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After a bit of a slow start, Green Lantern Corps sure has picked up over the last two issues.  The action is almost been non-stop and with a very intriguing storyline developing, it looks like things will get worse before they get better for the Green Lanterns.

John Stewart and a handful of other Lanterns were left behind on the planet Xabas at the mercy of a powerful and mysterious new enemy.  These new foes are nearly immune to the energy of the corps’ power rings.  But more dangerous, they are empowered by their own emerald energy of willpower.

After a disastrous and costly battle the majority of Lanterns are teleported back to Oa.  John Stewart and a few others are left behind.  With their rings nearly out of energy, Stewart surrenders to their enemies but instead of killing them, they are taken captive.

Back on Oa, Guy Gardner and Salaak interrogate one of the soldiers they captured during the battle.  Their prisoner shows remarkable resistance and Guy finds it increasingly difficult to get any information from him.  It is clear that strong measures are in order.

Some of the other Lanterns are finding it difficult dealing with survivors guilt at leaving their brothers behind and at the mercy of a ruthless enemy.  Isamot Kol and Hannu are having the most difficulty dealing with their feelings and like some of the other Lanterns are plagued by nightmares.

John and the others are led through some kind of wormhole to some strange planet or another dimension.  There they are forced to march across what the soldiers call “the emerald plains”.

On Oa, Guy Gardner is paid a visit by The Martian Manhunter who agrees to probe the soldier’s mind and find out who and want he is.  It doesn’t take long for J’onn to discover who this mysterious new threat is.  They call themselves The Keepers and they were once responsible for tending the corps’ power batteries.  He also makes another startling discovery.  The Keepers are coming to Oa for the central power battery.

“Where was your Green Lantern Corps when Mars needed you?  You Green Lanterns think you’re the ultimate authority in the universe, and I don’t enjoy helping you.  But in this instance, we work for the same purpose.  These warmongers could eventually threaten my adopted world, which I intend to prevent.  I hold a special grudge for world killers.”

As I stated at the beginning of this piece, Green Lantern Corps had a slow but rather intriguing start.  I didn’t dislike it but it seemed to drag a little at the beginning.  Since the first issue this series has done nothing but get better.  With epic battles and lots of ring slingin’ action this is probably one of the better of the Green Lantern titles so far.

I’ve particularly enjoyed the drama and the intricate story associated with these first few issues.  Never having been a fan of Guy Gardner I am growing to like him in this title or at the very least I am tolerating him.  All in all Green Lantern Corps #4 is a good romp and an excellent read.

Story by: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils by: Fernando Pasarin
Inks by: Scott Hanna
Colors by: Gabe Elteab

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As the title implies, we indeed see the end of Optimus Prime in this Transformers one shot from IDW.  After the rather pointless and lackluster last issue of Transformers: Ongoing we are treated to a real story of consequence in this one shot.  Transformers as we know it is gone and IDW is taking the series in a totally new direction; well two actually.  The series breaks off into two different titles, Robots In Disguise and More Than Meets The Eye.

The long war for Cybertron is over.  The Autobots claim victory over the rival Deceptions, but the damage to the planet and the aftermath of the horrors of war make it certain that no one as truly won.  Megatron and Galvatron are gone and presumed dead.  The damage caused to the planet by the Decepticon gestalt and The Matrix is nearly catastrophic.

A dazed and confused Optimus Prime awakens on a Cybertron he no longer recognizes.  At first he thinks he’s dead and has gone to the Afterspark.  But what he soon realizes is that he is alive and Cybertron has been forever changed.  The Matrix of Leadership is empty and broken.  Prime walks the desolate plains of a ravaged Cybertron and is surprised to find life.

It has been three weeks since the war ended.  The Autobots who remained on Earth have returned to help pick up the pieces.  The surviving Decepticons, with no leader have lost their will to fight and have been corralled into a makeshift P.O.W. camp.  More surprising is that thousands of non-combatants and Cybertronian civilians have returned to the planet to reclaim their home.

The Autobots are put into a precarious position as an occupying force.  With no war, no enemy left to fight, the civilians call for their removal from power and that they leave the planet to them.  Outnumbered, the Autobots argue among themselves about the best course of action.  Do they leave the home they have fought for millions of years to defend, or do they find a way to coexist with the Cybertronian civilians?

As crowds of civilians gather around Iacon, protesting the Autobots claim to the planet, things start to turn violent.  Bumblebee, still clinging to the mantle of leader makes a controversial decision and frees the Decepticons to help with crowd control.  With no real sense of purpose and no true leader, Starscream and the other Decepticons agree and help the Autobots keep the civilians at bay.

Optimus Prime only stands by and watches as the Cybertron he swore to protect, once again splinters into factions and begins to tear itself apart again.  He makes the only decision he can and addresses the population.  Being a living symbol of the war itself, he no longer has a place on Cybertron.  He makes a compromise; he will leave the planet forever in exchange, the Autobots and Decepticons will be allowed to stay and make a place for themselves.

“When I became a Prime, I wrote two speeches…two speeches to be filed away until the war was over.  I would give one in the event of victory, the other in the event of defeat.  Standing before you today, I do not know which to give.”

“In your eyes at least, I am the war.  I represent everything that you sought to escape from…everything you rejected.  As such, I am an obstacle to peace…something I have no wish to be.  And that is why, tomorrow morning I am leaving Cybertron forever.”

As surprising and shocking an ending this is, it is somehow satisfying and a fitting end to the war.  We all know the premise behind Transformers.  A lot of us grew up with them and know it all too well.  It was only a matter of time before someone had to win.  I am glad that IDW is taking this step in progressing the storyline of Transformers.  There are so many other great stories to tell besides Autobots versus Decepticons and this is a chance to see if these characters can find a place beyond the war.

One thing I found very interesting about this issue was how Optimus Prime is certain Megatron is alive somewhere in the galaxy.  He knows that at some point his return to Cybertron will be necessary.  He will be called back to defend his home again.  Plus, to have Megatron just mysteriously die in a blinding white light wouldn’t be fitting for him.

As two new chapters for Transformers are about to being I find that I am of two minds about it.  Part of me is excited to see what happens next.  The thrill of new possibilities and new adventures to be had.  Another part of me is sad to see the Transformers universe as I know it come to an end.

Whatever the writers have in store, it will certainly be interesting and I am anxious to find out what happens. 

Transformers: The Death of Optimus Prime
Story by: James Roberts and John Barber
Art by: Nick Roche
Colors by: Josh Burcham
Letters by: Shawn Lee

Oh man, it’s Monday…again.  That most dreaded of days and we’re having to relive yet another one.  Fear not friends, Word of the Nerd feels your pain.  Although this is a fantastical place to work, we dread Mondays just like everyone else.  Enjoy today’s wallpaper and forget about the rigors of the day.

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Flash Gordon, the timeless sci-fi action hero returns tocomics in a fantastic new story from Dynamite Comics!
I must say that I was rather intrigued when I heard aboutthis new Flash Gordon book.  I am a fanof the 1980 movie Flash Gordon starting Sam Jones & Max Von Sydow and Ieven remember watching a pretty cool animated series in the early 80s and was mesmerizedby it.
This new book is a spin on the story from the movie.  The first few lines are even taken directlyfrom the film.  But shortly after, thewhole story takes a fairly expected and admittedly fun turn.
Ming the Merciless, ruler of Mongo and the known universeplans the conquest of Earth.  He sendsemissaries to choose a proxy to govern the planet in his name.  Ming unleashes a barrage of natural disastersand strange phenomena to weaken and terrify the people of Earth before hisinvasion begins.
Meanwhile Flash Gordon and Dale Arden, narrowly escape fromthe plane carrying them to a secret location before it crashes.  The two miraculously parachuting to the exactpoint they need to find.  Flash has beensent by the President of the United States to find Dr. Hans Zarkov.  The US Government believes that Dr. Zarkovmay be able to explain what is happening around the globe.
Instead of welcoming Flash and Dale, Zarkov hold them atgunpoint and forces them into a rocket ship he has constructed to travel to theorigin of the cosmic forces wrecking havoc on the Earth.  Flash tries to stop the paranoiac Dr. Zarkovand the two struggle as the rocket soars skyward to the unknown.
The story is all too familiar, but in spite of that this wasjust a fun book to read.  It brings backmemories of my younger days.  Even with afairly predictable story thus far, there is enough of a twist to make itsomewhat unique and worthy of attention. I shouldn’t have to even mention that comic legend Alex Ross is involvedwith the artwork as well as the story.  As an added bonus and incentive, the book is only one dollar, that certainly brings back memories.
This kind of book is what made comic books great in thefirst place.  It’s almost like you’rereading a piece of history when you flip through the pages of this book.  Flash Gordon has been around for a long timeand has been re-introduced to new generations of fans more than once.  I am glad that the old classics can still be relevantin this day and age.  This is definitelya title I will be adding to my regular pull list.
Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #1 was written by Eric Trautmann& Alex Ross with artwork by Daniel Indro & Slamet Mujiono.  Additional cover artwork by Alex Ross, PaulRenaud, Francesco Francavilla and Wagner Reis.
Be sure to check out my preview piece for this book atComic Booked.
Francesco Francavilla retro cover

Hey everyone, it’s Friday!  (happy dance, happy dance)  Fridays are awesome aren’t they?  The weekend is at hand and everyone is looking forward to a couple of days off.  Take some time away from daydreaming about your weekend plans and enjoy today’s new wallpaper.

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Wow!  Can you believe it is the first of December?  The Christmas season is upon us and before you know it it will be 2012.  Lots of great things have happened this past year, so why dwell on the negative when so many good things have happened.

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It’s Wednesday!  That means a lot of different things to a lot of people.  To some it’s just Wednesday, humpday, the week is half over.  To others it’s New Comics Day.  The day we comic book lovers flock to our local comic stores and pick up the latest issues of our favorite books.

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Today is Tuesday and we here at Word of the Nerd love our readers.  We love you guys so much that today we’re going to give you a 2-fer on your daily comic wallpaper.

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Thanksgiving is over and you’re back at work.  Let Word of the Nerd take your mind off it all with this great comic wallpaper.

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It’s Sunday!  For many of us it’s back to work tomorrow.  You’ve had a few days off and you’re dreading returning to the daily grind.  Let Word of the Nerd help you get over the pain of going back to work with this great comic wallpaper.

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