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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

A Fond Farewell to Young Justice and Green Lantern

This past Saturday marked the end of an era for fans of DC Comics animation, as Cartoon Network aired the last episodes of Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series.  Though Green Lantern used CGI effects while Young Justice relied on more traditional animation, both series gained a similar cult following.  It was a bad omen when the series were shelved mid-season, and things just got worse when they were cancelled just shortly after their return.

Young Justice

yjIn November 2010 Cartoon Network aired the first two episodes of Young Justice as a “world premiere event.”  The series then returned on a regular basis in January 2011.  Unlike the anime-heavy Teen Titans series from 2003, the series and its characters took themselves very seriously, by quickly establishing the need for a team of “sidekicks.”  As a covert operations force for the Justice League, “The Team” (as they were most often referred to) continually proved their worth on missions and learned their limitations.  The series highlighted fan favorites like Robin and Superboy while sharing the spotlight with lesser-known characters like Miss Martian, the new Aqualad and the original character Artemis.  The first season had a singular mission of battling the mysterious villain organization “The Light” and uncovering the mole in their team.  Young Justice became a vehicle to spotlight scores of DC Comics heroes and villains, many of who hadn’t yet been adapted to television or film.  After DC Comics relaunched their books with “The New 52,” Young Justice also acted as a pocket frozen in the pre-reboot continuity (much to my pleasure.)  Just when we had uncovered the mystery of season 1, the rug was pulled from under us and we shot forth five years into the future, allowing us to see new (and possibly too many) members of the team including Batgirl, Impulse and Blue Beetle.  The series wasn’t afraid to dedicate episodes to individual characters, the saga of Roy Harper/Red Arrow was particularly compelling.    While the new faces were welcome, the second season’s plot “Invasion” moved a relatively slow pace.  Earth had been invaded by an alien force known as The Reach, who quickly announced themselves as allies to our planet, despite the team’s knowledge of the contrary.  Despite its slow movement, the ending of the second season paid off in a way that was epic and bittersweet.  The true mastermind behind The Light was revealed but sadly we would never see the continuation of this story.  Young Justice was the first successful attempt to modernize the concept of the superhero sidekick, while introducing viewers to scores of DC Comics characters.  The animation was sleek and the action was fast-paced, with martial art fights breaking out regularly every week.  Despite its humongous cast you could genuinely feel the camaraderie among the team.  Young Justice was a lot of fun and it shall be missed.  We shall erect a statue in your name in the Hall of Justice.

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Green Lantern: The Animated Series

GLThe Green Lantern film was a critical and commercial disappointment, but Warner Brothers and DC Comics still went ahead with an animated series.  Like Young Justice, Green Lantern: The Animated Series first aired as a one hour sneak peek in November 2011, then returned as a weekly series in March 2012.  Fueled by much of the Geoff Johns’ inspired universe of the comics, the series followed Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and Kilowog.  Along with their ship’s on-board AI “Aya” they traveled across the universe to stop the growing threat of Atrocitus and the Red Lantern Corps.  Along with the Red Lanterns, the first half of the series explored many different facets of the Green Lantern mythos, including the planet Green Lantern Mogo, the Star Sapphires and the first Blue Lantern.  The rage-filled Red Lantern Razer was an original creation of the show as was Aya, who quickly assumed her own physical form.  Though Hal Jordan was the main character, Razer and Aya were most certainly the breakout characters of the series, with most of the recent episodes dedicated to their relationship.  The CGI effects combined with Bruce Timm’s tried and true character designs really made the show pop visually.  Lanterns of every color shined brightly and were probably more believable than those of the Green Lantern film.  The “second season” that aired from September 2012 until recently laid a lot of groundwork for the future, with appearances by Sinestro, Larfleeze and even the Book of Black from Blackest Night.  That being said, its a true shame that developer Giancarlo Volpe and his team won’t get to explore these stories in the future.  Green Lantern: The Animated Series was everything that the Green Lantern film should’ve been.  It brought the Green Lantern mythology to life without corny exposition  and it had the guts to stay away from Earth and explore the vast space of the DC Universe.  Young Justice kind of floundered near the end, but Green Lantern: The Animated Series was getting better and better, and in many ways felt like it was just getting started.  Maybe a movie someday??

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

Mike DeVivo

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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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This week Matthew Sardo talks about Amazing Spider-Man #700, “Dark Knight Rises,” Image Comics’ Debris #1, Marvel Comics’ Hit Girl #2, FF #20 and DC Comics’ Green Lantern #11. Sardo talks about politics and how mainstream comics need to take care of their customers.

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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Alan Scott – Earth 2 Green Lantern is DC’s new gay character

According to Bleeding Cool, a source at the Phoenix Comic Con confirms that Alan Scott will come out of the closet in an upcoming issue from DC Comics. The Comic Vault will cover any further information as it is released or discovered.

From Wikipedia:
Alan Scott – Earth 2 Green Lantern
The character made his debut in All-American Comics #16 (July 1940).

Thousands of years ago, a mystical “green flame” fell to Earth in ancient China. The voice of the flame prophesied that it would act three times: once to bring death (a lamp-maker crafted the green metal of the meteor into a lamp; in fear and as punishment for what they thought sacrilege, the local villagers killed him, only to be destroyed by a sudden burst of the green flame), once to bring life (in modern times, the lamp came into the hands of a patient in a mental institution who fashioned the lamp into a modern lantern; the green flame restored him to sanity and gave him a new life), and once to bring power. By 1940, after having already fulfilled the first two-thirds of this prophecy (death when it crashed, life when it healed the insanity of the person who found it), the flame had been fashioned into a metal lantern, which fell into the hands of Alan Scott, a young railroad engineer. Following a railroad bridge collapse, the flame instructs Scott in how to fashion a ring from its metal, to give him fantastic powers as the superhero Green Lantern. He adopts a colorful costume (setting himself apart from his successors, as he wore both red and purple in his outfit, besides the standard green) and becomes a crimefighter, defeating the crooks who caused the accident, though he discovers his weakness from a wooden club.[1] Alan was a founding member of the Justice Society of America, and was its first chairman.

The New 52
Following DC’s reboot of its fictional universe, Alan Scott has been reintroduced in issue 1 of Earth 2. Now the young dynamic head of GBC productions on Earth 2, Alan Scott is destined to become his world’s Green Lantern. It is rumored that as part of his reintroduction, Alan Scott will be revealed as a homosexual.

“A Comic Show” 3.14.2012 – Brian K Vaughan’s Saga

This is one of the best week’s ever for comics in like, EVER! BKV (Y: The Last Man) has a new ongoing comic that for mature readers and double sized (44 pages) for just $2.99! It’s Star Wars action meets Game of Thrones drama! I’ll give you you’re money back if you don’t love it!
We also have Kirkman and Spencer’s Thief of Thieves #2, Adventure Time #2, and Paul Cornell’s new Vertigo launch: Saucer Country #1!
For super heroes there are Avenegers Assemble #1 By Bendis, and another great Green Lantern by Johns.
Flashpoint has the tie in that was greater than the main book: Azzarello’s BATDAD!
And lastly, CROSSED BADLANDS #1 is out! It’s C-Day with the boys, Ennis and Burrows!
So much win!- acomicshoptv

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New Teen Titans Go! short

Cartoon Network released a new Teen Titans Go! short on Friday. There should be more shorts on the way with the première of DC Nation on Cartoon Network Saturday, March 3rd at 10 AM. DC Nation will have Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Young Justice along with a sprinkling of shorts in the hour.

Green Lantern #7 “The Secret of the Indigo Tribe” variant cover

DC Comics released the variant cover of Green Lantern #7 with art work by Ian Churchill and colors by Alex Sollazzo. Green Lantern #7 starts “The Secret of the Indigo Tribe” story arc and will be in your local comic book store on March 14th, 2012.

From DC the Source:

Back in December, we told you that GREEN LANTERN #7 will kick off a brand new story arc, “The Secret of the Indigo Tribe.” In it, Hal and Sinestro’s uneasy alliance will continue as they travel to the Indigo homeworld to uncover the truths behind a heinous crime.

Today, take an exclusive first look at fan-favorite artist Ian Churchill’s variant cover for the issue, both in black and white and its final colored version.

“The GREEN LANTERN editor, Brian Cunningham, asked for a cover involving the character Indigo-1 and to have the two Green Lanterns completely defeated!” Churchill exclusively told THE SOURCE. “I came up with a few thumbnails and Brian preferred this one because he said he liked the way it reversed the clichéd view of the male on the throne flanked by females.

So with that in mind, I went ahead and this was the result. Having to leave space for the bar code at the bottom was a challenge with this one, but I managed to make it work – in the end!

I then passed it on to Alex Sollazzo for color and… voila! One GREEN LANTERN variant cover was created!”

GREEN LANTERN #7 goes on sale on March 14th.

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

Jerry Nelson

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DC and the Justice League fight hunger in Africa

DC Comics Monday released a powerful image of the Justice League in a new campaign to fight hunger in Africa. DC has teamed up with Save the Children, Mercy Corps and International Rescue Commitee to create WeCanBeHeroes.org for donations. DC Entertainment will match donations up to $1 million and will donate 50% of the sales of merchandise on the website as well. Here is the promo video from the We Can Be Heroes website.

DC Comics official press release:

Featuring Iconic Justice League Characters, Multilayered Campaign To Leverage All Time Warner Advertising Platforms Generating Significant Awareness of the Crisis

Multi-Million-Dollar Commitment Will Support Three Aid Groups Working in Africa: Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps

(January 23, 2012 – New York, NY) DC Entertainment, home of the world’s greatest super heroes, today unveiled an unprecedented giving campaign to fight the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. This multi-million-dollar commitment over the next two years will be supported across all Warner Bros. Entertainment’s and Time Warner’s businesses and feature DC Entertainment’s iconic Justice League characters, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, issuing the call to action, “We Can Be Heroes.” The announcements were made at a press conference today in New York by Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros.; Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group; and Diane Nelson, President, DC Entertainment.

We Can Be Heroes will support the efforts of three humanitarian aid organizations working in Africa—Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps—as part of the global effort to fight the current hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa. The region is suffering its worst drought and famine in over 60 years, with 13 million in need of critical assistance and 250,000 facing starvation in Somalia alone. Each partner organization was chosen for its track record of effective and expeditious humanitarian aid efforts in Africa.

We Can Be Heroes will be supported via promotional exposure across all of Time Warner’s divisional advertising platforms (Warner Bros., Turner Broadcasting, Time Inc., HBO), generating millions of consumer impressions and creating crucially needed awareness of this crisis worldwide. Save the Children, International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps will equally share a corporate donation of at least $2 million over the next two years comprised of cash donations, employee matching funds and consumer matching funds.

“Warner Bros. has a long history of corporate philanthropy and outreach, and this campaign proudly continues that tradition,” said Meyer. “We are a global company, and this is a global issue. By marshalling our expertise in consumer and fan engagement and creating global awareness, we hope we’re able to inspire others to join us in becoming ‘heroes’ and make a difference in the Horn of Africa.”

The Justice League characters were chosen by DC Entertainment both for their global recognition as well as their demonstration of strength in unity and numbers. The campaign’s graphic identifier features the iconic Justice League characters—Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg—outlined in silhouette against the African continent. Each of these characters is a super hero in his or her own right, but when they band together as the Justice League, they become an unstoppable force for good and right in the universe—a key message of the We Can Be Heroes campaign. While many individuals may feel powerless to effect change on their own, as part of a global campaign such as this, their efforts, combined with those of other donors, can create a world of change.

A key launch element of We Can Be Heroes is the campaign’s website, www.WeCanBeHeroes.org. Here, consumers can make donations which DC Entertainment will match 100 percent (up to $1 million in donations), purchase specially branded merchandise, with 50 percent of the purchase price going to fight the hunger crisis via We Can Be Heroes[1], sign up for newsletters and updates, and join the We Can Be Heroes online community. The site will also feature information on each of the partner organizations and updates on current conditions in the Horn of Africa.

“This campaign goes straight to the heart of our core competency, as Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment both have a rich legacy of telling socially relevant, compelling stories with characters embraced by global audiences,” said Robinov. “The fact that we’re able to take what we do and use it to raise awareness—and inspire action—around a cause as important as this is gratifying. With the support of the entire Studio and our Time Warner sister companies, this campaign, like the DC Comics super heroes, will make a great impact on an important issue.”

“The members of the Justice League are an international team of super heroes beloved by a broad range of fans, including men and women, young and old. This makes them the perfect ‘spokescharacters’ for this campaign,” said Nelson. “Their dedication to social justice and commitment to band together to defend the helpless brilliantly supports the ideals of the We Can Be Heroes campaign. The hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa is something we can reverse if we all work together. I’m proud and grateful we’re able to harness the power and standing of the DC Comics brand and iconic characters as well as for the support from both Warner Bros. and Time Warner that has allowed us to pursue this unprecedented initiative.”

“This is a tragic situation affecting millions and millions of people. Everyone has the ability to be a part of the solution and efforts such as We Can Be Heroes help bring us closer to that goal,” said Dr. Jill Biden, who visited refugees in Kenya in August and has worked to raise awareness of the crisis. “I commend the efforts of DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. and other organizations who are using their global reach to help raise awareness of the crisis.”

For more information on We Can Be Heroes, visit www.WeCanBeHeroes.org. For more information on the campaign’s partner organizations, visit their websites: www.savethechildren.org (Save the Children); www.rescue.org (International Rescue Committee) and www.mercycorps.org (Mercy Corps).

[1] Donation triggering purchases may not be available initially in all U.S. states.

Green Lantern Pig? (Ham Jordan)

This gentleman was hanging on the wall of Fat Willy’s Rib Shack in Chicago! The staff did not know who was the artist of this piece. All we know is that artwork has the initials NF. Spider-Ham might have his hands full with a Green Lantern Pig. If you are ever in Chicago Fat Willy’s is one of the best BBQ in town. Fat Willy’s, at 2416 West Schubert about 20 minutes north-west of downtown Chicago is across the street from a Regal Cinema which makes for a great double feature. I recommend the Jalapeno Corn Bread Fritters and Rib Tips.

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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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Why you should watch Green Lantern Extended Edition


I’ll start by saying that I know this is a flawed film , however I am going to recommend that you check out this Extended version of Green Lantern, if only to see a stronger version of Hal Jordan on-screen . There is only an extra  ten minutes cut into the film but those ten minutes go great lengths to improve the story between our three main earth characters (Hal Jordan , Carol Ferris and Hector Hammond).  I’m primarily going to focus on the new content.

This movie starts out the same way but instead of fast forwarding 6 months later after Parallax is freed we go back to the past to visit Hal Jordan as a child the night before his fathers big test flight. The next morning Hal skips school to see his dad pilot his ship for Ferris Air. It is here that we first meet Hal’s friends Carol and Hector. This scene helps solidify that these characters had known each other and creates more weight to Hector’s story later in the film. Next we are shown the iconic scene of Hal’s father crashing into the air strip . While parts of this are later shown in flashback form during Hals spin out , the extended sequence makes it easier to except that Hal would be driven to follow in his fathers footsteps as a Pilot.

Following this sequence we have a better exchange between Hal and his nephew where Hal draws a contrast between his Nephew pitching a perfect game for his little league team , and Hal flying . In this moment they both have their eyes closed and Hal explains to his nephew that the amazing feeling he felt as pitcher is how he feels every time he is in a plane. While Hal’s eyes are closed we see a tiny orb of green light come through the window and hit Hal selecting him as Abin Surs’ replacement which is a far better moment than just seeing Hal take off after leaving his Nephews Birthday party.

The one other added scene I noticed was a longer exchange between Carol and Hal while they are dancing in the bar. All of these scenes help breathe more life  into the characters . The fact that this movie didn’t do as well as Warner Brothers or DC expected is largely due to the poor Editing and lack of direction from  Martin Campbell. The actors themselves are all great in their respective roles and I like Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan. He obviously cares for the character as well as the fans of the character. However the writing is probably the biggest problem in this movie. Having four writers credited in the film shows there were too many cooks in the kitchen. Further more you would think Geoff Johns would have more input on the direction the story took since he was on set during filming . I have a feeling he was more in awe that something he loved was getting made that he didn’t stop to make sure his baby was in the best of hands.

One of the best sequences of the movie. The Oath being delivered in all of its glory.

I will also say that I think this movie actually is better after multiple viewings . Sure its flawed but it is fun and instead of beating it up for what it didn’t do right I will enjoy it for the things it did do well. I love the special effects, the costumes, aliens , and the action sequences. I wish that there was more OA as does everyone else but after watching the special features it was nice to see the art department taking so  much time and care with each aspect of the film. I got that they spent so much time and money on pre – visuals that there were many deleted scenes which are on the disc that didn’t make it into the film due to budget constraints. Again the blame falls on Director Martin Campbell who has already excluded himself from the next film.

So yes I am telling you to give the film another go. I know you will enjoy the extended edition far better than what we saw in theaters . The special features and Deleted scenes are also great for fans of the film and the character. There is a great exchange between Sinestro and Hal in the Oan graveyard which seems to have been cut due to unfinished special effects.

While I’ll admit that the film isn’t as good as fans of the character and series deserve ,  this fan is not ashamed to admit enjoying the hell out of  it either.

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.

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DC’s New 52: Lesser known titles you should add to your pull list

Dc’s new 52 has been a shockingly  successful experiment in my opinion at least after this first month. If you’re like me you have to pick and choose what comics you get each week .  We all know Superman , Batman , Wonder Woman and Green Lantern are going to sell and the reboot  has injected new life into each of those respective books.  However there have been a few Comics and characters that belong at the top of your pull list along with the aforementioned Superheroes. I wanted to highlight a few of those titles below and give props to the creative teams that are making me giddy with excitement for issue #2.

Batwoman #1

Written by : J.H. Williams III & W.  Haden Blackman

Art by: J.H. Williams III

Let me start by saying this was one of the books I was most excited about but also  most worried about. Over a year ago Detective Comics handed itself over to writer Greg Rucka and artist J.H. Williams while Bruce Wayne was Traveling through time with identity issues . This lead to an amazing run on Detective Comics that helped set the tone and character for Batwoman rebooting with issue #1 . After much delay and a change in writers ( Greg Rucka left and handed over shared writing duties ) Batwoman is back again in a issue #1 and it is just as spectacular as it was a year ago.

Immediately J.H. Williams’ Art and Layouts will knock your socks off. He uses a painterly style with Batwoman and pencils and inks for her alter ego Kate Kane  . The Layouts themselves are some of the most creative Ive ever seen . You can tell every panel is thought out and you could spend an hour on each page easily making this one of the most beautiful titles of the relaunch. Further more I’m impressed with the ease at which our writing team is able to drop you right into the story and still inform you of the characters interactions and back story . The plot is great, and the antagonists are perfectly creepy. A well timed argument towards the end of the issue catches you up on anything you may have missed over a year ago while also continuing to push the story  forward with ease. This book is amazing and is firing on all cylinders and deserves your attention.

 

Best surprise of the new 52 launch so far

 

Animal Man #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire

Artist: Travel Foreman and Dan Green

Jeff Lemire uses a very ingenious way to bring us into the story, and catch us up on all things Animal Man by having us read an interview featuring our title character on the first page. What follows is a double page spread showing Buddy Baker settling into his new life as Father and family man. This is a very grounded book which is great for building tension in a book where no one feels “safe” . Buddy however has an itch to go back out on Patrol as Animal Man and things go from bad to worse by the end of the issue. The art is greatly detailed with nice muted colors and a dream sequence with which the artist uses  ink wash with pops of  red to really create a sense of anguish and dread. However its the cliff hanger at the end involving  his daughter Maxine ,  who has a unique take on her fathers power that has me biting at my nails to check out the next issue.

 

 

 

Swamp Thing #1

Writer : Scott Snyder

Artist : Yanick Paquette

Scott Snyder, who has been  on a roll recently with Batman and Detective Comics now flexes his writing muscles on the new Swamp Thing reboot.  Right off the bat we are introduced to a future Metropolis with Superman noticing Dead birds falling from the sky and then we are quickly sent to the Bat cave where we see Batman puzzled as his pet bats scatter and fall all around him. Scott Snyder quickly chooses to bring us into Alec Hollands life as he is now working in construction giving up his life’s work as a scientist in the process.  For fans wanting to get a taste of what Superman will look and sound like after he’s grown out of his T shirt and jeans phase , look no further. Superman and Alec Holland share a great moment together in the opening pages that touches on how important of a character he is to the DC Universe now. I especially like the stern and direct approach Alec takes with Superman . Also having Alec remember all of Swamp Things memories from his long storied past is a nice way to show us that there is going to be a symbiotic relationship again between the two characters in the near future.

Yanick Paquette does amazing things with foliage and dead animals in this book . Necks get twisted , creepy bugs fly into ears, and people die in horrible ways , this by no means is kid stuff. After this first issue I’m convinced he was the perfect choice for art duties. The immediate threat as gruesome and shocking as it is , borrows a bit from The Happening .  Instead of their being creepy wind , we get creepy wind with an actual disgusting monster. Scott however manages to inject enough intrigue and despair at the end of the issue with Swamp Thing coming back to claim his host.  I am counting the days for the next issue to see how all of these story threads play out.

Mike DeVivo



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Time Out Chicago is covering the DCU Reboot

The editors over at Time Out Chicago have decided to collect all their articles about comics and graphic novels on one main page (TOC’s Comics Shop). Web Behren’s a writer on the new page has informed us that Time Out Chicago will attempted to review all 52 DC books over the coming weeks.

Four of us sat around in the office Thursday and divvied up the 51 remaining titles that will be rolling out in September. We went week by week, in a sort of sports-style draft. It was fun. I got some great picks too, including “Animal Man” and (yes) “Green Lantern.” – a geeked-out Web Behrens

This is very exciting to see mainstream journalists getting involved in the reboot. Is it because it’s a big event or the fact that the comics are digital or a combination of both? Hopefully Time Out Chicago’s website will get more traffic and this section of the website will continue. Here is a list of the current articles and links.

DC Comics rebootshttp://bit.ly/ofSM32
Does DC’s new strategy fortell the end of print? Local retailers react. By Web Behrens

Justice League artist Jim Lee | Interviewhttp://bit.ly/mOEReb
Posted in Out & About blog by Web Behrens

Review of Justice League #1http://bit.ly/oxndnb
Posted in Out & About blog By Web Behrens, Brent DiCrescenzo and Jonathan Messinger
The message board for this review is pretty angry and insane. Some comic book fans need to figure out how to express their anger in a more creative and witty way.

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