Superhero cinema is so busy these days it’s almost easy to forget that the Green Lantern is getting a reboot (contingent, of course, on WB thumbs-upping Geoff Johns’ draft after his latest “promotion”). Following the relative flop that was the Ryan Reynolds film (Reynolds is a fine actor, but it wasn’t an ideal fit), the character, or more accurately characters of the Green Lantern comics disappeared from the big screen for a little while. However, IMDB already has a page up for a July 2020 film tentatively titled Green Lantern Corps, which means the reboot is actually not too far off. Even if that July date is ultimately pushed back a bit, we’re only a few years away at most.
I’m going to say it right now, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps should go down as one of the best runs in all of Green Lantern history. Fifty issues filled to the brim with epic space confrontation, dramatic twist and turns, and friendships you never knew you wanted, but can get enough of. So now that it’s been some time since the conclusion, it’s time to countdown the ten best moments from the series. It should go without saying, but there will be spoilers ahead. Read at your own caution, enjoy.
The 10 Biggest Moments from Ron Marz’ Green Lantern Run
From Green Lantern Vol. 3, #48 in January of 1994 all the way to #125 in June of 2000 (with a modicum of breaks along the way), Ron Marz was the Geoff Johns of that era of Green Lantern comics. There were ups, there were downs, there was crazy stuff, but always it was entertaining. Down to Earth more often than not, to where there’d be any sort of big space adventure, that’d be a big deal. I loved that. I admit, I would have never picked up an issue of Green Lantern had I not read in Wizard Magazine that “big stuff” was going on in the title. I picked up #50, backtracked a little from there, and the rest is history.
Let’s go down memory lane a little bit of some of the highlights of Ron Marz’ tenure as the gatekeeper of Green Lantern:
The last couple… well, hell, few years… there has been a discerned drop in Green Lantern fandom. We’ve felt it. Have you? The Diamond sales have felt it. We feel you. No, really, we do. Well, what has it been to you? Let’s talk about it.
The Emotional Magnetic Spectrum consists of nine colors and each unique color has a corresponding emotion. Each is also assigned a specific energy field and the whole thing is overseen by Lantern Corps. Following on from events in Dark Nights Metal, namely the Source Wall breach, DC Comics has announced that they are adding a tenth color to the spectrum – ultraviolet.
This new portion of the spectrum will be entrusted to none other than John Stewart, the current Green Lantern, not the TV host. Along with the announcement, DC released some cover art for the new issues. This art, by Jorge Jimenez, features Stewart with his new ring in place and the ultraviolet logo.
The new storyline revolves around Stewart learning of the ultraviolet power and learning how to properly wield it. He will be unleashing his new abilities alongside many stalwarts of the Justice League, with the Flash, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman all appearing. Issue 3 will see the Justice League investigating the scene of the Source Wall fragment. Along the way they will encounter hordes of monsters, and, according to DC, they will face “a pair of longtime archenemies using stolen Atom technology to literally get under [the League’s] skin.”
The subsequent issue will expand upon this ultraviolet story, but DC remains cagey about their long-term plans for the plotline. Whether Stewart will become just one of many Ultraviolet Lanterns, or whether this will make him split off to form his own superhero team, remains up in the air. What we do know is that he is the first who will wield this new power, and the indications so far are that Stewart will remain in this state for some time.
Given the scope of the Dark Multiverse, there is every chance that we will be introduced to new sectors and other areas for the Lanterns to keep watch over.
Green is the best known of the Lantern Corps in the DC Universe, but there are others. Green is represented by the force of willpower and it is wielded by the Oans, a race of beings who act as Guardians of the Universe, combating evil throughout the cosmos.
How to Read the New Issues
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When Green Lantern: Rebirth was written, it established the existence of the rest of the spectrum. Among the rest of the spectrum are Red Lanterns, who naturally signify anger and rage. Yellow Lanterns are represented by fear, while Orange is associated with green, and blue with hope. The exact nature of the ultraviolet part of the spectrum is yet to be established.
What Does a Green Lantern Do on Their Days Off?
Have you ever wondered what superheroes do when they’re not fighting crime or saving the universe? It’s not something that gets covered in comic book stories and movies very often, because all the emphasis is on the protagonist’s battles with evil and his or her internal struggles with their own personal demons. Do they even have time for a day off here and there? Of course, reading about the day Wonder Woman read a great book, or watching a Green Lantern cataloguing his stamp collection wouldn’t make the most riveting story, but surely there must be more to their lives than the unending stress of getting Earth out of yet another tricky situation that spells doom for the human race?
They must have other things to do, surely?
If you’re thinking that superheroes obviously must do other things in their spare time, see if you can name any. Have a search on Google and discover the almost complete lack of any information on how the saviors of the human race kick back and relax. In the Lego movie, Justice League vs the Bizarro League, the Flash does ask for some ideas for things to do because he’s bored, and has a go at hobbies like ice sculpture and North American bird calls, but then these only take him seconds to master and he doesn’t seem able to slow down and stop moving at the speed of light!
Green Lantern could be a secret Pokémon addict
Given that there are a great many different Green Lanterns in the universe stretching back a fair way into history, it could be argued that it’s perfectly possible that one of them may have got hooked on Japanese pocket monsters, but there’s no evidence that any of the human lanterns ever have. In asking a question like “What does a Green Lantern do on his days off?“, you immediately hit a problem because unlike Superman or Batman, Green Lantern is a title held by a series of different people. These lanterns have all had their own unique personalities, so obviously there’s no simple answer. But if you know your lanterns, you could make a pretty educated guess:
* Hal Jordan: Being the definitive hero type, Hal would probably be happiest using his leadership skills to crack the fiendishly cunning challenge of the Escape Room St Louis. With the kind of life he’s had to lead, giving his brain a rest is likely to be an alien concept, and figuring out a mystery puzzle might be just the kind of challenge he would consider to be a relaxing diversion.
* Guy Gardner: Although his persona has shifted a few times over the years, Guy has always had an impressive ego, so a show-off sport like snowboarding could be right up his street. Showing off his skills on the half-pipe with a few ollies and a poptart would suit his style to a tee.
If you know anything about the hobbies and pastimes of any of the Green Lanterns, spread the word – there are a lot of interested fans out there waiting to hear more!
Unfortunately, the society that people live in these days is not always as a positive element. People are constantly surrounded by negative information and violence that they see either on TV or online. It seems that the world is heading in a direction that is not beneficial at all for the future generations. Even cartoons are starting to feature inappropriate images for kids. However, there are still a few factors that could change society and make it a better place.
Superheroes and comic books are two elements that will always be present in the life of people. They have been around for years, and many people all over the world are grateful for that. Even though this might seem like a childish idea to some, superheroes might become the only savior for the following generations. More and more people should be aware of the importance of superheroes and comic books. Some of the advantages that they provide are listed below.
1. They Influence Children
Superheroes should be present in the life of kids ever since they are young. They can teach little children how to support others and develop good morals. Furthermore, kids who identify with superheroes from comic books are encouraged to find solutions and courage to deal with real-life situations. At the same time, superheroes teach kids an important lesson: being different is a good thing. This fact allows kids not to get lost in an imaginary world. Psychologists who did research about this topic informed us that superheroes are in fact like real people, once they take off their costumes. Therefore, they are more like a child-friendly version of a role model.
2. They Raise Awareness
Even though comic books are not taken seriously in some countries, a lot more people need to realize the positive impacts that they can have on our society. These days, comic books are seen as an entertainment factor. However, if you pay attention when reading a comic book, they will realize that they raise awareness on aspects of life that most people would consider irrelevant. They raise awareness of gender stereotyping, the dangers of using nuclear weapons or other natural disasters. Besides that, these days it is easy to make people aware of different aspects with the help of the internet. A YouTube banner creator informs your visitors about your channel. The whole design process is quick, simple to customize and free.
3. They Provide Innovative Education
Even though it was mentioned earlier that comic books and superheroes can have a great impact on the development of small kids, it is good to remember that they also provide innovative education. Not only kids can benefit from reading comic books. They provide real-life lessons for both teenagers and adults. Japan has already introduced comic books in their education system. That’s a normal aspect considering the great deal of motivation and self-help that one can find in such a book. Today’s society could benefit from the help of comic books. Adults and people of all ages could learn the importance of helping other people in need or trying to eliminate negative information from all media.
In conclusion, superheroes and comic books are not only entertainment sources for kids. They have a lot of benefits for our society and future generations.
Written by Eric Cahill
A few years back, rumors swirled that DC was just going to go ahead and do a goddamn Justice League movie. At some point they hired a director, hired all the actors, and spent millions getting it going (mostly due to legal stuff that is incredibly shady but still). But it seemed absurd! It seemed like it was created with the sole purpose of getting the attention of fanboy blogging and entertainment news soundbites. No way was this ever a project that was actually happening, no one was having these meetings, it was all some Bizarro PR campaign to promote Common’s album, who the hell knows. Of course, the project really was happening (until it suddenly wasn’t) and somehow the script really was written (and recently leaked). And believe it or not, it reads exactly as a script produced for a completely fake and completely weird PR campaign would read. I honestly couldn’t even have imagined exactly what that was until, Shazam, I read it. Let’s dig in. Spoilers ahoy.
Well comic book fans it’s time to answer the question we all know you have been thinking about! Which super hero would be the best gambler! We have decided to have a look at this and here’s what we came up with