Category: Green Lantern


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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You know what?  We’ve been so busy down here in the Word of the Nerd basement that we forgot what day it was.  We shouldn’t even be here today.  The boss let’s us out every so often so we have a chance to air out and get a little bit of sunlight so we won’t get scurvy.

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The most secretive and enigmatic lantern corps is no doubt the Indigo Tribe.  They wield the light of compassion and little more is known about them.  Luckily, starting in the March 2012 issue Green Lantern #7, we will get some insight to the reclusive Indigo Lanterns.

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“Tor lorek san, bor nakka mur,
Natromo faan tornek wot ur.
Ter Lantern ker lo Abin Sur,
Taan lek lek nok–Formorrow Sur!”
-Oath of the Indigo Tribe

Not much is known about the mysterious Indigo Tribe; even their oath is all but impenetrable to anyone not of their numbers. But the upcoming storyline of GREEN LANTERN will explore their secrets, revealing shocking truths that will shake the foundations of the entire Lantern universe.

Wielding the light of Compassion, the reclusive Indigo Tribe will be the focus of an ongoing story which begins with GREEN LANTERN #7 – written by fan-favorite, critically acclaimed author Geoff Johns and illustrated by artists Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy.

In “The Secret of the Indigo Tribe,” the uneasy alliance of Hal Jordan and Sinestro continues, as they are taken to the Indigo homeworld to uncover the truths behind a heinous crime. But what crime could keep this unlikely duo together, driving them to investigate a corps ostensibly dedicated to the spread of goodwill throughout the galaxy? And what dark secrets will Hal and Sinestro discover out in the unknown reaches of deep space?

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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Wonder Woman joins the fray as Superman, Batman, GreenLantern and Flash help fight off the mysterious alien attack.

I realize we’re only three issues into this new Justice League series.  This has been a series that was a success thesecond it hit comic store shelves.  Thefirst issue sold faster than they could be handed out and the issue went intoat least three reprintings.  As a comicbook fan and reviewer, I have been anxious every month for each new issue.  This latest issue was well worth the wait.
The heroes have settled their differences long enough tojoin in combating their common enemy. The horde of savage aliens continues their attack.  Oddly enough they aren’t killing but aretaking hostage, helpless civilians.
Public opinion may prove to be their worst enemy.  People are frightened by the sudden appearanceof all the super humans and one in particular is Wonder Woman.  In addition to her outwardly outlandishappearance, she is a newcomer to our modern civilization.  Her government handler, Major Steve Trevorseems unable to control or contain Wonder Woman or Diana as she prefers to becalled.

A curious stroll through the city turns quickly into afight, which Diana more than welcomes. The aliens attack, attempting to take civilians.  Wonder Woman leaps into action to help savethe people so seem to be so afraid and untrusting of her.

Meanwhile, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern and Flash arebarely holding their own against the never ending mob of aliens.  Only Superman is able to keep the aliens atbay while Batman and the other attempt to figure out what they are after; butthere are too many even for the Man of Steel. Suddenly Wonder Woman appears to help turn the tide of the battle.
That’s only a taste of what this issue had in store.  If you want to find out more, I suggest youpick up a copy of Justice League #3 before it sells out.  This was probably the best issue yet in myopinion and with the league’s roster nearly complete; Wonder Woman isn’t theonly new addition to the team in this issue.  We also get to witness the somewhat disturbing and tragic birth of another young hero as the story progresses.

The comic dream team of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee make this thestandout issue of the week perhaps even the month.  Amid the ocean of great and positives thingsI have for this issue, I had but only one criticism.  The introduction of Steve Trevor was apleasant surprise, but Lee’s characterization of him make him look more likethe old 1960’s G.I. Joe action figure with the short, stubby life-like hair andless like the character we’re use to.

This new take on Justice League is a fresh and somewhat welcome change to the characters we’ve come to know.  Superman’s complete change of character to include an arrogance that is almost Batman-like; a far cry from the boy scout we’ve seen for years.  Diana’s child-like innocence and hunger for battle makes her somehow more likeable to me.  Hal Jordan’s cockiness and swagger humbled by the knowledge Superman is more powerful than him.  Flash being an all around smart ass are all combined to make up a more likeable and realistic team. It will be fun to see these new characters grow into the heroes they are destined to become.  The fourth issue promises even more surprises and action aswe count down to the reveal of the team’s true enemy, the all powerfulDarkseid.

At the furthest edge of the universe, the Red Lantern Corpsare on a mission to hunt down and kill every Green Lantern they encounter.
The premiere of GreenLantern: The Animated Series was everything I hoped and expected it tobe.  Not only weren’t we bogged down byan overdone and pointless back story, the story we did get was exciting andaction packed.  This was the GreenLantern I was hoping the live action movie was going to be.
At the edge of the universe known as Frontier Space, theGreen Lanterns chosen to protect these far off sectors have received little tono training that their other Lantern brothers take for granted.  They are virtually on their own, with theclosest help nearly eighteen months away. When four Lanterns are killed by a mysterious new enemy, it quicklycomes to the attention of the Guardians of the Universe that something is wrong.
While on Oa facing disciplinary actions, Green Lantern ofsector 2814, Hal Jordan is made aware of the newest threat to the Corps.  Hal is determined to find out who isresponsible for the murder of his fellow Lanterns.  The Guardians forbid him from investigatingthe situation and that they need further information before acting on it.  In true Guardian fashion, they deny theexistence of the possible “Lantern killers”.
But one Guardian, a more open minded and free thinkingGanthet discreetly shows Hal and fellow Green Lantern, Kilowog a new ship capable of making thejourney to Frontier Space in a fraction of the time it would normallytake.  This new interceptor is powered bya Green Lantern power battery and come equipped with an A.I. intelligencenavigation system.
Never one to pass up a good opportunity, Hal decides toborrow (steal) the prototype ship and take it to Frontier Space to hunt downthe Lantern killers.  However Kilowogknows Hal far too well and is waiting for him in the hangar with the intentionof going along, for nothing else but to make sure Hal doesn’t get himselfkilled.
The journey to Frontier Space doesn’t go as smoothly as Halhoped it would.  Their hasty departurefrom Oa caused their warp field to become unstable and they have to make quickadjustments before the ship is torn apart. Upon arriving, they are immediately alerted to a Lantern under attack,Hal and Kilowog rush to the rescue and are viciously attacked by the two“Lantern Killers”.  It takes all theirskill and tricks to fight off the incredibly violent attackers and rescue theirfellow Lantern.
And thus a struggle begins that will determine the fate ofan entire planet as well as the Green Lantern Corps itself.  Hal and Kilowog discover the identities oftheir attackers and the danger is worse than they feared.  Trapped in Frontier Space with any hopes ofreinforcements over a year away, it is up to Hal Jordan and Kilowog to makecertain this evil never makes it to Oa.
This premiere episode of GreenLantern: The Animated Series gives us another brief glimpse into Cartoon Network’s new block of programmed called DC Nation.  This is the first of several new seriescoming from the DC universe.  Even thoughI have gone on record with my dislike for the CG animation style that is theall the rage recently, I will admit that I liked this episode in spite of thedistaste for the animation.
It was a relief to see that this series didn’t disappointthe way the big screen version did.  Iimagine you have to know your core audience and adding Green Lantern to the block of other DC shows was certainly the bestidea.  In addition, this proves that GreenLantern isn’t some obscure character that no one cares about; he has a loyalfollowing.
I truly enjoyed how Hal Jordan was portrayed but was alittle disappointed in Kilowog.  I wishhe would have been played more like Michael Madsen did in Green Lantern: FirstFlight.  The biggest surprise was theGuardians.  They were as arrogant andcerebral as you’d come to expect; and I loved how Ganthet stood out as the“rogue” element on the Guardian council.
I was sad to find out that Green Lantern wasn’t in next week’s lineup of programming onCartoon Network but I am eagerly awaiting more episodes of the series.  One quick note to Cartoon Network, it mightbring in more viewers if you lined up encore airings of this episode.

DC Comics celebrates its number 3’s this month featuring 3 Things You Didn’tKnow About DC Comics- The New 52 and as I predicted, things are starting to get good in the GL series.  Sinestro is back in the GL Corps and Hal Jordan has been reduced to being his little lapdog.

I can’t speak for the rest of DC Nation, but I continue to be reenergized bythe direction of GREEN LANTERN.

Who’d have thunk that it would take Sinestro, of all characters, to do it?The GL nemesis now wears a GL uniform again…and this turn of events hastransformed the series into the unlikeliest of buddy books, teaming Sinestrowith his former protégé Hal Jordan. Seeing the two go back and forth has madethe series a true joy to work on, thanks to the creative team supreme of writerGeoff Johns and artist Doug Mahnke.
Naturally, I’m super-excited for the series’ future, and here are 3 things Ican share:

1. THIS IS NOT THE SINESTRO YOU REMEMBER.
Sinestro has always been known as the dictatorial GL who fell from grace andreturned as the Green Lantern Corps’s greatest nemesis. Now Sinestro wields aGL ring once more — under mysterious circumstances, no less — and what he plansto do with it will likely surprise you as much as it did me.

In our first arc, we reveal a tragic secret about Sinestro: He has a beatingheart, a fact Sinestro locks tightly away from the entire universe…until itunlocks for a millisecond. Explaining more would say too much, but watch for it— it could make Sinestro your favorite character in DC – THE NEW 52.

Is Sinestro a hero or villain? The answer is…yes.

2. THE RINGS CARRY SECRETS.
Sinestro revealed to Hal in issue #3 that the ring allows its bearer to createa “stealth mode” costume in black. We learn another doozy in issue #5.

What else does Sinestro know about the ring that we don’t? Stay tuned.

3. THE CORPS’S DAYS ARE NUMBERED.
At least, that’s how the Guardians of the Universe feel. As revealed in issue#3, they’ve deemed the Green Lantern Corps a failure, just as they once did therobot Manhunters that the Corps replaced billions of years ago. What exactlyare the Guardians up to? They’ve been chatting about creating a “Third Army” —and what that is will become clear as the series slowly builds towards its nextmassive crossover with the other GL series. And THAT, DC Nation, will be sohugely momentous, it will quake the DC cosmos to its very core!

In the meantime, enjoy GREEN LANTERN for the here and now — Sinestro and HalJordan getting to know each other again for the first time.

Could this signify the beginning of a new War of the GreenLanterns event?  This time the GL Corpswill be fighting for its very survival against the Guardians themselves.  I told you Green Lantern is getting good.

Hello Word fans, time for a slice of geek heaven! Last Friday Cartoon Network aired a special preview for Green Lantern: The Animated Series. If you are like me and missed it or do not watch commercials due to the wonder of DVR, again something I am guilty of, then you may have missed their sneak peak at DC Nation coming 2012. DC Nation will be a block of programming dedicated to all things DC and is produced by Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.

We already know that new shows like Young Justice and Green Lantern will be aired during this time, as well as the upcoming Beware the Batman, but we also get a glimpse in the trailer of some awesome shorts. The shorts include a stop motion Batman done by Wallace and Gromit’s Aardman Animations, Lego Batman, Plastic Man and Teen Titans. It all looks awesome, and if successful could easily translate to more great DC content. Young Justice is already a hit and possible the best animated take on the DCU since Batman: The Animated Series. I for one am excited are you?

I also thought I would throw in this little bit of fun. Done by YouTube user TyphoonMovies it is a piece of fan made work that sets Rocksteady Games’ Arkham City to Danny Elfman’s Batman: The Animated Series theme music. If this does not bring a smile to your face nothing will.

Hal Jordan enters into an uneasy alliance with Sinestro tohelp him liberate his home world of Korugar from his former Lantern Corps; butthis is a mission one of them will not return from alive.
Hal Jordan once again wields a Green Lantern power ring, butthere are strings attached.  That ring iscontrolled by Sinestro who can take it way or limit its power whenever he seesfit.  Sinestro needs Hal’s help to freeKorugar from enslavement at the hands of the Yellow Lantern Corps, the Corps heuse to lead.
Hal reluctantly agrees to help Sinestro who agrees that onceKorugar has been liberated Hal will get to keep the ring with no restrictions.  Time is of the essence and Sinestro’s plan totake out the Yellow Lanterns depends on precise timing and his ability to holdoff the entire Corps alone while Hal sneaks into the Yellow Central PowerBattery and shut it down.
Sinestro and Hal argue over the possible failure of hisplan, but as usual Sinestro’s confidence and arrogance along with Hal’s stubbornnesscause tension between the two former enemies. Hal simply doesn’t trust Sinestro even though he again wears the ringand uniform of a Green Lantern.  Sinestrodoes nothing to hide his anger and resentment toward the Guardians and Hal forhis re-enlistment into the Green Lantern Corps.
On Oa, the Guardians ponder on their past mistakes anddebate plans for the future.  Now thatGanthet has rejoined the Guardians they are able to clearly see their nextstep.  After their disastrous and costlyfailure with the Manhunters the Guardians now see the Green Lanterns as anotherfailure on their part.  They determinenow is the time to replace the Green Lantern Corps.
The two uneasy allies set out to Korugar to save its peoplefrom enslavement; but as with all well made plans, things don’t always happenas expected.  Hal and Sinestro bothencounter obstacles and the issue comes to a close with one of them losingtheir life.  If you want to know more, Isuggest you rush out to your local comic store and pick up Green Lantern #3 to find out for yourself.
“Every second I pointlessly argue with you, someone onKorugar suffers longer than they need to. You haven’t been able to sort out your relationship with Carol foryears.  Do you really think a briefgoodbye is going to fix things?  What’smore important here:  futilely putting abandage on the gaping wound of your failed romance or saving an entire world?”
As a long time Green Lantern fan, I am pleased with Geoff Johnsand the direction he is taking this series after the DCU reboot.  With most of the GL universe remaining intactit appears to me that this may inevitably fall on Sinestro and Hal Jordon tosave the Green Lantern Corps from being annihilated by the Guardiansthemselves.
I can see this turning into the first big GL event of theDCnU when the entire Corps is called upon to fight for their survival againstthe very beings that created them.  Thiswasn’t a spectacular issue by any means, but it will come down to being apivotal point in what is yet to come for GreenLantern.
Green Lantern was written by Geoff Johns, penciled by Doug Mahnke, inked by Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Mark Irwin and Tom Nguyen.
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Not everything about the Green Lantern movie was terrible.  After listening to the musical score from the film, it’s easy to determine that it’s not all bad.  A good score can make or break a movie and in this case, the score neither makes the film nor does it enhance it much.  It’s not entirely an awful score, but could have used more upbeat tones and be a little faster paced.

The score was written by James Newton Howard who also co-wrote the scores for Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.  It sounds like Howard tried to employ the same techniques to the Green Lantern score when it could have used something different.  At times it seems like the score is suited for a different movie and is mostly unsuitable for a character like Green Lantern.  Overall I like Howard’s approach to scoring films, with short main character themes than can be easily mixed into the score.  However in this case, this score is just lacking something.

3 out of 5

Notable Tracks
#7 – Genesis of Good and Evil
#8 – The Induction Process
#9 – Welcome To Oa
#10 – We’re Going To Fly Now
#16 – Hal Battles Parallax

Complete Track List
01. Prologue/Paralax Unbound (03:09)
02. Abin Sur Attacked (01:08)
03. Carol Scolds Hal (01:21)
04. Drone Dogfight (03:15)
05. Did Adam Put You Up To This? (02:25)
06. The Ring Chooses Hal (02:34)
07. Genesis Of Good And Evil (02:35)
08. The Induction Process (03:05)
09. Welcome to Oa (01:42)
10. We’re Going To Fly Now (01:53)
11. You Reek Of Fear (02:13)
12. The Origin Of Parallax (03:25)
13. Run (05:30)
14. You Have To Be Chosen (07:27)
15. Hector’s Analysis (01:06)
16. Hal Battles Paralax (07:19)
17. The Corps (02:19)
18. Green Lantern Oath (00:19) (feat. Ryan Reynolds)