The Green Lantern Corps Podcast


Brave Friends Bold Heroes: Alan Scott and Jay Garrick

Posted in flash,green lantern,Rants by Podcast on June 29, 2010

Before there was Hal and Barry, before there was Kyle and Wally there was Alan Scott and Jay Garrick, the original Brave and the Bold. Starting today, I’m going to look at the friendship between Green Lantern and The Flash. While many believe Hal Jordan and Barry Allen to be the true first Brave and the Bold; Jay and Alan were their first. Going back to the early days of Keystone City when Jay first gained his powers and Alan was passing by on his train. The two were fighting the likes of the Shade and the Fiddler before the formation of the Justice Society of America. What was very unique about the two characters at the time is you took a scientist and a hard working union man and made them into very blue caller super heroes of the day.
The two through all their troubles, Alan with his first marriage and Jay dealing with problems having children with his life at such a young age, allowed the two to bound outside the role of capes and super powers. Then when Jay disappeared with Keystone City thanks to the Shade, the Fiddler and the Thinker; Alan did his best to carry on without his friend before ending up in Limbo with the rest of the Justice Society for years to come. Following their freedom from their prisons, the two joined back together and their friendship endured hard times with Jay dealing the Spirit King causing him to murder his fellow Justice Society teammate, Mr. Terrific and Alan dealing the reunion of his two children, Jade and Obsidian, which turned into a Jerry Springer episode for a long time until recently.
Now, the two have worked through some hard times once more to come back out on top and prove to the world and to their fellow super heroes, they are truly the first ones to be known as the Brave and the Bold.

The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast #55 (The Finale)

The Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast Episode #55

Better late than never?!!! Join the Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast for episode 55: THE FINALE!!! The guys retire the Green Lantern Spotlight Podcast after a fairly long successful run. Before they do so, they get into discussion about the reinvention of comic book characters, for better or worse. Featuring Guest Appearances, the future of each member and signs of things to come! Not to mention the latest in Green Lantern related news and Brightest Day #3! Featuring opening and ending themes from Kirby Krackle (http://www.kirbykracklemusic.com/) and The Roy Clark Method (http://www.freewebs.com/royclarkmethod/).

GL Spotlight Album Art

GL Spotlight Album Art

Will we see a Kid Lantern Again

Posted in flash,green lantern,green lantern corps by Podcast on June 24, 2010

It's Kid Lantern


During Mark Waid’s Brave and the Bold mini series about ten years ago. In an untold tale with Wally West during his Kid Flash days, Hal deputized Wally as “Kid Lantern” for 24 hours until his speed powers returned. I was reading some emails the other day and people asked me what I thought about the original concept by Waid and why it hasn’t been used lately (unless you count Bart Allen being a White Lantern during Blackest Night). When I originally read the story, I always wondered why in the last 40 plus years of Teen Titans history there wasn’t really anyone who was a Green Lantern in training on Earth. Out of all various ages and races and sexes of Green Lanterns in all 3600 Sectors of space, there hasn’t really ever been a teenage GL. Wally getting the 24 hour deputizing was just for the story and showed the early building blocks of Wally becoming the next generation of the Flash years later.
Currently, with what Teen Titans has been going through the last few years, the closes Titan who was a Green Lantern was Kyle Rayner but that didn’t last long due to the fact he was part of the Justice League at the time and the Flash was in both books at the time. Having a teenage Green Lantern isn’t that bad of a concept, since we have adolescence Green Lantern running around in the Batman Beyond Universe. The difference between that GL and putting one on the Titans is pretty much experience. The Green Lantern of Batman Beyond is a bit more like the Dahlia Lama; while young he is wise beyond his years. Putting one in training or fresh off of Kilowog’s training and it’s like sending a rookie cop out on a big drug bust on his first day. He might have the training but doesn’t have the experience or the bravo to do it yet. However, it also puts a teen Green Lantern to the most important test but over coming great fear.

Kai-ro


No matter what race you are, being a teen isn’t easy and when you are a super powered teen given the most powerful weapon in the universe. That’s going to cause a lot of angst in anyone. In my humble opinion if JT Krul or any future Teen Titans writer can figure out some great way to get another Sector 2814 Green Lantern around the age of 14-18 on the Teen Titans organically and make it work. Then by all means, bring it on.

Getting Lost with the Main Characters

Posted in flash,green lantern,green lantern corps,Rants by Podcast on June 22, 2010

Running Barry's Shadow


Seems that when you bring a long lost character back from death or limbo, the main star of a book tends to get left in the background or almost forgotten. I know that has been going on a lot in the last two years with John Stewart and Wally West. Well, I know things with Wally might be a bit early but considered how much Barry has been written as being the only Flash that is now back in after Final Crisis and Flash: Rebirth. I see how many people can think that a character is left alone in the dark waiting to be brought back in the light. Let’s face it, not long before Infinite Crisis started; John Stewart was very present with Hal Jordan after Green Lantern: Rebirth. Then we didn’t see really anything of him until Wanted; Hal Jordan and after he was a focus during the Sinestro Corps War and Alpha-Lantern intro story. After Final Crisis, John did a disappearing act until recently.
Now, we see the same happening to Wally, while Jay, Jesse, Bart and even Max Mercury are getting more lime light as of late. Sure, we are seeing Wally show up in Titans and get mentioned right now in Flash. However, we don’t know the future of the speedster of Keystone City. Since so much focus is being shifted back to Barry and Central City. Let’s face it, when Geoff Johns hit the scene what? 7 years ago in Flash, he not only brought Wally back to greatness after Mark Waid left but revitalized the Rogues, made Keystone City and it’s people stand up on it’s own feet and even mentioned how Central City had scene better days since Wally took over as the Flash over 20 years ago.
In a sense, Wally has been given a bit of a rest after so much focus over the last decade, a bit of a break would be fine; however the break time went a little too far. Pretty much leaving him in limbo for over a year so they could focus more on Bart being the Flash, which pretty much backfired, not to mention the build up of Barry’s return over the last few years, Wally seemed to get the shaft. Now, while the new Flash series is only 3 issues in and we already know all the Flashes will get a bit part in the upcoming Flashpoint cross over next year. The fans want Wally, I want Wally, and we need Wally. I’m hoping since all DC books are going to the $3.99 price tag here in the next few months, we get some nice back ups with the adventures of Wally and family followed by some nice Bart and Max Mercury co-features and then add them to main stories when possible. This way, they get their lime light without pulling too much focus from Barry as the Flash gets going the rest of the year.

Give me that old time religion

Posted in blackest night,Brightest Day,Rants by Podcast on June 9, 2010

You know I was getting to these guys; sure it took me a while since I’ve doing that thing called moving and dropping of comics. Hence, it took me until now to finally talk about the other 4 emotional beings from the Emotional Spectrum in the Green Lantern Mythos. As we learned in Green Lantern #50 that the White Entity was the first being that spawned life in the regular DC Universe. In doing so, the first creature that willed itself to move became Ion. While thousands of years later, the first insect to feel fear became Parallax. Then even more time passed and the first beings to feel love, which of course were Adam and Eve gave birth to the Predator. A creature that like love when left unchecked could become powerful and dangerous, which leads me to talking about our first of the other entities, Ophidian.

Mine!

Yes, the serpent from the Garden of Eden that decided to take that apple that was on the sacred tree, which it didn’t need and became the embodiment of Avarice. This even explains while Larfleeze and other beings have always had this undying hunger they cannot control. This “mine” feeling that they constantly ache for because the serpent just needed to take that apple. I have to admit when I first saw this, it kind of surprised me, and I mean forget that life originated on Earth according to the DC Guide to a Universe by Geoff Johns. The whole Adam and Eve thing I could understand, I mean for those who have ever read or heard of the story or are a good church going person. They really did show both the good and bad about love. However, then we go into the fact that the whole domino effect happed after that. The serpent comes and then we have the emotional entity in Ophidian and then we move on to more of a mess that started.

Rage

The Butcher, which was born out of Cain murdering his brother Abel, who was the children of Adam and Even and the bull that is the Butcher, is over the calf they fought over in certain texts. Now, we are going into a bit too much Sunday School for my tastes, not that I’m having a huge problem with it and going to pick up the torches and pitchforks against DC Comics over it. I just think we got a little too Book of Genesis by this point. Even though they were already going catholic with Black Hand and how he became the first Black Lantern and the Death Entity for the DC Universe. However, when you look at it, what really are the Book of Oa, the Book of Parallax and the Book of Black? Bibles. At this point, I see where they were going with how the rest of the Emotional Spectrum went.

Hope

With Adara, she was born out of prayer and if you look at your bible, you will realize that while Adam and Even and Cain and Abel talked to God, they never really prayed until after they were all gone. So, then of course, man is walking around Earth while other beings are living through out the universe, so of course the Blue Bird of Happiness would be born out of the first prayer. While others will argue with me, when you do pray, there is hope in your voice. While it might not be asking for hope when a person prays for any reason. There is that sense of a better outcome then you might feel at that moment or that you want that sense of hope. Hence we get Adara out of it and that it’s a bird since in another religious sense, birds have always been an avatar for peace, prayer and hope. After all, the Holy Spirit is usually associated with a bird; hence this embodiment makes sense just like the others.

Cuddle

Now getting into the last piece of the puzzle with Proselyte, the emotional being of Compassion, which is a squid/octopus/cuddle fish creature. Now, I get how when you are compassionate you put yourself in some one else’s shoes and you wrap yourself in their lives. Hence, having a giant indigo colored squid makes sense in the long run. I mean it’s still kind of silly but we have the new spokesman for Red Bull in the form of the Butcher and psychology takes a whole new meaning with Adara, so at this point, a creature like Proselyte isn’t really that far fetched.

A whale that willed itself to move, an insect that felt fear, a creature that felt but had no true form. A bull born out of murder, a snake taking what it didn’t need, a bird that was spoke to and apparently a fisherman throwing a squid back because he felt sorry for him. Its comics, there is logic and then there isn’t logic too it. I can move on from it and when I eventually get Brightest Day in trade next year and the other Green Lantern books are collected in 2011. I’m sure I’ll still smile so, I’m good with it, after all: “Can’t we all just get along?”