27 July 2011

DC Comics: The New 52 - Green Lantern Spotlight

In this, the third in my sub-series spotlighting the DC Comics relaunch, we take a look at Green Lantern.  Like Batman, GL was actually selling well before the relaunch so DC is largely leaving its current continuity intact.  Here's what I know about the Lanterns before the relaunch.  Hal Jordan's home town Coast City was destroyed during the "Reign of the Superman" part of the death and return of Superman.  Hal was overcome by grief, became insane and was so outraged by the Guardians' refusal to intervene or help in any way that he concluded the entire Corps was an exercise in uselessness so he killed the Guardians and every single Corps member, and used their rings to try to rewrite time.  Hal became Parallax, and was eventually killed, becoming The Spectre to atone for his sins.  Kyle Rayner succeeded Hal as the lone Green Lantern of the universe.

Eventually, it was decided to resurrect Hal and the rest of the Corps because it was felt one Green Lantern just wasn't enough.  Hal was restored as Earth's GL, while Kyle took the alter ego "Ion" and left for deep space.  Sinestro created his own Corps and eventually there came several other Corps of different colors.  Black Lanterns brought a zombie apocalypse to the DC Universe in "Blackest Night," a massive, multi-part crossover story that apparently sold a lot of comics.  Here's what's up now:















Green Lantern
$2.99 - 14 September 2011
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
Cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado
The red-hot GREEN LANTERN team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Doug Mahnke introduce a new Lantern.
Really can't shut up, can you, DC?  I mean, did we need to know all that?















Green Lantern Corps
$2.99 - 21 September 2011
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Fernando Pasarin and Scott Hanna
Cover by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy
When deadly conflicts emerge across the universe, it’s up to Guy Gardner, John Stewart and an elite Green Lantern strike force to keep the peace – or else.
Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kilowog...pretty much all the noteworthy Lanterns who aren't Hal or Kyle are in this book.  Never cared for Guy (though he can be fun on a team depending on the rest of the roster), but I like John and the concept of this series.  I'll be interested to see how long they go before crossing over with the other Lantern series.















Green Lantern: New Guardians
$2.99 - 28 September 2011
Written by Tony Bedard
Art and Cover by Tyler Kirkham and Batt
Kyle Rayner has assembled the most powerful team in all the universe, selected from the full spectrum of corps. But can he even keep this volatile group together?
Hal gets Green Lantern proper, so Kyle gets this book.  The synopsis sounds pretty much like the same kind of hero-on-hero antagonism that I rolled my eyes at over Supergirl.  Does anyone remember when there were villains to be opposed?















Red Lanterns
$2.99 - 14 September 2011
Written by Peter Milligan
Art and Cover by Ed Benes and Rob Hunter
Atrocitus and his Red Lantern Corps return in their own series, battling against injustice in the most bloody ways imaginable!
Those of you who know who the hell Atrocitus is should be happy.  I guess.  I don't know.

Also...
In addition to these four GL books, Hal Jordan is a member of Justice League and Guy Gardner is a member of Justice League International.  So you've got four Corps books and two Justice League books each featuring a GL.  That should scratch most fans' Lantern itches.


Other DC Comics: The New 52 spotlights
Overview
Batman
Superman
Justice League
Superheroes (Captain Atom, Mister Terrific, Hawkman, Firestorm)
Young Justice
The Dark
The Edge

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