Green Lantern

Smallville Season Eleven: Lantern #1

by Alan Rapp on April 21, 2014

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Smallville Season Eleven: Lantern #1The return of Kryptonians to their sector in space on the new Argo colony (as seen in the Ninth Season finale) has awoken the Green Lantern ring of Space Sector 2813, to seek out a new host. Unable to find anyone acceptable on the colony made up of Kryptonian clones, the ring continues its search until it reaches Earth and finds Superman.

Although Kal-El has no intention of leaving Earth to defend a space sector half way around the universe, he finds it impossible to turn down his new calling as even chucking the ring into deep space only eventually returns it to his finger.

Along with offering a cameo from John Stewart, who as the Earths’ current GL appears to have been tapped to showing Superman the ropes, and a brief history of Green Lanterns in the Smallville Universe, the opening issue to the latest Smallville mini-series also foreshadows looming problems with the Manhunters who are awoken as well on discovering a new Lantern has been chosen. Worth a look.

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Justice League: War

by Alan Rapp on March 29, 2014

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  • Title: Justice League: War
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Justice League: WarBased on DC Comics’ New 52 reboot and the first arc of the current Justice League series by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, Justice League: War isn’t as awful as I suspected. It’s not actually a good movie, but most of the issues here have to do with the source material itself rather than any mistakes in the adaptation into the film.

Replacing the missing Aquaman with Captain Marvel (Sean Astin), who I still refuse to call him Shazam, the storyline is basically intact as the various heroes of the Justice League come together to defeat Darkseid (Steve Blum) and the invading armies of Apokolips. As with Lee’s original designs, everything looks and feels too muted including the super-hero costumes, particularly those of Superman (Alan Tudyk) and Wonder Woman (Michelle Monaghan), that lack any pop. And although (thankfully) the film chooses to stay away from that awful yellow piping on the Flash‘s (Christopher Gorham) costume we saw at the end of The Flashpoint Paradox, Green Lantern (Justin Kirk) is still stuck with the unnecessary light-up pieces of his costume.

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The Flash Annual #2

by Alan Rapp on August 6, 2013

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The Flash Annual #2The second Flash Annual gives a look back at the first meeting between the Flash and Green Lantern, their first mission together to Arena World, and the pair’s return a couple of year’s later to make due on the promise Hal Jordan made to save the two heroes and the dozens of Earth’s children kidnapped to be turned into future gladiators.

Although the annual is missing the ongoing series’ artist and co-writer Francis Manapul (who does give us the issue’s cover), writer Brian Buccellato and Sami Basri offer up a strong Flash/GL team-up longtime fans of both characters should enjoy complete with their trademark banter.

The aliens return to hold GL to their deal and the pair of heroes are stuck fighting in a gladiatorial combat. When the Flash’s speed slowly begins to wane and Green Lantern gets taken down, Hal offers Barry the use of the ring. Although his super-sped-up brain allows him to master it relatively quickly (which is pretty cool), he’s unprepared for how much a single will-power-induced construct can take out of a guy (by targeting the enemy’s crotch).

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Ame-Comi Girls #4

by Alan Rapp on June 12, 2013

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Ame-Comi Girls #4Influenced by the Star Sapphire bequeathed to her by a dying alien on the moon, astronaut Carol Ferris returns to Earth and picks a very public fight with Power Girl over the heart of Jimmy Olsen. Unprepared for the situation, Power Girl is saved by Earth’s new Green Lantern, Jade (the young blind Chinese woman who was introduced in last month’s issue).

The second-half of the issue deals with the introduction of a new villain to the Ame-Comi Girls Universe. This means we get Sinestra, a female version of Sinestro who was banished to the Anti-Matter Universe after nearly destroying her own, as well as the introduction of the yellow power ring and the Black Lantern Corps (which the character led before her exile).

Personally, I’d have preferred the comic to stay away from the various rainbow corps other than Sinestra (especially the Black Lanterns), but the introduction of the backstory of the character is certainly no more ridiculous than Geoff Johns‘ original concept. Worth a look.

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Ame-Comi Girls #3

by Alan Rapp on May 6, 2013

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Ame-Comi Girls #3Ame-Comi Girls #3, which centers around the alternate reality female-centric version of the DCU, introduces a new hero and a pair of villains with the latest issue. Jade, a blind Chinese woman without fear becomes the Earth’s first Green Lantern just in time to save herself, her father, and her brother from an attack by the villainous Flying Guillotine. Chinese officials are delighted to have such a powerful warrior of its own, although they are less than pleased the ring chose “a mere girl” and hope to reappropriate it as a military asset.

In the comics other story Carol Ferris, the first woman to step on the moon, comes across a crashed alien spaceship and (in a version of Hal Jordan‘s origin) discovers a dying alien who makes her the Earth’s first Star Sapphire. The issue also includes Wonder Woman and Power Girl announcing to the United Nations their plans to create a Justice League which will operate under the jurisdiction of Themyscira. The stories begin to converge at the end of the issue when Carol looses herself to her new found power and starts a fight with Power Girl over the affections of Jimmy Olsen.

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  • Title: Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Dark Matter
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Green Lantern: The Animated Series - Dark Matter

In the season, and perhaps series, finale the entire 3,600 ring-wielding members of the Green Lantern Corps are brought together for one final attempt to stop Aya (Grey DeLisle) from traveling back in time to the moment of creation and destroying all life in the universe, remaking the universe in her own image.

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  • Title: Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Ranx
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“By the way, good thing you’ve got your tiny mask on in case someone from this uninhabited alien planet recognizes you.”

Green Lantern: The Animated Series - Ranx

Hal Jordan (Josh Keaton), Kilowog (Kevin Michael Richardson), and Razer (Jason Spisak) are ordered to the abandoned planet Ranx where Aya‘s (Grey DeLisle) are attacking the planet’s formidable force field in hopes of retrieving a hidden weapon. Realizing the three of them will not be able to repel such a force, the Guardians also send the Green Lantern Corps led by everyone’s favorite GL Honor Guard Guy Gardner (Diedrich Bader).

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  • Title: Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Scarred
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Green Lantern: The Animated Series - Scarred

With Aya‘s (Grey DeLisle) path of destruction spreading across the universe Hal Jordan (Josh Keaton), Kilowog (Kevin Michael Richardson), and Razer (Jason Spisak) head back to Oa where the Guardians of the Universe bench Hal and his team, but that doesn’t stop the threesome from doing their own investigating by going through the quarters of the recently deceased Science Director (Sarah Douglas), the one who built Aya, searching for a way to stop their friend.

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  • Title: Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Larfleeze
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“After all we’ve been through he’s been taken over by a greedy orange lantern?”

Green Lantern: The Animated Series - Larfleeze

Ignoring orders to return to Oa and needing a new weapon in their war with the Manhunters, Hal Jordan (Josh Keaton), Kilowog (Kevin Michael Richardson), and Razer (Jason Spisak) set off for the planet Okaara in search of the Orange Lantern Power Battery. However, the battery is protected by Larfleeze (Dee Bradley Baker) – the universe’s only Orange Lantern who really, really doesn’t like to share.

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  • Title: Green Lantern: The Animated Series – Love is a Battlefield
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Green Lantern: The Animated Series - Love is a Battlefield

Aya (Grey DeLisle) and the army of Manhunters arrive on Zamaron fueled by Aya’s hate and blaming the Star Sapphires for the pain she feels from the heartbreak of knowing Razer (Jason Spisak) can never truly love her. In need of a champion the Zamarons call on the help of Carol Ferris (Jennifer Hale) to stand-in as their champion in a battle against Atrocitus (Jonathan Adams).

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