Posts Tagged ‘green lantern’

Spoiler: Casualties of the DC Universe Reboot, Part 1

Sinestro’s Handlebar Moustache.  Poor dude.  Not only did DC management make Sinestro shave down to this ridiculous wisp of facial hair for the cover of Green Lantern #1, but they also put him in a green costume for whatever reason.  I guess the talk of this reboot changing everything isn’t just hype.  I’ll miss you, Sinestro’s Handlebar Moustache.  You were an icon to my generation.

 

Spoiler: Everything Revolves Around White Folks

Blackest Night was a straight up excited event. I know this because I felt remarkably betrayed after reading the final issue. Good comics have a tendency to do that. Imagine: you are a fanboy, become dangerously invested in these characters and their mythology. Then an event comes along and changes things. I won’t spoil anything, but Blackest Night essentially serves as a reset button for many previous “incidents” in the DC Comics universe. Which, FYI, is fucking lame. But,really, how else are events like this supposed to end? With a song?

The next big event, Brightest Day, starts next month, in which DC will most likely retcon some retcons of retcons. The final issue will most likely fold out into a mobius strip.

 

Spoiler: It’s weak against yellow

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I got to watch the new Green Lantern: First Flight animated movie the other night. Perfect timing, since I’ve recently been hit with a bad case of Blackest Night fever. I love the Green Lantern mythology… there are lanterns, and rings that make shit, and little blue guys that are older than the universe…. what’s not to like? Here’s a point-by-point Stessnalaysis™ (I really should have chosen a better domain name).

This movie is a very loose interpretation. That’s both good and bad. Good because Bruce Timm can be Bruce Timm and make everything as awesome as he wants it to be. Bad because it feels very removed from the DC Universe mythology. Rings don’t talk, Lanterns can use lethal force, and there’s no mention of willpower or fear. What’s worse, Carol Ferris is in the movie for about ten seconds at the beginning. That’s a huge part of the story left out. That’s like trying to adapt The Flash without Iris. Oh, wait… they already did that.

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Sinestro is totally badass. Even if they didn’t follow canon on this one (there’s no mention of Korugar at all), they made Sinestro’s descent completely sadistic. There’s a scene where he’s interrogating this poor woman and forcing her to overdose… it’s pretty intense. I especially like how the film makes a point of showing that every Green Lantern hates people from Earth, while Sinestro admires them. I always thought he was one of the better comic book villains.

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Kilowog sounds like a douche. Maybe it’s just because I watched Justice League Unlimited religiously, but choosing Michael Madsen to do the voice of the jovial drill instructor was a huge mistake. I kept expecting him to turn to Hal Jordan and say “You ever listen to K-Billy’s Super Sounds of the Seventies weekend?”

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The Guardians look really stupid. Again, maybe this is the sublime art featured in Blackest Night swaying my opinion, but are the most powerful beings in the universe supposed to look like they’re rejected stunt doubles from Leprechaun 4?

That’s the one where the Leprechaun is in space, FYI.

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What the hell is this? At some point Hal Jordan touches the core of the power battery and becomes Giga Mac. Is this supposed to be Ion? I have no idea, because it wasn’t explained at all.

Super Stress Party Verdict: Wonder Woman is still the best DC Universe animated movie, followed closely by The New Frontier. And nothing will ever top Bruce Timm’s television adaptions.

 

No shame shall escape my sight

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Today I swung by my local comic shop to pick up the copy of Asterios Polyp I had ordered. As usual, the guy behind the counter tried to push the new releases on me (when did independent stores start modeling themselves after Gamestop?). I had no intention of buying the first issue of Blackest Night because I’m so far behind in the ramp up, but then the clerk dropped the bomb: you get a free Black Lantern ring with purchase.

What is wrong with my brain that I thought I needed this? Or, more importantly, why do I think this is awesome?

On the plus side, I never have to worry about girls liking me ever again.

 
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