Green Lantern Corps #38 and Secret Origins #9 Solicits

on October 21, 2014

DC Comics has released the solicits for their comics line for January, 2015. There are a few big things that will interest fans of Green Lantern John Stewart. First is Green Lantern Corps #38. Check out the cover and sales pitch below.

Green Lantern Corps #38 Cover

Written by VAN JENSEN
Art and cover by BERNARD CHANG
On sale JANUARY 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
The devastated Corps returns to a universe that has grown much different – and much more dangerous – in their absence. John Stewart must lead the weakened Green Lanterns against a truly demonic threat’s expanding its dark reach across the cosmos.

I imagine this is when the Shadow Empire story begins. It sounds like John is the full blown leader of the Green Lantern Corps. That’s great! It was a long time coming.

Fans have been asking for a John Stewart Secret Origins story, and they finally get their wish with Secret Origins #9.

Secret Origins #9 Cover

On sale JANUARY 28 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T
Swamp Thing is in the spotlight in this new set of origin tales in a story written by Charles Soule with art by Javi Pina. Also in this issue: the origins of Power Girl by Paul Levitz and Alisson Borges, and Green Lantern John Stewart by Van Jensen and Pat Broderick.

This is really great, and everything, but I have a complaint about Swamp Thing being billed over John Stewart. I mean, really, Swamp Thing!? A character starring in a comic selling around cancellation levels? It strikes me as DC Comics not appreciating John Stewart as well as they should, which is a feeling they’ve given me for a long time. John Stewart is their most popular minority character, and one of the few Black characters in current mainstream comics who is the star of his own book, which sells respectably, and without the aid of a superstar creative team. They just do not seem to appreciate what a huge accomplishment the character is. This is why I am excited about the company moving to California where Warner Bros. will be able to exert more direct control over them. I honestly don’t believe WB has anything against the John Stewart character. I believe it is certain people at DC Comics who do.

Anyway, I’m happy to see Pat Broderick make a return to working on John. He was the artist on Green Lantern in the very early ’90s, when the Mosaic arc was first being set up and when readers were introduced to Rose Hardin. That being the case, I hope that period in John’s history is touched upon in this issue. As the solicit says, John’s segment of the issue will be written by Van Jensen, the regular writer on Green Lantern Corps. He certainly knows John’s history.

There are a couple other things I’m hoping for. First is that Jensen removes Hal Jordan from John’s origin, in order to make John a more independent character. The second is that Jensen uses this rare opportunity to make it so the Xanshi incident was not John’s fault. I would like to see it depicted as something that he was not able to prevent. It would really go a long way in repairing the character. I have a lot of faith in Van Jensen. I don’t believe he’ll let us down.

Moving on, John is also on the variant cover for Sinestro #9, which was done by Ethan Van Sciver. He rendered an excellent John Stewart.

Sinestro #9 Cover

That’s it for now. Be back soon for more content!

7 responses to “Green Lantern Corps #38 and Secret Origins #9 Solicits”

  1. Hudson Faber says:

    On the one hand, I am really excited about getting to see John’s New52 origin, but, on the other hand, I am worried about John leading the Corps while Hal takes “R&R on Earth.”

    DC and WB are more connected than ever, so Hal heading back to Earth to join the Justice League while John is stuck in space could be a sign that WB is planning to use Hal in the Justice League movie–which would be dumb. I really hope that’s not the case, and I really hope these writers aren’t doing to John what they did to Kyle, which is to say “promote” him into an important-sounding background role.

    Thanks for aggregating these Desh! I’m hoping for the best, and I’m loving the fact that we’re getting more of John.

    • Desh Derringer says:

      Hal Jordan may be going back to Earth, but I don’t think he will be joining the Justice League, although he may make a guest appearance in the book. Jessica Cruz (a.k.a Power Ring) is currently there, and I doubt Jordan will be there while she is. I think WB placed a mandate on keeping Jordan out of the League after his movie flopped.

  2. Clyde says:

    What concerns me greatly was the signing of the Cyborg character into the Justice League cinematic universe moving forward. DC/WB is making it known that they want diversity in their roster line up which is something that Marvel hasn’t done. A Polynesian actor to play Aquaman, an Israeli actress to play Wonder Woman, for the Europeans…a British actor playing Superman, for the gay/lesbian community, Ezra Miller playing the Flash, and for the Afro American and handicapped community, Ray Fisher as Cyborg. So the character of Vic Stone satisfies both the physically challenged and the token black guy all in one character. Now DC has all the ammunition to fight any allegations of discrimination when they decide to use Hal Jordan over John Stewart. And on a side note, they still have to satisfy the hispanic community, so outside of signing the character Hawkgirl / Hawkman into the league, there’s also a plausible possibility that they could make Shazam a latino/hispanic hero. I’m just saying! Now this is only speculation on my part but I have been analyzing the behaviors of DCWB for several months as tt relates to the Justice League character insertion and the actors cast in the role. So what do we know thus far? We know that they collectively are sticking to the NEW 52 format, we also know that they want diversity, and we also know that they have saved GL for last to be cast.

    They have through their actions completed their diversified roster, they have up to this point stuck tightly to the NEW 52 format, and they have held back on GL, the question is why? And I have a theory. DC/WB has a happy marriage of what’s to come, until the discussion of GL comes up. DC/WB have agreed to reboot the character however my theory is that DC wants a reboot of the same Hal Jordan character but using a different actor, while inserting Hal into the mix as soon as the ending credits of Batman V Superman. Meanwhile WB is thinking not so fast…your Hal Jordan character hasn’t been profitable for quite some time now. Fans are clamoring for John Stewart and wider audiences would love for a John Stewart to be portrayed, especially if we could bring in a profitable actor like Idris Elba to play the role. DC on the other hand refuses to co-sign with WB on that notion and says, we understand that Hal hasn’t worked out, but if we could just slip him into the mix and not emphasize him, if we wait many years for a rebooted solo film and wait to re-introduce then audiences will forget that we have forced him upon them and we get the NEW 52 brand that we have to have. If we give in to you and the people, then we will have to redo every GL storyline involving Hal moving forward and that simply cannot happen. The people is already getting Cyborg, what more do they want from us. I don’t care what the hell that you and the people want. They are getting Hal Jordan by any means necessary and that’s final…end of discussion.

    So that’s my theory on how the behind the scenes conversation went between DC/WB. What are all of your thoughts?

    • Desh Derringer says:

      DC can clamor and complain all they like, at the end of the day, they are a subsidiary of WB, and it’s really WB that owns them and the characters. When push comes to shove, WB will get what it wants.

      I think if Green Lantern was going to be Hal Jordan again, there wouldn’t be all this secrecy surrounding it. It would be business as usual. And Hal Jordan is no longer in the New 52 Justice League. He hasn’t been in it for about two years, I believe. I think that is telling.

    • Hudson Faber says:

      Interesting post, Clyde! I really hope the execs are supporting our boy John, and I hope DC isn’t fighting that if they are. Profitable actors like Chadwick Boseman and Idris Elba have already shown interest in the role.
      I like the idea of a Polynesian Aquaman, but I fear that the “UN of Justice” rumors may be true, the black quota may be met, and thhey may look to Baz as their cinematic GL. I mean, they gave Cyborg a film out of nowhere.
      I hope they put our minds at ease soon and release some info about John. He has been getting more of the spotlight lately, and he IS the best choice.

      • Desh Derringer says:

        Well, we’ve seen them pushing Cyborg pretty hard (though he doesn’t have his own comic, probably because it wouldn’t sell). DC hasn’t been doing ANYTHING with Baz. They’re pushing John more, and I think this is at the urging of WB.

        Geoff Johns said a real GL will eventually be in the comic Justice League, but he couldn’t say who it is or when they’ll join. My thoughts are this:

        It will be John Stewart. If it will be Hal Jordan, why the secrecy? An important aspect of John in JL/JLU is how he’s been in space for so long, he’s lost touch with his humanity. DC has kept him in space the ENTIRETY of the New 52. He is the only GL they’ve done that with. He will eventually return to Earth and join the League, and they can use the whole culture shock aspect with him.

        There is a rumor going around that the first Justice League movie will end with Green Lantern coming from space to warn Earth about an incoming threat. I have a feeling this will happen in the comics, and it will be John who returns from space.

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