26th November 2014

Green Lantern #37 Preview

Green Lantern

Mancave Daily has the preview for Green Lantern #37, which kicks off Act III of the “Godhead” event. In recent interviews with writers Robert Venditti and Van Jensen, we’ve heard about a developing dynamic between John Stewart and Sinestro, and we see it continue in this preview.

I’m happy that Venditti points out that John is the second Earth Green Lantern. Though Guy Gardner was introduced first, John Stewart was really the one to become a full fledged Green Lantern and lead the Green Lantern comic title after Hal Jordan did.

Check out the full preview at the link below:
There’s No Escape from ‘Green Lantern’ #37

Green Lantern Corps “Convergence” Art and Solicitation

Come Spring, DC Comics is moving from New York City to Burbank, California to better integrate itself with its parent company Warner Bros. To give the staff time to get situated, a two month event called “Convergence” is being prepared, which features characters of previous DC Universe continuities, such as Post-Crisis, and Pre-Crisis. Green Lantern John Stewart gets involved in the third week of “Convergence,” in a Green Lantern Corps story situated in Pre-Crisis continuity. It seems to be based on the 1980s Steve Englehart era of Green Lantern, when John Stewart was the primary Green Lantern of Earth and a brain damaged, angry Guy Gardner was revived from a long coma. I’m especially fond of that portion of Green Lantern history.

DC Comics unveiled a page from this title along with a solicitation.

Green Lantern Corps

Green Lantern Corps

Writer: David Gallaher

Artists: Steve Ellis and Ande Parks

Colorist: Hi-Fi

Say the Oath, save the world! If only being the Green Lantern Corps was that easy. Hal has resigned, John is busy, and Guy is pissed. Together for the first time—they’ll save Gotham or die trying.

Unfortunately, we don’t get a glimpse of John in the above picture. I wonder if he’ll sport an afro and the classic Gil Kain Green Lantern uniform? I hope so! I’m also hoping that “Convergence” showcases the DC Animated Universe and John Stewart with a 2001-2004 circa Justice League, with Wally West as The Flash and Shayera Hol as Hawkgirl. That would be a dream come true.

I’ll keep you posted on any other John Stewart “Convergence” information, if it comes.

22nd November 2014

Van Jensen and Robert Venditti Talk ‘Godhead’ and Things to Come

Venditti and Jensen talk Godhead

There’s been more publicity for the “Godhead” event, which also features signs of things to come. Van Jensen, writer of Green Lantern Corps, and Robert Venditti, writer of Green Lantern, answered some questions with Newsarama.Com, and also showed off an image from the upcoming Green Lantern Corps #37, seen above. As we can see in the image, John Stewart is back in his regular Green Lantern uniform, so I suppose his tenure as a Star Sapphire doesn’t last long at all. That’s actually a relief to me. A small part of me was afraid that DC would try to sabotage John by making him a Star Sapphire for an extended length of time. I knew that was highly unlikely, but I don’t put much past DC Editorial. On that note, here are some excerpts from the article:

The two writers, who also currently co-write The Flash, have invented new threats and thought-provoking personal challenges for the Lanterns while shaking up the team. And although some wild rumors about John Stewart dying have been proven false, the latest issue of Corps put him in a Star Sapphire ring.

What’s false is the truth of this statement. Previous Green Lantern Corps writer, Joshua Hale Fialkov, actually confirmed that DC Editorial’s John Stewart death mandate was true. What happened was the editors ultimately decided to not follow through with it once Fialkov left over the ridiculous decision and word got out as to why.

Anyway, moving on to the interview.

Jensen: There’s some very central stuff that goes on in Green Lantern Corps #37. I can’t really talk too much about it without spoiling the end of Act II.

In a big way, the final act [in December’s issues] is about the various Lanterns really taking the fight to the New Gods. We’ve been building the Lanterns up and seeing them trying to equip themselves mentally and physically with the kind of weapons that they need to take on an entire army of gods.

So that’s really central to the next issue of Green Lantern Corps.

And there’s some very, very big fights ahead.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the Green Lanterns deal with the seemingly unstoppable New Gods. When asked about what threat John and the Corps will face after “Godhead,” Jensen says:

Yeah, what’s coming up is not something that has to do with the Black Lanterns. It’s a different threat. And it’s something that’s going to emerge out of existing Green Lantern history, so this is not some totally new thing, but an exploration of something very, very old and very strange in the Lanterns’ history, but adding some new wrinkles to it.

The central idea we’re exploring is, with the Lanterns caught up in huge battle after huge battle, again and again and again, their mission of policing the universe — they really have not been able to do that.

So the universe, in the absence of Green Lanterns, has fallen into darkness. Like, if you’d imagine a city where the police have been caught up in some ongoing, massive situation in one part of town and the rest of the city, with no police whatsoever, would turn to chaos. And that’s what we’re seeing through a lot of the universe.

The Shadow Empire comes from something that has already been around in the Green Lantern mythology? I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that it has something to do with a story from an obscure 1980s “Tales of the Green Lantern Corps” backup. Or perhaps the Mad God Sector 3600. What I don’t like about the Shadow Empire from what I’ve read in the solicits is that they have some ancient grudge against the Green Lantern Corps. How many times have we seen that in recent memory? The Keepers (they actually had a grudge against the Guardians, but that’s not very different), the Durlans, and now the Shadow Empire. Well, we’ll see how it goes.

Venditti: Yeah, the Templar Guardians have been off with Kyle for, well, going on 20 issues now, familiarizing themselves with the universe after having been locked away for so long. And now they’re coming back home to become leaders. But they’re very different characters from the old Guardians. The old Guardians, I think, over time became dark and twisted and so focused on the end.

The Templar Guardians are a much different group of characters. They’re more whimsical. They’re more fun. They’re more good-hearted. So their style of leadership will be different.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still huge scale threats, believe it or not, even larger than the ones we’ve seen so far, including the New Gods, and they’re still on the horizon. Given everything that the Corps has been through in the past couple years.

As Van said, the Corps have left much of the universe unpoliced. And the universe at large has fallen out of favor, in terms of how they see the Corps.

There are a lot of challenges that need to be faced, and they’ll lead to some pretty drastic schisms that are going to happen. Some of these things will come to conclusion by issue #40. Some of them, we’ll see exactly how things are different after we come back from the two-month break.

Bigger threats than the New Gods? That sounds like the Anti-Monitor. You can read the rest of the interview at the link below:
GREEN LANTERN Writers Talk GODHEAD, Say ‘Things Will Be Different’ Post-CONVERGENCE

18th November 2014

Green Lantern Corps #39 February Solicit

DC Comics has released their solicitations for February 2015, and Green Lantern John Stewart looks to be neck deep in the Shadow Empire arc. Take a look at the cover and sales pitch for Green Lantern Corps #39 below.

Harley Quinn Variant

Written by VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
On sale FEBRUARY 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

As John Stewart and his team try to root out the criminal network that has overtaken the homeworld of Lantern Feska, they discover the planet is imperiled by a far darker, deadlier force. An enemy with an ancient hatred of the Corps. An enemy that seeks to cast all the universe into shadow.

It’s nice to hear that we’ll be catching up with the recruits again. I also look forward to seeing more of Feska’s planet Zarox. I’m also curious to see what this cult like Shadow Empire has to do with the criminal circuit of Shadow Markets.

Pick this one up in February!

Oa, by the way

The digital first series Smallville Season Eleven, by writer Bryan Q. Miller with cover art by Cat Staggs, is coming to a close with the storyline titled “Continuity.” John Stewart is featured prominently and proudly on the cover. Take a look.

Harley Quinn Variant

I am a fan of the “Lantern” arc. You can find my reviews for it here. I’m very happy that John is the Green Lantern of the Smallville universe. ComicbookResources.Com held an interview with Miller and Staggs about their milestone run.


16th November 2014

February Green Lantern Corps Harley Quinn Variant Cover

Harley Quinn is proving to be one of DC Comics’ most popular characters. In an effort to mine her popularity, DC has themed their variant covers for the month of February 2015 after the clown princess. Check out the Green Lantern Corps variant below.

Harley Quinn Variant

It’s thematically clever, and it’s great to see Harley and John together. You can view a larger image of the cover right here.