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Red Lanterns #34 Review

"They do not deserve clemency. Nor do I."

If we didn't know any better it would be easy to think that Red Lanterns #34 was the last issue of Charles Soule's run due to the sense of finality it has and how nicely tied in a bow it all seems.  While that's certainly not the case this issue clearly ends a chapter in the Book of Rage and it's unclear what the future holds for the Red Lanterns moving forward.  While this issue is satisfying, providing a lot of action and moments to cheer, there's more than moment that will leave readers scratching their heads.

Sinestro #5 Review

"They can't bring themselves to address the sense of broken loyalty between them"

Most Green Lantern fans have been patiently looking forward to the eventual reunion between Sinestro and Hal Jordan since Geoff Johns concluded his run with Green Lantern #20.  Cullen Bunn answers the call by bringing the Green Lantern Corps leader into issue five of Sinestro, not only providing us with all the great interactions readers have come to expect from these two iconic characters but also answering the question that most of us have been wondering, what happened to Parallax?

Ethan Van Sciver on New GL Project

Also clears up rumors on another GL project

Ethan Van Sciver (l) and Myron Rumsey (r)
We had the pleasure of moderating a panel with artist Ethan Van Sciver at our local comics convention, celebrating the ten year anniversary of Green Lantern: Rebirth and recording our conversation for The Podcast of Oa.  The day before I gave Ethan one of our Keep Calm and Charge Your Ring T-Shirts and he looked at me mischievously and said, "I'll have a very good reason to wear this shirt very soon!"  This, of course, got me thinking about whether he and Geoff Johns might be coming back to do something Green Lantern related, or, more likely, that the mystery Green Lantern project that Gail Simone referred to a couple of year's ago was finally going to see the light of day.

Watch Our Green Lantern Panel with Ethan Van Sciver

We sit down with the artist of Rebirth

We had the great fortune of conducting a panel at the Twin Tiers Comic-Con with the artist of Green Lantern: Rebirth, Ethan Van Sciver which was recorded for and episode of The Podcast of Oa.  Our conversation covers everything from Ethan's role in making sure that Rebirth also brought back Sinestro and how H.E.A.T. impacted DC's decision to return Hal Jordan to what Ethan's doing now.

While the Podcast is an audio file of the panel, we were also fortunate enough to make a video of the panel thanks to my son, Ryan Rumsey.  Enjoy!

Podcast of Oa Episode 71

Rebirth with Ethan Van Sciver

Episode 71 of The Podcast of Oa was recorded live at the Twin Tiers Comic-Con in Elmira, New York on August 17th.  Co-hosts Bill Giancoli and Myron Rumsey moderated a panel with the artist on Green Lantern: Rebirth, Ethan Van Sciver.  Myron and Bill discuss the story's impact on the resurgence of the Green Lantern mythos ten years ago.  Van Sciver shares some insight on role H.E.A.T. played in bringing Hal Jordan back, his opinion of the books during the Kyle Rayner era, how he insisted that Sinestro be a part of the story and what he's doing now.  We also get a hint at Ethan's upcoming return to the Green Lantern Universe and the truth behind the rumors about he and Gail Simone on a Green Lantern graphic novel.

New Guardians #34 Review

"I am already damned"

Green Lantern: New Guardians #34 brings the haunted space ship vibe driven story to a grim close, with Kyle Rayner, Carol Ferris and almost all of the Guardians escaping the Psions' vessel.  Spending equal time between Kyle and Carol's action packed fight to survive against their Psion captors and the Guardians' struggle to free themselves and rescue the doomed Quaros, writer Justin Jordan does a great job of building towards a conclusion which may or may not pay off depending on your emotional investment in the New Guardians.

More GL Characters Revealed in Lego Batman 3 Trailer

The emotional spectrum in lego form!

We've seen a number of reveals for the upcoming Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game, most recently the inclusion of Odym, Arkillo, Sinestro, John Stewart and Bleez.  A new trailer has been released which shows the importance that the emotional spectrum plays in the game's plot, with new footage showing a number of other characters all too familiar to Green Lantern fans.  The latest DC / Lego game from TT games will be released this fall to all major gaming platforms.

Green Lantern November 2014 Solicitations

Godhead continues and Black Hand returns!

DC Comics has released the comics solicitations for November of 2014, and the month finds the Green Lantern family of books in act 2 of Godhead and some rather desperate attempts by the Green Lanterns to gain an upper-hand against the New Gods.  This includes Hal Jordan making crafting a gambit revolving around Black Hand, leaving John Stewart in charge of the Green Lanterns while Kyle loses the power of the White Lantern.  While the Lego variant covers debut this month, the Lantern family of books share their own thematic element.

Green Lantern Corps #34 Review

"Some things a man has to do on his own"

While the tone and scale of Uprising spoke to galactic conflict the underlying layers of the story really centered on the stars of both books.  Over in Green Lantern Robert Venditti used the story to develop Hal Jordan as a leader and allow him the opportunity to grow.  Meanwhile in the pages of Green Lantern Corps Van Jensen used Uprising to push John Stewart down a darker path whose seeds are sown in the pages of this week's issue.

Sinestro and John Stewart Join Lego Batman 3

Odym lives again

The scope of the upcoming Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham video game just keeps getting bigger as the incredible roster of DC characters continues to grow.  With the game exploring the cosmic corners of the DC Universe the Green Lantern characters and locations play a major role in the game.

Joining Hal Jordan, Bleez, and Arkillo are Sinestro and John Stewart.  We also know that, in addition to Zamoran and Okaara, Odym will also be a playable location in the game, so Saint Walker's playability is almost assured.  

Podcast of Oa Episode 70

Red Sky at Night, Atrocitus' Delight

Podcast of Oa co-hosts, Bill Giancoli and Myron Rumsey, are back for episode 70 with more discussion about the most recent issues of the Green Lantern family of comics.  Myron and Bill both enjoy the character work in Sinestro #4 while the two had different experiences with Green Lantern: New Guardians #33.  The second and third installments of the Atrocities arc in the Red Lanterns series serve as a series high point and both hosts express their appreciation of Charles Soule's hard work.

New GL Images from Throne of Atlantis

The upcoming DC animated feature, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, won't be released until early next year, but thanks to the blog site Idle Hands we have an early look at some images from the movie taken from a preview copy of the Batman: Assault on Arkham movie that is out soon.

Throne of Atlantis is a follow up to Justice League: War and loosely adapts the Geoff Johns' penned story arc.  Other images, which you can see on the Idle Hands site, reveals some thematic elements from the movie, including the budding romance between Superman and Wonder Woman.

Flashback Fridays - When Hal Jordan met Bruce Banner

Peter David Sneaks Hal Into the Marvel Universe

Flashback Fridays is a new feature series on The Blog of Oa where I'll shine a spotlight on some of my favorite stories and moments from Green Lantern's history, most of which occur in the years prior to Geoff John's pivotal mini-series from 2004, Green Lantern: Rebirth.   This first installment isn't from a Green Lantern issue, in fact it's not even from a DC comic book.  Instead we're going to the other side of the aisle and jumping into Marvel Comics territory.

Green Lantern #34 Review

"What you do is be a hero"

Green Lantern #34 has the awkward task of being sandwiched between the ending of Uprising and DC's Future's End event which sends all their books five years into the future.  Knowing it will be two months before he fully engage readers with the Green Lantern / New Gods Godhead event, writer Robert Venditti wisely chooses to make the most of the situation by giving the Green Lanterns a bit of down time and delivering an issue which has Hal Jordan waxing introspectively.

DC Gets Lego-ized in November

November's Variant Cover Theme is Bricktastic

While the November solicitations have not been released yet, DC Comics is spreading the news about their variant cover theme by providing exclusive first looks to some of the covers.  November's theme is Lego versions of various DC characters.  Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro are all scheduled to get the bricked out treatment in covers that play off of the New 52 relaunch of the Justice League.   The Green Lantern cover was revealed by Nerdist and DC provided the opposing Sinestro cover via their Twitter feed.  The Green Lantern Corps cover was posted by our great friend over on DC Infinite.

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