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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.”

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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…



4th July 2014

Green Lantern Corps Volume 4: Rebuild is Out

Kevin Smith Van Jensen

Green Lantern Corps Volume 4: Rebuild is out! This trade paperback collection contains Green Lantern Corps #21-27 and Annual #2, which is the start of the Van Jensen, Bernard Chang, and Marcelo Maiolo run of Green Lantern Corps. This is an absolute must have for Green Lantern John Stewart fans, being John Stewart’s first solo comic book series since Green Lantern: Mosaic, which was roughly a whopping twenty years ago.

At long last, the character made famous to millions from the Justice League animated series returns to the limelight, and in an incredibly strong showing that takes full advantage of his potential. Fans of John Stewart from the cartoon series who often lamented the character’s portrayal in Green Lantern comics will likely be very pleased, as the creative team brings that character, in all his greatness, to the printed page in his own adventures.

If you haven’t been following the periodicals, I can’t recommend this enough. And even if you have, I think picking this up is a good idea to support our favorite Green Lantern and have these stories in one neat package. Besides that, this story is just that satisfying to where it’s worth double dipping.


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Here is a classic Green Lantern John Stewart tribute from WONDER BOONE, which features clips from Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. This one has always been a favorite of mine. Enjoy!



30th June 2014

Kevin Smith and Van Jensen Endorse Seeing John Stewart in Film

Kevin Smith Van Jensen

There is good news for fans of Green Lantern John Stewart. Recently, film director and actor, Kevin Smith, endorsed using Green Lantern John Stewart in upcoming DC Comics related films on his podcast “Fatman on Batman,” while he was hosting comic book legend, Neal Adams, who happens to be John Stewart’s creator. This may not seem particularly notable, seeing as how there are many people who want to see John, but there very well may be something special to this.

Smith happens to be great friends with Ben Affleck, who is set to play Batman in the upcoming film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Zack Snyder, the main driving force behind said film. Kevin Smith has had plenty of inside information due to his connection with the two luminaries. For example, he was privy to the new batsuit and batmobile before other outsiders, and he confirmed the list of films that was reported by Nikki Finke to be announced at San Diego Comic-Con, stating that he’s known about it for a while but couldn’t say anything.

In short, if any outsider knows anything, it’s Kevin Smith. He has unofficially become the mouthpiece of the DC Cinematic Universe. During the “Fatman on Batman” podcast, both Smith and Neal Adams expressed displeasure at the 2011 Green Lantern film for using Hal Jordan as the lead character instead of John Stewart. If Kevin Smith knows WB’s plans for Green Lantern, (as he very well may), it’s highly unlikely that he would publicly disparage using the Hal Jordan version of Green Lantern if he knows WB is planning on using that character. That means if Smith is aware of WB’s plants, it’s pretty apparent that John Stewart is a sure thing!

When Smith was specifically asked about The Flash and Green Lantern team up film in a “Hollywood Babble” podcast, he stated:

“All of it’s good. I’m just so delighted that we’re going to see that. The Sandman movie is more like, ‘I’m happy to see it, but it’s a little bit outside of the hero movies. But I’m happy to see that, too.”

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The Flash and Green Lantern team up gets Smith’s seal of approval, and he feels strongly about John Stewart being used? Could that be telling?

Zoom to the 46 minute mark to hear Smith and Adams discuss Green Lantern on “Fatman on Batman.”
FAT MAN ON BATMAN #071: NEAL ADAMS: AD-MAN RETURNS

That’s not all! Van Jensen, current writer of Green Lantern Corps, and another figure who may have an idea of WB’s Lantern strategy, has also publicly endorsed Green Lantern John Stewart via Twitter.

Jensen is pretty clearly implying that if the supposed Flash and Green Lantern team up film does not have John Stewart, he’s not interested in it. That’s a pretty bold statement for a current writer of Green Lantern and Flash comic books to make.

Another factor to keep in mind is that according to the show runners of The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. executives did not want them to use Hal Jordan in the film, but the producers really wanted to, so WB acquiesced.

From an interview from IAmRogue.Com:

“So the relationship between Superman and Green Lantern came out of them improvising together?

Miller: Well, we had the idea basically, which was Superman is cool and Green Lantern wants to hang out with him, but Superman does not want to hang out with Green Lantern. Then we just put in everything we could think of, rolled with it and tried a bunch of things. There are a couple of really funny things that just didn’t end up making into the film.

Lord: Channing does a really loveable version of trying to get rid of somebody because he’s such a genuine guy. He’s really polite. So it seemed like a good pickle to put him in and to have this guy just bothering him all the time. Then Jonah does a really funny and loveable version of trying to get on the team and wanting to be part of something.

Miller: He’s the friendly, annoying neighbor.

Lord: So it was a way of doing it without being mean.

Miller: It took a little convincing over at the Brothers Warner to get to do it.

Lord: Green Lantern was a fresh wound at the time we were making the movie.”

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Of course, there is a big difference in being a lego with a bit part and appearing again in a big budget live action film with an integral role.

So, John Stewart fans, do you think any of these recent developments mean anything toward the chances of us seeing a live action John Stewart in the burgeoning DC Universe? Are you optimistic, or do you have reservations? Also, if John Stewart is NOT the Green Lantern in the DC Cinematic Universe, how will you personally respond to that? Will it make no difference to you? Will you be upset but still go see the films? Will you boycott them altogether?

Let us know in the comments section below!


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Preview

The preview of Green Lantern #33 is available at The Nerdist, and it features John Stewart! This is the fifth part of the six part “Uprising” arc. Things are really building toward the climax as the Green Lantern Corps attempts to defend the planet Zezzen from the Durlans. This title will be available July 2. Go check out the preview!
EXCLUSIVE: DC COMICS’ GREEN LANTERN #33 PREVIEW


26th June 2014

“DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime” DVD Compilation Announced

Super Villains

The hit cartoon shows Justice League and Justice League Unlimited still seem to be very profitable for Warner Bros. to continue milking. I don’t have a problem with that, however. After all, Justice League is my favorite cartoon show.

On October 7th, 2014, Warner Home Video will release the DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime DVD compilation, which collects thirteen classic episodes from Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and Batman Beyond. It will retail for $19.97. Of special interest to Green Lantern John Stewart fans are the episodes “Hearts and Minds,” “Secret Society,” and “The Return.” Actually, the entire first disc looks like a big celebration of Green Lantern John Stewart, seeing as how “Hearts and Minds” is one of the strongest appearances from the character EVER, and “Secret Society” showcases him leading the Justice League in their battle against Gorilla Grodd’s gang of evil-doers. “The Return” is a proud showing for John and the Green Lantern Corps.

This package is definitely worth picking up for fans of Green Lantern John Stewart who don’t already have these episodes in a collection, and those completist collectors out there have another cool item to add to their repertoire. The official synopsis is as follows:

A collection of bad guys who are powerful and audacious enough to challenge the Justice League. These villains are not just threats to one super team, but the entire DC Universe! Featuring super villains from Lex Luthor, Sinestro to Darkseid.

And lastly, the episode list:

Disc 1
1. Tabula Rasa, Part 1
2. Tabula Rasa, Part 2
3. Hearts and Minds, Part 1
4. Hearts and Minds, Part 2
5. Secret Society, Part 1
6. Secret Society, Part 2
7. The Return,

Disc 2
8. Divided We Fall
9. I am Legion
10. Dead Reckoning
11. The Great Brain Robbery
12. The Call, Part 1
13. The Call, Part 2


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Moments

Last time one of these sorts of collections was released, I posted a superbly written Justice League fanfic in “Oa, By the Way…” to celebrate. That story was about Green Lantern and Hawkgirl being stranded on the garbage planet they happened across in their “War World” adventure. It is a fanfic I can’t recommend enough, which is not something I often do for fanfics unless specifically asked.

This time, I’m going to do something extremely similar and post another “War World” fanfic featuring Hawkgirl and Green Lantern called “Moments,” written by DescendingFrost.

This fic is a sort of novelization of Hawkgirl and Green Lantern’s parts in the episode with an additional prologue leading up to the events fans are familiar with. If you’re feeling like going back and revisiting one of the most classic Green Lantern and Hawkgirl stories, this is a fun way to do it.

“Moments.”