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Green Lantern: New Guardians Futures End #1 Review

"Some Need to be Shone the Truth"

So far the five year Futures End jump hasn't ended well for either Hal Jordan or John Stewart and now it's Kyle Rayner's turn as we get a glimpse into his potential future.  Writer Justin Jordan shows us the ramifications of Kyle's round trip visit to the Source and how, over time, the Torchbearer has taken it upon himself to make the universe a better place whether anyone likes it or not.  Whether Kyle has simply gone mad or has evolved to such a level that his understanding of the universe justifies his actions remains to be seen.

Green Lantern December 2014 Solicitations

Godhead Wraps Up 2014

DC Comics has released their December 2014 solicitations revealing that the end of the year is also the final act in their massive Green Lantern / New Gods saga, Godhead.  The sprawling story concludes in a new Green Lantern annual featuring a cover by Ethan Van Sciver.  December is also the month that Darwyn Cooke provides the variant cover theme.  

The Podcast of Oa Episode 72

Better Dead Than Red

After last episodes interview with Ethan Van Sciver The Podcast of Oa gets caught up with all of the August Green Lantern titles as co-hosts Bill Giancoli and Myron Rumsey run through all the latest issues in the Green Lantern family of comics. Both hosts agreed that many of the issues felt like a little rushed as the creative teams needed to wrap up any current storylines before taking part in DC's September Futures End event and then plunging into the Green Lantern/ New Gods event, Godhead. Myron poses some major questions about how the Red Lantern civil war ended and both hosts were underwhelmed with the conclusion to the Psions story in Green Lantern: New Guardians, but both enjoyed seeing Hal Jordan get to enjoy a little slice of home in this month's issue of Green Lantern

Green Lantern Corps: Futures End #1 Review

"Everywhere he goes, he leaves a trail of bodies"

Futures End month continues with a peak into John Stewart's potential future five years down the road and writer Van Jensen uses the opportunity to show how the weight of John's decisions and responses to the events in his life have turned him into a grim figure whom few would want to spend much time around.  The darkness of the Shadow Empire has spread everywhere, causing death and destruction and taking a toll on a Green Lantern Corps that looks far more militaristic than the one we read about today.  Time has taken its toll on everyone it seems as many familiar faces are not to be found among the Corps and those that remain have all gone through tough times, most visibly Kilowog.

Justice League Dice Masters Coming in 2015

DC Heroes join the competitive tabletop arena

Besides being a Green Lantern fan I'm also a tabletop gaming enthusiast, so I was delighted to hear that WizKids games is bringing DC Comics characters to their competitive dice building game, Dice Masters.  Dice building games are not ones where the players actually build dice, but they build a pool of dice which builds with each turn as the outcome of each player's dice roll allows them to buy more powerful dice from their reserves or attack their opponent.  If you've played a deck building game it's very much the same concept but with dice instead of cards.

The 2 player starter set

Justice League Invade Six Flags Over Texas

DC Characters have become a Six Flags staple

Venture to any Six Flags theme park and you're liable to run into a DC Comics presence there, whether it be themed rides or costumed characters.  A few years ago the chain unveiled several different Green Lantern roller coasters including the excellently themed Stand Up to Your Fear coaster in New Jersey which I thought was executed wonderfully.  It's one of several DC themed rides at that particular park which makes it a great destination for comics fans.

Darwyn Cooke to Provide December's Variant Cover Theme

DC Comics continues their ongoing trend of monthly themed variant covers, following November's Lego theme with a Darwyn Cooke theme to end the year.  Darwyn is drawing nearly two dozen covers for DC which features his classic art style which highlighted his fantastic DC: The New Frontier limited series in 2004.   

Included in the twenty three variant covers are Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro and Justice League.

Green Lantern: Futures End #1 Review

"I've been dead. You aren't missing much"

September takes a break from the ongoing storytelling for DC line-wide as the company takes a pause to celebrate the launch of the "New 52" with an event which ties into their weekly Futures End event.  I'm honestly not reading that particular series and thankfully readers don't need to be following that event to know that this month all the books are jumping ahead five years into the future to show where characters might be at that point in time. Knowing that, each book is free to play around with some ideas which have no ramifications if they don't come to be, allowing the opportunity to tell some powerful stories.

Charles Soule Leaving DC for Marvel

Ends Red Lanterns run in April of 2015

Charles Soule announced today that he has signed an exclusive contract with Marvel and will be leaving DC Comics behind him for now.  While he is leaving DC Comics he has had nothing but positives to say about his time there and indicated that his decision was purely a business driven one and that while DC gave him his break into the "big 2" publishers the new contract will allow him to write fewer titles per month and focus on "depth rather than breadth".

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.

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