Green Lantern Corps #36 Review

on November 14, 2014

“Godhead” moves forward. Check out what Green Lantern is doing in the latest installment of the epic crossover, Green Lantern Corps #36.

“I guess I can understand Van Jensen’s run not speaking to someone if they dislike John Stewart, or don’t like Green Lantern, but I would never be able to understand someone who says these comics are bad, or even just okay. The amount of heart, care, skill, and foresight that goes into them is undeniable. I’ve never had so much fun with Green Lantern comics before!”

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Oa, by the way

Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham was released recently. Here is some footage of gameplay featuring John Stewart.

I love how in the menu, he’s not listed as “Green Lantern,” but rather as “John Stewart,” because clearly only Hal Jordan is the real Green Lantern [/sarcasm]. I only nitpick like this because I care. I do it because I want DC and WB to do better. If they want to be more inclusive to an entire certain demographic of people, then they need to stop presenting their most beloved Black character as not the real version, less than, the substitute, the secondary guy, a supporting character, and so on.

Believe me, I congratulate them when they do good! It’s great that John is there at all. And I love Michael, Supergirl’s new love interest. However, I feel that when they make advancements, oftentimes they don’t go as far with them as they can, which gives me a feeling that they’re doing them begrudgingly. As if they’re doing them only because they have to. I never got that feeling from Bruce Timm and company’s famous Justice League cartoons.

Let the Black guy shine. Is that too much to ask? I think this Darwyn Cooke variant cover is so great because that’s exactly what Cooke let John Stewart do in the image. Cooke didn’t hold John back to put a White character in front of him, or something of the sort.

I hope you’re listening, DC and WB. People actually want you to do better, because they love your characters. However, it seems you still have some difficulty moving into the 21st century. I point out these “little” things because you may or may not notice what you’re doing, but it does make a big difference to some people, and I don’t want you to believe we’re all satisfied with such displays. It’s not that all of us are impossible to satisfy. We’re not. You just need to handle the characters as if you’re totally proud of them, like you are your best White heroes. That’s really all it would take.

6 responses to “Green Lantern Corps #36 Review”

  1. Steve Rogers says:

    Awesome review! I do wish their were some dialogue between Arisia and John though, but it’s good to see John having relations with other notable lanterns.

    Also Van Jensen said there’s going to be more interactions with John and Sinestro in the upcoming GLC 37 book from the IGN interview:

    “Van, I imagine now that Sinestro’s back in the mix he’s like a
    new, fun toy to play with, because there’s so much to that character.
    What’s it been like writing Sinestro, and how does John feel about

    Jensen: Yeah, Sinestro — he really is like a brand
    new toy; that’s a great way to describe it. He’s just such a cool
    character and such a smug prick. [Laughs] He’s just so confident in
    himself. I don’t know. Something I really enjoy writing is people who
    are very much not like me. I wish that I had as much confidence as
    Sinestro has. It’s kind of fun to imagine this person who is that way.
    In terms of John’s relationship with Sinestro, there are some moments
    coming up in Green Lantern Corps #37 that are just really fun moments
    that I enjoyed writing between the two of them that really define their
    relationship pretty well. I don’t want to spoil any of that, but it was
    some of the most fun I’ve had writing on the crossover.”

    I would love to the two of them working together.

    • Desh Derringer says:

      Glad you enjoyed the review, Steve. I’m also looking forward to seeing what’s in store for John and Sinestro. I’m really curious as to how long John is going to keep that violet ring.

      • Hudson Faber says:

        I don’t see that development lasting past the Godhead event, but I like the idea of him breaking new ground and showing how much he cares for his Corps.

  2. Hudson Faber says:

    Thanks for another great review, Desh!

    I loved the idea of John wielding that sword–kinda reminded me of King Arthur or Jon Snow, lol. And I liked how Jensen presented John’s love for his Corps.

    I hadn’t thought of it before, but I would love for John the Architect to date Soranik the Healer. Not only do I think it’s a great call back to Katma–who was killed by a Star-Sapphire-powered Predator–I also think their personalities would mesh well. In addition, it would draw John closer to Sinestro, opening up new story telling possibilites. Every King needs a Queen, and who doesn’t want to see John become a romantic again?

    • Hudson Faber says:

      Also, it would be great to see John interact with Atrocitus since he’s dealing with frustration again. I’m surprised he hasn’t had a lot of interaction with Atrocitus considering the fact that he was once known as the “angry” Green Lantern.

      John has so many ties! I guess that’s just because he’s such a rich character!

    • Desh Derringer says:

      Thanks for reading it! John dating Soranik could be really interesting. She reminded me a lot of Katma in this most recent issue, and it would bring him a lot closer to Sinestro. Hopefully Jensen includes more moments between John and Soranik. The scene they had in this issue was excellent.

      And yeah, John Stewart is a romantic character. He always has been. I would like to see him date someone again.

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