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25th September 2013

Green Lantern: Mosaic

There is a huge addition to the Essential Reading and Viewing section in the form of our examination of Green Lantern: Mosaic, one of the greatest Green Lantern stories! I’m warning you, though! greenlantern.co is like John Stewart himself. Here, we have to dig deep and feel things with our own hands, so this is likely to be the most thorough look at Mosaic you’re going to find anywhere. Get yourself a snack and make yourself comfortable as we dive into the ultimate Mosaic fantasy. This is a big one!

“Not only is Mosaic a gigantic part of Green Lantern lore, not only is it John Stewart’s most important story (currently), John Stewart reconciles all his failures, insecurities, and hardships in this story. That is largely what it is about. When we see later writers send John right back to moping about Xanshi, it pukes in the face of all of this, and is disrespectful to both the writer, Gerard Jones, and the character, John Stewart.”

Read more.


Oa, by the way

Here is a really cool short comic by S-bumblebee that tells of touching times between Green Lantern and Hawkgirl. It’s always great to find such cool things from fans. As I’ve said before, I believe the greatest romance within the super hero medium is Green Lantern/Hawkgirl. Bruce Timm and company really knocked it out the park with that one. Let’s enjoy these great images in honor of two spectacular characters:



13th September 2013

Bring Back Katma Tui

Katma

Some updates ago, I ruminated on whether or not it would be a good idea to bring Katma Tui back to life. At the time, I reasoned it might not be, because a marriage could shackle John Stewart’s character. Well, I changed my mind. Fickle, I know, but I gave the situation even more thought.

Let’s not even consider John Stewart for a moment. Katma Tui deserves to be considered on her own. She is her own character, and she predates John Stewart by a good eight years. Katma Tui is one of the best Green Lantern characters to me. She is the best female character within the franchise. When I saw her on the Justice League cartoon, I was extremely impressed. She was cunning, capable, strong willed, and could put John Stewart in his place like no other. The Asian-like features given to her updated design were also a nice touch, strengthened further by an Asian accent supplied by voice actress Kim Mai Guest.

Even though Katma was only highlighted in one story, she became one of my favorite characters of the whole series. I thought her and John’s characters were so strong, and “Hearts and Minds” was such a great episode, that an entire Green Lantern animated series could have been spun out of it. I dreamed about seeing a cartoon depict the early years the two characters had together, showcasing Katma Tui training John Stewart and exploring the period when John was in deep space for ten years.

Learning about Katma Tui from Justice League only further whet my appetite to dive into Green Lantern comics and get more of my John and Katma fix. Surprisingly, I wasn’t disappointed by the comic book stories of John and Katma! I greatly enjoyed them. Oftentimes, when I turn to the comics after having been into a comics-based cartoon series, I’m disappointed that the comics are not like the cartoons. The true disappointing aspect isn’t so much the difference… it’s that the comics are often worse, at least when comparing the DC Animated Universe toons to their respective comics. This isn’t necessarily the case with the Steve Englehart Green Lantern comic books featuring John and Katma together (which I give a very thorough look to in an article in the Essential Reading and Viewing section right here).

The premise of those Green Lantern comics isn’t exactly the same as the history alluded to in the Bruce Timm Justice League cartoon. Instead of John leaving Earth for ten years, much of the duo’s adventures are in Los Angeles. And there are differences to the characters, as comic Katma doesn’t have quite the aggressive edge that her cartoon counterpart displays, and John isn’t as stoic as the famous Marine interpretation. Regardless, when a story is great, a story is great, and Steve Englehart is one of the best Green Lantern writers.

I have never been disappointed by Katma Tui, whether in comic books or cartoons. She has always been an excellent character, which makes her unflattering comic book death all the more stupid and bizarre.

In the previous update I mentioned earlier, I defended keeping Katma dead because some pretty brilliant things resulted from her death, like the comic series Green Lantern: Mosaic and John’s romantic relationship with Hawkgirl on Justice League. But that was the past. Really, it doesn’t even seem like Mosaic is in continuity anymore, and the comic creators don’t seem at all interested in pairing John Stewart with Shayera Hol Hawkgirl (which is unfortunate, but a whole ‘nother article). Therefore, in the here and now, those points aren’t much of a defense for not having Katma around.

Katma

However, when talking about returning Katma to comic books, it’s natural for some of us to think about the current Green Lantern of Korugar, Soranik Natu. I really like her character, but I’m going to get it out there: Soranik Natu is Katma Tui-lite, just like other characters, such as Tomar-Tu, B’dg, and so on are throwbacks to other Green Lanterns who’ve died. Soranik Natu is there because the-powers-that-be didn’t want to use Katma. I know she was dead and everything, but so were many other Green Lanterns who returned, such as Arisia and Kilowog.

The reason they likely didn’t resurrect Katma is because she was the wife of John Stewart. As some readers likely know, over recent controversial events involving Batwoman, DC Comics has publicly outlawed marriage among its heroes. We really don’t know how long they’ve held that policy, but it could contribute to why Katma has been dead this whole time.

But this is the New 52! Anything is possible. And with that, I say they should use this unique opportunity to return Katma Tui.

There has been no mention of Katma Tui since the New 52 began, to the best of my knowledge. When Volthoom went through John’s past during the (absolutely terrible) “Wrath of the First Lantern” arc, there was nothing alluding to him being married to Katma. There was nothing alluding to Katma being dead, or even having existed. At the time, I found that thoroughly disappointing, but considering the possibilities it opens up, I’m actually happy Katma was left out of that.

She wouldn’t even need to be romantically linked to John Stewart, let alone be his wife. If they ever did become romantically linked, and it’s my feeling that they probably should (because it’s a nice tradition), then there’s nothing saying they even need to stay romantically linked. As I said, I loved Katma in Justice League, but she and John did not get back together in “Hearts and Minds,” and I was perfectly fine with that. Actually, I much preferred the John and Hawkgirl pairing, which is no surprise, as the show had gotten me very invested in the two Leaguers’ blossoming romance. Despite that, I absolutely enjoyed the dynamic between Kat and John and would love to see it again.

The opportunity is there, and Katma is just too good a Lantern to pass up, especially with her modern update provided by Justice League. I know things are a bit strange with Korugar having been destroyed during “Wrath of the First Lantern,” and Soranik and Iolande already serving Sector 1417, but I still believe she can comfortably return with a bit of ingenuity (ingenuity that does not involve killing the other 1417 Lanterns and passing their ring to Katma). She would be an excellent fit for current Green Lantern Corps comic books, and as John’s main support character in a cartoon show.

Don’t worry, though. I don’t have my head too far in the clouds. I’m not expecting Katma to return, but I would really love to see her again, as I’m confident many others would, too.


Oa, by the way

Green Lantern Corps #24 preview

Comic Book Resources has an unworded preview of Green Lantern Corps #24, which is part two of the “Lights Out” event. It looks like things get hairy as Relic attacks Oa. We can see some seriously awesome constructs by John Stewart in this. This early preview is much appreciated, as we get no John Stewart for this month. Rather, because of DC’s “Villains Month,” we get Mongul instead.

Yay?

Anyway, head on over to CBR to get a taste of what’s to come in October:
Link.



10th September 2013

Green Lantern Corps #26 Solicitation

Green Lantern Corps #26 solicitation

The solicitation for the December issue of Green Lantern Corps has been released, and boy, some very interesting stuff is going down! It seems things have come to blows between Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and John Stewart. The two are apparently going to battle over control of the Green Lantern Corps.

I believe John Stewart will win, and I’m not just saying that because he’s my obvious favorite.

Let’s consider a few points.
Both John and Hal are operating on Oa. It’s only logical that one of them has to go. With a universe as broad as Green Lantern’s, why have two major lead characters at the same place doing the same kind of stuff? Geoff Johns, writer of Justice League, likely wants to use Hal Jordan again, which means Jordan will probably be returning to Earth. That wouldn’t be a terrible idea for the Green Lantern title, seeing as there are four Lantern books (more if you count Larfleeze) and none of them focus on a Green Lantern in Sector 2814. If Hal Jordan heads back, then he will probably no longer be leading the Green Lantern Corps. Which means… John Stewart will hopefully win the upcoming battle! Additionally, recent issues have shown John to be a very competent Lantern and leader, while Hal is being shown to be somewhat inept.

Of obvious note is that the battle will be taking place in John’s book, so he has the home court advantage. Van Jensen is certainly into giving John respect in a way that no creator has since Bruce Timm and company, and Gerard Jones before them, which also lends to John’s favor.

And really, John deserves it. He deserves… something! It’s a crime for a character as great and noteworthy as he is to have gone through the mishandling he did during the Johns reign of the Green Lantern franchise. John Stewart has so much potential that was never realized by the writer. Actually… it’s not even potential. He has real merits that are well known and easily seen. Just watch Justice League or read Green Lantern: Mosaic.

Here is the official solicitation for Green Lantern Corps #26:

“It’s Lantern vs. Lantern as John Stewart battles Hal Jordan for the leadership of the Corps! For months, John Stewart has let his anger build as Hal Jordan sent Guy Gardner into the Red Lanterns and declared war against other corps across the spectrum. After the devastating events of “LIGHTS OUT,” John is determined to rebuild the Corps as he sees fit—even if it means taking down his oldest friend!”

I can’t wait! Green Lantern Corps has been so good, in no small part due to artist Bernard Chang, who continues to bless our eyes with grandeur! Excellent cover. I especially love the crowd in the background. What really catches my attention is Fatality’s face… which is just perfect. I like the contrast between her expression and many of the others around her.

Let’s all pick up Green Lantern Corps #26 and watch John hopefully become leader of the Green Lantern Corps!

I’d also like to thank many of the readers who have left so many kind comments on this site. It really means a lot to me that… well, this site means a lot to you. Please keep visiting.


Oa, by the way

Ethan Van Sciver and Gail Simone

Going along with the solicitation, could DC be grooming John Stewart for something big? We have reason to believe that Gail Simone and Ethan Van Sciver are working on a large original graphic novel starring John Stewart, which they’ve been staying very closed mouthed about. Gail Simone has offered a few tantalizing crumbs, however. In an interview with Major Spoilers, she states:

“It is going to come out as a graphic novel so it’s going to be 90 pages and the reason we haven’t announced it yet is that we want to get more of it done before we announce it, it’s really a lot of work to do 90 pages and have it ready all at once, but it’s a huge story, there’s a lot of big scary horrific elements, the kind that Ethan loves to draw, and that I love to write, and probably most of it’s characters that you like.”

Why do I suspect that John Stewart is the star of this? First of all, it’s no secret that he is Gail Simone’s favorite Green Lantern. Of him, she has said:

“My favorite Lantern, no question about it.”

Link.

But even more convincing are the art pieces that have been revealed from the project. We know it’s a Green Lantern project, and John is the only character who consistently shows up prominently in all the art we’ve been shown.

Van Sciver/Simone
Van Sciver/Simone
Van Sciver/Simone

Considering what we’ve got to work with, I think it’s safe to assume this will be a John Stewart story. Taking into account other goings-on, it makes me wonder if DC is working hard to raise John’s profile.
Van Jensen, writer of Green Lantern Corps, assured worried John Stewart fans that DC Comics does not hate John Stewart and that they have plans for him…

That’s a very vague thing to say, and it could mean anything, but by the looks of things, it’s very positive.

I truly hope that we’ll see more of John in related media, like films, and another attempt at a Green Lantern cartoon using him as lead. It’s true we saw John Stewart in Young Justice and as downloadable content for Injustice: Gods Among Us, but lately, it’s pretty much been Hal Jordan, Hal Jordan, Hal Jordan.

I understand WB and DC wanting to have a main, definitive Green Lantern, but I question why they would keep attempting to give that role to Hal Jordan after his movie was critically panned and financially unsuccessful, his merchandise didn’t sell, and his cartoon lasted one season.

What I’m saying isn’t out of disrespect to the Hal Jordan character or his fans. It’s more a matter of making intelligent business decisions. If Hal Jordan wound up being a massive hit, I would accept that. But I can’t see why WB would continue massively pushing the character when audiences haven’t responded favorably, especially when there is another Green Lantern they’re familiar with. All I’m saying is if one Lantern doesn’t work out, try the one that people know and like again. It’s a simple and sound concept.

I know I’ve slagged DC off a lot recently (many people have). But I have no trouble admitting they’re taking steps in the right direction as far as John Stewart is concerned. I hope they only continue on that course, and I’m very excited by the Simone/Van Sciver project and am happy to see that DC has plans for John Stewart. The last time we heard anything about the graphic novel was June of this year when Gail Simone tweeted a page from it. As she said, it’s a big job, and Ethan Van Sciver is a notoriously slow artist. Let’s try to contain ourselves and be patient as we await more news on this awesome looking project.

You can read the rest of the Gail Simone interview at Major Spoilers:
Link.