DC Comics has released their solicitations for August 2016, and I have something to say about one of the issues of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps that is listed among them. I want to make it clear that I am not reporting on this solicitation just for the sake of news, because I usually wouldn’t report on this book, but rather for another issue entirely.
I find it absolutely hilarious, and even pathetic, that DC Comics continues to try to fool John Stewart’s fans into buying their products by putting out covers like the one seen above, which make it seem like DC actually cares about the John Stewart character, when in reality, they don’t. DC puts these images out, which prominently feature John, and then, when the John fan buys the book, they discover that it’s absolutely nothing they want to read. In the stories, John is presented as a background afterthought while some other Green Lantern has a considerably more prominent role. In the end, the John fan is tricked and upset they spent their money on a story they would have skipped if DC hadn’t fooled them with a solicitation and/or cover.
We saw this with the “Darkseid War” storyline in Geoff Johns’ Justice League as well as the Green Lantern one shot tie in to “Darkseid War, we saw it with Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion, and we’re seeing it again. They just do not stop. You may think that I am jumping the gun with my sentiments, since the issue in question has yet to be released, but given all that DC has done, I don’t have any reason to believe otherwise. Indeed, let’s consider the solicitation text:
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #2
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art and covers by RAFA SANDOVAL and JORDI TARRAGONA
Variant covers by KEVIN NOWLAN
Retailers: These issues will ship with two covers each. Please see the order form for details.
“Sinestro’s Law” part two! As Sinestro’s grip around the universe grows tighter, Guy Gardner takes on the mission to bring the Green Lantern Corps back from the edge of oblivion to reclaim their role as protectors of the cosmos.
On sale AUGUST 10 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Why is John occupying such a prominent spot on the cover when, going by the solicitation, he doesn’t seem to play a major role in the story? Could it be because DC is trying to hoodwink John’s fans into buying something those fans won’t care about? Probably. As mentioned, DC has employed that tactic many times before. It’s also upsetting to hear that Guy Gardner is supposedly the one to save the Corps from peril, when I’m confident that spot was originally supposed to go to John Stewart in Green Lantern: Lost Army. Furthermore, DC ought to know better than to try to entice John’s fans with a comic titled Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. That title is a total turn off for a John Stewart fan, and yet another example of DC’s shamelessness.
Keep your consolation prizes, DC, because they’re insulting and I don’t want them. I’m not interested in the second and third class status you try to relegate John Stewart and his fans to just to conservatively guard your precious white male power fantasy, which you already have in abundance. And before you, or anyone else, tries to defend with those two characters no one cares about in the Green Lanterns title, I’m not falling for your front. You are as transparent as saran wrap, and my respect for your company and your methods just goes down and down and down.
I am offended and disgusted by this, because DC continues to shamelessly try to rob us, while putting up a front like they’re actually doing something for us. I know disingenuous diversity when I see it, and unfortunately, that is the main kind of diversity I see from DC Comics. DC does attempts at diversity just to say they have it, because they would look suspicious if they didn’t. What they clearly really care about is being old-timey comic conservatives, which is evident in their output, and is largely why Marvel continues to thrash them in every arena.
I want DC to do good if DC is smart and doing things that make sense, but as long as DC chooses to be old-timey, disingenuous, geriatric, and out of touch, and not even seeming to care, then I will continue to steer clear of their products.