The Green Lantern Corps Podcast


The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #54

The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #54

Join the Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast for episode 54!!! The guys think Green Lantern #54 feels familiar. They also discuss Green Lantern Corps #48 and the good and bad that comes along with a new creative team. Not to mention the latest in Green Lantern related news! Featuring opening and ending themes from Kirby Krackle (http://www.kirbykracklemusic.com/) and The Roy Clark Method (http://www.freewebs.com/royclarkmethod/).

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The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #53

The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #53

Join the Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast for episode 53!!! The guys discuss the beginnings of Brightest Day, what it means to the podcast’s future, its affect on other titles, and the increasing popularity of Green Lantern as a brand. Featuring opening and ending themes from Kirby Krackle (http://www.kirbykracklemusic.com/) and The Roy Clark Method (http://www.freewebs.com/royclarkmethod/).

Welcome back Anti-monitor

Posted in Brightest Day,Rants,Sinestro Corps,Uncategorized by Podcast on May 22, 2010

That Anti-monitor, he’s been considered one of the biggest DC villains in the last twenty odd years. He caused the original Crisis, was reborn after Infinite Crisis. Was killed and turned into the power source for the Black Lanterns and then resurrected again by the White Light and then sent back to the Anti-matter universe of Qward. Now he’s back again and after the source that brought him back to life for the second time. You really have to wonder what they are going to do with the Anti-monitor. The Sinestro Corps main guardian is back and so is the Cyborg-Superman. So, is the Anti-monitor out to destroy the Multiverse again and in doing so make sure Nekron never comes back? Is he just power hungry for something new in the form of the White Light or is he just pissed?
I’m happy that he’s back because he isn’t your typical super villain. Darkseid might be one of the New Gods but he’s all about big speeches, controlling of life of all existence. Lex Luthor just wants everyone to know he’s the best and not Superman and the Joker are just mad. No, with the Anti-monitor it’s about more, he’s about existence and being the only being that should exist anywhere. He isn’t a puppet but he’s not above doing a super villain rant. The only problem is, he can be a one trick pony if not written right, just like Lex Luthor, the Joker and Darkseid have been now and again. You just have to keep him interesting and motivated.

Let’s keep Hawkman and Hawkgirl right now

Posted in blackest night,Brightest Day,Rants,Uncategorized by Podcast on May 18, 2010


It’s taken over ten years but Carter and Sheira Hall are finally back together again after the events of Blackest Night. Both Hawks back among the living and back in love with each other. I think back to the original Return of Hawkman over in JSA almost ten years ago. I liked the concept of reincarnated lovers where for the first time, one was rejecting the other. However, what really became a pain for a long time were Hawkman’s anger issues. It was fine at first and the fact that he was a warrior first before a super hero. It worked well but after a while it got very tiring. Also, how much more did Kendra Saunders has to force fed that she was before she finally accepted that she was Sheira Hall?
As much as people want to hit Geoff Johns on the head about continuity these days, they at least never changed things with how he wanted Hawkman to be. However, it seemed that editorial and other writers sans Justin Grey and Jimmy Palimati just didn’t like the merged history and constant resurrection with Hawkman and Hawkgirl. At least both Brad Meltzer and Geoff Johns decided to move the characters into the pages of the relaunched Justice League and Justice Society of America books for a little while. To give the characters room to deal with issues and grow as characters again. However, that didn’t last long. We were then back to Carter’s: “Bah, I’m angry” and Hawkgirl’s: “I’m not Sheira Hall” attitudes again.
Now, thanks to Brightest Day, we get the classic Hawks back and even better they are finally going to deal with Hawkworld and all the other crap that other writers have been trying to throw out the last few years.
So, welcome back Carter and Sheira, let’s hope they keep the road clear of “made up” history again when Brightest Day is over.

Is Sodam Yat really that great?


That’s the question, do we really need Sodam Yat around. The who would be considered the greatest Green Lantern of all as told by the original prophecy of the Blackest Night from Alan Moore back in the 80s. As we all know, Sodam became the new host for Ion during the Sinestro Corps War and then went on to be imprisoned in the Daxam Sun when he used his powers to free his people from Mongul. While Geoff Johns, JT Krul and Peter Tomasi have revealed that Sodam will be a main focus for the “New Guardians” story line currently playing in the pages of the Green Lantern titles during Brightest Day. After all our new villain is collecting the various emotional entities of the Emotional Color Spectrum. Sodam is going to be a main target, not to mention the fact that the Daxamites play a part in the War of the Supermen going on right now. Plus, finally Yat will play a large role in the newly launched Legion of Super Heroes title with the formation of the 31st century Green Lantern Corps.
Is Sodam really this great to be getting so much focus. Well, yes and no. The good news is, he isn’t over exposed the way Superboy-Prime has been the last few years. He also got some wonderful character development during the last two years leading to Blackest Night and currently into Brightest Day. While the Will Power entity of Ion is important to the Green Lantern mythos. I do feel that Sodam is being forced down our throats a bit too much. I do like the role he is going to play in the pages of Legion of Super Heroes (even if he needs a new haircut). I just feel that once Sodam is freed from his planet’s sun, we’re pretty much stuck with him being the host for Ion for like… forever. This makes sense since that’s why he is still alive over in the page of Legion.
I think what’s really been rubbed the wrong way with Sodam is that he was supposed to play this important role in Blackest Night but instead he was more of a story catalyst for War of Supermen and Brightest Day. I do love the way Peter Tomasi got the character from being a cardboard cut out who can’t use the powers of a giant green space whale. To being a much more rounded character with a lot of pain and grief on his shoulders thanks to his people. Even worse that he gave them super powers by turning their sun yellow so they could fight back against Mongul and the remnants of the SInestro Corps. However, he has to play the clean up man once he is free from the planet’s sun. Even worse, his lead poisoning has majorly progressed before he became stuck in the star. Plus, I find it so stupid that something as powerful as Ion can’t reverse the lead poisoning the same way Mon-el got the treatment in the pages of Superman and Legion of Super Heroes. Or at least have the lead poisoning put down to like 1% and means he has to keep the ring on forever so that it doesn’t kill him and Ion leaves him for the time being. Only to be reunited at a later date to set up Legion of Super Heroes continuity.
That in my opinion would make Sodam Yat worth it.

Aquaman: Long Live the King

Posted in Aquaman,Brightest Day,Rants by Podcast on May 12, 2010

Thousand of comic book fans jumped up and down after seeing the preview cover for Brightest Day #2 that showed that Aquaman would return to the land of the living after Blackest Night was over. Then in Blackest Night #8, Arthur Curry was brought back to life, hand and all and reunited with his wife, Mera. Though the cost was high, as Garth, better known as Arthur’s adoptive son, Tempest would not be so fortunate. As well as Arthur and Mera’s own son along with the original Aquagirl, Tula and Dolphin. Closing a large chunk of Teen Titans’ history and repairing Aquaman and Mera for a new era and direction. For many of us, having the original Aquaman back makes a lot of us do the happy dance, including my brother-in-law and my two nephews who have been fans of the character for years.
However, with his return comes a bit of fear we all hope to let go off in the year ahead. The character drifted so much (no pun intended) until Peter David decided to dramatically change the character’s direction and attitude in the early 90s. Giving him a very Conan look and losing his left hand and having it replaced by a hook. While, dramatic and cool at first, as the years went on. Aquaman became very one note as his book went through writing and artistic changes and soon the title came to an end. Leaving Aquaman to be “killed off” time and time again. Only for him to return in some new direction that really didn’t go very far. The biggest move was giving him a new under water city to protect, a magically enchanted water hand (long story) and returning him to happier days. However, then once again, it wasn’t enough so they mutated the character and brought in a completely new character to be Aquaman. While writer, Kurt Busiek did some wonderful stories and made me care about one of the side characters, King Shark. They then decided the best way was to just completely kill off Arthur and leave it there.
With the “new” Aquaman now front and center, most of DC thought that this was the best way to get the character to replace the old once. Despite the fact that Tempest was around and was more of a worth inheritor of the mantle of Aquaman. As we all know that just didn’t work and Tempest starting to get the same treatment in stories as his predecessor got. Now, thanks to Brightest Day, we have the original back and have lost most of his family in the process. I’m a bit wary and I hope we have Arthur reclaim his lost fame that he got back in a way 20 years ago. He’s more than a guy who can talk to a fish; he’s a hero, a king, a dedicated husband and father. I don’t know about you but that makes a very well rounded character with a lot of history with any super hero in the DC Universe.

Captain Boomerang: Live!

Posted in Brightest Day,flash,Profiles,Rants,Uncategorized by Podcast on May 8, 2010

Greetings everyone, it’s been a long time but I’m back and plan on doing a regular postings of my favorite Green Lantern talk. Now you are probably wondering how that is going to happen since I’ve dropped comics due to financial reasons. Well, that’s the handy thing about working at Borders now and again on the side. You get access to free comics every week. However, for what I’m going to be doing here, doesn’t require me to be reading any book monthly. Well… my brother gets Flash and Brightest Day, so I guess I have a leg up here. I decided to start taking a look at the various characters that have been brought back to life at the end of Blackest Night. I’m starting today with Captain Boomerang, who has been a favorite of mine since his days on the Suicide Squad. Digger Harkness was the illegitimate son of an American soldier and an Australian woman. He lived in a life of poverty until he discovered his skill in making boomerangs and using them as weapons. He would later be hired as a performer and boomerang promoter by a toy company which was, unbeknownst to him, owned by his biological father W.W. Wiggins. He was ridiculed by the audience, and his resentment caused Harkness to begin using his boomerangs for crime.

He became a recurring villain for the Flash ( Barry Allen). Digger was sent to prison for his crimes, but he plantedspecial boomerangs in every jail within one hundred miles of Central City. They would remain invisible until he concentrated his brain waves to materialize them. He would later use one to escape prison. Barry Allen was at the seen working as a police scientist and was attacked by Captain boomerang. Barry quickly changed into the Flash. Flash hit Boomerang with a gust of wind by spinning his arms, but Harkness contorted his body into a boomerang and flew back at the flash knocking him out. Captain Boomerang sent Flash to an alternate dimension filled with monsters, using a machine that turned him into a boomerang. However Flash knew that if he stayed in the form of a boomerang he wouldcome back to the sender and was able to defeat Captain Boomerang.

Digger drifted from great Flash rogue to completely losers in the early 2000s. Going from in shape athlete to a balding over weight D-list characters. In 2005, writer Brad Meltzer decided to kill off the villain during Identity Crisis and replace him with his younger, super powered son who was the half-brother of Kid Flash (Yeah you read that right). Harkness found himself an obsolete villain regularly going up to the supervillain satellite looking for jobs. Harkness finally decided to reach out to his abandoned son, Owen Mercer. The two began to bond until Harkness was hired to kill Jake Drake father of Tim Drake. Digger had been sent by the real killer to attack Jack Drake, only the killer double crossed Digger and sent Drake a warning and a pistol to defend himself. Digger managed to kill Drake but not before he was shot himself. The loss of Harkness caused Mercer to take up his father’s mantle as Captain Boomerang.

However, despite the great work that was put in Owen Mercer, writers seemed to want him to more than a second generation rogue. At first he joined the Rogues, but soon changed his ways. He was able to move past his feeling and help Robin with one of his cases.. He joined the Outsiders and became friends with Supergirl. Eventually he left to be in the Suicide Squad, due to Batman’s restructuring of the team. He worked with the rest of the Suicide Squad to catch villains to send to planet Salvation.
During Blackest Night, Owen thought he could resurrect his father. Putting Black Lantern Digger in a pit, Owen threw people in for Digger to feed on. Digger had convinced Owen that if he took the hearts from enough people he would come back to life. After dealing with the undead Rogues at Iron Heights, the live Rogues found Owen. Seeing that he had been killing women and children, Captain Cold pushed him into the pit with his father. Digger took Owen’s heart, and he became a Black Lantern. Captain Cold then froze both Captain Boomerang’s and left them.

Of course in the last issue of Blackest Night, the White Light entity brought Digger back to life but back in his early 30s, restored to his youth and height of his abilities for unknown reasons. While, some people were happy and others said that Owen just wasn’t given a chance. The truth is, Owen was ruined once they decided to make him part of Judd Winick’s Outsiders. The character had this sudden “change of heart” and then after a few months was tired of it and decided to be part of the Suicide Squad. It didn’t make any sense. Especially after the Rogues killed the adult Bart Allen and he turned on them, then a couple of years later is happy to rejoin them to mourn his father just before Blackest Night started? I mean huh? Digger Harkness was not as obsolete as he was made to be. It was just lazy writing and while I love Brad Meltzer’s work, I really think other writers just don’t seem to let him do what he wants to do. Despite what people want to say about Geoff Johns returning Digger and his handling of Owen. The truth was, Geoff wanted Owen to be the next generation Captain Boomerang the way the second Mirror Master was created to replace the original. Of course while writers got behind Evan, it seems that other writers were like: “He’s Bart Allen’s half-brother, he has to be a hero or anti-hero in some way.” Nope, he was a made into a villain and that’s how Owen should have been but it all got drop. So, welcome back Digger, now don’t screw up.

The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #52

Posted in Brightest Day,green lantern,green lantern corps,podcast by Podcast on May 6, 2010

The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #52

Join the Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast for episode 52!!! The guys discuss Green Lantern #53 and Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s final issue on Green Lantern Corps with issue #47. Featuring opening and ending themes from Kirby Krackle (http://www.kirbykracklemusic.com/) and The Roy Clark Method (http://www.freewebs.com/royclarkmethod/).