It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to DC writer Geoff Johns. Oh sure, he’s still going to be writing Aquaman, and a couple Justice League comics, but DC won’t be the same now that Johns is leaving Green Lantern after nearly 10 years on the title. This is a truly sad moment, because none of his other comic work as been as good as his stories on Green Lantern. And he has told some remarkable stories. Green Lantern was a minor character at best before Johns came along. This one guy with his brilliant ideas almost single-handedly made Green Lantern popular enough to warrant a live action big screen movie, in a world where DC only makes Batman and Superman movies. Johns made Green Lantern so popular that he was one of only two superheroes to remain unchanged in the New 52 reboot.
Johns work on Green Lantern is nothing short of spectacular. It’s no wonder DC eventually promoted him to DC’s head of creativity. The guy definitely made me a believer in the awesomeness of Green Lantern.
Fortunately for us all, Johns’ final issue on the series is as good as any other he’s written. Green Lantern #20 easily wins Comic Book of the Week for it’s sheer awesome audacity. Johns threw out all the stops with his final issue, bringing everything his fevered mind could think up to the final party.
Just look at that picture and tell me you don’t love everything about it.
Comic Reviews: Green Lantern #20, Justice League #20, Superior Spider-Man #10, Talon #8, and Uncanny X-Men #6.
The Flashpoint Paradox has been known about for awhile, but I haven’t mentioned it. I’ve been falling behind on my DC Animation for some reason. I never got around to reviewing Dark Knight Returns Part 2, and I haven’t even seen Superman Unbound yet. I don’t know what’s wrong with me…but maybe this new film will snap me out of this funk.
I’m exited to see a movie that doesn’t star either Batman or Superman (mostly). Word has it that after the poor showings of the animated Green Lantern and Wonder Woman movies, that Warner Bros. would only allow DC to do animated movies starring either Superman or Batman. Makes sense, I guess, even though I still hold Wonder Woman up as the best animated movie the studio has put out. So it’s refreshing to see the Flash star so prominently in this new film.
I’m also hoping they use this film to start making movies about the New 52 universe. It seems silly that the DC comic book universe and the DC animated universe are not the same thing. What better way to promote the New 52 comics than by animating them? It’s a no-brainer!
Teen Titans attempts to break up the crumminess of the recent storyline by giving us an issue devoted to Raven’s origin. That’s all well and good, I suppose, and now is probably as good a time as any to let us know what the heck Raven is doing in this series, but it doesn’t raise the quality of the comic, and it kind of makes Raven worse than she was before. I’m fairly certain this origin sticks closely to Raven’s pre-reboot origin, but honestly? She has one messed up origin.
The cover is a total lie. Evil Red Robin doesn’t even show up in this issue (thank God). Instead, it’s just Trigon narrating the long, complicated origin of Raven.
Comic Rating: 2.5/5 – Pretty Bad.
To an extent, I realize that my dislike of Teen Titans stems almost completely from the comic diverging from what I want to see, or what I think could be done better. Trigon is definitely one of those things, and now we can add Raven to that list as well. I’ve pretty much disliked everything we’ve seen from Trigon so far, and this issue adds even more garbage to his story. However, I’ve rather liked what we’ve seen of Raven. I like her new costume, and I kind of liked the life being built for her. But after this issue, she’s a complicated, pointless mess of a character. Oh well. She was fun while she lasted.
Pretty much nothing else happens in the rest of the issue. The origin is book-ended by short scenes with the Titans, and they don’t do much of anything. Definitely nothing about Red Robin being ‘reborn’ as the cover would indicate. This story can’t end fast enough.
General Zod is a horrible choice for villain in a Superman movie. What’s the point of Superman being the last son of Krypton is there are a bunch more? Plus he’s just visually unappealing. Lex Luthor is such a good villain because he’s just as smart as Superman is strong. General Zod is basically just evil Superman, and we’ve already got Bizarro for that.
The new trailer for Man of Steel still looks awesome. The size and scope of this film look amazing. Unlike The Wolverine, I am definitely still excited for Man of Steel. But I definitely don’t care for Zod yet at all. Or his evil plot. But maybe the movie will make him work. We’ll see.
At any rate, enjoy the latest trailer. What do you guys and gals think of Man of Steel so far? Excited? Disinterested? Do you think anybody will ever make a good Superman movie again?
It’s still wild to believe that we have a real, legitimate, live action Batman TV show on the air. Granted, it stars Green Arrow, but beggars can’t be choosers. I kid, I kid. Arrow is a pretty awesome show. The previous superhero show on the CW, Smallville, was more about Superman as a teen heartthrob than Superman as Superman. So it’s simply fantastic that we have a show about a dark, gritty superhero vigilante who fights crime, deals with entertaining drama and doesn’t shy away from costumes, sidekicks and evil super-villain plots to destroy the city with an earthquake machine.
I’m not sure how to review TV shows. I reviewed the first episode of Arrow, but I have neither the time nor energy to review each and every episode. That sounds exhausting. But I’d still like to talk to you guys and gals about Arrow. So I decided that the best thing to do would be to review the entire first season as a List of Six. And here we are: 6 thoughts on the first season of Arrow.