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22nd January 2014

Green Lantern Corps #30 Solicitation

The solicitation for Green Lantern Corps #30 –due out in April– has finally arrived, and those pesky Durlans don’t seem to be letting up on John and the GLC. Here’s the solicit and cover art:

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #30
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI and VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
1:25 MAD Variant cover
On sale APRIL 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
John Stewart and his team are under siege – and things are about to get way worse! It’s become impossible to know who can be trusted and who’s a shape-shifting Durlan spy! And you won’t believe the twisted origin of the Durlan species!

I like that Arisia has become a regular character in Green Lantern Corps. She’s another great female character added to the roster, which also includes Yrra (Fatality), Feska, Soranik Natu, and Two-Six.

Green Lantern Corps writer Van Jensen has declared that big things will be happening in 2014 for Green Lantern John Stewart. Let’s see what’s in store. Don’t forget to pick up Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 later this month. The whole situation with the Durlans is likely to bust wide open in that issue, so be there!



17th January 2014

Green Lantern Corps #27 Review

Green Lantern Corps #27 is out and greenlantern.co is coming at you with another review:

“One of the things I find most refreshing about Green Lantern Corps is the vision the creative team has for it. It is fun, exciting, bold, and charmingly witty. The book isn’t going to have readers rolling on the floor clutching their stomachs, but Van Jensen does impart it with a distinct sort of humor that’s bound to elicit regular chuckles and keep the title from being too dour.”

Read more.

Be sure to pick the issue up if you haven’t, and check out Green Lantern John Stewart’s heroic exploits for yourself. Also, Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 will be out on January 29th, so get your bodies ready!


Oa, by the way

If you keep up with comic book news, you may have heard by now that The Flash will receive a new creative team with issue number 30. And guess who is part of that creative team.

It’s Van Jensen!

That’s right! The writer who is currently giving all of us one of the strongest depictions of Green Lantern John Stewart there has ever been will be taking over writing duties for The Fastest Man Alive, along with frequent collaborator, Robert Venditti.

What’s more, Van Jensen will have the honor of playing a part in the return of Wally West in The Flash Annual #3.

This is spectacular news to me, because Van Jensen is one of my favorite comics writers and Wally West is one of my favorite comics characters. I’m one of those people who says that Wally West is their Flash. I honestly don’t have any fond feelings toward Barry Allen. His heyday as The Flash happened well before I ever took a big interest in DC Comics, and he was never interesting to me in anything I encountered him in.

I scratched my head when DC brought Barry Allen back and pushed Wally aside, because I assumed most of Barry’s fanbase to consist of 40 to 50 year-olds, whereas the current generation literally grew up with Wally West in comics and various cartoons. I’m certainly not saying 40 to 50 year old fans aren’t worth anything in the comics fanbase, but I will openly say that –for the sake of superhero comics as a part of the industry– it is generally unwise to shoot for that demographic when working on superhero comics. I’m not saying it wouldn’t work at some level, but for the progression of the industry and the audience, I do not think it wise in the long run. It’s certainly great if the material appeals to them (or many other people of different ages and backgrounds), but to aim for them in particular isn’t a good idea.

Speaking of which, I know that some Hal Jordan and Geoff Johns fans have slagged off the new Green Lantern titles and creators because they’re not catering to them, but I can honestly say that Van Jensen and the rest of the creative team of Green Lantern Corps (which includes Robert Venditti) have rejuvenated my interest in DC Comics. They have taken my sorely neglected favorite character (again, who many people grew up with and continue to grow up with), and have done wonders for him and show no sign of letting up. I have a lot of faith in them, am proud to see them rise higher, and I look forward to them building up new fanbases for Green Lantern and The Flash, as well as rekindling the interest of older fans.

You can find out more about the upcoming Flash projects from this article by Comic Book Resources right here.



10th January 2014

Green Lantern #27 Review

Green Lantern #27 is out and .co is back with another review. Robert Venditti continues to be the scourge of many a Hal Jordan fan, but let’s see how things look from the perspective of a particular John Stewart aficionado.

“We still can’t quite tell where Venditti is headed, but there’s a definite deconstruction of Hal Jordan going on. While several Hal Jordan fans are taking offense to this, I find it makes for rather interesting stories.”

Read more.

Later this month, Green Lantern Corps #27 and Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 will be released. Be sure to pick those up and visit greenlantern.co for a nice rundown of what new adventures Green Lantern John Stewart will find himself in!


Oa, by the way

Hey, guess what? John Stewart will be featured in a new DC Comics weekly series called Futures End. The series is written by Brian Azzarello, Keith Giffen, Jeff Lemire, and Dan Jurgens, and will jump five years into the future of the new 52 universe. It seems John Stewart and other high profile heroes have been possessed by OMACs and are evil cyborgs. Here is some concept art from Ryan Sook:

It’s very cool that DC is using John Stewart more. You can view more art and discover more about this series in this interview page from CBR, right here.

In other news, the lettered preview for Green Lantern Corps #27, due out this coming Wednesday, has been released, and it looks awesome. Great dialogue and character work from Van Jensen, as usual.

Take a look at the pages right here.

We’ll stay on the lookout for more GL John Stewart news for you, so be sure to check back. It seems quite a bit is happening with the character lately.



4th January 2014

Van Jensen Podcast Interview with TheGreenLanternCorps.com and Newsarama Interview

Thegreenlanterncorps.com conducted a great interview with Van Jensen, writer of Green Lantern Corps. There are a lot of great questions and answers about how the Corps works, including how Green Lanterns get paid, and what’s in store for the Green Lantern Corps, John Stewart, and his relationship with Yrra Cynril (Fatality).

One thing I’m particularly happy about is that Van Jensen reveals he has no plans or interest in having John Stewart share the Green Lantern Corps title with another human Green Lantern. That’s a relief to me, because I’ve greatly enjoyed the focus on John Stewart lately, and the character had so little focus during the entire Geoff Johns era that I think it would be a shame for him to have to share the spotlight.

You can listen to the interview here.

That’s not all, though. Van Jensen has also held an interview with Newsarama and unveiled some art for the upcoming Green Lantern Corps #27.

“There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. But to see it, you might have to squint. The Corps has some big, big challenges ahead. And for John Stewart, well, 2014 will be a memorable year. The Corps will need him, and he’ll need the Corps.”

Check that out here.

Van Jensen is one of the best things to ever happen to Green Lantern John Stewart, so it’s always a pleasure to hear and read interviews with him.


Oa, by the way

The rumors about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson playing Green Lantern in the Man of Steel sequel continue. greenlantern.co is here to keep you informed of any new information, but also what some people around the net are saying about this.

Youtuber JaeRoar posts his thoughts on this news:

ComicBookCast2 offers some quick commentary:

Clevver Movies has a go as well:

I continue to be an advocate of The Rock assuming the role of John Stewart because I feel Dwayne Johnson, who is currently the biggest name in acting, can do wonders for both the Green Lantern franchise and the John Stewart character. If The Rock appears in a movie franchise as John that makes billions of dollars, you can bet we’ll get another shot at a Green Lantern specific film franchise, and perhaps even a cartoon, and a load of other media goodies! The Rock is the perfect actor to open the floodgates for Green Lantern John Stewart.

In the meantime, we’ll have to sit back and wait to see if any of this turns out being true. greenlantern.co is here to keep you up to date!



1st January 2014

UPDATE! Is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Going to Play Green Lantern John Stewart?

Happy New Year, Lantern fans! And what a way to start off the new year. DC Cinematic Universe news and rumors have been pouring in over the last couple days, and Green Lantern John Stewart is right in the center of it all. As was reported last update, nukethefridge.com claims Denzel Washington is being courted by Warner Bros. for the role of Green Lantern John Stewart in the Man of Steel sequel that will begin shooting in February. Not long after, the story went viral and now another source, aceshowbiz.com, is claiming the same thing. While many are excited about that, some have criticized the notion of Denzel Washington assuming the role because of the veteran actor’s advancing age.

Via Twitter, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has confirmed that he’s locked up a DC Comics related role. With all the recent Green Lantern news circulating around the internet, naturally, many fans are speculating that the role is for the Emerald Crusader.

If we stop and think about that for a minute, it makes sense. Over the years, fans have pegged The Rock as the perfect person to play Black Adam. Personally, I can’t see the Shazam villain appearing in any upcoming movie, especially since recent news articles have confirmed there are no cinematic plans for Shazam. The Rock, who is one of the biggest actors today, is probably not going to play the brooding and green Martian Manhunter, and he’s too old to play Cyborg, and I highly doubt he would accept that role anyway. Also, no one wants to see The Rock as some CG’d freak like Doomsday. People will want to see him in a suit with his muscles bulging. With all the recent headlines about Green Lantern John Stewart, there is a decent chance the Rock has signed on to play as the Marine turned intergalactic police officer.

While the Rock may not be my first choice, I think this would be a great move. The Rock is box office gold, and what better way to repair the damaged name of Green Lantern than with someone as undeniable as The Rock. If he becomes Green Lantern, Ryan Reynolds’ Hal Jordan and the 2011 Green Lantern movie disaster will become a small, fading, wretched memory in the back of audiences’ subconscious.

I would still love to see Idris Elba, but the idea of using The Rock is intriguing, something I’m not against, and a brilliant move for Warner Bros.
greenlantern.co will keep you up to date with any further developments.

UPDATE!

The Rock has specifically posted about John Stewart on his Instagram account. A big thanks to Hudson Faber for picking up on this.

What could this mean? The Rock, out of nowhere, gives a shout out to Green Lantern John Stewart. If you ask me, judging by this and other recent events, I think we’ve got our next Green Lantern. Stay tuned, folks.

UPDATE!

The news keeps coming in. Writer Peter Georgiou of the website Thinkmcflythink has heard through the grapevine that The Rock is having discussions with WB regarding the role of Green Lantern John Stewart.

He addresses the question of what this means for the Hal Jordan version of Green Lantern from the previous Green Lantern film:

At the very least, we have good reason to believe WB is looking for an actor to play John Stewart. More news as it happens!