"I cannot promise that this will be comfortable"
Green Lantern: New Guardians #36 serves as the exact midpoint to GodHead so it's fitting that in this issue we get what may be the turning point of this sprawling three month long event as we pick up the story on New Genesis and the arrival of Highfather, Kyle Rayner and Carol Ferris. Writer Justin Jordan plays with our perceptions of the leader of the New Gods as we see once more a darker side which convolutes any notion we have that Highfather is ultimately a benevolent being, something which may server to alienate long time New Gods fans.
Geoff Johns has said in the past that a "Green Lantern" proper would be a part of the Justice League down the road, and today in an exclusive interview with IGN the writer once again confirmed that a Green Lantern would be returning, hinting that it would be Hal Jordan since no other Green Lantern has been a part of the team since the launch of the new DC Comics continuity. Here's an excerpt from the interview:
DC Comics upcoming Convergence event has a two fold purpose, filling the two month publishing gap while DC shifts their offices from the east coast to the west and marking the 20th anniversary of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Set to run through April and May of 2015, Convergence centers itself around Brainiac unbottling cities he has captured from various realities in the DC multiverse in order to observe different versions of DC's characters as they vie for supremacy. Early information hasn't revealed much in terms of Green Lantern centric information other than an image which included the '90's version of Hal Jordan as Parallax. Today, courtesy of Blastr, we have more details regarding that specific part of the puzzle.
DC Comics has released their solicitation information for comics which will be released in February of 2015. February is Harley Quinn variant cover month and you can find a rundown of the Green Lantern family variant covers here.
GodHead, Episode 2
Our coverage of GodHead, the next big Green Lantern event which features the first major appearance of the New 52 version of the New Gods, continues with episode 75 of The Podcast of Oa. Covered in this episode is the second half of the first act, including Green Lantern: New Guardians #35, Red Lanterns #35 and Sinestro #6. Co-host Bill Giancoli provokes more response from Myron Rumsey about the Carol/Kyle romance and both hosts love Sinestro's gambit to strike first blood against the forces of Highfather while finding the Red Lanterns issue one you could skip and not miss anything. The recent Warner Brothers DC movie slate is also a topic of conversation.
Comic Vine has the exclusive first look at some of the covers that will make up DC Comics' February 2015 variant cover theme. Harley Quinn serves at the inspiration for the month's covers which include Green Lantern #39, Sinestro #10 and Green Lantern Corps #39.
"Not all wounds are physical"
If the theme of GodHead's first act was establishing the superiority of the New Gods then the second act so far seems to be about making the event more personal. Last week's Green Lantern #36 built itself around the relationship between Sinestro and Hal Jordan with the former pointing out how the latter has allowed his new role as Corps Leader to change what makes Jordan the greatest Green Lantern. This week in Green Lantern Corps #36 it gets personal for John Stewart when the New Gods bring the conflict to the Star Sapphires, forcing John to quickly come to terms with recent events between Yrra and himself when duty calls for him to intercede.
announced recently. The film features Guy Gardner as the main Green Lantern, voiced by Diedrich Bader, who also provided the vocal performance for Guy in Green Lantern: The Animated Series.
The Lego DC Comics lovefest continues on with the recent announcement that another direct to video Justice League themed Lego animated feature will arrive on February 10, 2015. The new movie, Justice League vs the Bizarro League, will tell the story of the Justice League facing off against the Bizarro versions of themselves. A special bluray collectors edition will include a Lego Bizarro Batman minifigure. The released cover image shows Guy Gardner's appearance in the film.
DC Collectibles announced an upcoming set of New 52 action figures for release in July of 2015. Included in the four figure release is a new version of John Stewart which includes green colored eyes. The other three figures are Batman centric, including Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and the Joker.
"Just can't stop spraying yellow, can you?"
This week's Green Lantern #36 launches Act 2 of GodHead in an issue which forgoes space battles for the sake of building characterization for both sides of the conflict, sprinkling in a few revelations and plot developments along the way to keep the three month event chugging along happily. It would be my normal opinion that the lack of action would me feeling like I was missing something, but Robert Venditti's script is so on point with wonderfully executed dialogue and great character moments that I never felt like the issue was deficient in any way.
"Blood for Sinestro!"
Sinestro #6 has the challenge of being the last issue for Act One in GodHead, the first major New 52 story focusing on the New Gods and their mission to protect the multiverse from Darkseid. Not only does writer Cullen Bunn need to introduce the event's story arc as his first full chapter, he has to provide what is essentially the bookend of the first month of the story. Six issues into the new series Bunn is still establishing the tone and cast of the book, and while he's done a great job so far it seems too early for Sinestro to be taking part in a three month event which sidelines any ongoing narrative he may have been trying to establish.
There are milestone comic book stories that define characters, that define whole eras in the minds of comic book readers due to the impact they have and the impressions they leave. Since 1959's Showcase #22, which established the modern definition of what a Green Lantern is, there's been plenty of stories such as the famous Denny O'Neil / Neal Adams run which have served as milestones in the history of the DC's greatest cosmic mythology. October of 2014 marks the ten year anniversary of Green Lantern: Rebirth, the starting point of perhaps the most commercially and critically successful period for the Green Lantern mythology so far.
"I keep the ring so I WON'T forget"
Having just completed a major arc and then immediately taking part in Futures End, the Red Lanterns title hasn't had a chance to explore the ramifications of the war with Atrocitus. With this week's issue 35, writer Charles Soule is tasked with trying to provide readers with an issue which provide some sort of satisfying wrap up to his previous arc while still seeming to fit in with the new GodHead event.
Funko will be launching a vinyl mystery figure campaign featuring DC Comics characters starting in January of 2015 as part of their "mystery mini" line. The initial lineup of characters for the first wave includes seventeen characters, some being repaints of other figures. Hal Jordan appears in the lineup as both a Green Lantern and a White Lantern and Batman's repainted figure is also a White Lantern variation.