22nd August 2015

Green Lantern: Lost Army #3 Review

It’s time for the routine review of the latest issue of Green Lantern: Lost Army. Check out what GreenLantern.Co has to say about John’s universe hopping adventures.

“I don’t know where Lost Army is going, and that’s what makes it so captivating to me. It is very fun to speculate and ponder on what will happen next and what this adventure is leading to. What is the end game to all of this? What is Krona doing in this past universe? Why is Guy Gardner both a Red and Green Lantern, and what significance does that hold? Who put the Lanterns in this other universe to begin with, and why? I don’t know the answers to any of these questions, but they are all captivating and I’m dying to find out.”

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17th July 2015

Green Lantern: Lost Army #2 Review

GreenLantern.Co has got a review of the latest Green Lantern: Lost Army comic book, by Cullen Bunn and Jesus Saiz. Check it out.

“Speaking of the Marines, I’d like to pause on this scene and address something. There seems to be a group of people who have a problem with John Stewart’s Marine background coming into stories. To them, I say this:
John Stewart was in the Marine Corps. That is a huge part of his character now, thanks to his success on television. As such, it’s going to come up in his stories. His time as a Marine naturally shapes his perspective just as it would for most people. I’m not sure why that’s such a problem, but if it is… I don’t know what to say, except that maybe the character just isn’t for them. Batman is a billionaire. That comes up in his stories, yet I don’t often (ever) see a people complain about that. If someone writes John as a one-note character with nothing else to him, then that’s a problem with that writer. Fortunately, that isn’t what is happening in Lost Army.”

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Oa, by the way

Surprisingly, DC Comics has chosen to actually promote Green Lantern: Lost Army in their DC YOU campaign. Writer Cullen Bunn has done an interview with them that gives some information about the series. Check it out at the link below.
Are You Ready for Green Lantern: The Lost Army’s Cullen Bunn?

In other news, Green Lantern Corps Volume 6: Reckoning is out.

This is a collection of Green Lantern Corps stories that finishes up the excellent Van Jensen, Marcelo Maiolo, and Bernard Chang run. No John Stewart fan should be without this, so be sure to pick it up.

26th June 2015

Green Lantern: Lost Army #1 Review

It’s finally happened! John Stewart’s new series, Green Lantern: Lost Army, has arrived! See what GreenLantern.Co has to say about the first installment of this burgeoning epic.

“With an intriguing plot, great characterization, stunning visuals, a cast of likable and fascinating characters, and an accessible jumping on point for new and returning fans, there really isn’t much to complain about here. Lost Army #1 definitely feels like the start of a grand adventure, and I am very much interested in seeing where it goes.”

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There are a lot of interesting John Stewart happenings going on, so be sure to check GreenLantern.Co frequently for more updates.

13th May 2015

Free 8 Page Sneak Peek of Green Lantern Corps: Lost Army Available

Comixology.Com has released a free eight page preview of the upcoming Green Lantern Corps: Lost Army series. This sneak peek left a very, very good impression on me. Jesus Saiz does a tremendous job on the art. It seems he is handling every visual aspect of this title aside from the lettering. He is credited as artist and colorist. His depiction of John Stewart is one of the best I’ve seen. His John is very handsome and totally idealized. From his facial features to his physique, John looks great. The only criticism I have is that his eyes are brown instead of green. John Stewart’s green eyes are a very striking and distinctive visual feature, so it’s always disappointing when artists forego them in favor of something much less interesting. I can only hope that Jesus Saiz changes them for future issues.

Saiz’s Arisia continues to impress me. She is really beautiful, confident, mature, and adventurous looking. She carries the weight and presence one would expect of a veteran Lantern like herself.

Writer Cullen Bunn introduces a new character called Xrill-Vrek. She is described as being a morphic empath, and it seems she takes on the traits of beings around her. She begins the book with hair and facial features similar to Arisia, a skin tone similar to John, and a body type and eyes similar to Two-Six, who is also present. Events transpire that immediately reveal her to be an interesting character that I’m looking forward to seeing more of.

Comparing the work of Jesus Saiz to that of the previous art team on Green Lantern Corps–colorist Marcelo Maiolo and artist Bernard Chang–is tough. Concerning John Stewart, I easily prefer Jesus Saiz’s work. Chang and Maiolo made a great looking John, but there were times I felt his facial features were over exaggerated; notably the size of his nose and his lips. To the GLC team’s credit, John usually did have green eyes under their art, but all in all, I believe Saiz makes the better looking John Stewart. One area where Chang and Maiolo continually excelled was in crafting brilliant alien cultures and characters over and over again. I don’t think we’ve seen enough work from Saiz in this range to make a strong determination of who may be better, but what I can say is that he and Bunn make for a very alien environment. The landscape and creatures within definitely convey a sense of foreignness and strangeness. Beyond that, everything is lushly colored and interesting to look at.

Saiz really gives Maiolo a run for his money in the coloring department, which is huge praise, because Maiolo stunned me again and again with his work in GLC. Saiz’s coloring is rich, warm, and vividly shaded. Where Maiolo is certainly stronger, in my opinion, is the way in which he depicted the emerald energy. It was more vibrant, dynamic, and more recalling of real light than what Saiz is showing us in the sneak peak.

I’m happy to say that the surprise character that was touted in the solicitation for the first issue is revealed in this preview, and I literally fist pumped when I saw them. They’re a great character and also depicted the way that I prefer to see them. Bunn left things on a great note that has me slobbering for more.

Another thing that I like is that Bunn has John monologuing in this series, so we can see what he actually thinks about things. I think this may allow for a deeper exploration of his character. Bunn continues the theme of leadership that began with writer Van Jensen in Green Lantern Corps, which is nice. John is depicted as a competent leader in this preview, but I’m not sure where this whole leadership angle is going. When the Guardians asked him to be the leader of the Green Lantern Corps back in Van Jensen’s run, John seemingly turned them down. We’ll have to stay tuned to see what will end up happening with all of this.

There are some strange discrepancies going on. First of all, the title of the book is still not totally clear. It is listed as both Green Lantern Corps: Lost Army, and Green Lantern: The Lost Army. I guess we won’t fully know which the official title is until the issue is actually released, but I’m leaning toward it being the former, since there is what seems to be a finished logo prepared for that title. Also, and this is just a small thing, but the Lantern insignia on the characters changes on the second page to a variation of the traditional version, and then changes right back to the traditional. I guess that was just an innocent blooper. Despite what the solicitation says, Green Lantern Corps: Lost Army will be released on June 17, as opposed to June 24.

Bunn and Saiz definitely have me hooked with this one, and for whatever it’s worth, in my opinion, this book, like Green Lantern Corps before it, looks considerably better than the Green Lantern title by Robert Venditti and Billy Tan. The art, writing, and premise of this is of a much higher grade, and I’m really happy that DC has been giving such a strong effort to the John Stewart character lately.

Check out the free preview at the link below:
DC Sneak Peek: Green Lantern: Lost Army (2015-) #1

14th March 2015

Green Lantern Corps #40 Review

Van Jensen, Marcelo Maiolo, and Bernard Chang’s Green Lantern Corps run is officially over. I’ve mentioned it before, but it is my favorite run of any Green Lantern comics. See what the .Co review has to say about Green Lantern Corps #40.

“Van Jensen takes advantage of the opportunity that is granted to him by rewriting the event of Xanshi’s destruction, and making it far less damning to John Stewart. In my review for Secret Origins #9, I wrote that I wouldn’t trust anyone more than Jensen to write a new John Stewart origin, and the same goes for a rewrite of the Xanshi incident. Jensen has more than earned the trust of the John Stewart fanbase, and he tops off his run with a love letter to John’s fans, which cleans up a terrible moment in John’s past and gives him a bright future.”

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Though Green Lantern Corps is over, don’t despair. John Stewart’s adventures will carry on in Green Lantern: The Lost Army, due out in June. Keep an eye on GreenLantern.Co for more information on the upcoming series.

Oa, by the way

Bernard Chang is celebrating the end of his Green Lantern Corps run by giving away the interior art for Green Lantern Corps #40. Check out his Instagram post below to see how to enter the running.

a big thanks to all the #greenlanterncorps fans and my teammates over the last two years!!! issues 21-40 have been some of the most challenging and yet rewarding work of my career. as a show of my appreciation, I am going to give away ALL of my original interior art pages from the historic final issue 40 to you!!! I am cutting up all the pages into individual panels (except pgs 17, 19, 24-25, and 28, which will be raffled off). all you have to do is buy two copies of glc40, keep one and give one away to a friend (or stranger) in your store. Instagram a picture of you holding both copies either outside or inside your local comic book store. you must also include tags: @thebernardchang #greenlanterncorps40 and # (name of your comic book store or Instagram/Twitter handle, like #ultimatecomics or @ultimatecomics ). then, direct message me on Instagram w a separate picture of the receipt to verify your purchase (you will have to add me and turn your profile to public so I can verify). I will accept entries thru this weekend 3/16 or until panels run out (approx 65-70). on Monday 3/17, I will raffle off the remaining whole pages to all who participated in this contest. sorry, but this is limited to hard copy sales (no digital) and only in the US. I will cover all shipping costs.

A photo posted by bernard chang (@thebernardchang) on

I would totally do this, but I buy my monthly comics digitally.

Van Jensen has taken to his tumblr and written another message to the fans about his experience writing John Stewart for two years:

“Today sees the release of Green Lantern Corps #40, the last issue of the title and my last issue as writer after a two-year run.

It’s been a pretty incredible time, both in terms of writing the series for 20 issues and the professional and personal changes I’ve seen over those two years.

I was hired to write the series almost exactly two years ago, amid a little controversy, and I had all of a week to write my first script. GLC #21 was the first single-issue comic I ever scripted, as well as my first foray into superhero comics. It was the moment that I went from a little-known indie comics guy to a mainstream writer.

It was a true trial by fire, and I jumped headlong into it. I struggled to keep my head above water at the start, and it was only through the guidance from Robert Venditti and editors Matt Idelson and Chris Conroy that I made it through. Also, I was blessed to work with incredible artists in Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo, and, later, Mirko Colak and Tony Avina.

It was, in every way, a dream come true. I leave looking back and seeing things I could’ve done better, but I have zero regrets.

GLC will always be a special book for me. It launched my career in comics. It was while writing the series that I left my job as an editor (a job I really loved, btw) to write full time. I also became a dad, which has been the biggest life change of all.

So, while every ending is bittersweet in part, I leave GLC happy. I wrote the stories I wanted to write. I challenged myself and found my footing. I dove into the job I’ve wanted since I was 5.

The future is bright.”

Van, Bernard, and Marcelo know that we’re seriously going to miss them. For quite a few of us, they reignited our interest in Green Lantern. I wish all of them the best, and I hope that they return to John Stewart someday.