"They are not as different as they like to pretend"
Act Two of GodHead follows the theme of personal exploration, and in this week's Red Lanterns #36 it's all about Guy Gardner as writer Charles Soule reveals the toll that living the hard life has taken on Guy. Like in the other books in the Lantern family there needs to be a foil for the lead character to play off of and here Simon Baz serves as the agent to peel the layers off of Guy's psyche to portray Gardner as someone who's tired of losing those who have fought by his side while he himself lives to suffer the regret.
The 2014 holiday season is just about to begin and no doubt you might be worried about what to buy for the Green Lantern fan in your life or what to put on your Christmas list if you're a member of the Corps. Green Lantern fans deserve the very best, so we spared no expense and risk of personal injury in sneaking into Larfleeze's lair to take a gander of what's on the top of his mile long gift list this year. And if you don't know who Larfleeze is and why his list is so long, have no fear - you don't need to know any of that to be able to get something great for the ring slinger in your life! We've even taken care of some of the shopping for you by providing hot links when possible to where you can buy them online, but remember to support your local comic shop if you have one!
More information continues to surface regarding DC's Convergence event, the two month run of stories designed to bridge the gap while their offices move from New York to Los Angeles. As previously noted, the '90's will be revisited in a Kyle Rayner/Hal Jordan Parallax story, but in addition a second Green Lantern book has been announced via Newsarama. Simply titled Green Lantern Corps, the David Gallaher story will feature Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Guy Gardner together in a struggle to save Gotham City. Steve Ellis and Ande Parks will provide the art duties. Here's the story description and a sample page of the art.
"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.