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8th August 2013

Green Lantern Corps Tie-in with Batman: Zero Year.

Batman: Zero Year

There’s some interesting news for Green Lantern John Stewart fans. “Green Lantern Corps” #25 will feature John Stewart’s Zero Year. What does that mean, you ask? It is a tie-in with the “Batman: Zero Year” mini-event, which journeys six years back in time to explore the history of certain characters, the great majority of which are Batman related. As such, though I’m not complaining, it’s honestly kind of weird that John Stewart is getting involved in this. I suppose Van Jensen wants to take this opportunity to explore some of John’s history, which is nice, because it’s been pretty chopped up and changed ever since the (absolutely terrible) “Wrath of the First Lantern” event. Apparently, John Stewart has been around Gotham some time in the past, as Mike Marts, editor of all Batman books states:

Let’s just say that John Stewart’s early adventures may have taken him close to Gotham City around the time of “Zero Year.”

I’m intrigued and certainly looking forward to this. Mark your calenders, Lantern fans! Come November, John’s heading to the greater Gotham area. Read the whole interview here:
Link.


Oa, by the way

DiDio vs Timm

There’s a very interesting poll going on at Comic Book Resources again. This time, it’s about replacing the current top brass at DC (Geoff Johns and Dan DiDio) with Bruce Timm.
CBR link.

For the most part, I got into DC Comics because of Bruce Timm. Prior to that, I was a small child who reveled in Marvel. I watched all the cartoons, I had a large collection of Spider-Man toys based on the 1994 cartoon show, and my favorite super heroes were probably the Fantastic Four.

However, after I matured a bit, I became deeply engrossed in the DC Animated Universe. When I go back and watch those Marvel cartoons that I loved as a little kid, I can barely stand their poor voice acting, crude animation, and generally shoddy artistic style. When I revisit shows like “Batman: The Animated Series,” “Superman: The Animated Series,” and “Justice League,” I’m awestruck at how classy and timeless they are. I actually appreciate them more and more with time.

I think that in a lot of ways, the DC Animated Universe is better than the main DC Universe. Of course, they’re not entirely comparable, as one is primarily showcased through the television medium, and the other through comic books. Yet, if I were to measure them in terms of total enjoyment I’ve gleaned from them, and how much they’ve affected me, I’m going to have to go with the cartoons. They’ve had a larger and more positive impact on my life, and it’s not because I believe the cartoon medium is superior to comic books, rather what was done within the cartoons connected with me more.

For Green Lantern John Stewart fans, it saddens me to say that the main DC Universe has historically been an unfriendly place, so why in the world would I like it better? It’s a place where John Stewart is frequently shafted and short-changed, his potential is rarely reached, and it seems like it is guided by creators who don’t seem to care about the character, or straight out don’t like him. It saddens me even more to say that this type of behavior has been running rampant more than ever in recent times, after John Stewart’s secured a place within the hearts of millions due to “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited.”

Just to be clear, I’m very pleased with the way things for John have been going most recently. I give Bernard Chang, Van Jensen, and Marcelo Maiolo -the current creative team on “Green Lantern Corps”- all the credit in the world for bringing out the best in John. However, this is unfortunately an isolated and unusual incident, so to speak. If we look back through recent history, John Stewart was doing nothing of note, moping about how sad he was, or getting screwed over in some way. I’d like to direct your attention to this article on thegreenlanterncorps.com that documents one such instance of his being screwed over, to give you an example to show this isn’t just all in my head.
Link.

One such instance of many…

Though I like what is being done with John now, I’m not going to forget about all that other stuff. At least not this soon. Indeed, it’s especially hard to forget when the main perpetrators currently hold very high positions of authority at DC Comics/Entertainment.

Everything finally came together and clicked. It was finally openly revealed as to why all this stuff has been happening. Dan DiDio, the Co-Publisher at DC Comics, came out and admitted that…

We publish comics for 45-year olds. If you want to do comics for kids, you can do ‘Scooby-Doo.’

Read the rest of the article on Bleeding Cool, right here:
Link.

Oh… I see. Yeah, it all makes sense now.
Well, that was certainly something I’ve suspected for a while, but it’s really something to actually see it being admitted by the Co-Publisher at DC. That explains why heroes that I grew up with, and who kids are still growing up with, like Green Lantern John Stewart and The Flash Wally West, have been treated so horribly in recent years; they’re typically not your 45 year-old comic fan’s Flash or Green Lantern. As such, Wally got blasted into non-existence, and John likely would have died if fans didn’t get wind of DC’s fiendish plans to off him before they could execute them.

These are not the sort of people I feel should be running DC Comics. They’re not progressive, they’re regressive. They are passive aggressive, petty, and frequently alienate many younger fans to selfishly make stories for themselves. It’s so weird to me that they tried to draw in new readers with their New 52 gimmick, but then presented many kids and young adults with unfamiliar heroes in familiar roles, like Barry Allen and Hal Jordan, all the while blasting the ones they know and like into non-existence or preparing to kill them. I won’t deny that DC has had some success, but I can’t help but think of the potential greater success DC Comics would have if they weren’t such a backwards company.

It’s no wonder I like the DC Animated Universe more than the DC Universe. The Animated Universe was progressive, in touch with and respectful to its audience, inclusive, used common sense, did what was good for business, gave people what they wanted to see, and was something people of all ages and backgrounds could enjoy. I can’t say the same about DC Comics. It’s the type of company that takes one step forward and three steps backwards, and after seeing that quote from DiDio, I believe that, more than ever, a leadership change is desperately needed.