A couple weeks ago our LIST was a series of polls gambling on the new Green Lantern movie. Now that we’ve actually seen it, we can give some answers.
If you answered 30-45 minutes, you win at 10:1 odds!
Hopefully you took the “under,” because he only said it twice. Of course, that was in about 30 seconds of each other, so you’re forgiven for thinking there would be many, many more.
Other than a John Broome reference, I didn’t hear ANY other name drops, though the guy at my LCS claims to have heard a quick reference to “Guy”. anyone else?
Yes! The Sinestro Corps even got it’s logo in the movie, as did Star Sapphire, on Carol Ferris’s helmet.
Of course! And I believe it happened both with and sans mask.
Only twice did the oath get recited, both times by Hal Jordan. Surprising, I expected to hear the entire Corps say it in unison at some point. Hey, they did it at Comic-Con!
We won’t know for many more months, but I’d still bet heavily on MTV.
I only think I saw Salaak. Anyone else? I just KNEW C’hp would be there, but I never saw him.
As everyone knows, Hal’s father died in a test plane. Pushing someone’s mom down the stairs is what Geoff Johns did to Barry Allen.
Their love was so pure,
But a happy Spider-Man?
’twas destined to die.
Yet another light week for me. Here’s what I’m looking at this week.
Last week was pretty disappointing, but I wasn’t expecting to wind up with a copy of Hack/Slash #5 in my bag. I’ve been pretty pleased with the samples I’ve read, but it’s not really something I’m into. This month’s book featured Fantomah the Jungle Woman, who along with Stardust the Super-Wizard is one of Fletcher Hanks’ insane creations. They must be in the public domain now to be featured in a modern book.
This is great news in and of itself, as long as the books they’re in are worth reading. H/S #5 isn’t one of those books, though. The book starts off with an amazing homage to the old Hanks stories that really works well (the only thing Kyle Strahm needs to remember is that Hanks draws his characters with a very distinct style of flying), then cuts to the present as Fantomah returns and picks up where she left off. Fine so far, but the b-story featured characters I wasn’t familiar with and never got explained and the art was too rough around the edges. If you regularly follow the title you may have a better experience, but jumping in as a less-than-casual reader it didn’t convince me to come back.
But that cover…Wow. Worth the cost of admission alone.
That’s it for me. What are YOU looking at?
With the Green Lantern movie out, the idea that green is the power of will while yellow is the power fear has entered the public consciousness. In the comics we’ve seen a proliferation of new Corps. What other colors are we not reading about, and what powers them?
Thistle Lantern Corps is powered by Smarminess
The Grey Lantern Corps is powered by Grumpiness
Rainbow Lantern Corps is powered by Pride
Brown Lantern Corps is powered by turkey gravy
The Aquamarine Corps is the toughest bunch of SOB’s you’ll ever meet wearing teal
Cerulean Lantern Corps is powered by Daytime Television
Periwinkle Lantern Corps is powered by fashion sense
It’s been awhile since Jesse or I have written anything substantial about a Jeff Parker book. Thunderbolts #159 is remarkable then for a couple of reasons. The first is a slight negative: I’m not sure why this issue merited an increased page count and increased price tag, but it was worth it. The book itself is formatted as several vignettes…essentially an old-style annual. Each story looks at the destruction of the Raft from a different point of view. The remarkable thing about the vignettes is that they are not all written by Jeff Parker (again not unlike an old-style annual). While not remarkable in and of itself, the genius here is that the editor brought together four writers with the same panache for dialogue and character. Not a beat was missed in this book between the stories and its intertwining characters. Well done on this issue, Marvel, well done.
For every misstep that IDW is making with their mediocre Transformers books, they are making all the right moves with GI JOE. The re-imagining and depth they are giving to familiar plots/ characters is outstandingly done. Case in point is the current arc running through the JOE titles as Cobra’s upper echelon is in the middle of a pissing contest to replace the assassinated Cobra Commander. Cobra #2 focuses on Serpentor’s role as observer to the contest of power. Mike Costa’s re-imagining Serpentor as a cult figure/ life coach/ cash cow for Cobra is interesting and manipulative. Well done, IDW, well done.
Secret Avengers #14 was about the small moment. Let the other Marvel books handle to grand scale of the Fear Itself event; Nick Spencer is doing solid work with character focused plots. This issue and the last both focus on a character (in this case Valkyrie) and explore their depths. In this case, it’s an origin story mixed with an attack on Philadelphia.
Action Comics #902 had some good moments and dialogue. This shaping up to be a pretty decent ending for the current Action Comics volume.
A tightly packed core,
Whirring with white hot power,
Don’t call him “Tiny.”