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26th October 2015

Green Lantern: Lost Army #5 Review

It’s time for the GreenLantern.Co review of the latest issue of Green Lantern: Lost Army.

While this issue doesn’t offer answers to Lost Army’s deeper mysteries, it succeeds greatly at being an overall fun comic book, due to great art, great characters, great dialogue and great action. There is only one glitch in the whole thing, which involves the death of a certain character. It’s not that I necessarily have anything against the killing of this particular character, but the way it is done is weak and cheap.

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I don’t have anything else to say, so I hope you enjoy the content, and be back for more!



19th October 2015

January 2016 Solicitations: Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1 and Justice League #48

2016 will open with a bang for John Stewart fans. His new series, Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion, with Tom Taylor writing and Ethan Van Sciver illustrating, will be released, as will Justice League #48, which looks to feature John finally joining in the “Darkseid War.” Take a look at the solicitations and covers for these issues below:

GREEN LANTERN CORPS: EDGE OF OBLIVION #1
Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art and cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:25 Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale JANUARY 13 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 6, $2.99 US
RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Picking up where GREEN LANTERN: LOST ARMY left off! As the universe around them reaches entropy, the Green Lantern Corps must find a way home! Along the way, they’ll face dying gods, worlds torn asunder and a desperate group of survivors whose only hope is these cosmic heroes.

JUSTICE LEAGUE #48
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by JASON FABOK
Adult Coloring Book Variant cover by SCOTT KOLINS
On sale JANUARY 20 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
The epic “Darkseid War” continues as the League is forced to unite with their evil counterparts, the Crime Syndicate, to defeat the nigh-omnipotent Anti-Monitor! Plus, what is the terrible secret behind Superwoman’s newborn child?

First up, some thoughts on Edge of Oblivion. It looks like it will be using the “Green Lantern Corps” title instead of “Green Lantern,” which is wise, since there is a Green Lantern Corps movie on the way. As such, DC and WB should start focusing more on that particular brand. The solicitation doesn’t tell us much that we didn’t already know from announcements made earlier this month. Edge of Oblivion will replace Lost Army and continue that storyline. The art we’re seeing from Edge of Oblivion is an Ivan Reis variant, and it looks good. I like that Arisia is drawn with longer hair, as I think she looks better like that, though Reis could have eased up some on her biceps and deltoids.

Ethan Van Sciver will be doing the regular cover, and that has yet to be seen. Van Sciver is an excellent artist, but from everything I’ve seen, I prefer the work of Jesus Saiz, the Lost Army artist, and I will be missing his input to John Stewart’s world. His characters display emotion excellently and naturally, and he has great designs for each character that aren’t too exaggerated. Still, if there is going to be a new artist coming on, Van Sciver is as good as they come, and the Corps book may receive an influx of new readers with him returning to do a six issue Green Lantern mini-series, as his six part Green Lantern: Rebirth was a huge hit.

Concerning Justice League, first off, I’m not happy to see John with facial hair. That look for him just never clicked with me, and I always associate it with him having some kind of crisis in his life, since it originates from Justice League Unlimited, when he tried to pick himself up from his traumatic break up with Hawkgirl, to arguably not very good avail. I’m going to guess that a reason behind artist Jason Fabok (and/or writer Geoff Johns) giving him that look may have something to do with two Black males being in the story (yes, I’m going to go there). Perhaps they (or one of them) think Cyborg and John Stewart are too similar in appearance, and the addition of facial hair can make it easier to distinguish between them. But with one having a giant metal plate on his face and a glowing red eye, I don’t think that would be a problem. At least John Stewart is not bald. Hopefully DC will eventually have John shave and give him his traditional clean shaven, crew-cut look. There is nothing wrong with it.

Moving on, John Stewart teaming with Hal Jordan in a Geoff Johns penned title is potentially a recipe for huge disaster for John Stewart and his fans, if Geoff Johns’ nine year Green Lantern run is anything to go by. In that run, John Stewart was the oft ignored Black Best Friend to Hal Jordan, so I can’t say seeing Geoff Johns return to these particular characters fills me with tons of confidence that John Stewart will have a great showing. That said, Johns did say that he was extensively researching John Stewart’s history, so perhaps he’s going to make an effort to do right by the character this time around.

To give Geoff Johns the benefit of the doubt, one could argue that his Green Lantern run simply was not about John Stewart. He was hired to return Hal Jordan to prominence, not to focus on and build up John Stewart. To counter that, however, it could be said that nine years of sidelining a character who is a large part of the mythos you’re overseeing, a prominent figure on Cartoon Network at the time, and the company’s greatest and most popular ethnically diverse character is a bit much and a very unwise move if one is at all concerned with expanding the demographics of comics readers, which DC should be concerned with, since–let’s face it–America is getting browner and browner.

In any event, I’ll be there to see what these titles have to offer, and I encourage you readers to be as well.



17th October 2015

Green Lantern: Lost Army #5 Preview

Are you hankering for more Lost Army? If so, take a look at the preview for issue #5 to tide you over until this coming Wednesday when the full issue will be released. In this preview, we see B’dg rise to challenge of saving the Lanterns from imprisonment, while John Stewart contemplates how one has to take matters into their own hands in tough situations. And the return of the incredible regular series artist, Jesus Saiz! Click the link below for more.
GREEN LANTERN: LOST ARMY #5 Exclusive Preview


Oa, by the way

At this last New York ComiCon, the cast of the Justice League animated series had a reunion at a panel where they all got into character for old times’ sake. This, of course, includes Phil LaMarr as Green Lantern John Stewart! It’s a real blast to hear all the characters from my favorite cartoon show again. Check out the video below for an excerpt.



11th October 2015

UPDATE! New Series “Green Lantern: Edge of Oblivion” Announced with Tom Taylor and Ethan Van Sciver

Writer Tom Taylor announced at New York ComiCon that he will be writing a six issue mini-series that follows directly after the events of Green Lantern: Lost Army, which will be titled Green Lantern: Edge of Oblivion. Celebrated Green Lantern: Rebirth artist Ethan Van Sciver will be joining him to illustrate the series. This new mini will be available in 2016.

This is great news because now we know the Green Lantern Corps won’t be left hanging after Lost Army concludes and their story will be completed. However, we no longer have Cullen Bunn and Jesus Saiz to tell the story. I honestly don’t know how I feel about that. I was greatly enjoying what Bunn and Saiz were putting out, but Bunn’s writing did have its detractors. I have no idea whether I’ll prefer Taylor and Van Sciver’s work or not, so I can’t offer much comment on that. I will say that though I really like Van Sciver’s work, I think (THINK) I will miss Jesus Saiz. Note I’m saying this without having seen any of Van Sciver’s art for this new series. He may very well blow me away.

In any event, fans of John, Arisia, Kilowog, and Guy have something to look forward to. Keep an eye out for the January 2016 solicitations, because we’re likely to see information on the first issue of Edge of Oblivion there.

Check out the link below for an interview with Tom Taylor about this upcoming series:
NYCC 2015: Tom Taylor Reveals Info on GREEN LANTERN: EDGE OF OBLIVION & BATMAN/SUPERMAN

UPDATE!

Tom Taylor has taken to his Twitter account and posted a beautiful Ivan Reis picture from the Edge of Oblivion series that I assume is a cover image. That image can now be seen as the header picture of this article. It depicts members of the Lantern Corps with John Stewart at the front. Of interest is the fact that Guy Gardner is in his old Green Lantern uniform and doesn’t seem to be sporting his red ring. It’s unclear as to whether that’s an error or something related to the plot. It looks like Simon Baz will be appearing as well. The image is incredible, and the inclusion of Ivan Reis and Ethan Van Sciver on this project leads me to believe that DC is trying to bring back some of the popularity of the Geoff Johns era of Green Lantern, as those are the two most prominent artists of that time.

The series is looking and sounding very interesting. Stay tuned for more!