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.

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More Minifigs

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:

issue_number_fire_ice issue_number_booster_gold_blue_beetle

JLE fared a little better:

issue_number_metamorpho_captain_atom issue_number_elongated_man_rocket_red issue_number_flash_power_girl

and even managed to get a few more in after their revamp and new members:

issue_number_elongated_man_power_girl issue_number_crimson_fox_aquaman issue_number_green_lantern_flash

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:

issue_number_hal_jordan issue_number_guy_gardner issue_number_john_stewart

A couple from the Justice Society

issue_number_atom issue_number_flash

(There was a Wildcat one but he was largely obscured by the cover art) as well as some odds and sods:

issue_number_waverider issue_number_monarch issue_number_heckler

A little detail on the cover which always appealed to me for some reason.

Coming Soon For Green Lantern

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:

power_ring_corps

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:

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?

second_war_of_light

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.