Green Lantern Corps #34 Preview and Green Lantern Corps #36 Lego Variant Cover

on August 9, 2014

Green Lantern Corps #34 Preview

We’re treated to an early preview of Green Lantern Corps #34, courtesy of Mancave Daily.

“You can’t say the green arm of the law hasn’t had its ring-bearing hand full, but in the wake of the Guardians’ crimes against humanity, it’s important to make a decisive show of authority. The Corps has a reputation to restore, not only of control, but the right to control. And it’s going to be hard to do that if its most dependable member is strangling enemies in their cells.
Yeah, Stewart’s under pressure for sure…”

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It looks excellent! It’s cool to see a glimpse of the old evil Fatality. I like how Bernard Chang draws her differently than he does the Star Sapphire version.

I believe this issue is going to answer whether John Stewart and Yrra Cynril will continue their romantic relationship. As such, it may be an important turning point for John. Be sure to pick it up August 13, which is coming up.

In other news, the variant cover for the November 2014 issue of Green Lantern Corps has been revealed. This time DC is having a Lego themed month.

Green Lantern Corps Lego Variant Cover

This is the first time I’ve seen an official Lego design for John Stewart. DC and Warner Bros. have been using the Hal Jordan Lego design in several of their products while typically leaving John Stewart -the most respected Green Lantern character from smash hit cartoon shows that has nothing to do with bombed films, flopped toy lines, and short lived cartoons- out in the cold. Hopefully we see this Lego design used in products.

Oa, by the way

Van Jensen

Van Jensen has been having some interesting interviews lately. First, he and Robert Venditti did an interview with, which brings up the topic of world building. I’m a sucker for the kind of development Van Jensen, Bernard Chang, and Marcelo Maiolo have been doing to the world of the Green Lantern Corps title. I talk about the weird and wonderful places they take us to in just about every review I do for a new issue of the book.

“I think so much of this stuff is so big and so cosmic and it’s almost ephemeral because it’s almost like concepts that are bigger than imagination and even constructs of light are even things that are hard to connect with and they’re so fantastical. So to really ground it in these physical and real places like a space cantina. It’s like any person out there knows what a cantina is. There was one issue I did where there was an alien planet that had a whole mining colony on it. Everyone gets that and knows what that is.”

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There is also an interview Van Jensen did with CraveOnline during Comic-Con. It brings up the subject of John Stewart being raped. I suppose from a certain point of view, John Stewart may have been raped by the Durlan posing as Fatality. He was certainly misled and taken advantage of.

“Okay, cool. Now, over in Green Lantern Corps, there’s a very shocking development that just happened to John Stewart, where his girlfriend Fatality turned out to be a Durlan who’d been in disguise for several issues, and I hate to drop the word, but that makes him a rape victim. Was that part of your thought process and will John be dealing with that trauma?”

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What are you readers’ views on what happened to John in the latest Green Lantern Corps arc? Do you think that it is good for the character? Do you feel it heaps even more unnecessary tragedy on him? If you’re a fan of the John Stewart/Yrra Cynril relationship, do you feel cheated? If John’s relationship with Fatality is over, are you going to miss it?

Sound off in the comments section below!
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6 responses to “Green Lantern Corps #34 Preview and Green Lantern Corps #36 Lego Variant Cover”

  1. Corey A Lee says:

    I just want all this character development to stick and not be brushed aside. I am really liking the way that this has been going and I think that they might be trying to increase John’s Rogue Gallery.

    • Desh Derringer says:

      I think you’re right. I believe what is happening now will stick. John Stewart has been treated better ever since Geoff Johns left the GL books. I think the higher ups at WB see potential in the character and recognize his popularity, so I don’t think we have to worry about Jensen’s work being brushed aside or the character being abused.

      I will be very disappointed if someone comes along and decides that John Stewart STILL hasn’t gotten over the destruction of Xanshi, and that they need to tell a story about him reconciling with it. That will be… like, the third or fourth time, or something.

      When all is said and done, I think Jensen’s run will be quite defining for John, so it will probably be difficult to impossible to push it aside.

  2. anonsaga says:

    “…subject of John Stewart being raped…”

    Had to do a double-take. Upon reading further, my immediate thought was how this reminded me of the atrocious Mary Jane clone plot from Spider-Man: TAS. My initial reaction was to level a charge of shoddy writing, the manufacture of a plot development from far left field with little-to-no aforethought merely for the purpose of spectacle. In other words, the difference between ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Signs’. And then I read the craveonline article you provided the link for. John Stewart wasn’t raped, he was taken advantage of. And Van Jensen said that there were hints that this wasn’t the real Fatality from several issues prior. Granted, those hints only work if you can say, after the reveal, “Now it makes sense”. I’m not sure what those hints were, so I cannot speak on their effectiveness and thus cannot speak on whether or not I feel cheated at this point.

    Yes, this is another tragedy for John Stewart but whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing really depends on where Van Jensen goes from here. On one hand, I think it’s a great opportunity to tell an interesting story and develop the character further. Fact is, one of the reasons I like John Stewart more than the other Lanterns is because things happen to John. He has history. He develops and matures instead of being made largely untouchable and retconned to immaculacy. On the other hand, this could be a ‘very’ bad thing if this tragedy doesn’t have a happy ending. Then John just becomes the tragic GL — the one who blows up planets and is afflicted with the Cartwright Curse. I don’t want that to be his legacy. What kid wants to emulate that guy? I only hope this chapter in John’s life sees a quick and happy resolution (well-written, of course), lest he truly become the tragic GL.

    Glad to see Lego John Stewart and the art for GLC #34 looks fantastic. I like the dark colors. Really reflective of the mood.

    • Desh Derringer says:

      Great post as usual, anon.

      I don’t think this story will have a happy ending, per se. My own speculation is that Van Jensen wasn’t interested in keeping the John/Fatality relationship. Instead of shoddily and quickly brushing it aside, he told a great and dramatic story that allowed him to get rid of it while giving John the best characterization and depth he’s had since JL/JLU.

      I think this story has been good for John because he’s moved on and it’s given him the clarity to see that there is always a future, if you make one. There is always something to look forward to.

      Now that Fatality’s Star Sapphire ring is gone, I think she will go back to hating John. I don’t think the Yrra that John fell in love with was EVER real. She was a product of Star Sapphire brainwashing. And even before she was replaced by a Durlan spy, John was still only seeing what he wanted to in her.

      Even though I’m guessing this arc won’t have a traditional happy ending, I think it will be an arc of self discovery and clarity for John, which will be good for him.

  3. Corey A Lee says:

    They just announced John Stewart in Lego Batman 3

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