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31st July 2013

John Stewart now available for Injustice: Gods Among Us.

The John Stewart Green Lantern skin is now available on X-box live and Playstation Network He’s free with purchase of the Martian Manhunter Downloadable Content. Here is a video of his clash quotes with other characters.

As I said a few updates ago, it’s great hearing Phil Lamarr voice Green Lantern again! Sadly, there aren’t any special quotes with Hawkgirl (unless something is missing here). Fans were hoping there would be some “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited” references thrown in. Perhaps the creators felt it wasn’t worth bringing Hawkgirl’s voice actress, Jennifer Hale, back in the studio. Oh well.

If you have Injustice, be sure to pick up John and J’onn!


Oa, by the way

Forever Evil

I didn’t mention anything about this on the site when the news broke, because it doesn’t directly have to do with Green Lantern John Stewart, but there will be a new female Green Lantern coming soon. Most evidence points to it being Jessica Cruz, a character who was mentioned in Green Lantern #20, written by Geoff Johns.

There are a couple points I’d like to sound off about regarding this. First of all, I’m wondering why it’s being done. Everyone knows the Green Lantern franchise is way too crowded with human Green Lanterns as it is, yet Geoff Johns keeps creating new ones. First, there was Simon Baz, the car thief, gun-toting, Arab-American Green Lantern, and now there is Jessica Cruz, who is a female and justly speculated to be of Hispanic decent.

No one is asking for new human Green Lanterns. I believe it is a very foolish move to divide the focus even further.

The second thing I want to mention is that some fans were hoping that the character above would turn out to be Katma Tui, the long dead wife of John Stewart. That would certainly be interesting, but it is extremely unlikely. However, it got me thinking of how I would feel if Katma was resurrected. It seems like something I would easily be ecstatic about, but then I stopped and ruminated on it a bit more.

John and Katma

I believe bringing her back might shackle John Stewart’s character. I’ve mentioned on this site before that one of the things I greatly like about John Stewart is he’s not the type of character to be restrained by tradition. Historically, we’ve seen Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris break up and get back together time and time again. By this point, it’s boring. I groaned when I saw their drama in June’s Green Lantern #21, because it’s nothing I haven’t seen before, ten billion times over. But no matter what happens, they’ll wind up getting back together, which will likely make me groan again. It’s tired, old, and uninteresting.

Ever since “Green Lantern: Rebirth,” Kyle Rayner has been struggling to find his place in the grand scheme of things. That’s because his character isn’t very flexible. He was created to fill a distinct role, a distinct way, in a distinct circumstance, and when all of that is over… what do you do with him? It takes serious brainstorming just to get him to “fit.”

John suffers from none of that. Some may say it is a weakness, implying that he’s underdeveloped. What it is, really, is that John isn’t beholden to the same old stale superhero tropes that many others are. No, he doesn’t work a day job, have a social life on Earth, live in a city (well, he lives in Oa’s city, but that’s not the same), have a secret identity, have some set of villains he fights over and over, or a life long love. And why should he? So he can be just like all the other guys?

What some people perceive as a weakness of the character is actually his greatest strength. You can do whatever you want with John Stewart! You can put him in just about any situation, with love interests of many different sorts, and he can rock the hell out of it. You will never find him running into the problems that Peter Parker, Kyle Rayner, or even Superman do when their stories progress too much.

Seriously, his most famous love interest (and it is a very famous one) is Hawkman’s eternal love! Just stop and think about how daring that is, and how phenomenally it worked. Could you have done that with Hal Jordan? No. Could you have done that with Superman? Of course not.

John is potentially greatly limited if Katma Tui is brought back. I’m not saying it can’t spawn really interesting and fresh stories, because with John Stewart the sky’s the limit. But it would take quite a bit of ingenuity to keep him the constantly evolving and always available character he is now.

Would they still be married? Does death nullify that? Would they still want to be in a relationship? According to “Green Lantern: Mosaic,” yes, no, and yes. John had no trouble casting aside Rose Hardin when Katma returned.

If Katma never died, would there have even been a “Green Lantern: Mosaic?” Not likely. If Katma never died and John had been married to her all that time, would there have ever been the romance between him and Hawkgirl on “Justice League?” We can’t say for sure, but I’m leaning toward no. Those are some of the best aspects of John Stewart’s character.

John Stewart fans should ask themselves, as much as we might love Katma Tui, and as great a character as she is on her own, and as disrespectful as her death was… would we really even want her to come back? It’s food for thought.



21st July 2013

Characters Section Added.

Here’s another update for you, John Stewart fans. The Characters section is up and running. In that area of the site, you’ll find profiles for…

Katma Tui
Katma Tui

Katma is my second favorite Green Lantern, and arguably the most important character to John Stewart.

Rose Hardin
Rose Hardin

Now here is a Green Lantern character that just does not get her due. I daresay Rose Hardin is one of the best Green Lantern characters there have been.

Salaak
Salaak

He is the Green Lantern of Space Sector 1418 and a constant pessimist. Salaak of planet Slyggia is meticulously concerned with laws and protocol, and much less with being amiable or polite.

Arisia
Arisia Rrab

Arisia is the Green Lantern of Space Sector 2815. She hails from the planet Graxos IV and is especially interesting in that she comes from a long line of Green Lanterns. Her father, Fentara, was a Green Lantern, and so was her uncle Blish.

Kilowog
Kilowog

Though Kilowog is large and hulking, he’s not your stereotypical “big guy” in comics. He is a brilliant scientist specializing in the field of genetics.

Tawny Young
Tawny Young

A reporter for K.L.A.Q. In Los Angeles. Tawny Young’s most notable contribution to John Stewart’s story was revealing his secret identity on television.

And…
Tomar-Re
Tomar-Re

Tomar-Re is a very important character to John Stewart, as, in some ways, John is his successor.

There will be more characters added soon, such as The Flash, Despero, Hawkgirl, Hro Talek, War Hawk, Soranik Natu, and Yrra Cynril (Fatality), so stay tuned!


Oa, by the way

Last update, I talked about seeing John Stewart in forms of media besides comic books, and I’d like to stick with that topic in this update’s Oa, By the Way…

Interestingly, in polls conducted on IGN and Comic Book Resources asking fans which Green Lantern they would like to see in movies, John Stewart is the prevailing winner. It’s not too surprising, considering many people came to love the character due to his incredibly well executed and strong role on the superb shows “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited.”

The polls can be viewed here:
CBR Poll.
IGN Poll.
And further discussion of this can be found on Comic Vine.

That’s something for John fans to be proud of, especially since he’s winning/won by quite a large margin! What I have a problem with, however, is that DC Entertainment doesn’t seem to want to accept the character’s popularity. It’s easily seen in how they would continually shuffle John off to the background and not do anything to advance his character, while continually pushing Hal Jordan to the moon. I used to give them the benefit of the doubt, but it eventually got to the point where it couldn’t be denied any longer.

Some might say, “What are you talking about? John Stewart has his own comic book series.” Oh, sure, he does now. However, for that to happen, it took massive outcry from fans after the supposed editorial mandate to kill John Stewart was leaked to the public.

We all know the only reason Cyborg is in the current incarnation of the Justice League is because the Justice League needs some diversity. Who is the guy known for adding diversity to the Justice League? Why, Green Lantern John Stewart, of course. Obviously, writer and Creative Control Officer Geoff Johns refuses to use John Stewart, so he shoehorned a Teen Titan in there to be “the black guy,” and this is the vision of Justice League he’s trying very hard to promote. This is the same Geoff Johns who basically benched John Stewart during his nine year tenure overseeing the Green Lantern franchise.

On the one hand, I’m glad that Geoff Johns isn’t handling John Stewart, because I honestly can’t stand his writing. But on the other, the principle of what Geoff Johns does really bothers me. Because of things like that, it’s not too much of a stretch to think that maybe there really was an editorial mandate to kill John. As a John Stewart fan, it’s incredibly frustrating seeing things like this happen to a character with so much support behind him.

In light of all of this, I’d like to plug some videos showing support for John Stewart.
This fan clearly wants to see Green Lantern John Stewart on the silver screen.

Well, that’s an African-American, of course he does, right?
Here, we have a blonde haired white woman who expresses the same sentiment.

All kinds of people came to love the character John Stewart and many people want to see him! I don’t mean to knock another Green Lantern, but it says a lot when the one they’ve tried so hard to push can’t even win these polls, and the one who was ignored for so many years can.

DC and WB, stop trying to fight against what your fans want to see. It is what it is, the proof is in the pudding, and you’re not going to erase how people feel.
Do the smart thing and please stop trying to sabotage/kill/hide/erase characters that people really love. Be happy that people actually like your stuff and take advantage of that.



15th July 2013

Green Lantern John Stewart in Injustice: Gods Among Us

Gamers rejoice! Green Lantern John Stewart is appearing along with Martian Manhunter in “Injustice: Gods Among Us” as downloadable content. Apparently, he’s only a re-skin of Hal Jordan, so he doesn’t have a new moveset. However, a really cool aspect is that Phil Lamarr, his voice actor on “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited” has provided the VA work.

I’ll be honest, I don’t play “Injustice: Gods Among Us,” but it’s nice that John is getting more exposure outside of comic books. DC Entertainment has been vigorously pushing Hal Jordan lately, so it’s good to see they haven’t completely forgotten about John, because all his fans, both casual and hardcore have not. Things like this, and his appearances on the cartoon “Young Justice” are much appreciated. Hopefully, we see more of John in other forms of media soon.

The only thing I have a problem with is that this seems to be based on his “Justice League Unlimited” look, where he sports a goatee. I never really dug that style on him, and it always struck me as something brought on by his incredibly messy break up with Hawkgirl. Therefore, I never felt it represented the real John Stewart, so to speak. I’m really glad the comic book artists never picked up that design. That said, that move by the JLU developers is another sign of the incredibly deep character development John received.

Also, being a re-skin, it’s my understanding that he works just like Hal Jordan. It would have been nice if he operated completely different, but it’s no big deal.

Stay tuned for more updates from greenlantern.co. We’ll keep you up to date with all John Stewart news as well as provide all those in-depth musings that you love.


Oa, by The Way...

Oa, By the Way… is a feature in which I’ll post light musings, ramblings, or interesting things I find around the net pertaining to John Stewart. In the above text, I mentioned his messy break up with Hawkgirl, so I thought I’d post a video that is a somewhat chronological depiction of their relationship, done by someone I’ve admired for a while, 90scartoonman.

Yes, that is sappy, and yes, the track that plays along with the video -“You Got it All” by The Jets- is cheesy. Call me a big softie or whatever you want, but that whole thing is great! There is something quite special about this! For what it is, I couldn’t imagine it done much better. It captures the mood of their roller-coaster relationship very well and hits all the right emotional and nostalgic buttons.


11th July 2013

Green Lantern Corps #22 Review.

Green Lantern Corps #22 Review

Welcome back, Lantern fans!
This time, we’re taking a look at the second issue of “Green Lantern Corps” from the creative team of Van Jensen, Bernard Chang, and Marcelo Maiolo. Their first effort was a great success. Do they have what it takes to justly follow it up?
Let’s find out!

One thing I’m enjoying about “Green Lantern Corps” under the new creative team is that it takes me back to a time when I was younger and would wake up really early in the morning to watch action cartoon shows. I don’t think any other comic book has made me feel this way as much. It may have something to do with writer Van Jensen using Larry Hama’s classic G.I. Joe comics as inspiration.

Read full article.

I also fixed a few bugs that I missed while working on the site, like the broken link to the contact page.
There’s more coming soon, so until then…
Keep those rings lit!


8th July 2013

Grand Opening!

Grand Opening

Welcome to greenlantern.co! This website is dedicated to Green Lantern John Stewart. Even though the website is brand new, you’ll find plenty of content about him here. A few highlights you may enjoy are:

About John Stewart
About John Stewart

The fact that John Stewart keeps getting back up, keeps succeeding, even when it seems the creators are against him, is a testament to him as a character

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Green Lantern Corps #21 review
Green Lantern Corps #21 Review

It’s not even funny how much better this is than the stuff from Peter Tomasi and crew…

Read full article.

In the Essential Reading and Viewing section, we take a very in-depth look at John’s time in the ’80s, when he fully took on the mantle of Green Lantern.

Green Lantern Volume 2 #182-200 + DC Retroactive: Green Lantern – the ’80s
Green Lantern Volume 2 182-200 and DC Retroactive: Green Lantern - the '80s

Though the comic was already great, when Englehart and Staton combine powers, things really start to heat up. Englehart’s writing is very daring, and his stories are more colorful and filled with drama, but at the same time more fun than Len Wein’s. Whereas Wein wrote “entertaining superhero stories,” Englehart shoots for more as he delves deeper into the characters’ psyches; from Hal Jordan’s obsession, regret, and jealousy, to Carol Ferris’ insecurities, Katma’s resentment and love, to Green Lantern’s sense of wonder and maturation as, through Katma, he comes to have more respect for the Corps, the Guardians, and the power at his disposal.

Read full article.

In the Notable Creators section, you’ll find profiles on such creators as…

Van Jensen
Van Jensen

A writer with a real interest in the character? A writer who doesn’t seem to want to hold him back or use him as a mechanism to prop up another Green Lantern? A writer who went out of his way to read “Green Lantern: Mosaic” for homework?

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Bruce Timm
Bruce Timm

There are certain hallmarks of the DC Animated Universe that will never be forgotten and have been adopted by the comics and other mediums. Characters, events, and portrayals that when you think of them, you think primarily of what Bruce Timm and his crew did with them. There is Roxy Rocket, the thrill seeking femme fetale who puts Batman through the ringer. Harley Quinn, the Joker’s charmingly bananas girlfriend and partner in crime. Livewire, the loud mouthed radio shock jock turned super villain out to destroy Superman and his reputation. “Smallville,” Lois Lane’s affectionate, but initially demeaning nickname for Clark Kent. And last but certainly not least; Green Lantern John Stewart.

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Gerard Jones
Gerard Jones

A man who wrote what is quite possibly the greatest Green Lantern John Stewart story ever told.

No…

A man who wrote what is quite possibly the greatest Green Lantern story ever told.

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There is much more on the way, Lantern fans! Click the follow button in the left sidebar to keep up with all the awesome updates!