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The Flash #2 Review

  • May 12, 2010 8:46 pm
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The Flash #2

This is the second issue of the new The Flash series, which currently sports the Brightest Day banner along with many DC titles. and it just keeps getting better. This issue is the second part of “The Death of The Dastardly Rogues” storyline, which is sure to be a big story. So far we’ve seen Barry Allen return to a changed police dept., save a little kid from a flying steering wheel, and now we get to see him build a house. Literally, this issue features a cool little moment right after an accident destroys an apartment building, Barry speed-reads “Construction for Dummies” and rebuilds it. Anyway, let’s get to reviewing.

This issue is written by Geoff Johns, who absolutely loves The Flash and is sure to do big things with not only Barry Allen, but the entire Flash Family and The Rogues. This book is becoming exactly what I expected it to be, a crime/superhero book, like a mixture of Detective Comics and the main Batman title, it mixes the hero, his alter ego and the crazy world he lives in and throwing it in his face at light-speed. Even this early in the title we get some cool character moments, like when Barry is arguing with a co-worker over their motivations behind solving crimes. Barry does it because justice is a must and Singh seems to just be after his paycheck and doesn’t give a damn about justice.

This issue features the pencils and inks of Francis Manapul with Joel Gomez and the colors of Brian Buccellato. Admittedly, I love Manapul’s art, but it seems like the colors just don’t fit The Flash. I always thought a Flash book should be bright, vibrant, and fresh and not dark-shaded with extremely non-bright colors. Another thing, Ivan Reis’ Flash depiction in Blackest Night set a new standard in my eyes. It seemed like he was never standing still and that lightning following him around was always great. I would love to see Hi-Fi or Alex Sinclair take a crack at the colors. If anything, I would like to see Hi-Fi do the colors, I think that would be one of the most visually appealing Flash series ever.

Overall, a great storyline with great character moments and a nice humorous angle to it. I don’t like the colors on this series and I’m still wondering what happened to that Wally West co-feature. Here’s my rating:

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Amazing storyline thus far, great character moments and a touch of humor. Colors don't fit The Flash, it's too dim and not prominant enough. What happened to the Wally West co-feature?
Rating
70%

–moyermason@yahoo.com

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Brightest Day #1 Review

Brightest Day #1

By now we all now Brightest Day is a 26 issue bi-weekly series, so obviously the firs issue isn’t going to be full of action and plot twists, it’s mainly just foreshadowing, anticipation, and momentum that gets put into these first issues to establish what’s going on and what needs to be done about it. Simply put, Brightest Day does a pretty good job starting out the series. It lays groundwork for the story without giving too much away too early, and gives background on what has changed about the 12 people who have been resurrected since Blackest Night #8. Anyway, let’s get on to the review, shall we?

Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi is obviously a great pairing, and you always know that everything they write builds to the next thing, and obviously these first issues of Brightest Day are doing exactly that, prepping and exciting us for the rest of the series. Overall I think most of the characters are written very well throughout, one of my favorite sequences is the Black Manta one in the bait shop and the Martian Manhunter scene on Mars was inspirational and I hope the Martian doesn’t run into too much trouble during Brightest Day. About the Manhunter though, I like the reborn one, he seems more focused and possibly even tougher. The Firestorm scene is cool, It definitely makes me excited for #2. If there’s any sequences I don’t like it’s the Hawk’s one, although it is still a fun read with straight up superhero action. I really liked the last scene with Black Manta walking into the ocean and popping back out in-costume, it’s kind of foreshadowing Aquamans Brightest Day troubles.

This issue is drawn by Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark and Joe Prado, with inks by Vicente Cifuentes, Mark Irwin, Oclair Albert and David Beaty and colors by Aspen MLT’s Peter Steigerwald. I love all of the pencilers on this issue along with the inkers and the colorist I am pretty fond of, but I must say Steigerwald brings down Reis’ work like crazy, it’s just not as good looking as a Reis Drawn, Alex Sinclair colored issue. Although, Stiegerwald also mixes with the other artists very well, especially with Patrick Gleason, and the overall tone of the book fits the tone of the art these guys are putting out. The cover is drawn amazingly by David Finch, and if there’s anything to complain about in the art compartment, I can’t find it.

Overall it’s a pretty good issue that helps prepare us for the other 25 issues of the series that is written excellently and drawn in a way that totally fits the book. I didn’t care much for the Hawk’s scene, other than the usual superhero action it’s pretty unneeded and could have been better if focused on as much as scenes like the Aquaman or Black Manta scenes. Hell, even Martian Manhunters 2 or 3 page scene was cooler than the Hawks one. Here’s how I rate the issue overall:

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Amazing writing by Johns and Tomasi, The tone of the art fits the tone of the book perfectly. The Hawk's scene was lackluster and could have been much better with more focus and a clearer story.
Rating
70%

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Green Lantern Corps #47 Review

  • April 28, 2010 12:06 pm
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Green Lantern Corps #47

No doubt about it, Peter Tomasi went out with a bang. This is his last issue on Green Lantern Corps, and in August he starts Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, and he is being replace on GLC by Tony Bedard and Ardian Syaf. Ardian Syaf did the art on Blackest Night: Batman and Bedard is coming off the L.E.G.I.O.N. series. On the creative side, Patrick Gleason, Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin and Randy Mayor put a huge amount of talent into this book, it might just be me, but it seems Gleason has changed his style a little bit. His lines seem to be just a tad rougher and they outline shapes more especially on the face. Some would complain but I say he should do whatever he can to be the best artist he can be and if this helps him, so be it. Randy Mayor has been working voodoo with this title, I wonder if he’ll be around when the creative teams switch This is mostly review, but the last paragraph is a reflection on Tomasi and Gleasons run. Anyway, how about a review everyone?

Peter Tomasi’s run on Green Lantern Corps lasted 35 issues, and sets the bar for the series thus far. Simply put, Tomasi’s leaving some big-ass shoes for Tony Bedard to fill. I always thought GLC was just as good and sometimes better than the main GL series, due to Tomasi’s writing paired with Gleason’s art, I thought it was a good combination. Tomasi will be on Emerald Warriors next, and I think Fernando Pasarin on pencils will also be a good combo. This issue featured total character moments while rebuilding Oa, and surprises are in store. If you want to read them, here’s some spoilers, just highlight the black bars. Arisia punches a Guardian, Kyle bitches about the Third Law, Guy uses a boot construct to, well, boot down the door, Kilowog drops out of the Drill Instructor position, Salaak affirms his role in the Corps as a lantern, not the Guardians errand-boy, and The Third Law is repealed. But the two highlights in the issue are the Guy and Kyle moment in the ruined Warriors Bar and the scene on Mogo with the Memorial and Eternal Flame. Like I said, Tomasi went out in style. There’s a scene with Kyle and Soranik and the mural that seems like a rehash that could have been used on developing the next storyline or left out to take off the extra dollar added to the price.

The Gleason/Tomasi pairing has been since the beginning of Tomasi’s run, but the inking and coloring part of the team has been together since the beginning of Blackest Night, and while they added a cool look to BN, I don’t think they work well for Brightest Day so if they go with Gleason I will be glad about them sticking together because they will do a little bit of the Brightest Day main series. Ardian Syaf will take over on GLC, and I think it would be cool if his inker from Blackest Night: Batman came with, Vicente Cifuentes. I loved the art on that mini, and I think the coloring should also be done by Nei Ruffino, they’re simply a good team.

So, I LOVED the writing and the art, but it’s ok that they’re moving on because they’re headed for great things. I didn’t like the Kyle/Soranik/Mural scene, it’s a rehash that should have been used on story development, or left out and saved the extra $1 added for the 8 extra pages. Besides that this issue was phenomenal for the last of the creators runs but I trust the team coming in and can’t wait for #48! Be here next month to see the review! Here’s how I rate this issue overall:

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Amazing writing by Tomasi, amazing last issue of his and Gleason's run, the art matched with it is also amazing. Kyle/Soranik scene is a waste of the extra $1 added to cover price and a rehash of old information.
Rating
90%

So, Peter Tomasi has been bringing us consistently good issues since pretty much #18 with only 21 and 22 being written by Sterling Gates. Other than that, he jumped in at the hight of the Sinestro Corps War, and went on through Blackest Night which is no easy feat so I must thank Mr. Tomasi for his great work on the series. Patrick Gleason has been on the series since the beginning with only a few sporadic abscences, and we’ve seen his work develop and grow and he even changed his style up for this last issue a little bit. I really like his art, it’s one of the main reasons I started reading the series, but it’s ok he’s moving onto some Brightest Day work. Thank you as well Mr. Gleason for some amazing art, and let’s not forget the multitude of inkers and colorists, especially Randy Mayor, Rebecca Buchman, Tom Nguyen, Keith Champagne and all the rest for you’re great contributions to this series. Here’s my rating on Tomasi and Gleason’s run:

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
I must say, Tomasi and Gleason worked their butts off to bring us so many good stories, and I thank them a lot for it. Tomasi pretty much defined Guy Gardner, Kilowog, Arisia and Soranik for me, and he worked wonders with Vath Sarn and Isamot. I don't really have much except for some rehashing every once in a while that wasn't needed.
Rating
80%

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Green Lantern #53 Review

  • April 22, 2010 12:52 pm
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Green Lantern #53

Well well well, it’s that time of the month again, and I am bringing you the review of Green Lantern #53, which I must say is wonderful in it’s own ways, and shows that Brightest Day is sure to include some surprises for all of us. The issue kicks off with Hector Hammond speaking via telepathy with an unidentifiable figure holding Parallax captive. Add in a few cool Carol/ Hal/ Sinestro moments and an ending with more twists than a bendy straw and you’ve got a great issue of Green Lantern. Doug Mahnke does excellent on this issues pencils, and I think the “New Guardians” storyline is destined to be good. Anyway, I guess I’ll start my review now:

The issue was written by Geoff Johns, and is a good breath of fresh air after all the Blackest Night madness because it’s new and exciting in it’s own ways. This issue was written in order to set up the story, which it did a great job of doing just by the flow of the issue. Good stories, to me, require good beginnings, middles and ends, and this story started out great, kept it up and ended with a stunner. Pure Geoff Johns Green Lantern brilliance. Sinestro is by far one of my favorite villains, and Geoff Johns writing him is extremely responsible for that, everytime him and Hal meet you’re in for entertainment, and adding Carol into the mix makes it even better. I can’t wait to see this storyline play out, it started out amazingly.

Doug Mahnke on pencils knocks it out of the park, as I previously stated. Mahnke also teams with Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne and Mark Irwin for inks, while Randy Mayor blows me away with his colors. This is an art team that just works together in a way that is rarely seen and unique in a brilliant way. I noticed Mahnke made a mistake on the cover though, Atrocitus’ symbol is wrong but hey, it’s one small mistake out of a whole issue so I won’t count it against the issue harshly because Mahnke does such great work. Everything about GL as of late just seems to fit, the writing, stories and art all make for an excellent issue.

Overall I think this is an excellent issue with an entertaining story and huge story potential, matched with incredible art. Mahnke’s symbol mistake and lack of Blackest Night resolution work against it, I would like to see more of the Indigos and Black Hand fairly soon, and I’d like to know what happened with the Zamarons and Korugar. Here is how I rate the issue overall:

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Intriguing story and incredible art. This story arc seems like it will be a good one. Lack of Blackest Night cleanup (Black Hand and the Indigos, Korugar, Zamarons), and Doug Mahnke made a small mistake on the cover
Rating
85%

Anyway folks, this issue is definitely worth the price of admission, I highly suggest you pick it up and the rest of this storyline is probably going to be pretty good.

–moyermason@yahoo.com

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Brightest Day #0 Review

  • April 15, 2010 4:47 pm
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Brightest Day #0

Let me get it out as quickly as possible: I cannot wait for Brightest Day biweekly and my excitement is larger than pre-Blackest Night. The characters featured are characterized great with new attitudes, although some of the events are disappointing. The largest disappointing scene was about the Jade-Kyle-Soranik love-triangle, while the coolest scene was the very last page. Deadman was great to see throughout the whole issue, and powers are nothing like a normal Lantern’s in the way that they are way more powerful. The decision to have co-writers was brilliant, and the pairing could not be better. Simply put, Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi work wonders when collaborating. Fernando Pasarin was an excellent choice for the pencils. Time for the review:

Like I said before, the issue is written by Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi. Deadman was one of the best parts of the book, his abilities in Brightest Day are sure to be unheard of. Hawk and Dove share a cool scene, while Hawkman and Hawkgirl’s scene seems kind of cheesy. The Aquaman and Mera scene was cool and raised my interest in the characters because of the characterization. It’s very appealing and when mixed with the story, Brightest Day seems to be an event unlike any other, just like Blackest Night ended up being.

Martian Manhunter’s scene was very memorable, Guy Gardner and Hal Jordan bring him a big box of Oreo’s and milk, and he reveals he found a underground aquifer he will use to restore life to Mars. This seems like it could result in problems with the Green Lantern Corps later, if the leadership of the GLC follow their old law forbidding messing with a planets evolution. Regarding the last page of the book, I can only say one word: SINESTRO!!!!! Like I said before, the Jade-Kyle-Soranik love triangle started out pretty weird. As you’ll find out sooner or later, Jade pretty much said she’s done with Kyle because he doesn’t look at her like he does Soranik. I suppose it could play out differently, we’ll have to wait and see. I also loved the Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch scene, it alone shows how Brightest Day still isn’t as bright as you’d think. There’s a lot to be said and lot’s of things to be squared away in this series before the fanboys get fed up with events and quit caring if stuff is explained or not.

The list of artists that worked on this issue is huge, so here it goes: Fernando Pasarin on pencils, Pasarin, John Dell, Cam Smith, Prentis Rollins, Dexter Vines & Art Thibert on inks, and Aspen MLT’s Peter Steigerwald with Beth Sotelo on colors. The differences in inking are only noticed if you really look at it, because Pasarin pencils the entire issue except for the amazing cover by David Finch, Scott Williams and Steigerwald and the cover scans of various BD tie-in’s by various artists. As for the inking, my favorite scenes were Martian Manhunter, Guy and Hal’s and Jade, Kyle and Soranik’s. A little more on the cover, I am really glad David Finch is on DC, his talents are amazing and this cover is a prime example of an amazing cover. Deadman, Manhunter, Flash, Aquaman and Hawk look amazing. Maxwell Lord, Osiris, Hal and Jade also look great but Reverse-Flash and Firestorm are on another level entirely. I guess Boomerang just doesn’t have a cool look in the first place so he doesn’t stand out very much.

Anyway, the art was amazing in every way, while the story and dialogue were amazing and spiked my interest to untold of levels. The Johns/Tomasi pairing is pure-genius and Pasarin’s art doesn’t disappoint while Finch’s cover is too cool for school. The only complaint I really have is the Jade-Kyle-Soranik love-triangle, which seems started out pretty weird and was pretty cheesy. But the Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch scene was amazing, can’t wait to see how it turns out. Martian Manhunter’s scene seems complex and there’s still a chance of him having problems in executing his plan. Here’s how I rate the review:

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Great characterization, intriguing story and a brilliant writing team, paired with amazing art. Overall storytelling was amazing. Unexpected results in the form of Jade-Kyle-Soranik, but that’s still not set in stone
Rating
90%

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Green Lantern Movie: First Look @ Abin Sur’s Ship?

  • April 6, 2010 4:40 pm
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Comicbookmovie.com might have gotten the first glimpse of Abin Sur’s spaceship from the movie.

Veeeeeeery interesting.

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Blackest Night #8 Review

Blackest Night #8

The stunning conclusion to Blackest Night went out with a bang. The issue is in stores now, and if you haven’t picked it up, make sure you do because there is a pretty good chance it will sell out. To put it simply, I loved the issue, and even though it doesn’t answer all of our questions, it is still a fitting end for DC’s biggest event in years. DC even used fold out pages in this issue, and while I won’t say why they did just yet, I will after the review portion of this post. Speaking of the review, let’s get to it!

The issue is written, spectacularly by Geoff Johns. The characterization in this issue is mesmerizing, and their are many heartfelt moments that pushed me close to crying. No lie. It’s obvious these characters have lost their patience with current events and will do just about anything to defeat Nekron and save their friends that have been infected by the black rings. The issue has no filler whatsoever and is 100% action until the very end. While not all of our questions about Blackest Night are answered, some are but more are created. This issue does a pretty good job of displaying what Brightest Day will be about, and helps anticipation for that series grow.

The issue is pencilled by Ivan Reis, inked by Oclair Albert and Joe Prado, and colored by Alex Sinclair. Reis’ work during Blackest Night was amazing, and this issue is so amazingly eye-pleasing, I don’t think I’ve seen better art in a long while. The panel choices are great, the splash-pages are beautiful, and Reis’ lines are amazing, it’s so good I’m surprised the issue wasn’t delayed. The composition is excellent, and all the characters are distinct and facial expressions in this issue tell a lot of the story.

Spoilers…

–Many dead heroes and villains are resurrected, including Aquaman, Martian Manhunter, Firestorm, Osiris, Jade, Maxwell Lord and Captain Boomerang, with the exception of Elongated Man and his wife, Sue Dibny. The page showing them resurrected is the aforementioned fold out page. Simply amazing.

–Black Hand is kidnapped by the Indigo Tribe after the life entity brings him back to life, severing Nekron’s connection to the living, allowing him to be defeated.

–Hawkgirl remembers her and Hawkmans past lives together, and they kiss.

–Deadman, long-time ghost-hero of the DCU, is resurrected.

–On the last page, we see a White Lantern Corps power battery sitting in the bottom of a huge crater in the middle of a road.

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Amazing characterization and great art work well together, Great conclusion to the storyline Questions left unanswered (for now) and new questions arise
Rating
95%

That’s right everybody, I gave this issue a 95. While it’s an amazing conclusion to the event, too many questions went unanswered and many more arose.

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Green Lantern #52 Review

  • March 24, 2010 1:29 pm
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Green Lantern #52

If I were to sum this issue up in single words, it would go something like this: surprising, astonishing, and wow. This issue picks up right after Blackest Night #7 with White Lantern Sinestro putting the smack down on Black Lanterns. This issue was simply amazing, with brilliant art, great dialogue and the reveal of all 7 emotional entities, and their origins. During Blackest Night, many people have complained that it lacks action and surprise, but this issue alone makes the whole series worth it to me. Anyway, let’s get on to the review.

This issue, as always, is written by Geoff Johns and features more revelations than we have seen in GL since #43. Hal isn’t featured very prominently in this issue, which to some is a bad thing but not to me. Sure, it’s his book and all, but it’s also John Stewart’s book, and he’s hardly ever been featured prominently in the latest issues. (With the exception of #49) Sinestro seems like a different character in this book, as if being the host for the Entity has changed his personality a little bit. Either way, I’m sure after BN he’ll be back to his old dictating, sadistic ways.

The issue is drawn by Doug Mahnke, with inks by Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Rebecca Buchman and Keith Champagne, and colors by Randy Mayor, Gabe Eltaeb and Carrie Strachan. Mahnke has been an excellent artist since being put on GL, and this issue is no different. Mahnke’s crisp, detailed lines and interesting panel and perspective choices work great with the inking and coloring, and they translate brilliantly on paper. The only complaint I have would be the choice to use four double splash pages, which in my opinion is too many. Too many splash pages make it seem like the artist tries too hard, but thankfully the art is so great that it is barely noticeable.

Overall an excellent issue with an amazing story and beautiful art. Here is how I rate the issue overall:

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Great art and story, Good amount of time focused on John Stewart Too many splash pages
Rating
90%

Well that’s all for now folks! Make sure to come back next week for my review of Blackest Night #8.

–moyermason@yahoo.com

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Green Lantern Movie Logo & Artwork Revealed

Feast your eyes on some of the first Green Lantern movie art & logo work. It’s not much, but we’ll take anything we can get (click the pictures to get larger views).

That Green Lantern art piece has to be an indicator for part of the suit and who doesn’t love a more “grungy” logo? Interesting that theirs something occupying the center too. Mmmm… Either way, it’s just nice to start seeing some production art, albeit little.

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Green Lantern Corps #46 Review

  • March 18, 2010 2:29 pm
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Green Lantern Corps #46 Review

Green Lantern Corps #46 is the last tie-in issue of Blackest Night, and features the GLC teaming up with the other corps’ to combat the Black Lanterns. The issue weighs in at 40 pages, resulting in a one dollar price jump to $3.99. I think this was a phenomenal issue, and my favorite part is Guy Gardner, and who knew he was a classic Star Trek fan? This is Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s second-to-last issue together, and I really hope Tony Bedard can bring the same level of tanacity and creativity to the series as Tomasi has. Let’s get to the reviewing shall we?

Peter Tomasi fits the GLC perfectly, and it is obvious he has a fondness and appreciation for these character that is unrivaled. Whether it’s Guy Gardner referencing not only a Star Trek combat tactic, but naming the actual episode it appeared in, or Vath Sarn refusing to leave the battle even after being injured, Tomasi knows these characters and their actions show that. Take Kyle Rayner for example: he’s a character that has been through a lot since his introduction in the DCU, and when Tomasi has him confront his first failure, the death of his ex-girlfriend Alex DeWitt, another dimension is added to the character, we see him overcome what’s in his way, and he moves on. Tomasi has the uncanny ability to make these characters real without trying to shove it down our throats.

On this issue, Patrick Gleason pencils while Rebecca Buchman, Keith Champagne andTom Nguyen ink and Randy Mayor and Gabe Eltaeb color. Patrick Gleason, while some hate him, is an excellent artist. His depictions are dynamic yet realistic and convey the situation for what it is without changing anything. He truly captures the essence of not only the GLC, but also the Blackest Night, which makes for an eye-pleasing experience. Gleason likes to use unconventional panels and perspective points, but when it all comes together it works. On one page you can see Arkillo  is actually chewing on a BL, and on another you see a Dove-filled bullet construct going right between the BL Anti-Monitor’s eyes.

Overall a great issue with excellent dialogue and impressive art. The creative teams creativity is amazing. My only complaint about the issue is the little amount of time focused on Kilowog and John Stewart’s expedition to BL Xanshi. Here’s how I rate the issue overall:

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Great character representation, Impressive art Lack of John/Kilowog coverage
Rating
85%

Well that’s all from me folks, until next time!

-moyermason@yahoo.com

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Green Lantern News From Emerald City Comic Con 2010

Emerald City Comic Con

Well today at ECCC ’10 featured a Green Lantern panel with Eddie Berganza, Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason and Doug Mahnke talking all things Green Lantern in 2010 here are some of the highlights along with my own personal commentary:

  • All the New Guardians will remain on Earth Post-Blackest Night, which makes for exciting events in Hal Jordan’s life.

We knew this the second next months solicitations came out, and I really hope the upcoming storyline in GL will stand up to the hype.

  • Larfleeze will soon be getting a house and a boat during his stay on Earth. Also, after hearing about Santa Clause, he decides to hunt him down, aka a Larfleeze Christmas Special, and he also steals the Eiffel Tower.

Geoff Johns has stated before that Larfleeze is becoming one of his favorite characters, which means this comes as no surprise to me. It sound’s like Hal’s going to have to act as a babysitter to Larfleeze until he leaves Earth, whenever that may be.

  • We’ll see much more of Sector 2814 in GL soon and Xudar will make appearances.

This is refreshing, considering Johns’ run on GL has had barely any interaction with Sector 2814, and Xudar is sure to make for a good story.

  • Atrocitus will try to put the mack on Mera, but she’ll cock-block him.

This is kind of a surprise, but it makes sense. Once BN is over and Mera’s back to normal, I doubt she’d even think about hooking up with the lava spitting alien.

  • Carol and Diana will be buddies Post-BN.

Judging by their interactions so far in BN, this isn’t much of a surprise. They compliment each other nicely and I must say, the art they appear in is just GREAT!

  • Geoff said he’d think about Hal having adventures in the 58th century like back in the day when asked by Mark Waid.

This is simply awesome, providing it ever happens. I would love to see GL take a step away from the stuff going on lately and focus on something completely different.

  • Eddie Berganza wanted to make Kyle a Blue Lantern but the creators didn’t.

Many fans also wanted to see this, and it would have made sense to me, but the fact that it didn’t happen is a lot more reassuring. I have too many questions thus far in BN, and this would only add to that.

  • The rest of the 10 laws will be revealed soon.

Finally. This makes me wonder though, does this mean the Guardians of The Universe will return or will the New Guardians take over and create new laws?

  • The JSA will make another appearance on Smallville this season, but no GL will make an appearance.

I’m glad The JSA will appear again, but no GL just sucks. As CCO, it’s not like Geoff couldn’t make it happen.

  • Turns out GLC’s planned Co-Feature has been scrapped. The plan was to have a “Tales of The GLC” mini-anthology but Geoff vetoed it.

This would have been an awesome feature, it just sucks Geoff didn’t like it.

  • Emerald Warriors won’t be Guy Gardner-centric and it will be more of a wide cast of characters.

This is refreshing because it means we’ll see more of the GL’s from the other sectors of the universe.

  • The long-anticipated Lobo Vs. Atrocitus fight will come in Brightest Day.

This is sure to be a great fight with at least one amazing splash page.

  • When asked if we’ll see a break from big events and go back to one issue stories, Geoff said “No. I like big events”.

This makes me skeptical because after SCW and BN, I could use a year or two of just stories without a crossover title looming over it.

  • Geoff says he plans to be on GL for at least 5 more years.

While I like Geoff on GL, I don’t know if 5 more years is the right idea. Sure, another year or 3 but 5? I just don’t know if Geoff can keep up the work he’s been doing.

  • GLC #46 will feature Alex DeWitt (Kyle’s girlfriend when he recieved the ring) as a Black Lantern, and she will be inside  a refrigerator, just like when she died.

Wow. I had wondered why no appearance from the infamous girlfriend in a fridge, and I can’t wait to see Kyle’s reaction to her showing up.

This all sound’s fine and dandy, and I can’t wait to see what Geoff has in-store for all of us.

–moyermason@yahoo.com

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Geoff Johns Green Lantern Run Review

  • March 3, 2010 3:16 pm
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Geoff Johns Green Lantern Run Review

Geoff Johns has been writing Green Lantern, which is now it it’s fourth volume, since 2004′s Green Lantern: Rebirth, and has been acclaimed as the best take on the character of Hal Jordan. In Rebirth, Johns took Hal Jordan, then the Parallax/Spectre combination, and brought him back from the dead to take his rightful place as Green Lantern of Sector 2814. Johns is responsible for bringing us the ultra-popular Sinestro Corps War storyline, along with the current Blackest Night event, which is crossing over into just about every DC series currently in production, and is set to bring us Brightest Day in 2010. Johns was recently announced as the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, meaning he will have oversight on all DC-based media. Judging by Johns comic credits and the episodes of Smallville and JLU he wrote, I am confident his opinion will make or break what directors, producers, writers, etc. put into films, shows, cartoons and the like. Anyway, I am here to review Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern run up until now, so let’s get to it.

Green Lantern #1 Cover By Carlos Pacheco

Green Lantern #1 Cover By Carlos Pacheco

Beginning with the spectacle that is Rebirth, Geoff Johns has taken the entire Green Lantern universe to a new level. He has brought characters to new levels, with the exception of John Stewart, who many people including me agree that Johns has taken the character to his lowest level of character development and involvement in the GLU ever. Hal Jordan has had the most development as a character, as he is the focus of Johns’ GL run, with Stewart running second in the roster, even though he has nearly no coverage as of late. Also, I must point out that Peter Tomasi has featured multiple characters and evolved them during his run on Green Lantern Corps, but none of them to the extent Johns has with Jordan. Johns has taken Jordan from a dead host of The Spectre who had died as a rogue, murderous Green Lantern into an even better character than he was before his infection by Parallax. Also, let it be known the Johns was the one that retconned Parallax into being an actual entity that infected people.As The Spectre, Hal had been equally as brutal to the people he rightfully* judged as the previous Spectre’s.

Before Jordan’s infection by Parallax, he had spent the latest portion of his superhero career roaming around from city to city, in my opinion bitching and moaning about shit he just needed to get over because he really didn’t have any control over any of it. Johns’ has also retconned Jordan’s mistakes being caused by Parallax instilling fear in him through the ring, which in my opinion is a cool addition to the GL mythos.  Johns has controversially retconned Hal Jordan’s origin, in the storyline Green Lantern: Secret Origin, which I will have a review of up on the site within a couple days. Johns changed the cause of Abin Sur’s death, the villain of the story, the beginning of Jordan’s career and more smaller changes to the previous origin that was in continuity, Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn I and II, which I will also have reviews of up soon. Here’s a short review of GL: Rebirth:

Green Lantern: Rebirth

Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 Cover By Ethan Van Sciver

Green Lantern: Rebirth #1 Cover By Ethan Van Sciver

Green Lantern: Rebirth in itself is one of the greatest Green Lantern series ever. The story is one of the largest GL events in history when you consider that it is all centered around one man. Hal’s Justice League teammates are in the series and it’s obvious that their patience with Hal at the beginning of the series is lacking. Thankfully, Hal’s return makes not only for a great read, but one of the best selling Green Lantern series ever, requiring multiple prints of each issue, each sporting different covers, which are also featured in the collected version of the series. The series if full of white-knuckle action, and moments that will make you say whoa. For instance, Hal punches Batman, reminiscent of “The Punch”, when Batman knocked Guy Gardner out cold in front of the Justice League in Justice League #5. Although, Bats would return the favor in Green Lantern #9, which was Hal and Bruce’s second get together since Hal’s resurrection. Overall, the series was full of cool moments and added quite a bit to the GL mythos, and is widely acclaimed by many GL fans.

Now, I’m going to review Johns’ GL run in 10-issue sequences.

Issue #1-Issue #10:

Green Lantern #9 Cover Inked Version By Ethan Van Sciver

Johns started out his run on Green Lantern by going smack into the middle of GL lore. Issues 1-3 featured a Manhunter Hal had fought with the Justice League, and an upgraded Manhunter sent by the “Grandmaster” to wipe out the obsolete versions of them, and the first appearance of The Lost Lanterns, the Lanterns Hal Jordan had supposedly killed on the way to Oa during Emerald Twilight who had been kidnapped and imprisoned by The Manhunters. Issues 4-6 feature Hector Hammond, The Shark, Black Hand, and a small appearance by Sonar. Issues 7 & 8 feature Mongul II and his sister Mongal versus Hal and Green Arrow as Mongul unleashes Black Mercy plants on GL and GA. Issue 9 features Batman and the Tattooed Man, and we see Bruce and Hal connect on a new level than any we’ve seen before. Issue 10 is the beginning of GL’s “One Year Later” experience, and features the first appearance of The Sinestro Corps and also has an appearance from Green Arrow, The Global Guardians and The Rocket Red Brigade. I love these first 10 issues to the series, they do a great job of paying homage to the past while still moving the overall story forward and adding more elements to the mythos.

Issue #11-Issue #20

Green Lantern #18 Cover By Daniel Acuna

Green Lantern #18 Cover By Daniel Acuna

Issues 11-13 feature Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner going to save the rest of The Lost Lantern’s after the reappearance of Tomar-Tu from Sector 3601, Manhunter territory. Cyborg Superman is revealed as “The Grandmaster” the Manhunter earlier in the series had mentioned. Issues 14-17 comprise the “Wanted: Hal Jordan” storyline, which features Hal going up against Amon Sur, the son of the man who passed his ring to him, The Weaponers of Qward, Rocket Red Brigade, and a Star Sapphire. We also see a Sinestro Corps ring attempt to recruit Batman, but he is too strong willed for it too take hold. Issues 18-20 form the “Mystery of The Star Sapphire” storyline, in which we see the Star Sapphire take over Jillian “Cowgirl” Pearlman, Hal’s newest crush and playmate. Those three issues also feature “Tales of The Sinestro Corps” features in which we learn the origin of certain Sinestro Corps, all leading up to The Sinestro Corps War storyline. These 10 issues are good because they show that even though Hal Jordan’s life has been going good, it is destined to get worse, and they do a great job of preparing us for “The Sinestro Corps War” without pushing info through our brains like DC did to when hyping Blackest Night.

Issue #21-Issue#30

Green Lantern #21 Cover By Ivan Reis

Issues 21-25 are part of “The Sinestro Corps War”, and feature the Green Lantern Corps with the JLA, JSA, and the Teen Titans versus the Sinestro Corps, The Anti-Monitor, Parallax-infected Kyle Rayner, Superman-Prime, The Cyborg Superman and his minions, The Manhunters. This event is another work of art that Johns has produced and show that both the GLC and the SC are forces to be reckoned with, especially if you consider the fact that nearly all of earth’s heroes are required to overcome the threat. Issues 26-28 make up the “Alpha-Lantern” storyline, where we see the first appearance of the Red Lantern Corps, Laira is banished from the GLC for the murder of Amon Sur and subsequently recruited by a red ring, the creation of the Alpha-Lantern’s, a GL/Manhunter hybrid that will soon cause problems for the GLC. Issues 29 and 30 are the first two issues of the “Green Lantern: Secret Origin” storyline, which changes Hal Jordans origin quite a bit. The changes were done so that Blackest Night would work with a new continuity to go off of. Overall, these 10 issues were great and all helped the GL mythos grow in more directions.

Issue #31-Issue #40

Green Lantern #39 Cover By Philip Tan

Issues 31-35 complete “GL: Secret Origin” and are all well-written and overall a great piece of storytelling and it fit’s with the current tone of GL. Issues 36-38 continue the storyline “Rage of The Red Lanterns” that begins in the “Final Crisis: Rage of The Red Lanterns” one-shot. These issues show that The War of Light is inevitable with the expansion of the RLC and their kidnapping of Sinestro, and also feature the first appearance of the Blue Lantern Saint Walker and Larfleeze, the Orange Lantern. These issues help set up crucial elements of Blackest Night and will surely be affected come BN #8 and the beginning of Brightest Day. The storyline is a good read and is definitely worth the cover price. Issues 39 and 40 begin the “Agent Orange” storyline by having the Guardians accompany a group of GL’s into the Vega System after recieving a transmission from Larfleeze regarding his encounter with the Controllers. The “Agent Orange” storyline is one of my favorite’s of all of Green Lantern Vol. 4, competing with “The Sinestro Corps War” and the first ten issues of the series in my opinion. Larfleeze is definitely an oddball and half the fun is from him, which is showcased by this storyline.

Issue #41-Issue #51

Green Lantern #50 Cover By Doug Mahnke

Issues 41 and 42 finish the “Agent Orange” storyline, resulting in the Guardians lifting the ban on entering the Vega System and Larfleeze learning the location of the Blue Lantern’s homeworld, which he learned from the Guardians. The blue ring Saint Walker had given Hal was the latest object of Larfleeze’s attention. Like I said, I love this storyline, Larfleeze is awesome. Issue 43 serves as the prologue to “Blackest Night” and shows the birth of the first Black Lantern, William Hand. This issue is a great piece of work by Johns and is simply a great issue. Issues 44-51 are part of “Blackest Night” and we see the return of Abin Sur as a BL, Sinestro vs Carol, BL-Martian Manhunter, the return of Xanshi and Hal Jordan fusing with Parallax in an effort to combat BL Spectre. These issues are phenomenal and show Johns’ ability to write a story that is focused on different people and different concepts that come together to make an excellent read. These issues are better than much of Johns’ run so far and show the darker side of what being a Green Lantern means.

Now I can’t review Johns’ run without considering the artwork so here’s a review of each artist that has drawn on the series so far:

Carlos Pacheco (Issues 1-3, 7-8): I must admit, I like Pacheco’s art and think he is fully capable of drawing GL.

Ethan Van Sciver (GL: Rebirth and Issues 4-6, 9): EVS is one of my favorite artists and many GL fans’ dream artist. I can’t really narrow down what makes his art so great, It just is.

Ivan Reis (Issues 10-17, 21-25, 29-38): Ivan Reis, the artist of “Blackest Night”, is simply amazing. His issues feature superb detail and great composition choices. I must say though, he draws a mean zombie. He has drawn the series more than any other artist and that is rightfully so.

Daniel Acuna (Issues 18-20): Acuna’s art is my least favorite from the series. I just don’t think his style matches GL in the way EVS, Reis and Mahnke do.

Mike McKone (Issues 26-28): To me, McKone’s art is like a mixture of Doug Mahnke and Patrick Gleason. If only we could add some Ivan Reis, Philip Tan and Jim Lee in there, then I think we’d have the ultimate GL artist.

Philip Tan (Issues 39-42): Philip Tan, in my opinion, is one of the best GL artists out there. His style is beautiful and just seems to do it for me.

Doug Mahnke (Issues 43-present): Mahnke is another great artist that does well on GL. His start on the series with #43 was jaw-droppingly beautiful and I can’t wait to see how long he stays on GL post-Blackest Night.

Overall Johns’ run so far has been like a roller coaster: lot’s of twist’s and turn’s but in the end you’re pretty happy with it. Fortunately Johns plan’s on being on GL for the near-future and we’ll only be able to fully judge his run when the roller coaster is completed and we get to experience every flip and twist. Here is the rating I give Geoff Johns writing on the series:

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Overall great stories with very few lackluster issues Many alterations made to GL history, lack of John Stewart
Rating
70%

Geoff’s writing has been near perfect, but the changes he’s made to GL history have to count against him due to the changes being done to renovate continuity to his specifications. Here is how I review the art on the series:

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
I enjoyed the art from all but one of the artists Seems like they should have given more of a chance to McKone and EVS
Rating
85%

The art has been brilliant for the most part, and DC has given the job to competent, qualified people who fit well with the type of series that is Green Lantern. Overall, here is how I rate Geoff Johns’ run on Green Lantern:

A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING

Pros Cons
Mostly brilliant art, Great storytelling Alterations and Lack of John Stewart
Rating
77.5%

Yes, I did take the totals and find an average, but who cares? Until next time everybody?

–moyermason@yahoo.com

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