The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

Wizard World Chicago

Posted in News by mrread7 on June 30, 2008

So, I went to Rosemont this past weekend with my brother, Trevor for Wizard World Chicago. Which is the yearly comic book convention that is held in Rosemont every year. We missed last year due to lack of funds and it was too close to the Iowa trip last year. Well, we stayed at my uncle and aunt’s in Des Plains, which was only 10 minutes from the convention center. Friday we got in early since we were advanced ticket holders and well… it was like seeing an old friend. We hit up the DC and Marvel Comics booths and looked around for deals and old friends that usually attend. We took out a bunch of our books by the time the evening hours rolled in and had a great time at the DC vs. Marvel panel with Geoff Johns and Brian Michael Bendis and friends.
After some Dunkin Donuts on Saturday, we learned early on that artist, Michael Turner had passed away after a long battle with cancer. It was like a lot of the heart was taken out of the convention. Several creators left due to sad event and others cancelled. We pretty much went around, standing in line and talking to others about Turner’s passing. Our bright spot of the day was meeting Jennifer “Phoenix” Wildstrom from American Gladiators and getting several trade paper back deals. After a wonderful dinner we got things packed up before our last day on Sunday. Sadly, my shampoo and Trevor’s contact solution were left behind. We have to wait for my family to return home from vacation before we get them back in the next week or two. We pretty much hit up sketches from various artists and then attended the fan panels for DC and Marvel. Both which we were quoted in the interviews there.
The two of us were meant to meet up with my friend Vicky after the convention but her purse had been pick pocketed and she had to cancel. We headed back towards Sycamore but stopped in St. Charles. I was hoping to pick up my deposit from my tux but the store had closed a half an hour before. We ate at Olive Garden and then headed home. It was a great time and we spent a lot of money but it was worth it. I’m back to work tomorrow and I’m just hoping to enjoy the 4th this week and hopefully ace my interview at the hospital for the new job.


Remembering Michael Turner

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on June 29, 2008

For those who don’t know, artist Michael Turner passed away this weekend after a long battle with cancer. His works included: Superman/Batman, Witch Blade, several covers for both DC and Marvel. His long work and founding of Aspen Comics and his long run with Top Cow Comics. I had the pleasure of meeting Michael a few years ago in Chicago. We had a fun talk about his work with Jeph Lobe on Superman/Batman during his Supergirl story arc, which was a good laugh. He was probably one of the friendliest guys I’ve met in the business and I have to say, I did almost cry during both the DC and Marvel panels at Wizard World with both Dan DiDio and Brian Michael Bendis were talking about their work with him and the years they knew him. We’re going to miss you Mike. You were one of the best.

Final Crisis #2 review

Posted in Final Crisis by mrread7 on June 26, 2008

Ticket to Blüdhaven

In Japan at a night club, several people wait to get inside. Soon on the big screen we see Fushikuraja, one of Japan’s former monster hunters talking about a situation that happened with a monster in the city that day. He talks about how in his day, heroes like Ultimon, Hammersuit, Zero-X, Junior Waveman and others weren’t around. Heroes like him earned their powers and names and fought bravely. Now, it just takes some kids in suits and wanting powers to get the job done. The new heroes at the club watching this, just call him an “old man” and go back to drinking. They soon see Sunny Sumo drinking water at the main bar and soon Megayakuza slams the bar wanting to challenge him. Sunny tells him not today but Megayakuza keeps pushing and even fire blasts him. Sunny quickly turns around and slams his fist into Megayakuza’s chest and pulls out his heart and leaves it lying in his water glass on the table. He tells the people there watching he needs some alone time and walks into the bathroom. He gets in and looks at his reflection and feels that something isn’t right. Soon, Atomic Lantern Boy trying to get an autograph walks in saying it’s for his sister but then Shilo Norman walks in. Sunny turns around to him saying he hears a “ping”. Shilo holds up an old mother box saying it was the one thing that survived the war and that evil won. They need to get go and keep the planet from falling into chaos. Atomic Lantern Boy and his teammates walk in having heard the whole thing asking: “Does this count as later?”

At Big Belly Burger, Nxo (The Monitor that was exiled last issue) is going over words like: Bedlam, Bedazzled and more and drawing pictures at work. He tells everyone there who he was and that he is looking for something else. His coworker tells the customers to ignore him and Nxo goes back to drawing pictures of Monitors and alternate Supermen. At the Mad hatter’s apartment, the Mad Hatter is beaten to death by Detective Turpin who wants to know where the kids that he saw at the Dark Side Club are. Hatter bleeding to death tells him he doesn’t know. He then runs into the bathroom getting sick from the beatings. Turpin keeps beating the poor little guy and the Mad Hatter finally tells him: “Blüdhaven”. An hour later, we see Turpin buying a one-way ticket to Blüdhaven. Far away on Mars the Justice League and other super heroes lay J’onn J’onzz to rest. Superman vows they will find a way to bring his killers to justice.

Back in Central City at the Secret Society’s hideout, Libra boasts about what he did but Lex Luthor isn’t convinced just yet. If Libra can find a way to hurt Superman or even kill him, then he’ll come over. Clayface says he’s going to be next. Outside the club, we see Luthor talking to Vandal Savage about what happened with the Martian Manhunber and Savage says that if Libra will deliver what he wants, he will also join him. We then see the Human Flame talking to Libra about what he did for him and what he now has to do for Libra. Libra is glad he asked and takes the Human Flame back inside. Back at the Watchtower, Alpha-Lantern Krakken arrives with Hal Jordan about Orion’s body. Krakken says they have to work quickly on examining the body before it crumbles to dust and the Source energy leaves the body for good. Batman reveals that Orion was shot with some type of bullet, covered in radion with something else attached to it. Krakken doesn’t believe him but when Wonder Woman tries to touch Krakken to assure her that Batman is rarely wrong, sparks shoot out of her shoulder. Krakken brushes off Wonder Woman coldly and tells them she is the authority here but Batman doesn’t really care. Hal Jordan tries to play peace maker but Krakken tells Hal that his shift is over and to go to bed.

Back at the Orion’s murder site, Opto joins John Stewart in trying to find the apparent bullet that killed Orion. John tells him that it was fired backwards in time and when he finds it his ring starts to malfunction. Opto flies away and will return later but soon John is attacked by another Green Lantern who puts spikes in him and causes his ring to power down. A short time later, the rest of the Alpha-Lanterns with Krakken wake Hal Jordan up in his bed saying he is under arrest for the attempted murder of John Stewart. Hal tries to power up his ring but the Alpha-Lanterns take it’s power away. Not long after that Batman protests that he might not have been Hal’s biggest fan the last few years but it doesn’t make sense that Hal would turn on John like that. Superman agrees and tells Batman to keep looking into it. He has to make it to the Daily Planet before his cover story is blown. Inside the hall, we see Orion’s body starting to decay more and Krakken talks about what happened with Hal Jordan back when he was possessed by Parallax. Soon Krakken starts saying things like: “She’s eating my mind” and “Help me.” Batman looks at her funny and then figures it out. She attacked John. Batman tries to subdue Krakken but she creates a type of parasite construct that bites Batman. He tells her the alert has gone out but Krakken tells him it will be too late for them to arrive. She forms a boom tube and says: “A new play thing for Granny.” “The life you knew is over. Mine now.”

In Blüdehaven, Turpin makes his way past the Atomic Knights on guard and into the bunker that once housed Brother Eye. He finds Reverend Good there. Good takes Turpin and walks him through the hall telling him they have everything under control. That they will soon have him in his new body just like his son, Kalibak. Turpin soon sees the dozens of children held captive there and other meta humans, including Kamandi, the last boy of Earth. Turpin starts bleeding from the ears and then finds Krakken, the new Kanto and Vermin Wunderbar operating on several meta humans.
Batman is strapped to one of Granny Goodness’s chairs and is telling them to warn everyone before he is knocked out. At the Daily Planet, Lois Lane is arguing with Jimmy Olson who soon gets up as Clark Kent walks in. Clark is confused, he just say Jimmy downstairs. Soon, Jimmy turns into Clayface and most of the Daily Planet explodes. Superman turns to find Lois barely alive under a bunch of debry. Back in Central City both Barry Allen and Jay Garrick race to where the Martian Manhunter was killed. They see the Mobius chair and that the bullet that killed Orion came from this point in time with the chair as the gun. They soon hear a sound, a familiar sound and they turn and can’t believe what they see. They see Barry Allen running towards them trying to catch another bullet with the new Black Race behind him. He tells them to “Run!” End of issue.

Wow! When this issue kicked off I was a but confused but then everything started coming together. I knew back in Green Lantern, the Alpha-Lanterns would bite the Guardians back in their small asses but this… Granny Goodness is in the body of Krakken! Then to make matters worse, Turpin really is Darkseid, the Atomic Knights are the new parademons, Reverend Good is really Glorious Godfey, and the new Black Knight is after the silver age Flash! I mean the shocks keep coming. Also poor Superman and what is Libra really up too? I’ll give my hand to both Grant Morrison and J.G Jones on this. This was one hell of a comic.

Green Lantern #32 Review

Posted in green lantern by mrread7 on June 25, 2008

Secret Origin part 4

With Hal Jordan returning to Earth. Abin Sur’s ship is taken to Edwards Air Force base for study. There, Hector Hammon is displeased with the several messages he has left for Carol Ferris. Angry, he turns his attention back to the Sur’s ship where the researches have found out that the ship was powered by a rock. Hammon investigates the rock but leaves his helmut off and as he opens the engine core, he is bombarded with radiation. Flying back, his men try to help him up but his head is starting to swell and he can hear the thoughts of the entire crew. They aren’t pleasant thoughts but very insulting, which causes him to unleash a psychic attack on the crew. Back at Aspen Air, Hal Jordan wakes up in front of Tom in his air plane hanger, revealing who he is to John. They talk and John says that Hal is a hero, he responds that he isn’t and the ring isn’t for sorting out personal problems. He learns that while he was gone, most of the employees staged a walk out. Carol Ferris has apparently taken over all of Aspen Air leaving most of the pilots to quit.

In her office, Carol Ferris works farcically to try and sign up new test pilots and other employees but they aren’t interested considering Ferris Air’s history. Frustrated, Carol feels she is failing when Hal Jordan walks in. He tells her he’s going to quit along with everyone else and if her father was there, he would tell him the same. Carol gets upset and asks what her father has to do with anything. Hal comes clean that her father cut corners and that’s why his father died all those years ago. He has also been cutting corners on other things but nothing every officially came out. Now he’s playing golf and leaving a tainted legacy to Carol. She tells him that’s not the whole truth but Hal has had enough and starts to walk out. Carol stops him dead in his tracks by asking: “Do you want to fly again?” Hal tells her “yes” but he won’t do it here but Carol responds by telling him that no one will hire him not only because of his history but what happened to him in the air force. She’ll over look it all and give him his second chance. Hal agrees. Meanwhile, out in the forest, Atrocitus is creating some kind of ritual to learn who will give birth to the Blackest Night with the men he killed earlier in the week. On one of the skulls, he gets his answer: William Hand.

The next day, Hal Jordan finally gets his long sought after goal of flying again. He revels being in the cockpit again and as he flies, he sees a green light that destroys his jet but incases him in a bubble. It’s Sinestro. Sinestro tells Hal Jordan that he is wasting his time with his piloting and that he is here for him. He also let’s Hal know that he is one of the greatest Green Lanterns right now. Back at home base, they try to locate Hal Jordan on the radar but find nothing. Hal scolds Sinestro about destroying his jet but Sinestro doesn’t seem to care and gives Hal his power ring. Hal suits up and fires a missile construct at Sinestro but since it was made in anger, Sinestro destroys it without any problems. He tells Hal that he is unfocused and that he has a duty to the Green Lantern Corps. Hal still doesn’t care, so Sinestro shows a sign of good will and uses his ring to put the jet back together, looking better than ever. Hal is shocked but has to go. Sinestro wants to know where and Hal tells him back to base. Soon both their rings light up with a message to Sinestro but Hal decides to fly off before giving the message to him. Hal returns to base and Carol wants to know what happened but Hal just says he was having some fun. Carol isn’t happy but Hector Hammon soon appears, now with better control over his powers. He starts probing their minds and discovers not only the history between Carol and Hal but also that Hal Jordan is Green Lantern and Atrocitus is on his way to Coast City. End of issue.

Secret Origin might of started on a fast note and then slowed down for two issues but it’s back up and running. Geoff Johns gives us one punch after another. I finally see what Geoff is trying to do here, he’s not only modernizing Hal Jordan’s history but he’s establishing what is to come with The Blackest Night. The continuing evolving of Atrocitus is fun stuff and this guy just gets creepier and creepier. I also like how he is setting up Black Hand even more. I think the best parts are the continuing relationship between Hal and Carol. These two started off as kids that didn’t really care about the other. Then met again years later with a lot of bad history between them that wasn’t their faults. Now they are starting to bond and leading to romance. The other is Hector Hammon’s origin. I’m liking how it was plugged into Abin Sur’s ship and that the Gremlins later used the same rock to see what further effects were on him a few years later. Right now he’s just a guy with powerful mental powers but no giant head. It’s going to be interesting to see where this goes next issue. Ivan Reis really kicked up his art this issue, this has to be one of his best issues since the conclusion of the Sinestro Corps War back in Green Lantern #25. Really, I can’t put it into words how beautiful this issue was. Well, I’m happy and I want more, bring on part 5.

The coming of Agent Orange

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on June 24, 2008

As Secret Origin comes to it’s mid point and Rage of the Red Lanterns only a couple of months away. I thought I would look at the next story arc after that, Agent Orange. There isn’t much known about this new character, except that he has found the orange light that the Controllers are after and he alone will start the Orange Lantern Corps. Now I find this character’s concept very interesting. I know we’ll get into his origin at the end of the year. However, right now after looking back at Green Lantern #25 and how the Controllers would never share their power with anyone once they get it. I think as many others have speculated that Agent Orange will be the sole force behind the Orange Lantern Corps of Avarice. If you look at the image below, all the Orange Lanterns are complete orange. They don’t have a force field around them only Agent Orange does. Plus, they are snatching up all the power rings from the various corps. I think it’s safe to say that Agent Orange not only is the Avarice leader but also houses the being that the light is from. It makes for an interesting concept of a one man corps but what is he truly after? Does he want the power all to himself? Or does he feel that he alone should police the galaxy? There are tons of questions and they won’t start unfolding until October, just in time for Halloween.

The Corps that wasn’t but could still be

Posted in News,Profiles by mrread7 on June 22, 2008

Here’s some unused pages from the Sinesto Corps hard cover. As it shows, not only is Kyle Rayner possessed by Parallax but so are John Stewart and Guy Gardner. Now, this brings up the Parallax Corps. We know that Parallax can split himself up and “infect” others with his powers. Now, there is a possibility we could see this come up during “The Blackest Night” or even more, the Sinestro Corps might at some time evolve into the Parallax Corps. Just like when Kyle became Ion again, it was the next step in the Green Lantern evolutions, where Ion spit his powers into all Green Lanterns. Allowing them not use their rings and have direct power from the Central Battery of the green power spectrum. I could see this happening with Parallax, not to mention Parallax has been split into four pieces and imprisoned in each of the Earth Green Lanterns. Makes for an interesting topic.

Consumed by Rage, Laira

Posted in News,Profiles by mrread7 on June 20, 2008

I’ve been wanting to get to this for some time but I thought I would wait until a little bit more light was shed (no pun intended) on the Red Lanterns. However, with Final Crisis going now and Rage of the Red Lanterns only a couple months away. I thought I would finally do the profile on Laira. Since her return, I’ve felt there was more going on with her. After the Sinestro Corps War, I felt and from what Ganthlet said, that rage would fuel the Red Lantern. I put it together with Laira. She has felt such betrayal and seen those she loved destroyed in front of her. It was only a matter of time before her rage got the better of her. To quote Star Wars again: “Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate… leads to suffering.” That’s what has happened to Laira. She felt fear when she was originally left for dead by Hal Jordan when he was taken over by Parallax. Then her anger started to build from that and then she started to hate when Ke’Haan was murdered in front of her and to pour salt in the wound. See his his family dead before her by another Sinestro Corps member. The fact she is now a Red Lantern shows just how far she has fallen but like Darth Vader, will she see the light again?

Laira was born on the planet Jayd in space sector 112. She was trained by her father Kentor Omoto to take over his role as a soldier of the Guardians of the Universe as Green Lantern of her sector. Her training was also one strict with tradition and honor. During her training she became exceptionally adept at her native martial arts. Throughout his time with his daughter he never hid the fact that the ruling council of his planet were not doing things the way he would, he saw their rule as weak and disreputable. After the disappearance of her father during the Crisis on Infinite Earths and the proclamation by the Guardians that he was dead, she was considered for the post of ring bearer and Green Lantern of her sector. Her instructor turned out to be Ke’Haan of Varva, Kilowog’s second in command. Most would have thought her doomed to fail as Ke’Haan was renowned for his tough as nails training. More green lantern recruits flunked out or quit under him than anyone else. Eager to please and finding a kindred spirit of honor within her teacher, she became his prized pupil. To complete her training she was sent to the city of X’ol on her home planet. Her mission was to put an end to one who had become known as the ‘Golden Dragon’. When she used her formidable skill to infiltrate his Castle, she made a startling discovery. Upon coming face to face with the villain, he was revealed to be her previously thought dead father, Kentor Omoto. Discovering that her father had become a tyrant in X’ol, she was shocked and hesitated to attack him. He explained to her his return from the crisis and to his home planet, where the years of sitting idly by had finally broken him. He was disgusted by the behavior of the people of X’ol and had crossed the same ethical line as Sinestro, using his ring to influence the people’s behavior as well as that of the ruling council. When the guardians discovered his actions, he was charged with political interference and was stripped of his power ring and returned to Jayd. Once he was back home, the ruling council exiled him. Having lost everything he created the identity of the Golden Dragon so that he could remake X’ol in his image. Her father pled with her to forget the guardians and the things he had taught her about honor. Realizing her father endangered not just X’ol but all of Jayd she engaged him in battle and through her skills, coupled with the teachings of her mentor Ke’haan, she bested the fallen Lantern. Omoto defeated by his daughter asked her to kill him, as honor demanded his blood for what he had done. She however refused and he instead committed Hara Kiri.

Her mission completed, Laira returned to Oa angry at the guardians for hiding the true nature of her mission from her. The guardians impressed with her loyalty and skill, awarded her the title of Green Lantern of her sector and inducted her into the Green Lantern Corps, she had passed their test. She was known as one of the Corps’ fiercest warriors, and her martial arts skills were second to none. She is noted as never looking at her target, so that every attack is a surprise. Due to the amount of time she spent with Ke’Haan, many in the Corps thought that they had a relationship separate and apart from teacher and pupil despite the fact that Ke’Haan had a family.When word that Hal Jordan had gone rogue reached the guardians on Oa, they quickly sent word to their fiercest warriors. Laira and her mentor, Ke’Haan, engaged Hal Jordan but fell to his increased power and near psychotic rage. She and Ke’Haan were both stripped of their power rings and left for dead.
She was later discovered by a reformed Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner to be held captive by the Manhunters, along with the other “Lost Lanterns,” including Kreon, and Tomar-Tu, who had recently escaped to kill Jordan in revenge for his rampage. She, her mentor, and the others, with the help of Jordan and Gardner, put an end to the manhunter planet of Biot and returned to Oa where she resumed her duties as Green Lantern of her sector. Nevertheless, they could often be found together on Green Lantern Corps missions.

During the Sinestro Corps war, Laira and the Lost Lanterns came to Hal Jordan’s aid on Qward. the group then split up, with Laira, Ke’Haan and Boodikka searching for Ion, and Hal, Graf Toren, and Tomar-Tu looking for John Stewart and Guy Gardner. Laira’s group would then run into the Anti-Monitor, who slaughtered Ke’Haan, but they were able to recover Ion and return to Oa.
After preventing the invasion of Coast City by the Sinestro Corps, Laira visited the Crypt of the Green Lanterns to mourn Ke’Haan’s death. Hannu reveals to Boodikka that the two had been attracted for some time, but that Ke’Haan had refused her because he had a family on his home planet. Laira and the Lost Lanterns set out to his homeworld to deliver news of his death, only to find that his family has been murdered by Sinestro Corps member Amon Sur. Enraged by this act, Laira ignores Sur’s requests that he be taken into custody (to which he had willingly submitted), and the Lantern murders him. Afterwards, Laira is held in custody on Oa, while her fellow Lanterns who were with her at Amon Sur’s death all testified that she murdered him. She was placed in the custody of the newly founded Alpha Lanterns, and then tried by the Guardians, who found her guilty and stripped her of her power ring.
After her trial, Laira was supposed too be transported back to her homeworld Jayd by Hannu, until a red power ring attacked their ship and chose Laira as its bearer, making her the second person to become a Red Lantern.

The Green Lantern who gave into her hate, like Sinestro gave into his fear. They are more alike then either one of them want to believe. We’ll find out more as Atrocitus and the origin of the Red Power Lantern unfolds in the next couple of months.

Green Lantern for September 2008

Posted in Uncategorized by mrread7 on June 17, 2008

Evening everyone, I apologize for my updates of late. I’ve been so busy at work and working on the redesigns for two of my webpages. I haven’t had a lot of time this week to do anything. I will give you an update on Spreading Hope, the site is coming along slowly. The redesigns of my other two pages are taking more time to work on. However, I am doing bit by bit. Once the two pages are done, which should be around the beginning of July. I’ll be focusing more on the Blue Lanterns. I also like to announce, that the winning poll for the sketch I’m hoping to get from Ethan next weekend is going to be Black Hand. Ethan Van Scriver, just draws him so menacing. So, I will be getting him done by Ethan but Natu will also be getting done by Patrick Gleason, who will also be in Chicago. If there is time and Tony Daniel has some time, I will get a John Stewart sketch by him but it’s going to be hard not to ask the talented artist not to give me a Joker.
I also want to announce that this week will end with a look at the rise and fall of Laira, from Green Lantern to Red Lantern. Truly lost to the darkside the way Sinestro was lost to the yellow impurity. I’m also hoping to have pages done for my own Blue Lantern story that is being worked on at the moment starring my former guinea pig, Smore. I’m hoping everyone will love the story and maybe some hopes of it getting published some day. In the mean time, let’s move on to what is coming your way in September.


Written by Geoff Johns; Art by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert; Cover by Ivan Reis

The conclusion to “Secret Origin”! The prelude to the Blackest Night begins as the climax of the story of Hal Jordan’s first adventure comes to a close! Hal and Sinestro are confronted by the Guardians over their greatest fears. Plus, Sinestro uncovers a new prophecy all his own as the stage is set for next month’s “Rage of the Red Lanterns”!

DC Universe | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US

On Sale September 24, 2008


Written by Peter J. Tomasi; Art by Luke Ross and Fabio Laguna; Cover by Rodolfo Migliari

As Kyle and Guy deal with personal issues on Oa, several Lanterns search for whoever’s been gruesomely removing the eyes of their relatives. Meanwhile, the Guardian known as Scar summons Lantern Saarek for a mission that will lead directly into The Blackest Night.

DC Universe | 32pg. | Color | $2.99 US

On Sale September 10, 2008


Written by Grant Morrison; Art by J.G. Jones and Carlos Pacheco; Covers by J.G. Jones

It’s one month after the Anti-Life Equation was released worldwide. Millions now toil as slaves of Darkseid, while the Justifier shock troops of Apokolips lay waste to the planet Earth and hunt down its protectors.

The remaining free humans and superheroes are stationed around the world, besieged within the walls of ten very familiar ‘Watchtowers’, as they fight a desperate, losing battle against the triumphant forces of evil.

While Green Arrow and Black Canary attempt to deliver the secret of humanity’s last hope across America’s blasted wastelands, the Outsiders brave the horrors of the Bludhaven bunker in search of Batman. The ultimate battle is coming…but which heroes will become villain – and vice versa? And what part do the Secret Society have to play in the dawning of this new Age of Evil?

Darkness is falling and death rules the day. Is this truly the end of the Age of Super Heroes? Don’t miss FINAL CRISIS #4: “How to Murder the Earth!”

DC Universe | 40pg. | Color | $3.99 US

On Sale September 17, 2008


Written by Dwayne McDuffie ; Art by Ed Benes; Cover by Ed Benes

Vixen and Animal Man journey into the sacred Tantu Totem to solve the mystery of their altered powers. But Anansi, the African spider god responsible for these changes, has only begun reshaping the powers and histories of the Justice League, as eight-year-old Bruce Wayne shoots the burglar who killed his parents, Wonder Woman retires from the JLA after the tragic death of her husband, Superman, and The Green Lantern Corps quarantines Earth after one of their number destroys an American city. With the team’s history changing before Vixen’s eyes, is the JLA we now know gone forever?

DC Universe | 48pg. | Color | $3.99 US

On Sale September 17, 2008

They’re all good previews, you can guess my top two favorites being the main Green Lantern title and Final Crisis. Justice League of America #25 might be my final issue. I’m more interested in the new Justice League series coming from James Robinson. The main title has faltered since Brad Meltzer left the book. Dwayne McDuffie has tried but he’s been plugged with so many cross over stories, he just never really got the book going where he was. Plus, he was so interested in throwing John Stewart and Firestorm on the team, they just didn’t get much use. When Hal Jordan showed up, it was good and his Queen Bee story with Flash and Wonder Woman was his best. However, the rest has been a let down. I am hoping that he wraps up the Vixen power story line on a good note but sadly, I’m about to leave with Hal Jordan on this book

Green Lantern Corps #25 Review

Posted in green lantern corps,News by mrread7 on June 13, 2008

Ring Quest part 4

On the Black Mercy Planet, Mother Mercy erupts in pain as her “children” have been killed by the Green Lantern Corps. Kyle Rayner says they need to make contact with it but Soranik Natu reveals that Mother Mercy is acting out in rage and pain. Isamot Kol says: “If it’s reading my mind, it’s not going to like what it sees.” As the Green Lanterns continue to struggle, the skies of the planet start to grow dark and soon the gravity in their area starts to increase so much, the Green Lanterns can’t stay afloat. They soon hit the ground hard and look into the sky and see all the dead bodies that were in orbit of the planet are crashing down towards them. Isamot realizes that Mother Mercy is trying to feed and draw both the bodies and them into her. Mother Mercy then speaks: “You dare invade my world and seek to incinerate my children.” Vath Sarn and Iolande try to move out of the way but they are stuck to the ground. Vath creates a bomb shelter construct to shield them from the debry but it still hits them hard. Stel tells them that the increased gravity will soon take out their shields and they will be drawn in, with no way of escaping. However, the injured Sodam Yat tells Natu to throw him in.

On another side of the planet, Mongul and Duel notice that Mother Mercy is feeding a bit too early but usually the gravity pull is planet wide. Back at Mother Mercy, Natu tells Guy Gardner that Yat wants to be thrown into Mother Mercy, which Guy agrees is probably not a bad plan. Kyle tells Stel to help Natu with Sodam and soon Stel creates a rocket propulsion system to launch Yat into Mother Mercy. Natu straps him on and Stel finds the center point and launches Sodam into the center of Mother Mercy. Inside, Sodam Yat unleashes his Ion power and blows Mother Mercy from the inside and knocks himself out of her as a result but still has a Black Mercy attached to him. Mother Mercy starts retracting in pain and Vath, Isamot and Iolande jet forward to finish her off, Despite the fact that Kyle keeps telling them not too. Soranik Natu soon creates an isolation sphere around Mother Mercy, causing her three fellow lanterns to bounce off it and onto the ground. Natu tells them to: “Cease and Desist. This creature is grieving.” Vath and Isamot tells Natu to step aside but Guy Gardner tells them that he thinks Mother Mercy wants to talk to them but approaches Yat. Kyle appears with the injured Arisia in his hands and tells Natu to release the force friends around the two. Mother Mercy then reaches out and the Black Mercies around both Yat and Arisia come off. Natu sees if the two are all right but Arisia yells wanting to kill Mother Mercy. She goes no to explain that it made her worse fears come true. Mother Mercy tells them they weren’t meant to do this. Arisia still upset lights up her ring but Sodam Yat comes to her side and tells her not to. He then tells of his friend, who was an alien that was hated and killed because he was from another world. He tells her that Mother Mercy is the same way and despite the fact that Arisia lived her worse fears, she will be stronger because of it.

Back on Oa, at the Guardians Citadel, the Guardians of the Universe see that the Star Sapphire Corps is starting rise. They have picked up another violet energy signature in Sector 1416 on Zamaron. It’s proof that the violet surge was not an aberration. The scared Guardians tells them that the power will not stay confined to one sector. It spreads and if they don’t act soon, the War of Light will burn away all they know. Back on Mother Mercy’s planet, Guy Gardner has all the Green Lanterns assembled and Kyle then asks Mother Mercy what is truly going on. She tells her story: “Since time immemorial there has been a ‘Mother Mercy’ here on this planet.” She goes on to tell her story of what the Black Mercies truly are and what she is. She was the first birther of mercy. She is the very planet, she lives inside the center of it and hundreds of years ago, a lone space traveler crashed down on the planet. Injured and dying in great pain. She launched onto the survivor and stimulated his thought process and made him live out his wildest dreams as he slowly died. After he passed and he was ingested by the planet. She felt there was great pain in the galaxy and she had to relieve it. Hence, the Black Mercy was born. She seeded the surface with her “children” and when they reached maturity she would send her children to the stars to relieve pain on hundreds of worlds to people who needed it. However, there was one problem with such a family and that was feeding them. She soon learned how too but tapping into the planet’s gravity field and bringing down deceased beings so the planets could feed off them. She also used the ability to call down ships and other beings to take her children off world but one day, she brought the wrong kind, the original Mongul. Not wanting to show her existence, she let Mongul take several of her children off the planet, where he went on to use them against his enemies. Things took a turn for the worse years later, when his son came to the planet and redesigned the Black Mercy with his Sinestro Corps power rings and made Black Mercy bring people’s worse fears alive and launched them across the various sectors but didn’t know where. Her children were never meant for this, Guy Gardner soon lights up his ring telling his fellow corps members that hey need to fan out and collect all the Black Mercies and return them to the planet. However, he is soon fired upon by Mongul and Duel and attaches Black Mercies on all of them. Mongul smiles and says: “I see we have visitors.”

What a great issue, finally we learn the truth behind the Black Mercy after all these years. I remember first reading about them back in the day during Alan Moore’s run on Superman. I thought they were a great idea and over the last few years, Black Mercy has shown up in various books. Having the current Mongul recreate a plant that was meant to relieve pain into something that delivers pain and sorrow is a great idea. What better way to spread fear across the universe by having something tap into your worse fears and making them real. Mother Mercy’s story is a sad one but you understand both her mission and her pain. She just wanted to bring peace in her own form but others manipulated her over all goal. She is more the victim then the oppressor. I’ll also leave it up to Tomasi and Gleason, they never back down during this entire story. Even the nods to the rising Star Sapphire Corps and the War of Light is starting to take shape in this book besides the main title. However, you know there is more going on with the scared guardian, since the Black Lantern Corps symbol keeps showing up in her eyes. A great book and I can’t wait to see how Ring Quest ends next month.

It’s Convention Time

Posted in News by mrread7 on June 7, 2008

Ah, Wizard World Chicago 2008 is only three weeks away and my brother and I can’t wait to go. We’ve been going since July 1998 and the last four years have been the best with our lunch ins. You see, every Wizard World Chicago, a bunch of us Geoff Johns fans get together and we all go to lunch with the Green Lantern writer and other comic creators, we’ve had the pleasure of Ethan Van Scriver, Don Kramer and many others join us for our yearly lunch. My brother and I were unable to go last year because of several problems, including going to my ex’s family reunion, which was the week before. All my money went towards the trip and considering what happened in the end. I think I would have rather gone to the comic book convention. I’ll have several blogs dealing with before and after the con this year, so stay tune.

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