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.
Let’s celebrate with a classic:
and a lesser known:
Or at least miniature pictures of characters. Sort of.
Looking back at some old copies of Justice League America and Justice League Europe recently and I remembered the little pictures of characters that used to appear in the issue number box on DC comics back in the early 90s. Oddly, despite the larger membership at the time, the JLA only had two pairs:
JLE fared a little better:
and even managed to get a few more in after their revamp and new members:
I’d thought for a while that JLA/JLE were the only titles with those but a quick look through my collection turned up these from Green Lantern:
A couple from the Justice Society
(There was a Wildcat one but he was largely obscured by the cover art) as well as some odds and sods:
A little detail on the cover which always appealed to me for some reason.
Picked up Hal Jordan and The Green Lantern Corps #13 yesterday and,as the solicitation info says:
Set far in the future, this issue is packed with clues about what’s around the corner for Hal Jordan and the rest of the Corps!
It’s definitely a pause and reflect issue after the somewhat full on tempo of the last twelve issues that detailed the return of the Corps, the defeat of Sinestro, and escape from both Brainiac and Larfleeze, and gives us a glimpse of what’s coming up. There are several things hinted at, including the return of the Sinestro Corps (possibly under the control of Romat-Ru), Evil Star and the Spider Guild, as well as what appear to be giant robots with very Kirby-like designs.
But then we get a couple of double page spreads that really caught my eye:
“Armies incomprehensible” that caption box says as we see a whole host of power rings flying out, presumably looking for hosts. And I use “power rings” deliberately as the symbol on them is that of the original Earth-3 Green Lantern counterpart, Power Ring:
While there were a number of different Power Ring incarnations over the years (the original shown above, as well as both a Kyle-Rayner and a John Stewart analogue when the Crime Syndicate were from the Anti-Matter Earth as opposed to Earth-3) they were only ever shown as single characters, not part of a Corps. Will the Earth-3 universe be sending it’s evil Power Ring Corps over to ours?
This “battle for the fate of existence itself” at first glance looks like a second War of Light with the Sinestro Corps and the Red Lanterns battling the other Corps. However, in the bottom right being blasted by Indigo-1 and in the middle left, just below Atrocitus’s left fist, are what appear to be Weaponers of Qward but which, on closer examination, are Orange Lantern constructs (note the Orange Lantern symbol on the shoulder of the one in the bottom right) – has Larfleeze taken over the Weaponers?
Either way, it’s looking like it’s going to be an exciting few months for the Green Lantern Corps.
I’d love to say I spent the last month lounging around in Hawaii enjoying the * ahem * view like Hal Jordan up there, but it’s just been crazy life stuff. I had the joy of applying for (and thankfully getting) my own job on promotion, then work just getting way busier, along with Mrs Earth-Prime and I having some time away.
As things are slightly back to normal, I shall endeavour to get back to the site and updating on a regular basis again.
I picked up the first issue of Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion this week and, on the whole, it wasn’t too bad – certainly no better or worse than Green Lantern: Lost Army which it follows. However, being the nit picking kind of guy I am, one thing did jump out at me.
Towards the start of the issue, the Corps members led by John Stewart are gathering to discuss what happens and this conversation takes place:
First glance that’s nothing unusual – they need to find the other Corps members and look for a way back to the universe and time they left behind.
But hang on, let’s take a closer look:
Guy Gardner says they’ve been exploring the dying universe for six months.
John Stewart says finding the missing Corps members needs to be their first priority.
First priority?! If that’s the case, why have they spent six months exploring? Why haven’t they spent six months looking for the rest of the Corps?
It’s a situation made all the more absurd because Graf Toren comes up with the idea of asking Mogo to shine like a beacon and what do you know? The rest of the Corps see it and head towards it!
Six months of not bothering to look for the missing Corps members then, when they decide to, they find them in five minutes!
Suffering Sappho, this does not bode well for the rest of the series!
Over the last couple of months I’ve been watching Justice League Unlimited – I never saw the series when it was first aired so it’s been fun catching up with them recently. Just this morning I caught episode 10 where Green Arrow, Green Lantern and Supergirl travel to the 31st century and meet the Legion of Super-Heroes and, following the fight between Supergirl and the mind-controlled Legion and Lantern, it looks like Kara’s ended up in a bad way:
That’s a clear homage as far as I’m concerned, so I’ve added it to the page with the others.