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29th August 2013

“Best Of Warner Bros. – 25 Cartoon Collection DC Comics” DVD Set Now Available.

Best of Warner Bros.

A three disc DVD set collecting DC Comics based cartoons is now available from Warner Home Video with an MSRP of $26.99. Best of Warner Bros. -25 Cartoon Collection DC Comics includes episodes from Justice League Unlimited, Superman: the Animated Series and many more cartoons, both classic and recent. Of interest to fans of Green Lantern John Stewart is the episode “Chaos at the Earth’s Core,” which features him, Supergirl, and others battling the evil wizard Deimos in the hidden land of Skartaris. It’s a pretty fun episode.

I would have liked to see episodes focusing on more heroes, however. “The Doomsday Sanction,” “Destroyer,” “For the Man Who Has Everything,” and “Epilogue” are Justice League Unlimited adventures focusing on Batman and Superman – two characters who already get a lot of attention from other shows’ episodes included in this set. What about stronger focus episodes for The Flash, Wonder Woman, and heck, Green Lantern John Stewart? “Chaos at the Earth’s Core” is better than nothing, but if they really wanted to celebrate the best of the character, or of Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, that is certainly not it. How about episodes like “Hearts and Minds,” “Legends,” or even unforgettable episodes with a broader focus, like “A Better World”?

Going a bit more into that, there aren’t any episodes from Justice League, which is a real shame, as I feel season 2 of that show is The Best set of DC cartoons around. Perhaps Justice League’s two-parter episode format presented some problem. Still, I think the single part Christmas special “Comfort and Joy” would have fit in great in this collection.

This DVD set is not the most exciting thing ever, but it’s something. It’s an interesting overview of the history of DC cartoons. At least John got a spot in this celebration of DC’s greatest properties. And hurray for him getting to make it on the cover!

Here is the official product description:

A collection of classics in a league of their own! It’s a heroic hall of fame as all your favorite DC Comics crime fighters are here in an all-new 3-disc collection that bursts from the Warner Bros. vault! Legendary heroes, infamous villains and daring deeds await as Superman confronts old enemies in “Little Big Head,” Batman battles to take back Gotham City in “Legends of the Dark Knight” and the Justice League suit up for adventure to battle “Chaos at the Earth’s Core.” Victory is sure to be yours with 25 action-packed episodes that helped contribute to 90 Years of Warner Bros. cartoon magic, It’s a timeless celebration with something for every hero of your family!

And here is a list of all the episodes and the shows they come from:
1941 Fleischer short:
Superman (A.K.A. The Mad Scientist)
Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show:
The Bride of Darkseid, Part 1
The Bride of Darkseid, Part 2
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians:
The Death of Superman
The Seeds of Doom
The New Batman Adventures:
Mad Love
Legends of the Dark Knight
Superman: The Animated Series:
Heavy Metal
Little Big Head
Batman Beyond:
Out of the Past
Justice League/Justice League Unlimited:
For the Man Who Has Everything
The Doomsday Sanction
Chaos at the Earth’s Core
Destroyer
Epilogue (Batman Beyond tie-in)
Teen Titans:
Go!
Terra
Krypto the Superdog:
The Streaky Story
Legion of Super Heroes:
Man of Tomorrow
Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
The Golden Age of Justice!
Revenge of the Reach!
Clash of the Metal Men!
Young Justice:
Independence Day
Misplaced
Green Lantern: The Animated Series:
Reboot


Oa, by the way

Trashy Romance

Seeing as how we’re revisiting the Justice League cartoon shows, I thought I would post a fanfic about them. I always appreciate a well written fanfic, and “Trashy Romance” by xffan2000 and Nancy Brown is one of the best I have read about Green Lantern John Stewart.

Remember the episode “War World” from season one of Justice League? It’s pretty notable for being a definitive spot you can point to for a beginning to the Hawkgirl/Green Lantern relationship. This story explores what may have happened if their adventure to save Superman and Martian Manhunter took a different course. Take a look, and don’t worry. There’s a real meaty story here, not just some mindless fluff:
Link.



27th August 2013

John Stewart for new Justice League and Green Lantern movies, and commentary on the Green Lantern fanbase.

Justice League

If you’ve been reading this website, you’ve probably figured out that I am very candid here. When I say things, I don’t really hold back or beat around the bush. You’re getting my full unbridled thoughts on whatever issue I’m focusing on. And oftentimes, I’m focusing on something somewhat controversial, at least concerning the subject matter.

Well, here I go again…

No, this time I’m not going to merely talk about how DC Comics Editorial has marginalized John Stewart. This time, I would like to talk about the Green Lantern fanbase.
We all know that comic book fans have a certain reputation. They are fiercely loyal, they can be fiercely aggressive, and they’re known for often bickering amongst themselves over fictional characters. I actually don’t think there is anything wrong with being passionate about one’s hobbies. Of course, if you go to extremes with anything, things can get wacky. Well, comic book fans sometimes go to those extremes.

Among comic book fans, Green Lantern fans have a reputation. Basically, the Green Lantern fans are the comic book fans of comic book fans, with two times the aggression, two times the loyalty, and so on. As such, the Green Lantern fanbase sometimes becomes an exploding battlefield. Looking back through history, many of the famous battles were between Hal Jordan fans and Kyle Rayner fans.

Where does John Stewart fit into this?
I said in past updates that I got into DC comic books through Bruce Timm and his animated universe. I’m quite proud of that. I was fortunate enough to grow up with many great cartoon series, two among them –Justice League and Justice League Unlimited– portrayed John Stewart as the Green Lantern. No contenders. No pretenders.

Justice League Heroes

When I was a new fan, I would sometimes check out the online Green Lantern fandom. There were many times, as a John Stewart fan, when I did not feel welcome in the Green Lantern fanbase, and I’m fairly certain I’m not the only one. Admittedly, John hadn’t racked up as many comic reading fans as Hal Jordan or Kyle Rayner, because he didn’t get as much attention as them in the comics. It wasn’t just that there weren’t as many John fans around that was upsetting to me. It’s that there seemed to be a sense of contempt toward the character from many… sometimes overt, and other times deviously subtle.

Upon taking a look at the fandom, it seemed like many people hated my guy. John Stewart supposedly screwed either Hal Jordan or Kyle Rayner out of a spot they supposedly should have had. I would hear things about how John was just a black skinned Hal Jordan, how John Stewart was only added because he was black and had nothing more to offer, and how Kyle should have been on the show because John is “boring with the ring.” Indeed, John Stewart was the most controversial addition to the animated Justice League series.

It also didn’t help that the comic book creators weren’t making much effort to raise John’s level of respect with comic book readers. Sure, he was in the JLA, but the JLA comics weren’t doing much with him aside from simply having him around, and during his tenure, the book was going through a low point in terms of quality.

Us John fans had to put up with a lot of stuff from others, but, you know, sometimes it’s hard to recognize a legend until everything is said and done. John Stewart, though initially controversial, wound up being a great character and leaving a huge, lasting impression on audiences. To an entire generation of fans -to this generation- John Stewart is the Green Lantern. He has had a larger impact, and has done more than any other Green Lantern, appearing in recent history on an extremely popular cartoon that still airs prominently today on network television. He also showed up in many mass media products, like multiple video games, numerous action figure lines, and a myriad of other merchandise released to an accepting general audience.

I believe, based on reasonable evidence, such as the points listed above, that John Stewart is the most popular Green Lantern. There, I said it! But here’s the catch. He’s not the most popular with a certain group of the hardcore comic reading audience, and I believe many of those people resent that John Stewart is as popular as he is.

To them, John Stewart represents their favorite character being slighted because of tokenism and affirmative action. Never mind that John Stewart never was a mere token and is an incredible character in his own right. Some will accuse his fans of only liking him because he’s black.

Let me stop at that point right there.

First of all, so what if some of them do? What’s wrong with people actually wanting to see a black hero, whether they’re black themselves, or just like the idea of seeing heroes of an ethnicity other than white? Is that supporting tokenism? Is it wrong for girls to like Sailor Moon because it has many things in it that appeal to girls, and for guys to like Sailor Moon, because they appreciate seeing that girls can kick butt, too, and it adds diversity to their entertainment?

But some will say or wonder, “Why don’t you just like black characters that aren’t getting in the way of my favorite character?”

Well, sorry… we just like what we were presented with. We like John Stewart as Green Lantern. Someone made him, someone presented him to us, and we like that specific character in that specific role! Is that wrong? I don’t think so. Besides, John Stewart is the best black hero DC has. I think it is really cool seeing a non-white character in the role of one of DC’s major heroes. It makes things a lot more even and welcoming to a broad audience, and John Stewart is the only character DC has with enough weight and credibility to believably fill that role (sorry Cyborg).

But let’s get off the black thing, because that’s not what it’s all about for many fans. The main thing is that John Stewart is cool! It’s awesome that he’s black, but that alone does not a great character make. It’s not just about being black, because there are black characters I don’t care for (Cyborg), or am indifferent to (Mr. Terrific). I love the Green Lantern mythos. The rings, the constructs, the intergalactic police force concept, the aliens, the Guardians of the Universe, and so on. By far, I enjoy experiencing it with John Stewart the most. The Hal Jordan character… just doesn’t resonate with me, personally. No disrespect to the people he does resonate with, but I’m just not feeling anything there.

Though John has had some excellent comic book runs, he’s been largely neglected by DC Comics. Therefore, it’s really not surprising that many John Stewart fans weren’t active in the comic book communities to represent him. Why would they be? Coming in from the cartoon, the comics didn’t offer them a whole lot, and the stigma against John wasn’t only a problem with the fans, but also the creators.

Fortunately, I feel much of that is coming to a conclusion. I believe the departure of Geoff Johns from the Green Lantern franchise signals an end of an age. An age that went on way too long. An age in which DC and Geoff Johns shoved Hal Jordan down many of our throats, and tried desperately to get across that Hal Jordan IS Green Lantern. An ambitious campaign was launched to secure that notion in people’s minds, and it was during this time I lost interest in buying new Green Lantern comics, because, frankly, to me and many other people, Hal Jordan IS NOT our Green Lantern. It does not matter how strong they push, that is not going to change. Though, some people have bought into that whole thing and believe Hal Jordan is the greatest thing ever.

I don’t mind if people believe that, but what I do mind are dismissals, undermining, and hand waving of all the great things John Stewart has done. Things that are, I believe, greater than anything Hal Jordan has ever done. I have a problem with the idea that Hal Jordan is the be-all-end-all of Green Lantern who can’t do anything wrong, and that John Stewart is a nobody. I have a problem with that because it’s not true.

John Stewart isn’t the one whose cartoon went off the air after one season. John Stewart isn’t the character who couldn’t sell merchandise. John Stewart isn’t the star of a movie that lost money.
No. John Stewart is the one from the most popular incarnation of the Justice League. John Stewart is the one who, as mentioned, is still being shown on network television on the CW’s Vortex, as well as Netflix. John Stewart is the one winning polls all over the internet against the other Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan included.

So, the message here is two things. The first is to DC Entertainment and Warner Bros.
Do smart business and just give people what they want to see. Stop trying to continually force something that is just not working. You’re not going to be able to overwrite what John Stewart has done with more and more Hal Jordan. I know this because you cannot do it with me, and there are many people like me. There is a huge demand for John Stewart. He is your most well known and accepted Green Lantern, as well as minority character. Do be intelligent and take advantage of that, for Pete’s sake!

He is probably the only minority character you have who can successfully hold down a solo title, yet he is continually being pushed aside in favor of his white counterpart. DC Comics, you have quite arguably the best minority character in comics, and what have you done but crap all over him while telling us that you’re all about diversity?

And also:
A message to certain Green Lantern fans. A similar message. Stop being in denial about the successes of John Stewart. You do not have to like the character, and you do not have to like that he has accomplished what he has instead of another Green Lantern of your preference, but at least give the character his due. And he is due a whole lot. To try to continually rob him of his credit comes across as embarrassingly insecure. To act like John Stewart has nothing to his name is being in denial. To act like everyone has forgotten about him in favor of Hal Jordan’s ill-received efforts at mass media is being in denial. John has had a larger and more positive impact than Hal Jordan. No two ways about it.

All this said. There’s been a lot to be very encouraged about lately. First, there are the incredible Green Lantern Corps comics that have been coming out, which star John Stewart. And second is that the fans are rising up against the stigma against John and speaking out. There was the time back in March/April 2013 when DC tried to kill the character, and lately it’s been due to the advent of the forthcoming Justice League movie. In a past update, I showed polls, which John Stewart won by landslides, asking fans who they want to see in the upcoming Justice League movie.

Why is this happening all of a sudden now?
I believe because John Stewart’s impact is being seen and felt more. Many of the people who loved him as children are now of an age where they participate in internet forum discussions, make websites, and so forth. But let’s not forget that there are still people growing up with John Stewart. His roots are in very deep, and he is very well established with a large fanbase inside and outside of comicdom. He is the only Green Lantern who can say that.
Also, large audiences were presented with Hal Jordan and weren’t particularly keen on him for various reasons. Things were already tough for Hal, because John had the market of Green Lantern cornered by the time Hal tried elbowing his way in. Now that people have seen Hal Jordan and have not connected with him, they’re looking around for that familiar dark face; the face of John Stewart.

Some people apparently are just starting to realize all of this. Or they knew it all along and just didn’t want to admit it.

I’d like to post more displays of support for John Stewart to prove that Hal Jordan isn’t the Green Lantern to everybody, or even most people.

In an epic, 100 + page poll on Comic Book Resources asking which Lantern fans want to see in a Justice League movie, John Stewart defeated Hal Jordan handily:

CBR Poll 1

Hal Jordan supporters counter attacked with a new poll, but this time they included more poll options in their attempt to defeat John by siphoning off his voters. As we can see here, it did not work:

CBR Poll 2

In a poll conducted at IGN about the same thing, John defeated all the other Lanterns by a huge margin:

IGN Poll

Two Forbes articles support the idea of using John Stewart in the upcoming Justice League movie:
Link 1.
Link 2.

MTV Geek supports John Stewart as the cinematic Green Lantern:
Link.

We know that Grace Randolph from Beyond the Trailer loves John Stewart and wants to see him on the big screen, but let’s watch her affirm that love once again:

And for good measure, here is a fan who prefers John Stewart to Hal Jordan:

It is common sense to use John Stewart in the cinematic universe, and most people can see that. I believe the only people who want to see Hal Jordan are his die hard fans, and there’s just not enough of them. It’s about time John Stewart and his fans rise up. Support the character. Vote in the polls when they come up. Buy Green Lantern Corps comics. Make appreciation threads on forums. Make videos. Let’s do what we can to show our support for this incredible character and show everyone that John Stewart and his fanbase are a powerful force!



15th August 2013

Green Lantern Corps #23 Review.

Green Lantern Corps #23 Review

It’s that time of the month again(!), Lantern fans.

greenlantern.co takes a look at the latest creative effort from the team of Van Jensen, Marcelo Maiolo, and Bernard Chang, “Green Lantern Corps” #23.

“Van Jensen is pretty much rocking John Stewart as hard as anyone has ever rocked him. Bruce Timm, Gerard Jones, Steve Englehart… Van Jensen has proven that he’s right up there. John Stewart is so interesting in that a lot of creators haven’t seemed to want to use him, so he would sit idle for long periods of time. But when those creators come along who have a story for John, they’re consistently the best stuff you’re going to find Green Lantern doing. I’m talking about runs like the Steve Englehart period of “Green Lantern” in the ’80s, “Green Lantern: Mosaic” in the early ’90s, “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited” in the 2000s, and now, post-Geoff Johns “Green Lantern Corps.”

Read full article.

And don’t worry, plenty of diligent work is being done to fill out the other areas of the site. Look forward to a new addition to the Essential Reading and Viewing section. Could it be… a full detailed look and examination of… “Green Lantern: Mosaic”?



13th August 2013

Van Jensen Participates in Green Lantern Corps Article in USA Today, and Unveils Green Lantern Corps #23 Preview Pages.

Green Lantern Corps #25 Cover

“Green Lantern Corps” writer Van Jensen has done a segment with USA Today in which he gives readers a low down of the happenings going on with Green Lantern John Stewart right now, and also in the months to come. Of John Stewart, he says:

“He’s heroic in a very traditional sense in that he has a personal code, and he’s very dedicated to protecting the weak and standing up for those who need help and maybe who don’t have a voice. But in addition to that, he’s not just like, ‘I’m gonna go knock heads’ and be a hero through beating people up.”

This is exactly what drew a lot of people to the character in the early ’90s series “Green Lantern: Mosaic.” That story wasn’t about John kicking butt every issue, but rather focused on him being a hero in other ways, such as settling problems with his clever mind and bringing people closer together. Also, John has been a voice for the disenfranchised ever since his 1971 debut. It’s good to know Van Jensen realizes the many great facets of the character, and isn’t just stuck on one of them.

About Fatality, the Star Sapphire love interest of John Stewart, Van Jensen explains:

“There’s this really extreme contradiction inside her. Going forward, we’re going to see more of that with her as she balances these two very distinct sides.”

Interesting. She and John Stewart have a very complex relationship, which I’m sure makes for very fun storytelling potential for Van Jensen to play with.

There’s plenty of interesting content to read, as well as a hefty helping of preview pages. Take a look at the article right here:
Link.

Wednesday is right around the corner. Don’t miss out on “Green Lantern Corps” #23. I’m not just saying this because I’m a John Stewart fan, but it really is the best Green Lantern book in many years. It needs to be seen.



9th August 2013

Green Lantern Corps #25 Updates John Stewart’s Origin.

Green Lantern Corps #25 Cover

Even more cool news! The “Zero Year” tie-in for November’s upcoming “Green Lantern Corps” #25 will be a full fledged John Stewart origin story. “Green Lantern Corps” writer, Van Jensen, drops plenty of interesting quotes on us in an interview conducted with IGN, while unveiling the cover of issue #25, pictured above.

“No one pushed the crossover down our throats. The Batman editors just let other editors know that Zero Year was happening, and they offered the chance to do a crossover if it would benefit our books in terms of story. And when we thought about it, very quickly we saw an opportunity to tell what amounts to a John Stewart origin story.”

Awesome! This is the first time that John will get an updated origin story. Seeing as how his history has been changed so much with the marine retcon, and the business that went on in “Wrath of the First Lantern,” updating his origin is only appropriate. I hope it is tweaked so that it has nothing to do with Hal Jordan, so that it will shut up certain people who fear John Stewart and try to discredit him by saying that he has no origin, or that his origin is completely dependent on Hal Jordan.

Van Jensen lets us know that this isn’t completely coming out of nowhere. This story has relevance for what is going on in the current stories found within “Green Lantern Corps.”

“We’re seeing him grapple with the challenge of serving in a Corps that has lost its way. In this Zero Year crossover, we’re taking a look at a point in his past with the Marine Corps when he underwent a similar crisis of confidence. So it hasn’t been a struggle at all to keep the story relevant.”

November 13th can’t come soon enough! Check out the full interview with IGN here:
IGN Interview.

I’m not going to lie, though… Some small part of me was kind of hoping John would show up with an afro :p


Oa, by the way

Earlier, I made a post about John Stewart and Wally West’s less than great treatment by DC Comics in recent times. Instead of just lingering on the negative, I thought it would be nice to post some heartwarming moment shared by two of my favorite superheroes. Enjoy!

Wally and John

Wally and John

And last but not least, the Flash Mobile!