and we look forward to bringing this new animated shortform series to life with our partners across Warner Bros.”

Cross your fingers, John Stewart fans. I think the emerald crusader might be coming back to animation, at long last!

15th September 2014

December Solicit: Green Lantern Corps #37

The solicits for December are out, and here’s what DC’s got to offer us John Stewart fans at the year’s end.

Green Lantern Corps #37 Solict

Written by VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
On sale DECEMBER 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US RATED T
Retailers: This issue will arrive in stores with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
“Godhead,” act 3, part 2: John Stewart leads an army of Lanterns of every color in an assault on New Genesis! Getting to the New Gods’ home was nearly impossible – and battling them will be worse! The universe is counting on the multi-colored Corps, but its true hopes may depend on a select few…without rings?”

So, John Stewart finally takes command. Of all the Corps! It definitely sounds like an interesting story, and I’m proud to see John get the due he deserves. Marcelo Maiolo and Bernard Chang’s art is stunning as usual.

Green Lantern Corps Volume 5: Uprising is also on the way.

Green Lantern Corps: Uprising

On sale JANUARY 14 • 264 pg, FC, $19.99 US
With the Corps under attack by the Khund and the shapeshifting Durlans in stories from GREEN LANTERN CORPS #28-34, GREEN LANTERN #31-33 and GREEN LANTERN CORPS ANNUAL #2, John Stewart must unravel the mystery behind the destroyed Sector Houses!”

I will definitely pick both of these up in December!

Green Lantern Corps: Futures End #1 Review

It’s September, which means gimmick month at DC. This time, they’re taking us five years into an unsettling future. See what GreenLantern.Co thinks of John Stewart’s foray into “Futures End.”

“Green Lantern Corps: Futures End #1 features many things I prefer not to see in a John Stewart story all rolled up into one comic book. It’s heavy on the Emotional Spectrum, John Stewart is moping about the destruction of planet Xanshi, he’s revealed to be a massive failure, and as the cover alludes to, he becomes an Indigo Lantern. Naturally, it is a very depressing read for me. The interesting thing, however, is I believe that is actually the aim of this comic book.”

Read more.

Stay tuned for more content, and thanks for visiting!

Oa, by the way

In case you missed it, Van Jensen appears on the DC Comics Youtube program DC: All Access. He tells us a bit about the “Futures End” issue of Green Lantern Corps and where John Stewart goes from here. There’s also some information on the upcoming “Godhead” event. Check it out.

10th September 2014

Green Lantern Corps #37 Darwyn Cooke Variant Cover

Darwyn Cooke Green Lantern Corps Variant

DC Comics’ variant covers for the December issues have been released, and as usual, there is a neat theme to them. This time, all the covers are illustrated by Darwyn Cooke. The Green Lantern Corps variant depicts a very awesome shot of John Stewart standing proudly at the head of the Corps. This is an excellent depiction of a PoC character. He looks strong, proud, and he’s front and center. I don’t like seeing them way in the back all the time, or presented as lesser than the other characters they’re around (see THIS image, which features a mangled Black character who is now a robot, surrounded by six other highly idealized White characters for an example of what not to do). What else is cool is that Katma Tui made it in the picture. It’s good to see her again!

You can view a larger image of the picture right here.

Oa, by the way

I always found these interviews with Darwyn Cooke to be entertaining and enlightening. He gives his thoughts on what is right and what is wrong with comics today.

9th September 2014

Van Jensen Futures End and Godhead Interview

Van Jensen Futures End Interview

Green Lantern Corps writer Van Jensen has had a rather revealing interview with ComicBookResources.Com in preparation for the arrival of Green Lantern Corps: Futures End #1 this coming Wednesday, and the massive Green Lantern line crossover “Godhead,” which will begin in October. If you’ve taken a look at the preview for the Futures End issue, you probably noticed that John Stewart is a lot more grizzled and hardcore than usual. Jensen explains where that inspiration came from, and his thought process behind taking John down that road.

“I approached the “Futures End” story like something of a parable. It’s one progression of a multitude of possibilities. I looked to Walter White as inspiration, actually. He’s a character who made lots of hard choices — often not good ones — and ended up being both bad and good, hero and villain. That’s what could lie ahead for John should he make the wrong choices.”

He also confirms my suspicions that the Shadow Markets and the Shadow Empire are connected!

“The Shadow Empire was first hinted at in “Green Lantern Corps” #29. I’ve always thought that the Corps would struggle to really police the whole universe, even with 7,200 Lanterns. That’s just so much terrain to cover. And police enforcement really just pushes illicit behavior underground — prohibition being a prime example of this.

For ages, all of the illicit trade/activity of the universe hasn’t gone away, it’s just been taking place in the shadows, in what are called Shadow Markets. And the Shadow Empire has been pulling the strings. Now, with the Corps weakened, the shadow is asserting itself, seeking to overwhelm the light.

And yes, the Shadow Empire does play into the “Godhead” crossover, though it won’t be in a way that’s obvious immediately.”

What’s more, is that he more or less says that John Stewart is more suited to leadership than Hal Jordan.

“John has this great duality as a marine and an architect. He’s a builder and a destroyer. Both of those are going to be key qualities if the Corps stands any chance of surviving.

Hal, on the other hand, is just a charismatic guy. He’s at his best when he’s following his instincts, taking crazy risks. The problem is that that behavior only really works when you’re only responsible for yourself. So we’ve seen Hal grow and change over the past year in “Green Lantern,” but he has strayed from what made him so great.”

What could that mean for the future? We’ll have to stay tuned and see. Catch the full interview at the link below!