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“DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime” DVD Compilation Announced


on June 26, 2014

Super Villains

The hit cartoon shows Justice League and Justice League Unlimited still seem to be very profitable for Warner Bros. to continue milking. I don’t have a problem with that, however. After all, Justice League is my favorite cartoon show.

On October 7th, 2014, Warner Home Video will release the DC Super-Villains – Justice League: Masterminds of Crime DVD compilation, which collects thirteen classic episodes from Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and Batman Beyond. It will retail for $19.97. Of special interest to Green Lantern John Stewart fans are the episodes “Hearts and Minds,” “Secret Society,” and “The Return.” Actually, the entire first disc looks like a big celebration of Green Lantern John Stewart, seeing as how “Hearts and Minds” is one of the strongest appearances from the character EVER, and “Secret Society” showcases him leading the Justice League in their battle against Gorilla Grodd’s gang of evil-doers. “The Return” is a proud showing for John and the Green Lantern Corps.

This package is definitely worth picking up for fans of Green Lantern John Stewart who don’t already have these episodes in a collection, and those completist collectors out there have another cool item to add to their repertoire. The official synopsis is as follows:

A collection of bad guys who are powerful and audacious enough to challenge the Justice League. These villains are not just threats to one super team, but the entire DC Universe! Featuring super villains from Lex Luthor, Sinestro to Darkseid.

And lastly, the episode list:

Disc 1
1. Tabula Rasa, Part 1
2. Tabula Rasa, Part 2
3. Hearts and Minds, Part 1
4. Hearts and Minds, Part 2
5. Secret Society, Part 1
6. Secret Society, Part 2
7. The Return,

Disc 2
8. Divided We Fall
9. I am Legion
10. Dead Reckoning
11. The Great Brain Robbery
12. The Call, Part 1
13. The Call, Part 2


Oa, by the way

Moments

Last time one of these sorts of collections was released, I posted a superbly written Justice League fanfic in “Oa, By the Way…” to celebrate. That story was about Green Lantern and Hawkgirl being stranded on the garbage planet they happened across in their “War World” adventure. It is a fanfic I can’t recommend enough, which is not something I often do for fanfics unless specifically asked.

This time, I’m going to do something extremely similar and post another “War World” fanfic featuring Hawkgirl and Green Lantern called “Moments,” written by DescendingFrost.

This fic is a sort of novelization of Hawkgirl and Green Lantern’s parts in the episode with an additional prologue leading up to the events fans are familiar with. If you’re feeling like going back and revisiting one of the most classic Green Lantern and Hawkgirl stories, this is a fun way to do it.

“Moments.”



  • anonsaga

    This was an excellent recommendation! I posted my review of “Moments” by DescendingFrost on fanfiction (dot) net. I figured I’d post it here as well:

    There are a lot of really phenomenal things done here! Like how the mace was made a symbol of Hawkgirl’s home and her people. And how GL raises the stakes for her in a way that makes her feel “claustrophobic”. And that for all of her posturing, she is in the middle of an identity crisis. Her thoughts and behaviors really help paint a picture of a whirlwind of conflicting emotions and hard choices in a way that shows rather than tells. Bravo for that!

    I absolutely love how defensive she is. I mean, the piece opens with her rationalizing! When GL finds her alone just before sunrise, she tries to rationalize how she knew he was there because the fresh air cleared her mind. Her response to GL’s observation that her mace is important to her is a classic ‘you-don’t-know-me-as-well-as-you-think’ maneuver. Of course, he does know her well, and, in the most subtle of ways, no point hit home more clearly than GL’s remark, “You’re strong enough without it. Your mace, that is—“ which were just the words she needed to hear at a time she was doubting her strength of character. In addition to rationalization, there is plenty of denial and roundabout behavior. Like her assumption that Batman sent GL to find her, as well as her awkward apology/icebreaker “We don’t really get along, I know. But…”.

    The ‘dance’ Hawkgirl and GL do with each other is really well done. She has feelings for him but doesn’t want to feel vulnerable by letting him know. He has his suspicions but respects her enough as a person and as a comrade to move at her pace. That part where he’s talking to her and she’s pretending not to listen but then hears what she suspects is his sigh and begins backpedaling as fast as she can, revealing that she really ‘was’ listening, and very intently at that – that part made me smile. Especially when she immediately begins to worry that she may have been ‘too’ friendly with the compliments.

    The characterization is pitch perfect! I could actually hear the voices of Maria Canals, Phil LaMarr and Kevin Conroy as I was reading. Hawkgirl had that “I’m brave but I’m chickenshit” (Alanis Morissette reference) thing going on. GL had that “Officer and a Gentleman” thing going on. Batman was classic Batman with his smart-alecky comments and ‘preoccupation-with-performance-rather-than-people’ façade.

    DescendingFrost…

    This. Was. Great. I mean, wow! This is really, really impressive and you should be proud. You captured the tone of the characters and their relationships as presented in the JL/JLU animated series perfectly. Actually, I think you did an even better job and that’s saying a lot! I’m very proud of you and I hope that more people get to read your work. I also hope that when Shayera is put back into the main DC continuity she receives the kind of solid characterization that you have given her here. I thought Bruce Timm, Dwayne McDuffie & company made a wise decision to have two female league members instead of the standard one, and between Hawkgirl and Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl was easily my favorite. Many people have wanted to see more of John Stewart and more of Hawkgirl since the series ended back in 2006. After being sidelined for several years since then, John is finally starting to get attention again. I hope Hawkgirl does as well.

    I see that you have four chapters here. Unfortunately, between reading and writing, I only have time for one at the moment. I just had to let you know that I am very impressed and extremely proud of you.

    Best wishes,
    anonsaga

    • Desh Derringer

      I’m really happy to have shared it with you. I really like it, too. There are some people who REALLY understand the unique dynamic between Green Lantern and Hawkgirl surprisingly well. I also recommend “Trashy Romance” by xffan2000 and Nancy Brown. That is probably my all time favorite HG/GL fanfiction: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2436664/1/Trashy-Romance-Plot-Number-Four

      If Van Jensen brings the relationship over to the comics (and I think there is a possibility, because I have a feeling the John/Fatality relationship may end soon), then I would be SO happy if he read and researched some of these stories. I know they’re fanfics and all, but these writers truly understand what is so great about the HG/GL relationship and what fans of it want to see.