Green Lantern: Earth One

Here’s some good news: Green Lantern will be joining the Earth One collection of books next year.

I have all three Superman titles and both Batman books, along with the Teen Titans (volume 1 – volume 2 is on order) and the Wonder Woman book (though that one’s still on my ever growing too read pile) so I’m looking forward to a new take on GL.

I have to admit to a little disappointment, though, that it’s Hal Jordan in the starring role. One of the strengths of the GL stories is the sheer number of characters – any of the main GLs of Earth aside from Jordan (John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Simon Baz, Jessica Cruz, even Alan Scott) could have just as easily played the lead.

But Jordan is Green Lantern in the same way that Barry Allen is the Flash; other characters will come along but they’ll always cycle back to those, I suppose.

Mind you, the set-up sounds promising. In this version, Jordan is an . . .

astronaut for Ferris Galactic, and all of the Green Lantern Corps have been murdered by the Manhunters – and its up to him to re-start the group.

Ferris Galactic? Sounds like any future/alien tech of Earth One is a lot more accessible than in the main DCU.

Screw You, CBR!

I mentioned before about Comic Book Resources annoying me with their inclusion of spoilers in their headlines or at the start of their articles; because I still use a feed reader, I can sometimes be surprised by spoilers of comics, TV or films and I hate that.

I haven’t been reading The Button, the current crossover between Batman and The Flash, but I’m interested about the connections to the Watchmen and Rebirth mystery connection so have been keeping half an eye on things. Checking my feed over the weekend, I see this:

I’ve redacted the headline and the picture because of spoilers! How difficult was that, CBR?

It’s the last straw, for me – I’ve unsubscribed from them partly because of crap like this, but also because of their annoying auto play videos and the seemingly never ending list based articles:

Seriously – what is the fascination with 15?

I’ll miss The Line It Is Drawn and the Comic Book Legends Revealed but apart from that, I’ll rely on other sources for my news.

Doomsday Clock Thoughts

So, it’s actually happening – Superman and Dr Manhattan are going to meet up sometime in or after November this year.

Geoff Johns is back to write a story about optimism versus pessimism and, surprisingly for a big event . . .

There are no crossovers. No watered down one-shots or mini-series on top of this one. This is a standalone story.

This concept – the DCU vs Watchmen could have been played out on a scale as large as Crisis on Infinite Earths if they’d wanted, so it’ll be interesting to see what they do with it.

RIP Steve Dillon

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Well, shit.

Just read Steve Dillon has passed away.

As much as I loved his stuff on Hellblazer and Preacher, his Judge Dredd artwork sticks in my mind – his style was so distinctive that you could instantly recognise his work whenever it appeared.

Shit – that’s really sad news.

A More Hopeful Justice League?

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Geoff Johns certainly plans to brighten up the DC film universe, anyway, if this news story is anything to go by.

While there’s not exactly a massive amount of detail in that story, there is this:

Johns and his co-head Jon Berg worked closely with Justice League director Zack Snyder and screenwriter Chris Terrio to make the film closer to their vision of the DC Universe.

“We accelerated the story to get to the hope and optimism a little faster,” Berg explained.

To my mind, that sounds like Johns and Berg looked at the reaction to Man of SteelBatman vs Superman and even the not-as-light-hearted-as-the-trailer-made-out Suicide Squad and have said “Enough with the dark and the rain and the grimness of it all!”

Even the above picture is brighter and sunnier than anything we’ve seen from the DC films so far and that, this news, and the excellent Wonder Woman trailer all have me hoping that the Zack Snyder/David Goyer grim as all hell era is behind us.