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Green Lantern #20 Review

GLGreen Lantern #20 brings to a close the bombastically epic run of Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern, comprising over 100 issues of will-powered science fiction.  It has been just short of a decade since Johns made a name for himself as the man who put the green ring back on Hal Jordan’s finger in Green Lantern: Rebirth.  Since that time we have seen the meteoric rise of Hal Jordan and Green Lantern-properties, including several ongoing comic book titles, animated features, an animated series and even a (disappointing) Green Lantern film.  In the pages of the comic book itself, Johns has redeemed Hal Jordan, raised the stakes on a universal level and fundamentally changed/strengthened the Green Lantern mythology.

Green Lantern #20  is not only the grand finale to Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern saga, but also the current GL book-spanning story arc “Wrath of the First Lantern.”  While that story tediously dragged along in most of its chapters, the finale is the crazy summer blockbuster ending that Green Lantern deserves.  Volthoom, the “First Lantern” in question, continues his maniacal plan to remake the universe as he sees fit.  The issue isn’t really about Volthoom’s plan however, but it’s more of a tale that yet again reaffirms how strong of a hero Hal Jordan is.  The finale is a “greatest hits” of sorts for Johns and his Green Lantern universe, as we see staples from every major event that has occurred under Johns’ guidance, including Blackest Night and Sinestro Corps WarGreen Lantern #20 has appearances from every major character from the Green Lantern books of the past decade including Kyle Rayner, Larfleeze and of course Sinestro.  One of the high points of the issue is the narrative choice to flash forward to “Beyond Tomorrow,” where a young Green Lantern recruit wants to hear the story of Hal Jordan.  It’s a nice touch that allows readers to reflect on what has come before as well as closing the door on an era.

Of the comic books that I have read this week, this month or even this year, Green Lantern #20 was the one that truly amazed me.  The entire issue is a reminder of how awesome Geoff Johns has made the Green Lantern ongoing series, and it made me smile throughout the entire read.  Johns is at the top of his game with his final issue, giving closure to as many characters as he can while bringing things full circle to where he began.  Regular artist Doug Mahnke handles the majority of the artwork, while past series artists like Ivan Reis and Ethan Van Sciver make cameo contributions as well.  Mahnke ends on as much of a high note as you could possibly hope for.  Though he has his roots in horror and the grotesque, Mahnke has always given a more streamlined approach to Green Lantern that has resulted in some truly beautiful visuals.  The finale alone highlights Mahnke’s skill as an artist, with more single/double page spreads than you could will into existence with a power ring.

Green Lantern #20 is a fantastic farewell of a comic spread across 64 pages with no ad breaks, barring those with (worthy) industry praise for Mr. Johns.  Like many others, I hopped on the Green Lantern bandwagon sometime after the success of Green Lantern: Rebirth.  Thanks to Geoff Johns I have grown to love a character and mythology that I wouldn’t have given a second thought about 5 or 6 years ago.

Geoff Johns is a man who took a B-List superhero and made him a pop culture phenomenon.  He’s a guy who took the simplest and most obvious idea of a rainbow array of Lantern Corps and sold it without coming off as completely ludicrous.  Most importantly Geoff Johns is a visionary writer who truly believes in his work, which is why it’s so astoundingly successful.

Thank you Geoff Johns for sharing the Green Lantern universe with those of us who didn’t know any better.

“In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night…”

 

Final Grade: ★★★★★ 5/5 Stars

Green Lantern #0 Green Lantern Sector 2814 Gets a bit more crowded

Green Lantern #0

Written By: Geoff Johns

Art By: Doug Mahnke

While most of the #0 issues have focused on the past to flesh out their stories and characters this issue focuses on the future of the Green Lantern franchise. We’re introduced to new Green Lantern recruit Simon Baz this issue. Simon is an Arab American living in Dearborn Michigan. The opening pages set Simon’s story into motion by utilizing the events of September 11th to show that Simon and his family haven’t had it easy due to the terrorist attacks he witnessed. We see how Simon and his families lives were effected 1 day , 5 years , and 10 years after the fact. John’s touches heavily on the topic of racial profiling in America and while it’s not easy to read its not hard to believe this could have happened to Simon based on his race.

We are then brought to the present as Simon is fleeing police after he had stolen a van to try to make ends meet and to help his family. The van itself houses something very lethal however that Simon wasn’t aware of and it is here that we first see Simon’s courage (which is actually tattooed on his arm in Arabic) and strong moral code come into play.

Simon is then moved to an undisclosed location where agents begin to interrogate him. Even though he is telling the truth the agents don’t trust that the Arab American in front of them was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and look at him as a potential threat to the US. Things move quickly and the agents decide to try to water board Simon to get the “Truth” from him. It is in this moment that the ring chooses Simon as he struggles to fight from being tortured and escapes.

The art this issue is a step up from the annual both in execution and tone. Doug seems to enjoy filling the earlier pages with detail and his style continues to suit John’s writing perfectly. Especially in the quieter moments when Manhke does most of the storytelling. His facial work is great and goes a long way in conveying the sincerity in Simon as well as the anger and disbelief in the situation he’s left in.

John’s even manages to throw in a one page Epilogue showing us the fate of both Hal Jordan and Sinestro and the direction he’s heading in with their story. After reading last weeks Green Lantern Annual I was left doubting the new direction that Green Lantern was taking. However after this issue I’m behind Johns and Mahnke once again. The solicits and cover image would have you believe Simon Baz is a gun toting criminal so its refreshing to see a very complex and interesting character inside. While there still is some uncertainty about The motivations of the Gaurdians and the Third Army story in general I am completely sold on this new Green Lantern and I’m happy to say Simon Baz is a wholly realized and worthy character in the Green Lantern Mythos.

Review Score: 9.5/ 10

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Review: Justice League #12 – Superman is a bad kisser!


Review: Justice League #12
Story: 7.5/10 • Artwork: 8/10 • Overall 7.75/10

Justice League (2011) #12
Written by Geoff Johns.
Illustrated by Jim Lee.

• ‘THE VILLAIN’S JOURNEY’ part four!
• The team struggles to stay together as they try to combat their newest foe.
• A shocking last page that will have the world talking!
• Continuing the origin of SHAZAM!

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Review: Green Lantern Annual – Made me so mad!


Review: Green Lantern Annual
Story: 8/10 • Artwork: 9/10 • Overall 8.5/10

Green Lantern (2011) #Annual 1
Written by Geoff Johns.
Illustrated by Ethan Van Sciver.

• The conclusion of ‘THE REVENGE OF BLACK HAND’!
• Everything changes here! EVERYTHING!

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Review: Batman Earth One – Average at best

Issue: Batman: Earth One
Writer: Geoff Johns
Pencils: Gary Frank
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: 7/4/2012

From GEOFF JOHNS and GARY FRANK, the acclaimed team behind SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN and the SHAZAM! stories in JUSTICE LEAGUE! In the tradition of SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, this spectacular original graphic novel gives new insight into BRUCE WAYNE’S transformation into BATMAN and his first year as THE DARK KNIGHT

Story: 7/10 • Artwork: 9/10 • Overall 8/10
“Batman: Earth One” is a new take on an old tale. No, not really. It feels more like a reboot in the New 52 than a game changer of the “Earth One” universe. J. Michael Straczynski raised the bar with “Superman: Earth One.” In turn I hold DC Comics to a higher standard with the “Earth One” universe. I hope you do to.

Geoff Johns is a game changing writer, just look at the rainbow over in the Green Lantern titles. The Penguin as the mayor of Gotham City is not a game changing move, did Johns forget that Lex Luthor was president once. What “Batman: Earth One” was, is a very good Batman story with minor tweets to his origin. Bruce’s parents still get shot and die, and Bruce becomes Batman to fight the corrupt Gotham politicians. This sound like every other day for Batman, doesn’t it?

What John’s does will is develop supporting characters in the story. Alfred is a badass! Who doesn’t want to see Alfred running around with a shotgun? Also, John’s develops the characters just enough to where you want to see more of them by the end of the book. Harvey Bullock, James and Barbara Gordon are setup beautifully in this book. Johns even puts a twist on the Dents.

Gary Frank’s artwork is fluid in his storytelling and spectacular in his splash pages. Frank slows down the reader with his detail so that the reader can enjoy every panel. Frank draws action on level that only few have reached.

The problem with this book is that it’s not bold enough to be called an “Earth One” book. Johns needed to be bolder with Batman’s origin. You could have changed the meaning of the “no gun” rule or not killed his parents. That would have been bold or you could have killed them in a different way or killed someone else. If you killed Jim Gordon, that would have been bold.

The question that every person in a comic book shop should ask, is do I want to pay $22.99 for an average Batman story with great artwork? The answer is no, wait a month and buy a used copy for $10.

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“A Comic Show” – 4.25.2012 A vs X vs Chew!

It’s another great week of comics! We’re all gearing up for Northstar’s Big Gay Wedding (don’t know why David Gabriel is keeping it in the closet). A vs X is still the awesome frosted side of the mini-wheats with Jason Aaron’s VS #1: Magneto vs Iron Man! Aquaman #8 continues Geoff Johns’ sea change for Arthur, and CHEW is the book for A v X and New 52 haters to support. It’s a crazy concept about a detective who can see the history of anything he eats, not a rehash, not a re-imagined story! Experience Creativity!
Bleeding Cool’s own Rich Johnson has two more controversial Avengers parodies out, and in honor of politics making strange bedfellows, any one who preorders all the Before Watchmen issue #1’s from us gets Bleeding Cool Magazine #0 FREE! Who buys Before Watchmen? Probably the same blokes who fancy Bleeding Cool! -acomicshoptv

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#C2E2 2012: Dc’s New 52 Panel

 

DC's New 52 panel

The line for DC’s new 52 panel at C2E2 was the longest yet at the convention . There must have been over 700 people waiting to get in a hall that seated 400. A lucky few got to stand along the wall of  DC’s New 52 panel room S401 to hear Scott Snyder , Chris Burnham , Patrick Gleason, Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Tony Daniel, Kyle Higgins, Gail Simone  and Jimmy Palmiotti .

Chris Burnham talks about creating alongside Grant Morrison for Batman Inc. He explains bringing his work to the page . Using a pop art 60’s style Adam West work alongside the dark stories everyone knows and loves.

Earth 2 brings characters like Superman and Batman in a new a different way. Its going to have a big impact on the DCU,. Also speaks to the Worlds Finest starring Power Girl and The Huntress . Power girls costume isn’t really my style. Powergirl and Huntress story actually will be taking place in the current DCU . Both heroines are the only two characters planted into DCU proper

Gail Simone joins panel.

Dial H – It’s in the spirit of Animal Man and Swamp Thing. The story itself will also weave into the New 52 as well.

Now a book featuring Dinosaurs ! Its called GI Combat . JT Krull and Jimmy Palmiotti are the first two writers n the book. Jimmy says it starts with Dinosaurs and ends with  a lot of Gore.

New Book The Ravagers will tie into Teen Titans and Superboy. Its introducing Beast Boy to the new 52 and he hints that he has something to do with The Red.

Free Comic Book Day is coming and DC’s book will be putting out a new One Shot by the new 52 ,.

Geoff JoHns said the book will have Jim Lee , Ivan Reis, Joe Prado . Again he asks a young child to come out to check out the new preview issue as long as she doesn’t tell anybody.

She proceeds to walk off the stage and they warn her not to walk off the stage .

Hall S401 was filled with DC fans

There is a lot of new characters introduced in the One Shot for Free Comic Book Day and sets the stage for the next years worth of stories . Geoff says the book will have a ton of surprises in it.

Moving on to the Next Justice League arc. The next villain will be narrating the series . Issues 9-12 will feature an overconfident team that will get dropped back to earth.

Diamond top 50 comics featured DC Comics in the top 10 exclusively. Aquaman has consistently outsold Spiderman.

Geoff thanks the crowd again for their support.

The next Aquaman issue deals with the others and will run right into the Atlantis arc coming up. He then made a talk to the Fish comment.

Green Lantern follows….

Geoff Johns- He thanks us for still picking up the book. Indigo Tribe will lead right into The Revenge of Blackhand . The annual will wrap the story up to Blackhand and will be a e changer for Green Lantern proper.

Wonder Woman is up next.

Brian Azzarello – In the next series she goes to Hell. Crowd laughs ….Cliff picks up the mic…Issue 8 is drawn By Cliff and 9 and 10 will be drawn by Tony Atkins , and Cliff will pick back up art duties in issue 11 . Brian also say it gets worse.

Enter Swamp Thing by Scott Snyder – Issue 9 will be the big Finale between Abby and Alec Swamp Thing. It will wrap the storyline back up that brings Anton Arcane back into Swamp Thing proper. After that Animal Man and SwampThing will finally have their team up following. He thanks the crowd for reading both Swamp Thing and Animal Man.

He then speaks on Batman

Scott-Hes creeped out ..he notices a few Court of Owls in the crowd. One of which seated behind me .

The next issue will feature a ton of new gadgets and vehicles for Batman to take on the Court. Also he says issue 10-11 will have the biggest story Reveals .

The Annual will feature The Owls as well . Mr Freeze will be introduced back into the DC and inserted into the Night of the Owls story. Scott says Freeze will play into one of the books . It will establish him properly into the DC , give him an origin and what his story is. Big Revelations for him .

Dark Knight #9 will be written by Judd Winick and David Finch bringing Red Robin back to the Bat Family to take on the court of owls.

Tony is up next to speak about Detective Comics.

He describes his story in Night of the Owls as a “One Shot” that takes place at Arkham Asylum. Jeramiah Arkham will be back into the book for this issue. After that he will be taking the break from the art for the next few issues. He wants to keep the book focused on Bruce, commissioner Gordon and his new love interest.

Gail Simone is up to speak about Batgirl

Gail’s issue for Night of The Owls and talks about how much fun she had doing the issue. After that she will be putting her past behind her a bit and move forward with her life. She will be going up her new Arch Villain Nightfall .

Issue 9 of Nightwing comes on the screen and gets the biggest cheer so far

Kyle Higgins is up to speak on Dick Grayson  aka Nightwing

Issue 9 will also feature the tie in to Night of The Owls. He speaks to the big reveal in issue 7 speaking on what Dicks true background was . Specifically his ancestor Willaim Cobb. He describes the story as twisted and ends it by saying he looks how you get from William Cobb’s name to Dick Grayson’s name. It will then focus on him becoming “The Prince of Gotham”. He’ll start to ask the question can there be hope in the city.

Palmiotti is up to speak about All Star Western

He also has a Bight of the owls Tie In. Dealing with the history of Gotham using the Court of Owls . Jonah Hex will have a huge part in the history as well as Crime Bibles. He promises that this book will lead directly into some of the story elements you see in the Batbooks.

A fan asks if Bludhaven is still destroyed or will Nightwing Remain in Gotham. Kyle says he is determined to stay in Gotham.

A fan asks why the star isn’t part of the new DC logo. The response was they were going from something different.

Someone asks again what the Orange Lantern Oath is from Geoff . He promises he’ll learn ..eventually.

A familiar fan asks about Azrael . Scott says there aren’t any plans to put him in yet. Tells him to play Arkham City for his fix.

Geoff tells a fan you will see Black Adam before Billy Batson becomes Captain Marvel.

A fan speaks about why there are to Glaring omissions to the Bat Family proper being Cass and Steph and why they aren’t introduced yet. Scott says to wait …what he wants to do is introduce them properly and the girl you see help Batman in issue 7 will come back into focus on issue 12.

Crazy fan rambles a long time about liking books …then finally asks a question about Deathstroke. He is told Lobo will be going into the book as well.

A fan asks about Super Boy Prime . Geoff says while it was fun writing him he isn’t planned to return to the series.

A fan asks about where the Joker is now that his face has been ripped off . They say something special will be revealed down the line for him.

A fan asks a question about the Timeline in Dc . How far back are we going ? Geoff gives him

A young kid asks if the Elongated Man still Dead . Geoff tells him its the New 52 and anything can happen.

Someone asks if The Spectre will return to the DCU . No one says a thing…everyone laughs.

Someone asks if Animal and Swamp Thing will be inserted into the whole DCU now. Scott says they will start showing up in other books eventually after their story is established .

Someone goes into how much they enjoyed the New Wonder Woman designs and asks how they are designed.

Cliff says that want to highlight the fact that the Gods are not human. He gives Tony Atkins props for Poseidon and Hades.Cliff focuses more on the fashion and human elements. Brian says there are physically manifesting their personalities onto the page. He wants them to be feared.

A younger kid asks if any of the old timelines will be reestablished in the new books. The whole panel says they will continue to builds off of certain stories from the past into a the new 52.

Mini superman asks if there will be a book focusing on just Cyborg in the future . Geoff tells him their will be an arc dealing with Cyborgs history and story.

A girl asks if Mogo will be coming back. Geoff tells her that Mogo is a hard thing to kill he’s a planet and tells her that he should be back. He also says that DC Direct may make a Mogo Beach Ball ..The crowd gives a giant cheer.

The panel ends with the We Can Be Heroes short film and ends the panel.

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“A Comic Show” 3.21.2012 – Justice League & Geoff Johns

Aw Yeah Comics! Justice League’s back with Geoff Johns and SHAZAM, Wonder Woman rocks, and Scott Snyder’s BATMAN rounds out DC’s awesome output. Indy books have some great stuff with Stephen King and Joe Hill’s Road Rage as well as Mark Millar’s final part of Kick Ass 2 and the start of SUPER CROOKS!
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DC Comics: GREEN LANTERN GROUP SOLICITS – May 2012

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GREEN LANTERN #9
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE
Variant cover by GARY FRANK
1:200 B&W Variant cover by DOUG MAHNKE
On sale MAY 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $3.99 US
• “THE SECRET OF THE INDIGO TRIBE” part three!
• HAL JORDAN and SINESTRO learn the horrific truth behind the members of the Indigo Tribe and their connection to ABIN SUR
• Also, the GUARDIANS begin their plan to replace the Green Lantern Corps – at any cost!
This issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #9
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art and cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT
1:25 B&W Variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT
On sale MAY 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• ODYM, homeworld of the BLUE LANTERNS, is under attack by the alien conquerors known as THE REACH!
• The combined power of the different Lantern Corps might not be enough to defeat The Reach!
• To make matters worse, they may have been betrayed by one of their own!
• Continued from BLUE BEETLE #9.

GREEN LANTERN CORPS #9
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by FERNANDO PASARIN and SCOTT HANNA
On sale MAY 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
• “ALPHA WAR” part one!
• JOHN STEWART is put on trial for the murder of a fellow GREEN LANTERN by the ALPHA LANTERNS!

RED LANTERNS #9
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art and cover by ED BENES and ROB HUNTER
Cover by ED BENES
On sale MAY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• No RED LANTERN is safe!
• ATROCITUS discovers a conspiracy behind the awakening of the terror that is ABYSMUS, which threatens to kill every member of his corps!

“Batman: Earth One” gets a release date and cover

DC Comics announced Monday morning that “Batman: Earth One” written by Geoff John with art by Gray Frank and Jon Sibal would be released on July 4th, 2012. DC also unveiled Frank’s cover to “Batman: Earth One” as well. The “Earth:One” series is a different take on the DC’s heroes origins. The best comparison could be the “Ultimate” universe from Marvel Comics.

From DC the Source:

BATMAN: EARTH ONE HC
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by GARY FRANK and JON SIBAL
Cover by GARY FRANK
On sale JULY 4 • 144 pg, FC, $22.99 US
• From GEOFF JOHNS and GARY FRANK, the acclaimed team behind SUPERMAN: SECRET ORIGIN and the SHAZAM! stories in JUSTICE LEAGUE!
• In the tradition of SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE, this spectacular original graphic novel gives new insight into BRUCE WAYNE’S transformation into BATMAN and his first year as THE DARK KNIGHT.
• In this all new take on the Batman mythos, Bruce Wayne is on the hunt for his parents’ killer. His target? The Mayor of Gotham City!
• Plus, who is Alfred Pennyworth – and why is he so determined to put an end to the Batman?

Green Lantern #6: 4-page preview of Hal’s fist


DC Comics Tuesday released a four-page preview of Green Lantern #6 written by Geoff John with guest artist Mike Choi. Hal Jordan is up to his old tricks in the bare knuckled brawl that takes place in the first four pages. Green Lantern #6 will be in your local comic book store February 8th, 2012.

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Green Lantern (2011) #6
Written by Geoff Johns.
Illustrated by Mike Choi.

With the tumultuous battle for Korugar past them, Sinestro and Hal are left at a crossroads. They must pick up the pieces of their lives. The question is, will they do it alone… or together?

Justice League #5 Review “We got this!”

Written by: Geoff Johns
Pencils by: Jim Lee
Inks by: Scott Williams, Hope, Irwin and Weems
Colors by: Alex Sinclair with Gabe Eltaeb & Tony Avina
Lettering by: Patrick Brosseau
Cover by: Jim Lee & Scott Williams with Alex Sinclair
Publisher: DC

 

Justice League #5Darkseid kicks ass. Half the Justice League got knocked-the-fuck out last issue, leaving Flash and Superman to deal with Darkseid. He sends them running for their lives as he fires target-seeking Omega beams from his friggin’ eyes to incinerate them. Flash fares well, but the same can’t be said for Superman. He get’s blasted, drops from the sky and get’s carried away by space demons. And that’s how this issue opens.

I’ve always been more a  Marvel zombie kind of guy, and until DC’s new 52, I never really gave Justice League a chance. So I’m not really familiar with its original history. But I can tell you from what I read of this opening arc it’s the new 52 JL origin story is awesome. I’ve read a lot of early criticisms that the story is too drawn out, not epic and short-changed some of the characters. I disagree. Look I didn’t care about JL at all when this started, I needed the clean slate to start with. Justice League always seemed unapproachable as a book for me, so being eased in to the origin was not so bad. The story may seem drawn-out to some but I like that it gave me a chance to like the characters and see how they interacted. And how is full-scale alien invasion led by Darkseid not epic? Yes some of the characters do get the background treatment, but mostly each one has gotten their moments as the arc has progressed. That being said, there is a couple of spots in this issue where I was left scratching my head.

The first one comes after the next round of attacks. Green Lanterns takes on Darkseid, thrashing him with a mega-construct of 40 medieval flails.  Darkseid brushes them off like it was freaking dandruff, then cracks Green Lantern in half. Well, not quite, but he does some serious damage and Hal is pretty jacked up. Then Darkseid takes off to do some more evil shit. Green Lantern wants to go after him but Batman stops him. He’s like “dude, you’re an idiot, you are all fucked up, you’ll get yourself killed.” Hal doesn’t care, he just want’s a piece of Darkseid and won’t listen to reason.  Batman has to slow him up and he takes off his mask and reveals his identity to Hal. “What? You are doing this now?” is Hal Jordan’s reaction. It mirrors my own. While I can sort of see Batman’s reasoning (trust and goodwill), it seems really out character for him to do something like that. Especially because he thinks Hal Jordan is a dick. He’s spent most of the arc telling him to cool his jets and pay attention. Insulting him at every chance he gets. I just don’t buy it. It threw me for a loop. However he manages to drive home his point. He and Green Lantern are the only two normal people on this team that don’t have inherent super powers. They have are alike in many ways and have to trust each other. Ultimately in this situation it’s not about them. They need to rally the troops and work as team instead of showboating as individuals. Or “Stop playing baseball and start playing football” as he put’s it. Since GL is jacked up he splits off to lead the rest of the team while Batman decides to get captured so he can get Superman back.

The next WTF comes when Green Lantern tries to be a leader. He gives an awkward kind of speech, but somehow everyone listens to him anyways and decided to band together. Then Hal lets loose the most embarrassing Saturday-morning-cartoon battle cry I’ve ever read in a comic, “We Got This!” Oh boy. You sure do. It was funny when Aquaman got called “Aquafresh” by Green Lantern but this battle cry was the worst. Flash immediately rips on him for it. Awkward banter ensues. Those kind of jokes just really fall flat for me. Maybe some younger kids will think it’s funny, but for the sake of future generations I hope not. This is the first time I’ve had some doubts about this series, so hopefully it’s a one-off and the playful exchanges can even out a bit.

This issue is not a total loss however. We do get a breathtaking glimpse of Apokolips in full hell-raising glory. Jim Lee and Scott Williams’ art is mostly rock-solid. Some of the panels in which Batman reveals his identity were a bit rushed, but other than that it was pretty much aces. I know there was some other inkers helping Scott out on this one, maybe that’s where they filled in. Alex Sinclair is the lead colorist and renders everything in a hyper modern style. There’s some really beautiful Kirby-dots on a the panel were Superman get’s blasted that have a rich depth you don’t normally see. Glow effects on GL’s constructs are done really well, you can see them pulse and radiate light. I’ve heard some people say it’s the coloring is a bit garish and the art feels like video game, and sometimes I cans see their point. There is a lot going on and I could maybe use a bit more separation in layers to push and pull some of the details. It does get busy and loud, but overall I wasn’t really distracted by it. The storytelling and panel work was clear, I didn’t get lost in the narrative and it looked good. Jim Lee and Scott Williams are a team that has been around the block a few times and they know how to get shit done. Sometimes that means getting some help with fill-in inkers and additional colorists.

Justice League #5 is  battle-heavy issue that is a much about learning to work together and being a team than it is kicking ass (or in this case taking a beating). It’s a fresh and exciting story with a few missteps. The tone of this book could really use a strong identity right about now to manage readers expectations. Is this a light-heart team book for teens and kids? Is it a PG-13 movie? Or is it going to be an aggressive team book with bickering and more adult interactions like Uncanny X-men or JSA used to be? It’s great that the story is unpredictable, but eventually, a lack of identity will bring this ship down. My vote is more drama less jokes. What do you guys think?

Story: 6.5
Art: 8

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New Review : Aquaman #5 Aquaman Vs. Wild

Aquaman #5

Story: Geoff Johns

Art: Ivan Reis and Joe Prado

Review Score : 7/10

Issue five starts with a new arc that has Aquaman falling from the sky with nothing but the expansive desert to break his fall. Immediately Geoff lets Ivan Reis and Joe Prado do a lot of the story telling this issue. Having the first four pages be entirely void of dialogue other than a simple “uh oh” speaks volumes to the level of effort that went into each page of their art. If nothing else it proves that Aquaman will remain a consistently pretty book to look at.

However having a solid story is the other half of the battle in comics and I feel like this arc is starting out with a whimper at this point. Geoff Johns has said that this arc will deal with the question of what actually happened to Atlantis. I’m excited to see what led to the fall of Atlantis but I dislike the way the story went from Aquaman being stranded in the desert this issue to rewinding every few pages little by little to show us how he landed in the desert in the first place. It breaks up the flow of the issue and you never feel really solidly invested in either portion of the story Geoff is trying to tell. Also to watch Arthur struggle in the desert to then be rescued by a helicopter makes his whole situation this issue feel cheapened.

I do like that Geoff has decided to work some deep seeded issues into Arthur and his relationship with his father. It created and added layer to Aquaman and should create necessary momentum and weight later down the road for him to claim or not claim the throne in Atlantis one day. I have to say that I dislike Geoff’s  treatment of Mera this far . She seems like nothing more than a simple-minded woman as Geoff writes her and while I realize it’s the new 52 its hard for me to accept this version of Mera when I was reading a strong-minded and stong willed version of the character in Brightest Day less than a year ago.

Aquaman eventually gets out of his desert surroundings and finds what he was looking for that led to him free-falling to the sky to begin with. Arthur activates a decoded message that explains to him the pending threat that Atlantis will meet just before the trans mission gets cut short. Fortunately for Arthur he is discovered and brought back into town  and enters his house to see a note from Mera telling him she went into town to get dog food.

In short I wanted to like this issue but it doesn’t really seem to pick up momentum at all. I am curious to see what attacked the Atlanteans but I never was comfortable with the pacing of this issue or the inconsistency of the script. However the art from both Ivan Reis and Joe Prado is gorgeous and definitely worth your time to check out.  Colors are bright and as always Ivan has a real good eye for setting up sequences and action scenes on paper. I really like the new character designs he created for the Atlantean soldiers . I’m hoping for answers and better consistency next issue.After setting the bar so high with his last arc I was left wanting more . Aquaman continues to be a good book  but next I hope next issue amps up its pace and gets us to Atlantis .

Mike DeVivo

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BREAKING NEWS: Aquaman can’t fly! 5-page preview

DC Comics released a five-page preview of Aquaman #5 Tuesday afternoon and we learn quickly that Aquaman can’t fly. Aquaman #5 written by Geoff John with art by Ivan Reis will crash into your local comic book store on Wednesday, January 25th, 2012.

Aquaman (2011) #5
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis.

Aquaman has been left for dead in the middle of the desert! But how did the King of Atlantis find himself marooned in such a hellish environment? As Aquaman struggles to survive impossible odds, what extreme measures will he resort to in order to stay alive?

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5-page preview: Justice League #5 Darkseid blows shit up!

DC Comics released a five-page preview of Justice League #5 written by Geoff Johns with art by Jim Lee. Justice League blows up your local comic book store Wednesday, January 25th, 2012.

Justice League (2011) #5
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Jim Lee.

Now, with the teenaged powerhouse Cyborg at their side, this group of individual heroes must somehow put their differences aside to face the terror of Darkseid!

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DC Comics: GREEN LANTERN GROUP SOLICITS – April 2012


GREEN LANTERN #8
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by DOUG MAHNKE and CHRISTIAN ALAMY
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE
Variant cover by DALE KEOWN
1:200 B&W variant cover by DOUG MAHNKE
On sale APRIL 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $3.99 US
“Secret of the Indigo Tribe” Part 2! On the Indigo homeworld, Hal Jordan and Sinestro are trapped, powerless and on the run – with the entire Indigo Tribe in hot pursuit! Their situation grows even more dire when we learn the Indigos’ deadly secret! Plus: Why Indigo-1 is so interested in Hal’s predecessor, Abin Sur?
This issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition, polybagged with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.


GREEN LANTERN CORPS #8
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art and cover by FERNANDO PASARIN and SCOTT HANNA
On sale APRIL 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Guardians’ plan to replace the Corps continues to move forward as John Stewart is arrested by the Alpha Lanterns! The terrible truth of John Stewart’s crime has been uncovered by the Corps – and unfortunately for them, John refuses to go quietly.


GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #8
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art and cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT
1:25 B&W Variant cover by TYLER KIRKHAM and BATT
On sale APRIL 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Betrayed by Sinestro! Arkillo, the most loyal of all the yellow ring wielders, has returned to Korugar only to find the Sinestro Corps is no more! The members of the corps have been rounded up and executed, and the yellow power battery is gone – all at Sinestro’s command! Armed with the dwindling energy of a ring he can no longer recharge, it’s a race against time as Arkillo slaughters his way toward a desperate goal: the birth of a new type of yellow power ring!


RED LANTERNS #8
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ED BENES and ROB HUNTER
Cover by ED BENES
On sale APRIL 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Who is it that brings death to all on Ysmault? Jack Moore could not have become a Red Lantern at a more apocalyptic time. But what’s worse: being caught in Atrocitus and Bleez’s civil war, or taking the blame for the infection spreading throughout the Red Lantern Corps? Facing extinction, how long until all the Red Lanterns burn out?

DC Comics: JUSTICE LEAGUE GROUP SOLICITS – April 2012


JUSTICE LEAGUE #8
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by CARLOS D’ANDA
Backup story art by GARY FRANK
Cover by JIM LEE and SCOTT WILLIAMS
1:25 Variant cover by MIKE CHOI
1:200 B&W Variant cover by JIM LEE
On sale APRIL 18 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
In the five years that the Justice League has been a team, Green Arrow has never once been a member. And he intends to rectify that right here, right now! One member against his candidacy: Aquaman!
Plus, in “The Curse of Shazam” part 2, Billy arrives in his new foster home just as an ancient evil is uncovered halfway across the world.
This issue is also offered as a special combo pack edition, polybagged with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.


JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #8
Written by DAN JURGENS
Art by AARON LOPRESTI and MATT RYAN
Cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
On sale APRIL 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The plan was for the JLI was to be installed as Earth’s official protective team. But once Breakdown attacked, that all came to a swift and sudden end. Now, as the pall of death and injury hang over the team, all that matters is survival. Featuring the introduction of a surprise new team member!


AQUAMAN #8
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
1:25 B&W Variant cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO
On sale APRIL 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Part 2 of “The Other League”! As a deadly hunter continues his murderous quest for the Atlantean trident, an unknown chapter of Aquaman’s life is revealed! Before he was a part of the Justice League, Aquaman was Arthur, the man from Atlantis, and leader of a mysterious team of adventurers. Armed with weapons forged in Aquaman’s past, these men and women were on their way to becoming the most powerful people on Earth – until it all came crashing down.


WONDER WOMAN #8
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO and CLIFF CHIANG
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 B&W Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale APRIL 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
To march on Hell itself, you’re going to need some sensational weapons – and Wonder Woman intends to call in a few family favors to get them! Armor of Hephaestus? Check. The pistols of Eros? Check! But will any of it be enough to wrest an innocent soul from the grasp of Hades? And what does Hermes know that Diana doesn’t…yet?


THE FLASH #8
Written by FRANCIS MANAPUL and BRIAN BUCCELLATO
Art by FRANCIS MANAPUL
Variant cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
1:200 B&W Variant cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale APRIL 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The Flash gets pulled into the Speed Force that gives him his super-speed powers…and he learns he’s not alone in there! Introducing Turbine, a prisoner of the Speed Force who just wants out – even if it means trading places with The Flash!


CAPTAIN ATOM #8
Written by J.T. KRUL
Art by FREDDIE WILLIAMS II
Cover by MIKE CHOI
On sale APRIL 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Ever since a tragic accident turned him into the überpowerful Captain Atom, Nathaniel Adam has wanted nothing more than to connect and relate to the people around him again. But coming face-to-face with a future version of himself is not what he had in mind! What is the meaning for this strange encounter? What impending doom is the future Captain Atom trying to avoid? And what exactly is the timestream?!


THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN #8
Written by JOE HARRIS and ETHAN VAN SCIVER
Art and cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
On sale APRIL 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Jason Rusch rockets to Europe to thwart the next Rogue attack, only to find that other Firestorms have beaten him to it! Introducing the all-new Firehawk, France’s own atomic defender, and Hurricane, Great Britain’s officially sanctioned Nuclear Man! Meanwhile, out of the ashes of last issue’s shocking climax, Ronnie Raymond and the Russian Firestorm, Pozhar, begin a long, mutual descent toward the dark underbelly of the Firestorm Protocols. New cowriter Joe Harris (Ghost Projekt) continues this acclaimed series with superstar artist Ethan Van Sciver, who provides another stunning issue of full interior art!


GREEN ARROW #8
Written by ANN NOCENTI
Art by HARVEY TOLIBAO
Cover by HOWARD PORTER
On sale APRIL 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Part two of a three-part story introducing new creative team of Ann Nocenti and Harvey Tolibao!
Green Arrow faces off against the enraged father of three beautiful sisters, which might not seem so unusual for Ollie until you add in the part about being trapped in a frozen tundra with a horde of bloodthirsty, mutating animals. Things aren’t what they seem as Green Arrow must race to uncover the truth about this “family” before he becomes a monster snack – or a frozen corpse!


MISTER TERRIFIC #8
Written by ERIC WALLACE
Art by GIANLUCA GUGLIOTTA and WAYNE FAUCHER
Cover by J.G. JONES
On sale APRIL 11 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T • FINAL ISSUE
Guest-starring The Blackhawks! It’s Mister Terrific vs. the technological monstrosity called Digitus – and to destroy his greatest foe yet, Michael may be forced to destroy Holt Industries! But as one enemy is defeated, another rises from a shocking source: the U.S. Government! Also, betrayal rocks Mister Terrific’s life when he discovers that his ex-girlfriend, the mysterious Karen Starr, may be more than she seems.


DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #8
Written by DAN DIDIO and JERRY ORDWAY
Art by JERRY ORDWAY
Cover by RYAN SOOK
On sale APRIL 18 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
As more and more of the Challengers of the Unknown are killed in action, the remaining few must press ahead on their quest! They have to uncover the secret behind the talismans they’ve been collecting before Ace and the spirits from the Well of Souls can finish the job that started with the plane crash!


THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #8
Written by TONY S. DANIEL and JAMES BONNY
Art and cover by PHILIP TAN
On sale APRIL 25 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Hawkman has a violent encounter with a past adversary: the beautiful alien shapeshifter Askana, who once tried to kill him! But his time she needs his help, claiming that agents from her homeworld have tracked her to Earth to terminate her. How can Hawkman trust her – or help her?

Read Green Lantern #3 now! *spoilers*


With the end of the Green Lantern War I stopped reading Green Lantern. I wasn’t a big fan of the ending of the series. I have still been buying Green Lantern and for some reason issue three called out to me to read. After reading it, I’m hooked on Green lantern again.There are two things in this book that get me very excited for the series. Plus, this book get’s a huge WTF moment at the end. The last page in simply amazing. Dough Mahnke and Christian Alamy keep getting better and better with their artwork.

I do not want to spoil the book for you. Do not scroll to the bottom of the page if you haven’t read Green Lantern #3 yet. I have warned you.

Green Lantern (2011) #3
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke
Ink by Christian Alamy

With the entire Sinestro Corps out to kill its founder, the renegade Green Lantern Sinestro finds himself in a position he’s never been in before: on the run.

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New 52 Review: Aquaman #2

Aquaman#2

Written by: Geoff Johns

Art by: Ivan Reis and Joe Prado

Review Score: 7 / 10

After a solid first issue from Geoff Johns , this issue of Aquaman moves by at a very slow pace . In fact not a lot happens story wise this issue. We see the carnage that is left after the Piranha looking creatures introduced last issue have had their fill of “food”. This prompts a local detective to track down Aquaman so that he can lend his unique skills to the investigation. The quieter scenes inside of Aquamans lighthouse apartment with Mera are good. You can tell she is completely enamored with him and you believe that they truly belong together.

This leads Aquaman and Mera to go and investigate the crime scene and all hell breaks loose. Again Reis and Prado knock the art out of the park with this book. The action scenes are all framed perfectly and there is a great sense of weight with each movement and attack . The creatures themselves are full of great detail including several tears in their skin and a very cool slimline yet grotesque body.

My biggest complaint is that these Piranha creatures continue to have only one motivation  , which is to eat . The ending however does show that they may have found their purpose for coming ashore now, and that is Aquaman himself. It ends with us being teased a future in which we will learn more about our antagonists and that’s just enough to make me hooked for the next issue. There is solid work continuing to be done here and I’m hoping for some answers come next issue .

Mike DeVivo

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Tuesday’s top picks: Green Lantern 2 & X-Men: Regenesis #1

This week’s picks are more about books that make me angry more than about they are the best books to read.

Green Lantern (2011) #2
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Christian Alamy, Doug Mahnke.

Renegade Green Lantern Sinestro sets a course for Korugar with one purpose: To free his homeworld from the scourge of… The Sinestro Corps?!

RATED T

Why would I be interested in this book? WHY WOULD I CARE ABOUT THIS BOOK??!! My love of Geoff Johns is slowly fading as each issue of Green Lantern goes by with Sinstero as the main character. Nothing against Sinestro but I’m didn’t start reading this book because of him. Also, the story about the Guardians acting like idiots is very over played.

We all know that Green lantern is Johns’ baby and he made the book a best seller but maybe he is out of stories…. It could be time for a change or a break. John’s could be doing too much now. This is why it’s very hard in the NFL to be the head coach and the general manager at the same time.

I have been down this road before with Spider-Man and it isn’t pretty. I will continue to read Green Lantern because I love the universe. This is just a dry period in story telling.

X-Men: Regenesis #1
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Billy Tan.

When the dust settles from the X-Men’s Schism, a line has been drawn, and every mutant must choose. Who will they follow – Cyclops or Wolverine? Either way, with mutantkind cut in two, things will never be the same. Setting the stage for this month’s WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #1 and November’s all-new UNCANNY X-MEN #1, Kieron Gillen (UNCANNY X-MEN, JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY) and Billy Tan (UNCANNY X-FORCE, NEW AVENGERS) take us through the ranks of the X-Men as they choose their destiny.

This book is purely printed to sucker you into buying it!!!! Why couldn’t this story have taken place in a different book (X-Men, Uncanny) that is already published? Schism has me really excited about the X-Men universe but have the story-line is to make you buy more books. Write one book really well and stop giving me five okay or shitty books.

Just like Green Lantern, I will buy this book because this might be important to the story-line but the odds of Re-genesis just being a filer book is high.

What do you think?
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Rated T+