There have been a number of heroes to hold the mantle of The Green Lantern, and like The Flash before him, everyone seems to have their favorite. Which brings us to the Major Spoilers Poll of the Week!
Project: Rooftop is proud to announce their next redesign contest, spotlighting on the DC Entertainment hero Green Lantern. Originally created back in 1940 by John Broome, Gil Kane, Bill Finger and Martin Nodell, Green Lantern has become one of the biggest super-heroes in comic books. And now Project: Rooftop is putting out the call for artists around the world to submit their own renditions of the hero to be spotlighted on Project: Rooftop’s website and be reviewed by the P:R staff as well as long-time Green Lantern writer Ron Marz and in-demand artist/designer James White.
News broke earlier this week that Joshua Hale Fialkov would be leaving “Green Lantern Corps” and “Red Lanterns” but the writer has spoken and it has led to speculation by some on the Internet on the nature of his departure.
Or – “It Takes A Real Man To Be A Superhero AND Host The Daily Show!”
In a way, it’s kind of astonishing that in an industry that started in the mid-1930s, there were virtually no superheroes of color until the 1970s. Though today’s Hero History entrant wasn’t the first black superhero (that place is held by The Black Panther, circa 1966) nor the first African-American character to headline his own book (that honor goes to Dell Comics’ Lobo, a cowboy type who will probably make for a fine Retro Review soon enough), but John Stewart predates either Luke Cage or Black Lightning, and his backstory is considerably less embarrassing than that of The Falcon. Chosen for his strength of will, his fearlessness, his honesty and character, he also brought a new attitude to the role of Earth’s protector, and never failed to do the right thing, regardless of what anyone thought of his methods. Indeed, his heroic example eventually led the immortal Guardians of the Universe (not known for changing their minds) to alter their “one Lantern per sector” rule for the first time in eons, and overcame one of the greatest tragedies that any superhero has ever had to bear. This, then, is your Major Spoilers Hero History of John Stewart of Earth, the third man from his world to patrol sector 2814 as Earth’s Green Lantern!
The recent announcement of Geoff Johns leaving the Green Lantern title sparked two lines of thought in my head: First, while fans will miss his work, the new-and-different take that he brought to the tales of Hal Jordan and his alien blue masters now comprises nearly a decade of stories, and successfully brought the character of Green Lantern back to prominence. (Heck, he even managed to amicably settle the Hal/Kyle fan wars by making EACH of them the most important Green Lantern, albeit for different timeframes.) The second thing that occurred to me was, I admit, steeped in cynicism and snide fanboyism: “How long before they destroy/depower/retcon away the other various Corps?” The idea that there was a spectrum of 7 different power ring colors, each with its own “emotion” (quotes because some of them aren’t really emotions at all) was an interesting take, but it opened MANY cans of worms, not all of which were of equal quality. I hope I don’t offend fans of the Red Lanterns title when I say that there’s nothing in that book that couldn’t be easily handled as a sub-plot in a Green Lantern or GLC title and do characters like Atrocitus and Bleez justice. In Atrocitus case, being a recurring antagonist with mysterious goals worked much better than having him front his own title, something which makes it hard to keep him sufficiently menacing, in my mind.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced “See-Nest-Roh”) swears, “From ragged book to mint-pristine, to those with perfect cover sheen, and all the comics in between, I’ll grade them all, I’m a Comics Machine!”, asking: Do you think that, in the long run, the Seven-Colored Corps concept is workable, or has it run its course?
It was bound to happen sooner or later, but it has been confirmed that Geoff Johns, DC Comics’ chief creative officer, is stepping down as the writer for Green Lantern.
When Disney acquire Marvel the thought started of, “What would it look like for Pixar to do a Marvel movie?” Well there is still no word on that happening any time soon, so Daniel Araya decided to give the world what it really wanted: a Pixar designed BATMAN! After the jump are the images of Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman.
As not only the newest in a strong line of legacy characters but also arguably the most prominent Muslim hero in comics today, Green Lantern Simon Baz has a lot to live up to. Issue 13 kicks off the new hero’s adventures in the New 52. Is the book worth picking up? Dig deeper, dear reader, as Major Spoilers takes a look at GREEN LANTERN #13…
Kyle seeks out Hal’s advice so he can better handle the situation with the Guardians and their brainwashing of Ganthet, but he gets a whole lot more than he bargained for when he pays a visit to Ferris Aircraft.
Or – “A Key Bronze Age First Appearance Of A Big-Time Fan Favorite…”
Geoff Johns is a talented writer, and he has a knack for bringing characters to life in new and different ways, making them feel fresh and iconic at the same time. Sometimes, though, it’s interesting to go back to the beginnings and see how some of our favorites started out, like when the episodes of ‘Good Morning, Mrs. Bliss’ end up in ‘Saved By The Bell’ rotation. Luckily, for everyone involved, there’s a lot less Mr. Belding here…
A new Lantern is poised to fill a recent whole in the line up. Who is this replacement and what is his story? Thankfully it’s Zero Month so we can have questions like that answered. Major Spoilers has the review of Green Lantern #0 ahead!
I sent the call out on Twitter for followers to share their favorite characters. Enter Razerbug and his love for Kyle Rayner. That sent me on a search for today’s Art Appreciation Moment of the Day and it turned up Adam Withers.