DC Comics next big publishing event, Convergence, is set to run through the months of April and May as characters representing every era of DC's history are forced to survive against stakes that threaten the entire DC Multiverse. Besides the weekly nine issue limited series DC is publishing there are also a number of two-issue series, two of which are Green Lantern centric. Each series represents events created when Brainiac, who has trapped cities from various planets and times, conducts experiments to see what happens when the trapped characters meet.
DC Comics has shared with The Blog of Oa an exclusive preview for the first issue of Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #1 arriving in comic shops and online on Wednesday, April 22nd. Scroll down to view the preview images of two pages which provides character information for the upcoming series. The creative team of Harvey Award winning writer David Gallaher and artist Steve Ellis from High Moon and The Only Living Boy team up again for a tale pitting the Green Lanterns from Crisis on Infinite Earths against foes from across the Multiverse.
DC Comics next big publishing event, Convergence, is set to run through the months of April and May as characters representing every era of DC's history are forced to survive against stakes that threaten the entire DC Multiverse. Besides the nine issue limited series DC is publishing a number of two-issue series, two of which are Green Lantern centric.
DC Comics has shared with The Blog of Oa an exclusive preview for the first issue of Convergence: Green Lantern / Parallax #1 arriving in comic shops and online on Wednesday, April 15th. Scroll down to view the preview images of two pages which provides character information, setting the stage for Tony Bedard's story.
At last summer's San Diego Comic Con Sideshow Collectibles revealed a line of sixth scale figures for their Hot Toys line that features DC Comics characters, including a Hal Jordan figure. The wait for the figure is almost over and on March 19th they start taking pre-orders for the $220 figure. The fully articulated Green Lantern figure features a cloth costume with metallic highlights and includes a display base that allows Hal to be posed standing or in flight. Like most of the figures in the Hot Toys line the Green Lantern figure will include a number of interchangeable hands to customize his appearance.
"The only way to fight nothing is to create something"
Green Lantern: New Guardians #40 is the end of the line for the series and since the revelation that Kyle Rayner's days might be numbered Justin Jordan has focused his creative energies to build towards this issue. We know from the June solicitations that the post-Convergence future doesn't sound too bright for Kyle, but anyone who's read comics for a while is well aware that the solicitations are written to elicit interest in the books and are often misleading. Just as this issue promised that "the fate of the White Lantern will be revealed" it's not quite what we get.
DC Comics has released the variant cover images for the Joker themed series in June. While Green Lantern: Lost Army is not getting a variant cover, both Green Lantern and Sinestro are, as are both of the Justice League books which also feature Hal Jordan in them. In addition, the first issue of the new Bryan Hitch Justice League of America series with also have eight other variant covers - one for each of the "big 7" and one 1:100 version which features all seven of the other cover as one giant gatefold image.
Today Green Lantern Corps artist Bernard Change announced a generous offer he is making to fans that will reward their own generosity with a piece of original artwork from his run on the series. All it takes is following some simple instructions which includes buying two copies of Green Lantern Corps #40, one for yourself and another to give to someone else. The giveaway only runs from March 16th, so time is limited. A special thanks to Bernard for sharing the information with me so that I could get the word out!
Chang announced the giveaway on his Instagram account and included the following instructions:
DC Comics has begun releasing their June 2015 comics solicitations for their post-Convergence DC Universe. Details have emerged about the new Green Lantern ongoing series, Green Lantern: Lost Army which confirm speculation that we shared in The Podcast of Oa episode 81, so those who don't want to be spoiled may want to avoid the solicitations. We also learn some information about Hal Jordan's role in the universe as we see he gets a new partner as he begins his place as a renegade. The spoilers continue when it comes to the information mentioned for The Omega Men #1, so again be forewarned.
The cosmic super team The Omega Men first debuted in 1981's Green Lantern #141 and went on to gain enough popularity to spawn their own series for awhile, but they have only had sporadic appearances on the pages of DC Comics for some time. With the recent announcement of a new The Omega Men series there was some speculation that the book may have some loose connections back to the Green Lantern universe, however today's solicitation information provides what could very well be a spoiler for the upcoming conclusion to Green Lantern: New Guardians. So be warned that the information below may ruin the book for you if true.
"You couldn't even keep us all alive!"
Since 1988 John Stewart has been defined by one moment, the destruction of Xanshi as a result of his overconfidence. While some found the second issue of Cosmic Odyssey a bitter pill to swallow it has for many years provided John with some depth which many comic reader thought was lacking in the character at the time. With this week's Green Lantern Corps #40 Van Jensen gets his chance to put his own stamp on those events and perhaps exorcised John's demons.
With Green Lantern being the last of the "big 7" for the Justice League movie, rumors have been flying in every direction, from Tyrese Gibson's very public lobbying for the role of John Stewart to the crazy notion of Michelle Rodriguez as Jessica Cruz to the idea that WB stealth cast a virtual unknown in Batman v Superman. And, yes, there's that rumor about Arrow's John Diggle really being John Stewart, too. However today we have what amounts to the first credible rumor so far, that, according to the Latino-Review's elmayhimbe (Umberto Gonzalez), Chris Pine is the name he keeps running across as the actor playing Hal Jordan in his pursuit of a casting decision which he says has already been made.
The Dark Emerald Knight
Green Lantern #39 and move on to the climactic issue 40 where writer Robert Venditti makes a big change to the series and sets the title off in a new direction once Convergence runs its cycle. Myron also makes a prediction about what's about to happen in the Green Lantern Corps series and discusses recent Internet chatter about the casting of Green Lantern for the upcoming DC/WB movie series.
"I never stopped seeing you as my responsibility"
The Green Lantern Corps is at a crossroads and, with the universe looking at them with a collective scowl, someone has to right the ship. Of course that person is Hal Jordan, asked by the Guardians to help them "reclaim the Corps good name", and when you ask Jordan to do that without telling him how to accomplish it you've got to expect the unexpected. With that in mind, writer Robert Venditti uses much of what he's built since taking over the title and takes a bold step forward with the franchise that will dramatically change how the universe regards the Green Lantern Corps Leader.
"I am exactly who you think I am"
Sinestro is undoubtedly the most dangerous when he has his back against the wall and one of the qualities which has set him apart from your average adversary is that while he wields one of the most powerful weapons in the universe it's really his intellect that is his greatest asset. In this week's Sinestro #10 Cullen Bunn puts Sinestro in one of those situations where it appears that all is lost, only to see the tactician in him create an opportunity to triumph.
"Today I got into a fight with a baby and got my ass solidly kicked"
To be completely honest I really wasn't sure what to expect from Red Lanterns #39 upon opening the issue and seeing the image of a baby kicking the snot out of Guy Gardner. I mean, c'mon, seriously! But I put my initial skepticism aside and prepared to let writer Landry Walker take me on the journey he created for me - and in the end I found myself really enjoying the story despite waiting for Rod Serling to pop in at some point to tell me that we had entered the Twilight Zone.