The Green Lantern Corps Podcast

I’m done reading comics. Does this mean I’m an adult now?

Posted in Rants by mrread7 on March 31, 2010


Well, technically I have three books left in two weeks that officially end my comic book collecting/reading days for the foreseeable future. Today I picked up Blackest Night #8 that marked the end of my Green Lantern reading after 16 years. I couldn’t have picked a better way to end a great run in reading a great comic. Two years ago when I was at the Wizard World Chicago Comic Convention, I was asked if there were three books I would never stop reading. I said: Spider-man, Green Lantern and Nova. However, you never realize at that moment that in a couple of years life changes. You look back and wonder just how you stuck with it or why you never did it earlier and could have paid off a lot of debt earlier when it was really pretty small.
The truth is, I always felt that no matter what happened with me, I could pick up the pieces and just keep moving on in life. However, I never paused to think that maybe, just maybe I had to change my life dramatically to truly get myself my own Brightest Day. 5 months ago, I began that when I married my beautiful wife, Melissa. However, the more I tried and longer I thought about things. I realized that I had more to think about for the future than just moving on to the next step. I had to think about creating a future for the two of us and what lies ahead. That meant I had to make a big decision to stamp out debt and have it so Melissa and I could finally move out of my old place and start building a more financially stable future.
Now, I’m selling off my old stuff and other junk that the two of us have accumulated over the last several years. I’m clearing up space but at the same time, making major strides in paying off left over debt and getting one step closer to have a more stable life. My small entertainment might come from my Iphone now instead of a Nintendo or an issue of Spider-Girl. However, those things will always be there. I’ll eventually pick up a controller or a comic again some time in the future and pick up where I left off but under better circumstances. I’m looking into going back to school, securing a better job and just being more of an adult now. Sure, I’ll always be a kid at heart as a friend of mine put it but I’ll do it with a brighter light in front of me and not a unsure dusk like it has been the last few years.
Sometimes the hardest decision is giving up something you love so you can have a brighter tomorrow and that’s what I’m doing. I did feel a bit of sadness as I placed Blackest Night back in it’s cover and then put with the rest of Green Lantern books. Ending a long 16 year run but I did smile in the end because I know the best is yet to come.


Blackest Night #8 Reviews

Posted in blackest night by mrread7 on March 31, 2010

The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #49

The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #49

Join the Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast as they discuss the final Blackest Night related issue of Green Lantern Corps. Featuring opening and ending themes from Kirby Krackle ( and The Roy Clark Method (

Green Lantern #52 Review

Posted in blackest night,green lantern by mrread7 on March 24, 2010

 Life Blood

  High above Earth, John Stewart along with Kilowog, Brother Hynn, Fatality, Slussh, Morro and Tekkik fight through the Black Lanterns that are coming from Xanshi. They are soon interrupted by a message from Hal Jordan but he’s cut off when Sinestro’s voice booms through everyone’s rings. Sinestro now as the first White Lantern uses his powers and starts destroying Black Lanterns as if they are nothing. As he does this, the White Light tells him the story of everything. The Entity first came into the Universe but not knowing if it was by accident or purpose. It fought against the darkness by creating stars and planets and then created Earth as it’s strong hold. Deep in the core life emitted from it. First into the oceans, where the first being that willed itself to move was born, the Green Lantern Entity, Ion. Then as a thousand years passed, species evolved into the skies through the insects. In doing so, fear was born and so was Parallax. Then love ignited and so was the Predator. Then years later, the serpent in the Garden of Eden consumed that which was not his. Hence Avarice consumes all it touches. Then the death of of Able through Cain, the power of Rage was born through murder, hence a bull. Then the first sign of prayer and Hope came into being as a bird. Then finally Compassion stretched to all and it took the shape of an Octopus. Sinestro sees it all and says: “We Live.”

  Soon Nekron appears and says: “No!” “You die” and splits Sinestro in half with his sickle. Nekron tries to reach through Sinestro to get to the White Light saying whoever or whatever sent you will regret it. The New Guardians attack Nekron in hopes of saving Sinestro. Hal sees that Xanshi is causing gravitational problems on Earth and soon Xanshi fires a blast at the Earth into the ocean. Causing a giant Tsunami that Hal holds back but needs John to take care of Xanshi. John and the rest of the various lanterns go into the heart of Xanshi where they find a mass made out of multiple Black Lantern rings and Kat Mantui and Driq. While Indigo-1 tries to heal Sinestro she finds she cannot or the fact that he is still alive somehow. Black Hand soon arrives and has his army of Black Lanterns attack Hal and everyone else. Back on Xanshi, John  tells Kat that she is not his wife and this isn’t Xanshi. Fatality reveals that despite everything that John has done he has never forgiven himself. With those words, John finally admits that he always tried to build when most of his life was about destroying enemies to save lives. However, he needs to move on and with that he has all the other lanterns join him and destroys Xanshi’s core and doing so the planet and all the Black Lanterns from within it.

  Back on Earth, both Nekron and Black Hand cry out in pain. Apparently their strength comes from the various dead around them and with that, Sinestro is healed up by the White Light and reborn. He pulls the full power of the light and claims that he is the true Guardian of the Universe and it’s time they stopped the darkness. Leaving Hal to watch and his eyes start to glow white.

  For my last issue of Green Lantern, I don’t know a better way to go out on. While it took forever, finally everything with Xanshi and John Stewart is brought to a close. Plus, the origin of the entities is interesting but I never thought that Geoff Johns would go this biblical with everything but oh well. Doug Mahnke hit it out of the ball park with this one. Thanks guys for making my last issue of Green Lantern truly memorable.

The Rise and Fall of the Comic Book collector

Posted in Rants by mrread7 on March 23, 2010

  I remember the first time I picked up a comic book. It was an issue of the Amazing Spider-man but I don’t remember the issue number. It was 1980 and I remember my mother reading the book to me. I was just in awe over the story. I was a watching of the old Spider-man TV series and Spider-man and his Amazing Friends back then. However, there was just something different about having the comic read to me. Over the next four years. I would get various comics with Spider-man, Green Lantern and even Daredevil a few times. In 1984 I had Transformers and GI Joe regularly picked up when I was shopping with my mother or grandparents.
  I never missed an issue during their long run during the 80s. Some time around 1990 I stopped reading. Comics were no longer “cool” to a lot of people. There were various cartoons and shows about various characters, which I still watched but comics were just not the thing anymore. In late 1993, I started going through depression, mostly due to high school life and very impartial social life. I even went down to almost committing suicide. I pulled myself out of it slowly but it was a long journey. One of my therapy sessions was to immerse myself in a hobby that I use to enjoy and comics were my choice. Starting back with Spider-man, Daredevil and Green Lantern, I reentered the comic book world again.
   This trend would continue the rest of the way through high school and then into college. Where I pulled my younger siblings into reading comics and started attending yearly comic book conventions. My reading had expanded to Spider-Girl, JLA, Justice Society and more. I kept things very steady and on budget for several years and even until just after college. However, around the spring of 2004 my reading waned, I dropped books and started reading only what I really enjoyed. Two years later I started working full time and I balanced my reading to include more and even had started several comic book related websites and blogs during that time. I even went on to co-found two podcasts on Green Lantern and Marvel Cosmic Titles. However, in early 2008 after suffering a major break with a girlfriend. I was forced to sell off several books on EBay and to dealers to cover massive debt she had left me. Even worse, I was not getting to far ahead on things since I was dealing with repairs and a higher cost of living. I sold over 500 books in less than 4 months.
  Things turned around for me and I met and fell in love with a woman and we married just over a year later. However, despite hard work and even cutting back more on things, balancing the budget was still proving difficult. With no other choice to settle all debts and start saving more money a month. I decided to stop buying and collecting comics in any form. Leaving me to sell off all but 2 collections and in the next few weeks to pay off as much as I can. In a way it feels a large part of my life is coming to an end but at the same time. This is the beginning of my Brightest Day. I’m starting a new beginning in my life and I have to plan more to the future now.
   Melissa and I need to get a larger more private place and we are planning on having our own family some time in the near future. These goals need to come first and not a fan boy’s enjoyment. While I will miss the blogs, reading and collecting. I know I’m doing it for the right reasons and someday when things are more balanced. I will return to the land of comic books and even video games again. And when that day comes, I will teach my children the great work of comics and leave them to experience the wonder and enjoyment.  

The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Special #5 – ALAN MOORE

Posted in The Podcast,Uncategorized by Naaim Siddiqi on March 22, 2010

Special #5 – ALAN MOORE!

That’s right folks. It’s here. The one you’ve all been waiting for. Join the gang as we talk to prolific creator ALAN MOORE as he talks about DC Comics and Geoff Johns. This one’s not for the kiddies! We apologize for the shortness, but Alan doesn’t really like people.

Featuring opening and ending themes from Kirby Krackle ( and Blue Harvest.

The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #48

The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #48

Join the Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast as they discuss everything Green Lantern related in comics. From Alan Scott’s role in the Justice Society to John Stewart’s role in the Justice League, and everything in between. Featuring opening and ending themes from Kirby Krackle ( and The Roy Clark Method (

Looking ahead to Brightest Day: The Hawks

Posted in Brightest Day,Rants by mrread7 on March 20, 2010

  It was one of the most shocking moments of 2009. When the Black Lantern versions of Sue and Ralph Dibney murdered Hawkman and Hawkgirl and they in turn were also transformed into Black Lanterns. Leading to the amazing Hawkman and the Atom tie in one-shot about the relationship between Ray and Carter. Hawkman and Hawkgirl have been very directionalist the last few years. After Jimmy Palimonti and Justin Grey left the title. The book flunder while Walt Simonson tried to make the book completely about Hawkgirl something new. That didn’t work either. Then Geoff Johns put Hawkman back in Justice Society and Brad Meltzer put Hawkgirl over in Justice League and tried to have the two characters move on from each other. That worked for a brief time, then you add in the mess with Trinity and Final Crisis and… well what else can I say.
  I’m hoping with the revelations about Carter and Kendra being the original source for the Star Sapphire and the fact that Ray is going to bring them back to the land of the living at the conclusion of Blackest Night. That the Hawks will get put back on the right track again. Personally, they were doing fine until all of a sudden. Most editors and writers felt that even with the streamline history that was done 10 years ago. The characters still weren’t “even” enough. I thought they were fine, it’s like when writers don’t know what to do with Red Tornado or hate the character, so they blow him up again. Because we all know that works out so well the last 50 times. I’m hoping that we can get Hawkman and Hawkgirl in a more team role back on the Justice Society since Justice League still needs a little bit more help before it’s a great title again.
  I would love to see a Hawk title relaunched with a team that will respect the Hawks and stop trying to back track or obliterate everything they just don’t like, like other writers have done in the pass. Personally, I would be fine with a new Atom and the Hawkman title with Hawkgirl as part of the cast and go from there. The book has worked very well in the past and if they are willing to respect the characters history without trying to retcon or forget about the “good” things about the characters. Then the title should florish.

Brightest Day books for June 2010

Posted in Brightest Day,News by mrread7 on March 19, 2010

It’s that time again, gang — where we take a sneak peek at the books heading to your local comic shop in June. First up we have BRIGHTEST DAY and the event’s related titles, including JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA, TITANS, FLASH and a new launch. Click below for more info. And swing back later for a first look at the BATMAN titles for June as well.

Issue #3 on sale JUNE 2 • Issue #4 on sale JUNE 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
1:25 variant covers by IVAN REIS & OCLAIR ALBERT
If this is the BRIGHTEST DAY then what is Black Lantern Firestorm doing on our cover?!
Retailers please note: These issues will ship with two covers each. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale JUNE 30 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
BRIGHTEST DAY marches on as the Main Man, Lobo, goes head-to-head with Red Lantern Atrocitus – with Hal Jordan caught in the middle! It doesn’t get more brutal than this! Plus, Hector Hammond returns . . . to join the new Guardians?
On sale JUNE 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
BRIGHTEST DAY continues scorching with “The Revolt of the Alpha Lanterns” as the Alphas seek to recruit John Stewart, Kyle Rayner and even former Guardian Ganthet into their ranks! What is their ultimate goal – and who is the mastermind behind it all?
On sale JUNE 23 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
Written by J.T. KRUL • Art by DIOGENES NEVES • Cover by MAURO CASCIOLI
1:25 Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
BRIGHTEST DAY shines its light on Star City in this oversized first issue from up-and-coming writer J.T. Krul (BLACKEST NIGHT: TITANS, GREEN ARROW #30) and future superstar artist Diogenes Neves (New Mutants)! “The Fall of Green Arrow” has ended. Now who carries the heavy bow of the Emerald Archer? Coming out of the devastation, what miraculous event has occurred in Star City and what mysteries await inside that bring the forces of good and evil in search of its lone protector? Aim for a whole new era starring Green Arrow in this exciting ongoing series!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
Issue #3 on sale JUNE 9 • Issue #4 on sale JUNE 23 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by KEITH GIFFEN & JUDD WINICK • Issue #3 art by FERNANDO DAGNINO • Issue #4 art by
AARON LOPRESTI • Covers by TONY HARRIS & J.D. METTLER • 1:25 variant covers by KEVIN MAGUIRE
DC’s biweekly JUSTICE LEAGUE event continues here! The heroes of the once-great Justice League International – Booster Gold, Captain Atom, Fire and Ice – have reteamed in order to stop a threat to all mankind. But will the heroes of the DCU take this group of misfits seriously? And what happens when Blue Beetle – a new hero with an old legacy – joins the team? And whose side is he really on? Be here to find out!
Retailers please note: These issues will ship with two covers each. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale JUNE 30 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US
BRIGHTEST DAY continues with the start of an all-new, 5-part JLA/JSA crossover! The return of one hero heralds the release of the powerful Starheart that empowers Green Lantern Alan Scott. Now this chaotic force is unleashed on Earth, causing magic to go wild – and new metahumans to emerge! It’s more than one super-team can handle, but can even the combined efforts of the Justice League and the Justice Society contain the light and dark power wielded by one of their own? Witness the transformation of the moon and a journey into the Shadow Lands that will corrupt a hero!
Continued in next month’s JSA #41, this epic event features a 5-part connected cover spotlighting both teams in glorious action illustrated by Mark Bagley with inks by Jesus Merino!
On sale JUNE 16 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Flying out of BRIGHTEST DAY, the Birds of Prey are forced to ally themselves with the worst of Gotham City’s mega-criminals while they struggle to save his life from the unspeakable horror that hunts them all! Fan-favorite writer Gail Simone (WONDER WOMAN, SECRET SIX) and superstar artist Ed Benes (JUSTICE LEAGUE, GREEN LANTERN) continue their return to the title that first brought them together!
On sale JUNE 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by GEOFF JOHNS • Art and cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL • 1:10 variant cover by GREG HORN
It may be BRIGHTEST DAY, but when a mysterious group of so-called heroes turns up, another Rogue ends up dead. Plus, the mystery deepends as The Flash witness another murder — his own!
Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information.
On sale JUNE 9 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US
Written by ERIC WALLACE • Art and cover by FABRIZIO FIORENTINO
The TITANS ongoing series returns with a new direction that ties into BRIGHTEST DAY! We saw what Deathstroke and his team of mercenaries did in the TITANS: VILLAINS FOR HIRE SPECIAL #1, and it was a dark day for the Justice League of America. Hopefully their next target fares better. Good luck, Lex Luthor!

Looking ahead to Brightest Day: Green Arrow

Posted in Brightest Day,News by mrread7 on March 18, 2010

 You know I was coming to this since writer JT Krul is relaunching the Green Arrow title after Blackest Night wraps up and the Rise of Arsenal mini series concludes. In the special “Rise and Fall,” Ollie is still hunting down those who worked with Prometheus, keeping secret his murder of the man as the rest of the JLA tries to track him down. The Shade shows Barry Allen and Hal Jordan the villain’s body as Ollie confronts the Electrocutioner, who set off the device that devestated Star City. He’s close to killing the man when Black Canary stops him and in their argument, Canary realizes what Oliver did. The Flash and Green Lantern confirm it by arriving with Prometheus’ body, accusing Ollie of crossing the line. Grabbing the cosmic key from the corpse, Oliver says he’s sorry but he’s not finished yet. He teleports away as the other realize they have to bring him down.
  We got on the line with writer J.T. Krul for some hints, but there wasn’t a lot to say, which just made us all the more curious. Take it away, J.T.:
“This is it!  We’ve been saying for awhile now that 2010 was going to be big for Green Arrow, and you can’t get much bigger than this.  As we put together the story for the Fall of Green Arrow and developed where he was going to end up and what Ollie’s life was going to be like, we knew it was truly a new beginning.  A BRIGHTEST DAY beginning at that!
In the wake of the turmoil in Star City, the people need someone in their corner more now than ever.  Most of those in power, be it business or government, are looking for ways to exploit the situation to their advantage. The city is rife with crime and corruption of epic proportions and it’s only getting worse.  But all is not lost.  Oliver Queen’s got his quiver. Now, it’s time for Green Arrow to move into the role he was always meant to be – outlaw for the people.
For this relaunch, Eddie and Adam and the guys at DC have put together the best team possible to make Ollie shine like never before. Diogenes Neves and Vicente Cifuentes killed on the Black Lantern Green Arrow special and we knew they were the guys to relaunch the Emerald Archer.  And don’t even get me started on the cover work by Mauro Casciolli.  I’m so happy to finally share it with the rest of the world – because it’s been my screen saver ever since I saw it.  Now THAT’S Green Arrow!!!”

  I have to say I’m looking forward to see what JT has in store for Green Arrow. However, like many others I don’t like the fact hat we lost Lian in the process. I find that really a cheap shot and since we have Chesire dealing with her other baby issues with Catman right now in Secret Six and with Prometheus now dead. The only thing we can do is move on and trust in JT. Wow, I should make a sure like that.

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