TOP 5 by Jamie Dunst
Who are your favorite superheroes? Favorite artists? Favorite ships? Weapons? Everyone makes top lists. I remember reading the novel HIgh Fidelity and the characters of the book would make top 5 lists. I listen to a podcast where they make top 5 lists and another podcast where they sometimes list the 5 top books they would keep in their pull list if they had to cut their reading pile to just 5 books. I love top 5 lists because I think they make for great conversation starters. I always wonder why someone would put comic book X in their list and why they didn’t have comic book Y. I also feel it’s a great way to get to know a person’s interests and likes when it comes to these lists. So, to start things off, I am going to begin with a top 5 list that I had just mentioned. TOP 5 COMICS THAT I WOULD HAVE TO KEEP IN MY PULL LIST:
GREEN LANTERN #13 Review by Jamie Dunst
Geoff Johns: Writer; Doug Mahnke: Penciller; Christian Alamy, Mark Irwin, Tom Nyugen, Keith Champagne & Mark Dering: Inkers; Alex Sinclair w/ Tony Avina: Colorist; Steve Wands: Letterer; Reist & Albert: Cover
This issue starts off at the White House where we see President Obama talking to Amanda Waller about Green Lanterns. We get a rundown of the current Green Lanterns and the current situation where in their view, a suspected terrorist named Simon Baz is now in possession of a Green Lantern ring. The president listens to the play-by-play of those events and he asks Waller if the Justice League had been contact. Amanda Waller is about to tell the President that she wanted to take care of things herself, the President cuts her off and tells her to call them telling her that he knows what a Green Lantern ring can do and it’s more or less a job for them.Read More
GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1 Review by Jamie Dunst
Geoff Johns: Writer; Ethan Van Sciver: Artist; Hi-Fi: Colorist; Sal Sipriano: Letterer (main story)
Geoff Johns: Writer; Peter Woods: Artist; Cam Smith: Inker; Tony Ruma: Colorist; Sal Sipriano: Letterer (The First Soldier)
We begin this issue with the Guardians telling the reader how they have failed with their previous armies and how this third army will once and for all maintain order across the universe. Elsewhere, we see Hal Jordan buried alive by Black Hand. Once he frees himself, he and Black Hand talk about bringing back Martin Jordan which Hal is against. Back wherever the Guardians are, they locate the Chamber of Shadows (which I have on good authority is the cousin to the Chamber of Secrets) we see the Guardians open up the chamber to reveal more Guardians. The Guardians inside the chamber ask if they can finally rejoin the Green Lantern Guardians who reply not yet and that they need the power of the first Lantern. When the Chamber Guardians refuse, the two groups of Guardians prepare to rumble.
GREEN LANTERN #12 Review by Jamie Dunst
Geoff Johns: Writer; Renato Gueses & Jim Calafiore: Artists; Alex Sinclair: Colorist; Sal Cipriano: Letterers
We start this issue with Hal and Sinestro facing off against Black Hand who is quickly knocked out by Hal but only for a short time while Hal tries to contact Carol in order to get some much needed assistance from another colored Lantern. When that fails, Hal and Sinestro leave the house of William Hand only to walk into a scene from the Walking Dead. Elsewhere, we see the Guardians giving us their narration what they feel is their failure after the events of Blackest Night. We see how they set in motion the fall of all of the Lantern Corps including their own. We even discover that Sinestro’s selection back into the Green Lantern Corps was actually part of the Guardian’s plans. The Guardians have discovered the the secret world of the Indigo Tribe and soon their plans will come to fruition.Read More
Green Lantern Corps #10 Review by Derf
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Fernando Pasarin
Inker: Scott Hanna
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
If you have not been reading the Green Lantern titles, you may get lost I this review, but let’s see if I can catch you up to speed. In the past nine issues of the Green Lantern Corps, they have been in a fight for survival from the “original” keepers of the lanterns. It was during this mission, that some of the Corps members where caught and tortured. Two lanterns that were captured would change the course of this title to depths I never imagined. These lanterns are known as John Stewart and Kirrt Kallak.
During their captivity, Lantern Kirrt couldn’t take the pain from torture anymore and was about to let their kidnappers know how to break through the Guardians force field on OA (issue 6). Before Kirrt could explain, Lantern Stewart was forced to make a decision. He had to silence Kirrt to save the lives of millions. How did he do this you ask? He broke Kirrt’s neck and silenced him forever. I couldn’t believe what I had just read.Read More
Make It So: Justice League the Movie by Jerry Whitworth
Most of my Make It So articles have been about projects that make sense to me to be produced but have yet to be realized. For this installment, I’m going to break tradition and discuss a movie recently announced to be in development. The Justice League of America is DC Comics’ premier super hero team generally featuring their biggest icons like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman (of these, the final film in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy will be in theaters next month, the first in a new Superman film series begins the summer of next year, and Wonder Woman has also been recently announced to be developed for film which was previously featured in Make It So). Developing the Justice League in a live action format is nothing new.Read More
Through the Ages: Transition in Comics – Part Four by Jerry Whitworth
While Grant Morrison and Alex Ross helped nudge a new direction in the comics industry, they certainly didn’t get there alone. Two men who helped push this new direction to what it is today are Geoff Johns and Dan DiDio. Johns was an up-and-comer in the film industry mentored by legendary director Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon series) when he met DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza who offered Johns the opportunity to pitch ideas. One of those ideas reached fruition with Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E., an update on the DC property Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy. However, his next two projects at the publisher would provide much more fanfare. The Flash, coming off a longtime critically-received run under scribe Mark Waid, needed a fill-in team to cover the book while an ongoing team could be established. Johns came aboard with the storyline Wonderland and fans enjoyed it so much, DC found their new ongoing writer. When James Robinson moved on to work on projects in Hollywood, Johns would replace his position as co-writer on JSA with David S. Goyer and he struck gold again. Meanwhile, Dan DiDio, who was a writer and story editor for Mainframe Entertainment (ReBoot, Beast Wars: Transformers), was hired as an administrator at DC, first as vice president of editorial in 2002 and two years later as executive editor for the DC Universe. It was around this time DC Comics vigorously pursued exclusive contracts for work at the publisher, including luring talent from Marvel.Read More
Make It So: DC vs SJ Heroes by Jerry Whitworth
2D fighting games are big business. In a growing market of highly sophisticated video games with cutting edge graphics, many fans will still buy from traditional franchises like Super Smash Bros, Street Fighter, Tekken, and King of Fighters. Versus franchise games, be it inter-fighters like Tekken X Street Fighter and Capcom vs SNK or mingling external media like Marvel vs Capcom, Tatsunoko vs Capcom, and Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe, look to dwarf their predecessors in popularity. While fighting games improve in graphics, they generally use the same engine meaning with some slight tweaks, you can just continuously update content. Pull in extra fans by adding the Versus franchise aspect and offer pay-for downloadable characters (DLC) and it’s like printing your own money. Imagine, now, mashing up two of some of the biggest media franchises on earth: Warner Bros’ DC Comics and Shueisha’s Shonen Jump. Home to some of the most popular characters in fiction, both companies have previously graced the fighting game genre. DC had Justice League Task Force and the aforementioned Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe while SJ has had Jump Super Stars, Jump Ultimate Stars, Battle Stadium D.O.N., and the wildly popular fighting game series of Dragon Ball and Naruto, a fighting game seeing these companies clash would be titanic (not to mention, imagine accompanying comic book, action figure, collectible card game, table top role-playing games, and cartoon series to exploit the monumental smack down). Lets take a look at some of the possibilities.Read More
Top 10: Rogues Galleries by Jerry Whitworth
For the American comic book, superheroes reign supreme. It doesn’t matter if it’s DC, Marvel, Image, or any of the indies. Throw a cape or mask on someone and you got a much better shot than virtually anything else. But, superheroes are useless without another key component: supervillains. Alien invasions and gangsters are great padding, but we read comics to see colorful characters knocking down buildings or placing loved ones in perilous death traps. Imagine a comic book without a Dr. Doom, Joker, or Lex Luthor or a superhero without some Rogues Gallery, Sinister Six, or Monster Society of Evil to battle him or her. It’s a rather depressing notion because what’s the point of dashing off of rooftops or barreling out of a exploding building if there’s no one to legitimately challenge our hero when they survive? Lets see what villains stand atop all others. Though, before we begin, a little disclaimer: I’m purposely sticking to superheroes. With villains for heroes like James Bond, Doctor Who, and Dick Tracy, the list would be too challenging for me to cut to ten.Read More
What is the Red Lantern Corps?
By Jerry Whitworth
In Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and Kilowog must face an army of Red Lanterns out to kill every member of the Green Lantern Corps. But, what are Red Lanterns? In the comic books, the Red Lanterns are closely tied to the Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro Corps.
The planet Maltus is one of the earliest worlds to develop intelligent life in the universe. Over the millennia, this race grew and eventually split. One group went on to form the Controllers, a race dedicated to the advancement of science (regardless of the cost). The female of the species formed the Zamarons, representing the passion and love of their people as the remaining males became stoic and sought the very mysteries of the cosmos. This male component moved to Oa, the planet at the center of the universe, and became the Guardians of the Universe. The Guardians saw the universe consumed by chaos because of the actions of Krona, one of their own, and would bring about order.Read More