25th August 2014
Heads up, John Stewart fans. The Emerald Crusader will be appearing in the Red Lanterns title again, and it looks like he may lend Guy Gardner a much needed hand. AintItCoolNews.Com has the preview for Red Lanterns #34, which is due out this coming Wednesday.
If you missed John’s earlier appearance in said title, you can head over to the GreenLantern.Co review for Red Lanterns #33 to give you an idea of what’s going on.
I ran into an interesting tumblr post and discussion that I thought I’d share. It begins with pianogirl1498, and branches into several interesting comments that can be viewed here. Here are some quotes:
“this guy is better than ur favs let me tell u why
he is a motherfucking architect which brings an element of construction to his use of the ring that is really unique and actually interesting, as opposed to the way hal Jordan uses his ring which is just like “MAGIC DEUS EX MACHINA ALL THE TIME”
he is a former marine and he’s from Detroit and his personal background and experiences are important to his character, unlike Hal Jordan who has been through so many pointless incarnations that at this point he basically has no real personality
he takes his responsibilities as a Green Lantern seriously and has no time for bullshit and he is shown to openly struggle with the nature of his job as a Green Lantern (MAGIC SPACE POLICE ENFORCING HEGEMONIC LAWS ON INCREDIBLY DIVERSE ALIEN SPECIES), like there are stories where he seriously doubts himself and fights with himself about this, as opposed to Hal Jordan who just flies around punching dudes and BEING THE BEST and whose internal struggles are all boring and stupid
he also struggles a lot with knowing that his career as a lantern is constantly overshadowed by hal Jordan’s, because Hal Jordan is his “mentor” even though their approaches, personal histories, etc are incredibly different and hal honestly has no place telling john stewart anything let’s be real
he was a whole generation of nerds’ first exposure to Green Lantern, through the JLA cartoons, where he was the best fucking character and openly defied and re-wrote destiny because FUCK YOU FATE I’M FUCKING JOHN STEWART
Look at that sexy fucking face, he could totally get it
basically if you think Hal Jordan is better than this guy you’re wrong
“John was the first Green Lantern I knew and I LOVED him on JL. When the Green Lantern movie came out, I was like “Hey! What the fuck! Dude is supposed to be Black. Why they got Deadpool playing the Green Lantern?”
“This was one of the first times I’ve seen a black superhero. (Aside for Static but they urbanized the shit outta that program.) GL was badass, funny, and useful as opposed to his comrade on Cartoon Network’s Justice League’ (Superman when he had all the muscle and was getting his ass wooped.) So John Stewart will always be my Green Lantern. Regardless of what comic book nerds say.”
“Agreed. I remember when I saw the green lantern previews for the live action film, I was distraught. Stewart is the green lantern I grew up with and enjoyed with my family. He is the superhero I loved the most.”
I’ve had discussions with Hal Jordan fans who don’t attribute the failure of the 2011 Green Lantern film to Hal Jordan at all. They will always blame something else for it. There are many reasons why that movie failed, but that does not mean Hal Jordan is not one of them. The problem for Hal Jordan was that Warner Bros. had weened millions upon millions of people on the John Stewart version of Green Lantern not long before the movie came out. As most of you know, John Stewart is the Green Lantern on the hit cartoon shows Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. These shows were big successes, running five seasons and having a toyline that was such a triumph that it went on several years after the last new episode aired. Justice League re-runs continued to air after that, and do so today on the CW’s Vortexx block. Naturally, all of this had an effect on the public’s perception and awareness of the character and concept of Green Lantern.
When the trailers for the Green Lantern film were shown, many people were confused and upset that a White actor was portraying the lead hero. They had no idea who Hal Jordan was and they did not care. All they knew was that WAS NOT the way they wanted to see Green Lantern. Audiences were distraught before they even sat down to watch the movie.
When there is widespread confusion as to why the hero is the ethnicity he is, that constitutes a problem for the film. Comic book nerds (and DC Comics) need to understand that no matter what their precious source material says about how things are supposed to be, nobody else cares about that. All they care about is what they know and what they like. More people have seen and liked the Bruce Timm Justice League shows than have ever read a Green Lantern comic book starring Hal Jordan.
This is a tough pill to swallow for many Hal Jordan fans, but it’s the simple truth.