I’ve been posting broadcast blog items when Marvel Comics has new debut issues hitting the stands and after offering up so many summaries of the DC Comics offerings I felt that I should add their new first issues or beginning mini-series as each month goes along. That being said here are the premiere editions coming out this April from DC Comics “The New 52” grouping.
As previously blogged about in the PiercingMetal Musings; DC Comics recently re-launched a number of titles and started them off from issue #1 under the branding of “The New 52”. The initiative’s prime objective being to up the number of titles available each month and to offer new readers an easier chance to jump on board with their characters. The New 52 titles have been grouped into eight specifications such as Superman or Batman themed titles. Last month we blogged about as many of the individual first issues as we could get our hands on and segmented each of the posts based on what family they fell into. Here is our continuation of the overview with the second issues of the Green Lantern family of titles.
Green Lantern #2: I mentioned in my synopsis of Green Lantern #1 that we were dealing with a non-ringed Hal Jordan (who had apparently been disgraced in the eyes of both the Corps and The Guardians and hence was denied his incredible Power Ring) and strangely enough it appeared as though the villainous Sinestro was now on patrol in this sector of space and once again had the ring. Whether this is the Guardians larger plan or there is a defect in the great battery who knows, we only seem to know that Sinestro is once again a Green Lantern whether he likes it or not. The once and perhaps still super villain comes to Jordan with a proposal and that is he will fashion a ring for him to wear but there is clearly more than one catch. The Sinestro created ring cannot harm the Korugarian and Jordan can only keep it if he agrees to be bound to Sinestro’s will. The two fight but Jordan’s new ring is no match for its creators and after some battling against each other, the unmatchable powers of the ring is needed to save innocent people from a recently destroyed bridge. The pair butt heads during the rescue and in the end Sinestro shows just how powerful he remains and how the ring is much “bigger” than Jordans flying around and making shapes out of its energies. A sinister presence is found to be behind the bridges destruction and this creature is after Sinestro and labeling him a traitor to his own Sinestro Corps. I will not ruin how this battle ends but apparently the beings that Sinestro left behind to guard his world are now its masters and need to be dealt with. Hence the meeting and alliance with Jordan. This just got a whole lot more interesting to say the least. The creative team remains Geoff Johns, Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy and Keith Champagne. Nice tight artwork and a fast paced storyline. Great job on issue #2.
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As previously blogged about in the PiercingMetal Musings; DC Comics recently re-launched a number of titles and started them off from issue #1 under the branding of “The New 52”. The initiative’s prime objective being to up the number of titles available each month and to offer new readers an easier chance to jump on board with their characters. New costumes and beginnings are par for the course with the reboot but a number of the company’s most historic moments shall remain unaffected. The New 52 appears to have segmented the titles into a number of different groups based on the relation of the character – for instance there is a Superman and Batman grouping to enjoy and each title relates directly to the character. From these segments I have opted to share my thoughts on the first issues for your reading pleasure. The Green Lantern mythos gets four titles and while that initially surprised me, in the end it made a lot of sense when you consider that he had a movie released over the summer of 2011. The titles are Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: The New Guardians and Red Lanterns.
Green Lantern #1: Sporting a cover that features Sinestro, we find the most infamous of villains once again wearing a Green Lantern Corps uniform and being directed by the Guardians as being the one whom the ring had chosen. Is he on board with this decision? Well, I leave that discovery to you readers at home. The title gives us a non-powered Hal Jordan and we see him dealing with the pitfalls of normal life with his on and off again romantic interest Carol Ferris. I am very behind in my Green Lantern mythos and have yet to tackle the epic “Blackest Night” and “Brightest Day” trade paperbacks that I have but I can honestly agree with those who said that newbie’s to the character might have a little trouble following him since this appears to pick up in the middle of something. Maybe that will change going forward. I hope so since this is the flagship title of this segment of The New 52 titles.
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“In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night; No Evil Shall Escape My Sight; Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my Power – Green Lantern’s Light!”
That’s the famous oath of the Green Lantern Corps and the words spoken by Hal Jordan every time he needs to recharge his incredible Power Ring and “suit up” as the Green Lantern of Sector 2814. That’s Earth and its surrounding area of space in case you were curious. Today is the opening of the very first ever live action Green Lantern film and if the trailers are any example of what is to be found, then it looks like a whole lot of fun.