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Red Lanterns #34 Preview


on August 25, 2014

Red Lanterns #34 Preview

Heads up, John Stewart fans. The Emerald Crusader will be appearing in the Red Lanterns title again, and it looks like he may lend Guy Gardner a much needed hand. AintItCoolNews.Com has the preview for Red Lanterns #34, which is due out this coming Wednesday.

Red Lanterns #34 Preview

If you missed John’s earlier appearance in said title, you can head over to the GreenLantern.Co review for Red Lanterns #33 to give you an idea of what’s going on.


Oa, by the way

Pianogirl

I ran into an interesting tumblr post and discussion that I thought I’d share. It begins with pianogirl1498, and branches into several interesting comments that can be viewed here. Here are some quotes:

“this guy is better than ur favs let me tell u why

he is a motherfucking architect which brings an element of construction to his use of the ring that is really unique and actually interesting, as opposed to the way hal Jordan uses his ring which is just like “MAGIC DEUS EX MACHINA ALL THE TIME”

he is a former marine and he’s from Detroit and his personal background and experiences are important to his character, unlike Hal Jordan who has been through so many pointless incarnations that at this point he basically has no real personality

he takes his responsibilities as a Green Lantern seriously and has no time for bullshit and he is shown to openly struggle with the nature of his job as a Green Lantern (MAGIC SPACE POLICE ENFORCING HEGEMONIC LAWS ON INCREDIBLY DIVERSE ALIEN SPECIES), like there are stories where he seriously doubts himself and fights with himself about this, as opposed to Hal Jordan who just flies around punching dudes and BEING THE BEST and whose internal struggles are all boring and stupid

he also struggles a lot with knowing that his career as a lantern is constantly overshadowed by hal Jordan’s, because Hal Jordan is his “mentor” even though their approaches, personal histories, etc are incredibly different and hal honestly has no place telling john stewart anything let’s be real

he was a whole generation of nerds’ first exposure to Green Lantern, through the JLA cartoons, where he was the best fucking character and openly defied and re-wrote destiny because FUCK YOU FATE I’M FUCKING JOHN STEWART

Look at that sexy fucking face, he could totally get it

basically if you think Hal Jordan is better than this guy you’re wrong
the end”

“John was the first Green Lantern I knew and I LOVED him on JL. When the Green Lantern movie came out, I was like “Hey! What the fuck! Dude is supposed to be Black. Why they got Deadpool playing the Green Lantern?”

“This was one of the first times I’ve seen a black superhero. (Aside for Static but they urbanized the shit outta that program.) GL was badass, funny, and useful as opposed to his comrade on Cartoon Network’s Justice League’ (Superman when he had all the muscle and was getting his ass wooped.) So John Stewart will always be my Green Lantern. Regardless of what comic book nerds say.”

“Agreed. I remember when I saw the green lantern previews for the live action film, I was distraught. Stewart is the green lantern I grew up with and enjoyed with my family. He is the superhero I loved the most.”

I’ve had discussions with Hal Jordan fans who don’t attribute the failure of the 2011 Green Lantern film to Hal Jordan at all. They will always blame something else for it. There are many reasons why that movie failed, but that does not mean Hal Jordan is not one of them. The problem for Hal Jordan was that Warner Bros. had weened millions upon millions of people on the John Stewart version of Green Lantern not long before the movie came out. As most of you know, John Stewart is the Green Lantern on the hit cartoon shows Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. These shows were big successes, running five seasons and having a toyline that was such a triumph that it went on several years after the last new episode aired. Justice League re-runs continued to air after that, and do so today on the CW’s Vortexx block. Naturally, all of this had an effect on the public’s perception and awareness of the character and concept of Green Lantern.

When the trailers for the Green Lantern film were shown, many people were confused and upset that a White actor was portraying the lead hero. They had no idea who Hal Jordan was and they did not care. All they knew was that WAS NOT the way they wanted to see Green Lantern. Audiences were distraught before they even sat down to watch the movie.

When there is widespread confusion as to why the hero is the ethnicity he is, that constitutes a problem for the film. Comic book nerds (and DC Comics) need to understand that no matter what their precious source material says about how things are supposed to be, nobody else cares about that. All they care about is what they know and what they like. More people have seen and liked the Bruce Timm Justice League shows than have ever read a Green Lantern comic book starring Hal Jordan.

This is a tough pill to swallow for many Hal Jordan fans, but it’s the simple truth.



  • Corey A Lee

    Nice! Good to see people stickign up for him online

    • Desh Derringer

      I see a lot of that on Twitter. Many people are pretty vocal and straightforward about their preference for John Stewart on some of the social media sites.

  • Hudson Faber

    For some reason, the poll hasn’t been published even though John has the lead…

    But hey, there’s this:

    http://www.enstarz.com/articles/44857/20140827/justice-league-movie-rumors-nathan-fillion-idris-elba-among-potential-names-for-green-lantern-in-the-movie-video.htm

  • Hudson Faber
    • Desh Derringer

      That’s an awesome picture. I think I’ll take you up on your suggestion from a while back and open up a section specifically for cool John Stewart pictures.

  • anonsaga

    I actually like Hal Jordan (or at least I did). The problem is, I don’t know who Hal Jordan is anymore. He’s either the greatest for some reason I have yet been able to discern OR he’s an irresponsible womanizing jackass. He’s either this fearless badasss OR the joke of the Justice League. All these retcons (especially the Emerald Twilight Saga) have done a great disservice to his character and have effectively reduced him to Geoff Johns hollow wish-fulfillment fantasy. I don’t know if it’s fair to compare the two characters, and in fact it may be counterproductive, but in John Stewart’s case, he just comes across as much more organic. I think the biggest difference between Hal and John is that when it comes to John, the character doesn’t take a back seat to his powers. It was John’s greenhorn overconfidence that led to the Xanshi tragedy. It was John’s experiences as an architect that allowed him to rebuild civilizations in Mosaic. It was John’s experience as a Black man and as a Marine that allowed him to persevere without the powers of his ring. In the JL/JLU animated series, it wasn’t Green Lantern that had to prove his mettle, it was John Stewart. It wasn’t Green Lantern who was at the center of the Thanagarian plot, it was John Stewart. It wasn’t Green Lantern that Hawkgirl fell in love with, it was John Stewart. I think that’s what his fans find appealing about him.

    I can’t speak for anyone else but I support John Stewart because, pound for pound, John just makes the most sense. But I won’t deny that I like the fact that John Stewart is Black, that I think DC needs a prominent Black hero, or that I think Cyborg (and anyone else for that matter) is an unacceptable substitute. Yes, John Stewart brings diversity, but it’s far from the only thing, and that much should be self-evident! He is not a Black character who happens to be good; he is a GREAT character who IS Black. His heritage didn’t just ‘happen’; he was created that way! It’s true, he would have been a great and beloved even if he wasn’t Black, but it is especially nice that he is!

    Thanks for letting us know about the online polls. I voted in one of them a little over a week ago and by that time John Stewart was still in the lead. I’m also glad to see new fanart of John Stewart and it’s great to know that he will be in Lego Batman 3. Go, John Stewart, go!

    • Will Pray

      I have respect for Hal Jordan fans like this one the majority of them are really lost in that whole he is the best thing and i know we are talking about fictional characters here but for a moment if they all stopped and thought about it w/o rings who would you call for help it would not be Hal it would be JOHN STEWART the man who may not always have a plan but more then enough will to get the job done

    • Desh Derringer

      Excellent, excellent post, anon. To me, John Stewart is just a much better character than Hal Jordan. All one needs do is watch the Justice League animated show to see how much deeper and nuanced he is than Jordan.

      For example, has Jordan been in anything as interesting as John’s romance with Hawkgirl? Not that I’ve seen. And I agree with the individual I quoted above who wrote that list of reasons as to why John is better; Hal Jordan’s internal struggles are boring and dumb. And as you said, Hal Jordan doesn’t have a defined character, even after several decades of existence. It often changes greatly depending on who is writing him and what story they are telling.

      I really wish Dan DiDio and Geoff Johns would go away so that the better character (John Stewart) can naturally, organically emerge and that Hal Jordan can stop being forced on people. The only thing keeping him around as the ‘main’ Green Lantern is their sentimental attachment to him.

      Hal Jordan’s cartoon is gone, his movie bombed hard, and people have made it clear they would rather see John Stewart. DiDio and Johns need to let go or get out so that common sense business can happen.