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19th August 2014

Green Lantern Corps #36 Solicit

DC has released their solicits for November 2014, and there are certainly big things on the horizon for Green Lantern John Stewart. Get a load of the cover art and solicit below for Green Lantern Corps #36:

Green Lantern Corps #36 Solicit

“GODHEAD, act 2, part 2: With Hal Jordan missing, John Stewart must take control of the Green Lanterns and rally the Indigo Tribe, the Red Lanterns and even the Sinestro Corps to work together, or the lone remaining Corps, the Star Sapphires, will be wiped out of existence by the New Gods! But leading the Greens is one thing – giving orders to Sinestro is something altogether different!”

It sounds like John Stewart will be taking command of most of the various Lantern Corps, and that the events of “Godhead” may very well include some of them being wiped out. I have a strong hunch that this event will lessen the scope and impact of the Emotional Spectrum and the different Corps (sans Green, of course) within the Green Lantern titles.

Also, for a while now, the theme of leadership has been strong in Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps. We may see some resolution where that is concerned. Will John Stewart end up leading the Green Lantern Corps? Will he wind up leading ALL the colored Corps? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.


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Superhero Report Poll

The Twitter account Superhero Report is currently holding a poll about which Green Lantern people would want to see in the Justice League. Show your support for John Stewart by casting your vote for him.
Superhero Report Green Lantern Poll

I think polls like this are important because they help indicate that John Stewart has a large and passionate fanbase that wants to see him and is willing to buy products that feature him. I believe DC Comics has often made the mistake of gravely underestimating John Stewart’s fanbase and popularity, which has led to things like plotting to kill him and burying him in the comic books. The more John Stewart succeeds in these polls, the more people -including those at DC and WB- will realize there is a market for him and a strong desire to see him. John Stewart is currently leading the poll, but he can always use more support. You know what that means, John Stewart fans! Click on the link above and cast your votes for your favorite Green Lantern!



15th August 2014

Green Lantern Corps #34 Review

The first “season” of Van Jensen, Bernard Chang, and Marcelo Maiolo’s Green Lantern Corps wraps up in Green Lantern Corps #34. You are NOT going to want to miss this one, Lantern fans! Head over to the review to see my thoughts on this milestone issue.

“As a John Stewart fan, this title couldn’t make me much happier. The creative team is incredibly talented and creative, and very attentive to what makes John Stewart fans like him, and they have a firm understanding of how to create a believable and fascinating world people will be invested in. They know what was dumb about Green Lantern and needed to go, and are experts at getting the most out of a lot of characters with limited space, while still keeping the spotlight on the star.”

Read more.

Stay tuned for more content. We’re getting closer and closer to perhaps the biggest and most in-depth retrospective of the Justice League animated series there’s yet been! Don’t miss it.


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Comic-Con

There’s great news to report! Green Lantern John Stewart has been confirmed to appear in the upcoming video game Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. This is very exciting to me, because DC and WB have had a habit of leaving John out in the cold when it comes to being adapted to other media. More media exposure is great for our favorite Green Lantern. I’m hoping he will be voiced by Phil LaMarr.

I’ll keep you up to date with any news I hear about his role in this game.


9th August 2014

Green Lantern Corps #34 Preview and Green Lantern Corps #36 Lego Variant Cover

Green Lantern Corps #34 Preview

We’re treated to an early preview of Green Lantern Corps #34, courtesy of Mancave Daily.

“You can’t say the green arm of the law hasn’t had its ring-bearing hand full, but in the wake of the Guardians’ crimes against humanity, it’s important to make a decisive show of authority. The Corps has a reputation to restore, not only of control, but the right to control. And it’s going to be hard to do that if its most dependable member is strangling enemies in their cells.
Yeah, Stewart’s under pressure for sure…”

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It looks excellent! It’s cool to see a glimpse of the old evil Fatality. I like how Bernard Chang draws her differently than he does the Star Sapphire version.

I believe this issue is going to answer whether John Stewart and Yrra Cynril will continue their romantic relationship. As such, it may be an important turning point for John. Be sure to pick it up August 13, which is coming up.

In other news, the variant cover for the November 2014 issue of Green Lantern Corps has been revealed. This time DC is having a Lego themed month.

Green Lantern Corps Lego Variant Cover

This is the first time I’ve seen an official Lego design for John Stewart. DC and Warner Bros. have been using the Hal Jordan Lego design in several of their products while typically leaving John Stewart -the most respected Green Lantern character from smash hit cartoon shows that has nothing to do with bombed films, flopped toy lines, and short lived cartoons- out in the cold. Hopefully we see this Lego design used in products.


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Van Jensen

Van Jensen has been having some interesting interviews lately. First, he and Robert Venditti did an interview with KindlePost.com, which brings up the topic of world building. I’m a sucker for the kind of development Van Jensen, Bernard Chang, and Marcelo Maiolo have been doing to the world of the Green Lantern Corps title. I talk about the weird and wonderful places they take us to in just about every review I do for a new issue of the book.

“I think so much of this stuff is so big and so cosmic and it’s almost ephemeral because it’s almost like concepts that are bigger than imagination and even constructs of light are even things that are hard to connect with and they’re so fantastical. So to really ground it in these physical and real places like a space cantina. It’s like any person out there knows what a cantina is. There was one issue I did where there was an alien planet that had a whole mining colony on it. Everyone gets that and knows what that is.”

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There is also an interview Van Jensen did with CraveOnline during Comic-Con. It brings up the subject of John Stewart being raped. I suppose from a certain point of view, John Stewart may have been raped by the Durlan posing as Fatality. He was certainly misled and taken advantage of.

“Okay, cool. Now, over in Green Lantern Corps, there’s a very shocking development that just happened to John Stewart, where his girlfriend Fatality turned out to be a Durlan who’d been in disguise for several issues, and I hate to drop the word, but that makes him a rape victim. Was that part of your thought process and will John be dealing with that trauma?”

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What are you readers’ views on what happened to John in the latest Green Lantern Corps arc? Do you think that it is good for the character? Do you feel it heaps even more unnecessary tragedy on him? If you’re a fan of the John Stewart/Yrra Cynril relationship, do you feel cheated? If John’s relationship with Fatality is over, are you going to miss it?

Sound off in the comments section below!
And speaking of comments, I apologize if you’ve had some difficulty getting comments posted here within the last week or so. There were some issues with the site, but they should be sorted out by now. So, I look forward to hearing from you!



25th July 2014

Red Lanterns #33 Review

Red Lanterns #33 features a prominent John Stewart guest appearance, so it’s got the attention of .Co. Check out the review for this one.

“Good character interactions, an engrossing atmosphere, and fun dialogue make this issue worth checking out, but It seems like it’s biding its time for the Annual to hit next week, and the overarching plot of the story is rather stale.”

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Comic-Con

As most of you are probably aware, San Diego Comic-Con is underway. I’m betting many John Stewart fans are excited about news regarding the character, so I’m here to help out. Remember that poll DC Comics ran that allowed fans to choose the next New 52 action figure? Well, it looks like John Stewart is the winner, because there is a New 52 figure of him on the way. Here’s some info courtesy of Comic Book Resources:

“DC also shared some special extra preview pieces not being displayed over Comic-Con weekend, including New 52 figures for Harley Quinn in her roller-derby glory; The Joker as re-imagined by Tony S. Daniel in “Detective Comics” #1; and the New 52 version of John Stewart.”

Click here for more info!

I am definitely looking forward to seeing the figure. I hope it is based on Marcelo Maiolo and Bernard Chang’s art from Green Lantern Corps.

Speaking of Green Lantern Corps, the writer of the title, Van Jensen, attended a DC Universe panel and had some things to say about John Stewart. Also from CBR:

“Meanwhile in “Green Lantern Corps,” the long simmering plot of the character Fatality being replaced by a Durlan will come to a head in issue #33. “It was kind of hard to write in a way because it was such a tough wringer to run [John Stewart] through…this whole arc has been about him overcoming these past tragedies,” Jensen said, adding that the idea of the arc has largely been about who is more fit to the lead the Corps between Jordan and Stewart. “It’s a lot of big action combined with some really interesting spectacle and these intense character moments.” #33 focuses on Stewart’s hunt for the real Fatality, which Jensen joked, “It’s really nice to write a story without a thousand characters in it.”

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If you’re anxious to hear about movie information, that will likely happen on Saturday. GreenLantern.Co will keep you posted on the latest!



15th July 2014

Green Lantern Corps #33 Review

The final part of “Uprising” has been released in Green Lantern Corps #33, and you know that GreenLantern.Co could never miss reviewing this one. Head over to the review to see how it measures up.

“First, what I appreciate most out of this is all the incredible work Van Jensen, Bernard Chang, and Marcelo Maiolo have done with John Stewart. This story arc has fleshed John out considerably, giving him a very solid supporting cast filled with fascinating characters like Von Daggle, Jruk, Feska, Arisia, and Fatality, and an expansion of his back story by showing some of his time in the Marine Corps, and shedding light on why he left. Jensen has made the most out of John’s relationship with Fatality, crafting a surprisingly compelling bond that adds several layers of enthrallment to this cosmic action story. In a years’ time, the GLC creative team has turned John Stewart from a present but empty character in recent comic continuity, to one of the most entrancing heroes of the DC Universe.”

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Quite a few interesting things have happened for Green Lantern John Stewart since the last update, and I’m here to talk about them. First up is the solicitation for Green Lantern Corps #35.

Green Lantern Corps #35 solicitation

Written by VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
MONSTERS Variant cover by MIKEL JANIN
On sale OCTOBER 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
“GODHEAD” Act 1, Part 3: The New Gods are on the march, and the war against the ring-wielders has begun. John Stewart summons a strike team of Green Lanterns to go into battle against the fiercest of the New Gods, Uggha and his deadly warriors. But what good is the most powerful weapon in the universe when the Lanterns face the gods of the entire multiverse?!

Green Lantern Corps is being drawn into yet another cross over. I recall Van Jensen and/or Robert Venditti saying at one point that the books would break apart and go their own ways after the Durlan storyline wrapped up, but maybe there was a change of plans. Anyway, the only thing that currently piques my interest about this is that it is a clear opportunity for the creative teams to do away with the Emotional Spectrum or greatly lesson its influence in the Green Lantern books.

Last October the Green Lantern titles ran the “Lights Out” event in which the Blue Lanterns and Entities (barring Parallax) were wiped out. Perhaps the creators will continue to clean up the Spectrum with this next event. At the very least, there is really no good reason to have Larfleeze and the Indigo Tribe around. I have a feeling the creators will use this event as a means to move even further from the Geoff Johns take on Green Lantern, which would be very welcome to me.

The variant cover for the upcoming October issue has been released as well, and it’s a cool Halloween themed picture of Green Lantern John Stewart as a Black Lantern zombie!

GLC Halloween

Speaking of the variant covers, the cover for the upcoming August issue has been shown. The theme for the variants in August is selfie pictures, and Green Lantern Corps gets a cool image of John and Kilowog by Mike McKone.

GLC Selfie

Keeping with the subject, I would like to congratulate DC Comics on the hugely successful Bombshell variant covers that came out in June. They boosted sales by an incredible amount, and strong Green Lantern Corps sales are always good news to me. Green Lantern Corps‘ variant features a very lovely image of Arisia.

GLC Bombshell

Some people seem to have a problem with these themed covers, but I find them to be really fun, and I wish DC all the best with them. The bombshell covers in particular are very well executed and every bit deserving of their success. The people who don’t like covers like these can simply not buy them.

Keep on the lookout for more Green Lantern John Stewart news. This is the month of San Diego Comic-Con, which means we may hear of some huge developments for the character. I also have more things to say about that, but I’ll save them for later.

Until next time…